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ependydad

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Posted: 03/02/12 12:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife and I have a new Ram 3500 Long Bed that's supposed to be delivered to the dealer in the next couple of weeks. My requirements are:

  1. Dry enough to store a stroller back there w/o it getting wet
  2. Easy for her to open/close it it (this will be wife's daily driver w/ 1 kid and 1 infant)
  3. Not require removing it when towing a FW

I've read a thread or two on "tonneau covers" - but none really discuss the dry-ness aspect. That's paramount, as we'd really like the stroller to stay dry for the baby.

The JackRabbit seems to have a "WeatherGate" option.

Thoughts? Opinions? Witty commentary?

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* This post was edited 03/02/12 01:09pm by ependydad *


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Posted: 03/02/12 01:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a Truxedo, around 6 years old. It still keeps the interior of the bed as dry as a truck bed can be - any water ingress is not from the top! It's a flexible cover, so not as secure as a hard cover, but it is extremely easy to roll up or down and latch, and there is no issue at all about using a FW with it - I've left it on when I carried my truck camper...

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I'm using the Roll-N-Lock.
Mine is manual, but They now have a powered version too.


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My buddy has this one on his Dodge 2500 SB. Seals well and can be folded back for the 5er. It also can be completely removed in a matter of minutes, if you wish. I plan on purchasing one for myself this year.

http://extang.com/docs/solidfold.html


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Posted: 03/02/12 01:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have the hard panel folding top. It stayed water tight for five years then the rubber seal on the piano hinges started to crack and leak. I striped them off and replaced them with black duct tape, still looks good.

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Posted: 03/02/12 01:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Fold-A-Cover covers all of your requirements too.


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Posted: 03/02/12 02:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Question for those w/ the folding covers.. can they be opened by one person from just one the side of the truck?

I was watching the extang video and it looked like you had to do something from either side before it could fold back.

And, I didn't fully pick it up from the videos - how do you secure it if you're just folding it back once (vs. the whole way)?

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On the Fold-A-Cover it is a one person job. There are two locks, one on the front quarter and one on the rear quarter. When folded there are two straps that snap the four parts down. Honestly it is heavy enough I have not had a problem even when I forget to put the straps in place. When closed it covers my fifth wheel hitch and generator. Also when closed and locked it locks my tail gate in place too.

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Posted: 03/02/12 03:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am looking at the Bakflip G2 cover and it seems to meet all of you needs. I like it because it still allows full bed use without removing the cover from the bed.


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