The 10 Best Universal Truck Racks

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We spent 28 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Trucks are designed to carry cargo, but sometimes your pickup bed might not be up to the task, especially when you need to load up long ladders, planks of wood, or piping. Even those who don't use their vehicles for work-related purposes will find that transporting items like canoes and kayaks is much easier with a sturdy universal rack, which is exactly what you'll find here. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best universal truck rack on Amazon.

10. Vantech M1000

9. MaxxHaul 70423

8. TMS 800LB

7. AA Products ADX32-C

6. Apex ATR

5. AA Products APX25

4. Auto Dynasty SL-A+B

3. Thule TracRac TracOne

2. AA Products X35-W

1. AA-Products APX25-WG-E

Editor's Notes

February 21, 2019:

Racks are often needed for both recreational and work trucks, which is exactly why included a variety of styles. If you need to transport heavy gear, the Auto Dynasty SL-A+B, AA-Products APX25-WG-E, and AA Products X35-W, are all good choices, since they feature an 800-pound or higher load capacity. The AA Products X35-W also features a steel grate that protects your rear window from shifting cargo. If you need to carry exceptionally long items and want to make sure they are fully supported, the Auto Dynasty SL-A+B and AA-Products APX25-WG-E are your best options, since they also extend over the vehicle's cab. Those who are hampered by a very tight budget will want to consider the TMS 800LB and MaxxHaul 70423, though these two do have some minor drawbacks. The TMS 800LB does have a sportier look than many other models too, which is nice for everyday drivers. You can achieve that same sporty style with the AA Products X35-W as long as you remove the protective window grate, but if you plan on doing that, then there really is no reason to spend the extra cash to buy this model. Since we realize that even those with toppers may periodically need a rack, we added the AA Products ADX32-C and Vantech M1000 to accommodate them.


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Last updated on February 22, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

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