Tell Me About Tonneau Covers

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  1. Hardware02

    Hardware02 Long timer

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    I'm looking for a rolling style secure tonneau cover for my truck.

    I won't post links but the makes/models I've found so far are:

    Roll-N-Lock M Series;
    Retrax Retrax Pro; and
    RollBak G2.

    I'm leaning towards the Retrax Pro. Does anyone here have that one (or any of the ones I've listed) and would they recommend them or not? What are their strengths & weaknesses; ease of installation, level of security and weather sealing?

    Are you running something I haven't mentioned that you'd recommend?

    Also, I'm considering a grille guard - I had a Westin on my last truck (Tacoma) and ended up having to grind the powder coat off and coat it in bedliner. Does anyone recommend any other grille guards? Have any pics?

    Any advice is welcome...thanks in advance.
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  2. Hardware02

    Hardware02 Long timer

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    Bump.

    No one has any of these?
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  3. patmo

    patmo Been here awhile

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    Had a LeBra brand, soft cover, on my truck for years. It was very east to install rolled up very easily. It did dry out and tear after a out 5 years of always being outside, year round. Security with a soft cover is nil, because a knife will cut through it easily. However, it did hide everything in the bed. Cost for one like that is under 200. Do NOT get one with SNAPS, they are a pain in the a** to use and the fabric around them tears easily. IMO they look like crap as well.
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  4. NDEBT

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    What kind of truck? What do you use the truck for?Does youre tailgate lock? Do you need all of the bed on ocassion? I've sold and installed about all of them and then some.
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  5. MeanMoe

    MeanMoe one really mean cat

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    A coworker had a Roll-N-Lock on his Dodge Ram. He liked it but couldn't see giving up the space in my short bed for the cannister. I ended up with an ARE fiberglass cover. Not as slick as the roll ups but I could use all 6.5 ft of my shortbed pickup.

    My hesitation with the roll ups of the time was the rubber cover used to seal the topside slats. I didn't think it would last long in the GA sun. Probably wrong in that assumption but something to think about.
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  6. Going_Commando

    Going_Commando Been here awhile

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    I had a hard folding tonneau cover on my truck, and absolutely hated it. I have a cap on the truck now, since I live in SoCal and have a regular cab and need the locking storage space, but that sucks too. I miss wide open bed, honestly. The cover would freeze up solid, so I couldn't open it, and snow would pack into the joints when I did finally get it to open, and would stress the hell out of the joints. The thing also leaked like a sieve. Thank God I bought that one used for $300 instead of brand new for $900+! What a pain in the ass!
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  7. nofate

    nofate what blackflies?

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    Do you remember what brand of folding tonneau you had? I am thinking of getting a BakFlip G2 for my 8' box. I never considered possible panel joint problems due to winter conditions.

    Do tonneau covers really save on gas due to better airflow over the box?
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  9. Hardware02

    Hardware02 Long timer

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    Thanks for replying.

    2012 Ram 2500 with a 6'4" bed.

    Personal use. Most of the time I want the bed secured but periodically I'll want to be able to open it up to haul my ATV or motorcycles. I'll also want to be able to partially open the cover to carry things like lawn mowers or snowblowers.

    Yes, the tailgate locks.

    Yes, as already mentioned, on occasion I'll want the use of the whole open bed.

    Any advice is welcome.
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  10. Hardware02

    Hardware02 Long timer

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    I'm also looking at the Diamondback HD...different approach but looks interesting.

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    Anyone have one?
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  11. HardCase

    HardCase winter is coming

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    I have an Extang Solid Fold tonneau on my Tundra. I got it last fall and had it on through the winter months. I now have the bed open because I need it that way, but during the winter I did not and it was great to not be dealing with a bed full of snow and ice. I didn't have any trouble keeping it clear for the most part, just used a push broom to get rid of new snow accumulations. It is super easy to install and remove, takes a couple of minutes tops. And it didn't leak much. I'm real happy with it.

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  12. UnderPowered

    UnderPowered Been here awhile

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    I have the Retrax Pro and like it alot. It is rigid, so it is easy to brush the snow off of (I got a long handled brush/scrapper, because my truck is a 3/4 ton). The thing I like best though is that it is shiny! When you spend a lot of time cleaning up your truck you want your bed cover to look as good as the body and paint. The retrax has that awesome finished look to it. I park in the lot at work amoungst all the dirty leather covers that puddle with water when it rains and they are always dirty with dust. The hard covers, folding and roll types don't have the shine, so they look dingy and dirty. I get tons of compliments on my clean shiny cover.
    The other plus is 4 bolts and you pop it right out if you want the extra room for your bikes. It takes two to lift out though (my 13 year old son and I get it done without issue). I can get the bike in with the cover in, but rather have the extra room and the hard front of the truck bed to bash the wheel into. I always thought about building some kind of false front to protected the roll up box if my wife ever had to come rescue me (she'd probably not be able to get it out = bad back).
    The cover locks in any position, which I've found hand when carrying stuff you completely get under the cover, like a pile of bicycles. If you jam them in tight enough and lock the cover and tailgate, no one can steel them out.
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  13. Hardware02

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    Thanks for the info. Much appreciated.

    What's the approximate dimensions of the box that holds the retracted cover? With a 6'4" bed, I'm assuming that if I needed to haul either of our bikes, the rear wheel would end up out on the open tailgate. Same with the ATV...
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  14. Hardware02

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    Called a local shop and they're recommending the Undercover Flex.

    You lose no bedspace underneath. It's easily removable and it's as secure as any hard cover (no exposed locks).
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  15. ScottDill

    ScottDill TANSTAAFL

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    This is what I have as well. Very versatile. Easy to use, reasonably secure.
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  16. Crocodile Tears

    Crocodile Tears Anti-Semantic

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    on my 12 tacoma I picked up an extang tri-fold soft tonneau. my tailgate does not lock, so I figured security wasnt a huge deal for me. Instead I decided ease of removal would be my deciding factor, so I can go from covered dry storage to hauling a bike/couch/bed in under 5 minutes. Its nice to be able to toss my tool bag in the back when I want to jam two people (victims?) in the "extended cab"

    Open the tailgate, pull two handles, two folds, and two wingnuts and the piece is off. Takes two minutes tops. Doesnt flutter in the wind much, is surprisingly leak proof for a canvas, especially considering its somewhat crude weatherstripping to accomidate the folding, and looks decent on the truck.

    Plus, for 175 delivered to my house off craigslist, I cannot complain.
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  17. UnderPowered

    UnderPowered Been here awhile

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    I have the 6.5' bed too, and yeah, it hangs out unless you tweak it kiddy-whompus.
    I forgot to mention cost. Mine was $1100, mailed to my house. Install was simple.
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