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Hi folks. I have a new Ram 3500 short bed with a Curt A20 slider to tow our new fifth wheel. I am looking at the tri-fold style hard tonneau cover. My question is can the cover be left on the truck in the folded position while towing or do I need to completely remove the cover?


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We had one, as a follow up to the soft roll up that came with the truck. The roll up was not a success with the hitch. The trifold was better but you still need to firmly tie down the cover in front of the hitch. The fiver generates a horizontal tornado in between the truck and truck bed and that tends to slam the bed cover around. So keep that in mind.


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I have a Bak Flip G2 that I am able to fold back and use with my hitch while towing. I have not experienced any wind issues.


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As long as the top of the hitch is below the top of the bed rails you should have no problem. My Pace Edwards hard roll type cover easily clears my hitch.

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I have an Extang tri-fold on an eight foot bed and have no problems towing when folded. There are clips that hold it in the open position. I would verify that your hitch pin placement is further rearward than one third of your bed length so that you pin box doesn't interfere with the cover. When my cover is folded, the stacked panels add about 2" of height over the bed rails. Not a problem towing but things can get a little close when backing tight up a hill. I still love the cover after five towing seasons with it.

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Extang tri-fold no problems in two years


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I had one issue. If you are backing the 5er at an angle up a grade and the truck stays on more level ground, the nose of the trailer can get real close. Doesn't happen often but something to keep an eye on. Basically with mine, it takes up about 2 inches of space when folded. So you no longer have the 6 inches recommended above the bed rail.


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I have the Backflip Fibermax, 4 section. Fold it 3/4 of the way, lots of clearance with the standard pinbox. When I switched to a TrailAir pinbox I had to move the tonneau cover forward a little to clear the shock absorber.
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I also have the Bakflip G2. I haven't had any problems. I do use the straps and buckle it.


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Posted: 12/24/19 07:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not a hard-too, but I’ve used a TonnoPro trifold for years on my 2013 Chevy SB. Works great, leave folded in front when traveling and flop it back over the hitch when 5ers disconnected.


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