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What is a Utility Track System

In the process of customizing your truck you’ve probably run into questions such as, “Does your truck have a bed rack system?” or “Do you have a track system in the bed of your truck?”. Some trucks come from the dealership equipped with rails running the length of the bed. These rails, often called a utility track system, use sliding cargo adjusters to let you fasten the contents of your bed in multiple positions. Read on to determine whether or not your truck is equipped with one of these systems.

Illustration

Use these pictures to help determine whether or not you have a utility track system. The picture to the left shows the top inside portion of a truck bed with a utility track system, while the one to the right shows a bed without a utility track system.

Image of a truck bed equipped with a utility track system

A Toyota equipped with a utility track system
Image of a truck bed without a utility track system

The same bed without a utility track system

Why does this matter?

Certain accessories (tonneau covers especially) will use different hardware to attach to beds equipped with these utility track systems. Make sure when choosing the correct item for your truck bed that you select the option “with track system” if your truck is equipped with cargo management rails from the factory.

Image of cargo cleat on a utility track system

Cargo cleats can sometimes interfere with the installation of a tonneau cover
Image of a truck bed without cargo cleats

Without a track or cleats, standard hardware can be used for installation

Is it always called a Utility Track System?

Truck manufacturers use varying terms for their versions of a utility track or cargo management system. Have a look at the pictures below to learn about terminology unique to specific makes and models

 

Image of a GMC cargo management system

GMC – Cargo Management System.
Image of a Chevrolet cargo management system

Chevrolet – Cargo Management System.
Image of a Ram utility rail system

Ram – Utility Rail System

 

Image of a Ford track system

Ford – Cargo Management System.
Image of a Nissan Utili-Track system

Nissan – Utili-Track System.
Image of a Toyota deck rail system

Toyota – Deck Rail System.