How to Install a Truck Canopy

Truck canopy is a high cover overarching the free open space at the back of a truck. One of the easiest additions to any truck, a canopy, gives the truck a much better look and also increases the usable space.
If you are planning to install a truck canopy, the first thing you need to do is to search for the right canopy. Ensuring that you purchase the right canopy is very important because all canopies do not fit on all trucks. Although a lot of canopies are designed in such a way that they can fit multiple trucks but still you need to make sure that the canopy you buy is the right one for your truck.
You will need to drill some holes in your trucks body and to do some basic wiring if the canopy that you choose has lights fitted on it.
An eight step process is detailed below to install a truck canopy.

Instructions

  • 1

    To avoid damage to the truck canopy, spread a blanket onto the ground and put the canopy on it. Turn the canopy over and place it with the roof lying on the blanket. An extra pair of hands will be very useful in this step.

  • 2

    You do not want water to seep into the truck through the canopy. So you need to apply adhesive material all around the body of the truck. The adhesive waterproofing that you are using, must not have any air bubbles or weak areas so make sure that you stick it down in a proper manner.
    Open the tailgate of your truck once you are done with the weather proofing to move on to the next step.
    You do not want water to seep into the truck through the canopy. So you need to apply adhesive material all around the body of the truck. The adhesive waterproofing that you are using, must not have any air bubbles or weak areas so make sure that you stick it down in a proper manner.Open the tailgate of your truck once you are done with the weather proofing to move on to the next step.

  • 3

    With help from a willing assistant, flip the canopy and place it the right way up on the back of the truck. While you do so, lookout for your fingers getting trapped under the canopy since it can be very painful.

  • 4

    To ensure that the canopy is water tight, see if it fits properly on the top of the truck. If it does not, you will have to make the necessary changes.

  • 5

    Clamp the canopy to the truck using the hardware clamps which came with the canopy.

  • 6

    As a final check before you tighten the clamps is to make sure that the canopy is in proper alignment. Do so after closing the back of the truck. If it is not, make the necessary adjustments to line it up properly.

  • 7

    Evenly tighten all four hardware clamps to ensure that the canopy does not move while you driver the truck.

  • 8

    In case the canopy came with lights, drill a hole in the truck’s body and make wired connections between the lights and the brake light wires to start supply of current.

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