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how does the rubber bed mat hold up to UV?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by NiceGuyEddie, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. Apr 15, 2010 at 7:39 PM
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    NiceGuyEddie

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    i kept my last vehicle 20 years, imagine i'll have the Tacoma a long, long time. the sun is strong here in SoCal and i wonder if i should keep the mat rolled up in the garage and only use it when i need it.

    i only haul stuff 1% of the time, even then, it's usually not something that will slide around easily.

    10 years down the road, will this thing be all dry, chewed up, and useless? they look expensive to replace.
     
  2. Apr 15, 2010 at 7:49 PM
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    Kyouto42

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    I dunno I have a undercover so it's hard to say... but if it took 10 years to rott out, less than 10 bucks a year for a mat is a pretty good deal imo.
     
  3. Apr 15, 2010 at 7:52 PM
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    I've had mine a little over five years in the Az hotter than he77 sun and its still like new.
     
  4. Apr 15, 2010 at 7:59 PM
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    My dad has had one for about five years also. It's in pretty good shape. I wouldn't be surprised if it lasted another five years.
     
  5. Apr 15, 2010 at 8:42 PM
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    If the AZ sun doesn't eat it up (had mine about 2 years) then it'll probably last a good, long time.
     
  6. Apr 16, 2010 at 1:58 AM
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    Bed mats aren't that expensive anyway. Even if it only lasts ten years you aren't going to have to buy more than one or two more.
     
  7. Apr 16, 2010 at 3:11 AM
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    I have been using the same mat in the last 4 trucks. It is 15 years old and still looks O.K. I think it is a kenco or something.
     
  8. Apr 16, 2010 at 4:44 AM
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    396tears

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    When I bought my 2006 Prerunner in March 2006
    I also bought a Toyota bed mat.
    The bed mat is now in my 2010 I bought in March 2010.
    It still looks the same and has no wear showing.
    Of course I mostly just haul my golf clubs.
     
  9. Apr 16, 2010 at 4:47 AM
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    I had one similar to the DeeZee one a lot of people get on here and it still looked fine after 12 years in back of my F-250. It was a bit faded but by no means about to fall apart. I can't see how the Toyota one would be any different.
     
  10. Apr 16, 2010 at 5:24 AM
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    My bed mat is 20 years old + use it every day i have a cap on bed of truck
     
  11. Apr 16, 2010 at 5:31 AM
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    dexterdog

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    Believe me, everything slides in the bed. It's great when loading heavy stuff like ovens because I just put it in and give it a little push and it slides right in. This is not always a good thing. I'd recommend getting a bed mat.
     
  12. Apr 16, 2010 at 6:17 AM
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    Got one through a vendor on here for half the price of the dealer one...it's thick and heavy as hell. The one time you need to put something in the bed you'll want one. If i have to spend $60 on a mat every 5 years I would in a heartbeat, but this thing will probably last much longer.
     
  13. Apr 16, 2010 at 8:50 AM
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    mine is holding up well.
    even has a burn out mark across it from when i used it in a desperate attempt to get traction in deep sand :laugh:
     
  14. Apr 16, 2010 at 11:17 AM
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    Hmmm, I wonder what that blazing sun will do to the composite bed...

    The mat will likely outlast the truck. Especially as you never intend to use it. Took me about 1 time putting something in the back of my truck without a mat to realize, shit really slides around in that bed without some rubber to hold it in place. Use the mat. Thats what you bought it for.
     
  15. Apr 16, 2010 at 1:15 PM
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    WOW i am very surprised at this, i would have guess that since it's black, it would attract heat and dry up.

    and the price i looked at was the price from the Toyota website.

    thanks for the responses
     
  16. Apr 16, 2010 at 1:33 PM
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    There's lots of other sites to get the bed mat from as well. Save a few bucks if you don't need the Toyota logo.
     
  17. Apr 16, 2010 at 1:46 PM
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    I had concerns as to how the mat would hold up in the sun as well. But hearing the responses in this thread is very reassuring. UV light is generally bad for all petroleum products. The vulcanized rubber of which the bed mat appears to constructed from is apparently very durable.

    I really enjoy my bed mat and I secured it to my composite bed using the bed mat bolt mod. :)
     
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