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Keeeping a Clean Bed While Off-Road

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by AZ_Matt, May 18, 2020.

  1. May 18, 2020 at 9:00 AM
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    AZ_Matt

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    I've been trying to find a thread about this for a while, but my searches came up empty.

    I currently have a tonneau cover and Mob-Town bed bars on my 3rd gen, but I want to upgrade to a normal bed rack and ditch the cover. My only concern is that while on a dusty trail going to camp, everything in my bed will get covered in dust. Usually my tonneau cover is covered in dust, but everything inside is fine.

    How do you guys keep your bed clean when on a dusty trail?
     
  2. May 18, 2020 at 9:35 AM
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  3. May 18, 2020 at 9:37 AM
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    I've seen that and the KB Voodoo rack that allows the use of a bed cover, but I don't mind giving up the cover. There are way more options out there for me if I don't keep the cover.
     
  4. Jun 18, 2020 at 10:34 AM
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    Um... you don't?

    Unless you go to great lengths to seal off even a camper shell, everything will get dusty. Some people do a positive pressure system where a fan blows outwards, but it's easy to screw up and actually make things worse.

    Getting dirty is kinda just part of the off-roading game. The INSIDE of my cab gets filthy too, because: windows.

    If there are things you need to keep clean, like camera equipment or other sensitive electronics, seal them up in bags/boxes.
     
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  5. Jun 22, 2020 at 12:37 AM
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    Who cares if you get dusty/dirty, it’s all about the #offroadlyfe
     
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  7. Jun 22, 2020 at 12:58 AM
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    Best you can do is use a tarp and anchor it to all 4 corners. Or just get those plastic organizer boxes (idk what you call them).

    Getting dusty is just unavoidable tbh. I use a tonneau cover and dust still gets inside.

    Ultimate solution is to get an suv.
     
  8. Jun 22, 2020 at 12:21 PM
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    I have an Alu Cab canopy and it got super dusty inside. Not the canopy’s fault it’s just all the huge holes and gaps in Tacoma beds. I recently put a positive pressure vent on the roof of the canopy and get zero dust now. The ultimate test was last weekend out at Black Rock. The playa is an extremely fine alkali dust and even though my truck was covered no dust got inside.
     
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  9. Jun 22, 2020 at 1:24 PM
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    Yeah, truck beds just aren't designed to be water/dust proof.

    It all just depends on your intended use. How much time/effort/expense should you go through just to keep the bed dust free? I'd bet for most people that a couple of weather proof boxes for the sensitive stuff, then just hosing out the bed when you return is more than fine.

    It's a different story if you use the bed to sleep in (bed platform) or something like that.
     
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  10. Jul 3, 2020 at 7:01 PM
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    Good luck with the bed rack!
     

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