What is a utility track system? Truck accessory terms can sometimes be a mystery so we've created this quick guide to clear up the meaning behind utility tracks, utility rail systems, and deck rail systems.
If you're looking at installing a utility track, or if one came installed on your vehicle, this is important information to keep in mind when purchasing a truck bed cover, cargo management, rack systems, truck tool boxes, bed extenders, truck bed liners, and more.
When ordering a tonneau cover from our website, there will often be a drop-down box during the checkout process asking you to choose a truck bed with or without cargo management. This cargo management system to which they are referring to is a secondary rail that runs along the inside of the bed and underneath the bed rails, from the bulkhead to the tailgate. It is generally a factory upgrade and is used primarily for managing, tying down, and securing cargo.
Take a look at the pictures below. The one on the left shows the top, inner side of a truck bed with a utility track, and the image on the right illustrates what that looks like without a utility track.
Our tonneau manufacturers make special clamps for truck beds equipped with cargo management systems, ultimately (in a lot of cases) giving you two options including "with" or "without" cargo management rails. If your truck is upgraded with a cargo management rail system you want to choose "with" cargo management. If it is not, please choose the option "without" cargo management.
Different manufactures use different names for the cargo management system. For example: