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MNRon

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Posted: 10/08/21 06:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another vote for soft tri-folds. I’ve had a TonnoPro on my Silverado since 2013. Works great. Well supported by company (have contacted them twice in 8yrs and they’ve been very responsive and sent free replacement parts for what I consider just worn out straps etc. We run with it folded forward when hitched to 5er and easily cover hitch and all when not hooked up. Also lived in MN for first 3yrs and it easily handled 1’ snow loads.


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valhalla360 wrote:

You might want to reconsider soft covers with the tri-fold.

I've had the old snap/velcro/slot type and yes, they have some serious drawbacks.

We've had a newer tri-fold soft cover and it solves a lot of the issues:
- 2-3min to install or remove completely.
- You can fold up the back two sections if you don't need the entire bed uncovered (takes just a minute).
- So far stays dry.

Had it for about 1.5yrs so far and very happy.

The only thing we'll have to see is how it holds up long term but at $200, I could replace it 3 times over for the cost of hard cover.
Sounds the same as mine and very happy with it.


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Thanks for all the replies.

As initially noted, my current truck (which will be gone when the new one arrives) has a solid cover (extang? maybe, the nameplate fell off two days after I bought it, so have forgotten), which is strong enough to stand on and has never leaked, even in downpours and car washes. The only issue is inability to carry large items, like furniture etc. without completely removing.

The one I posted about folds up to within 6 inches of the cab and, in a couple seconds, can be fully removed from the rails, which remain with the truck bed. For a tonneau, it's a bit pricey (over $900 USD), although the solid one cost me $1200 CDN. And it has a lock and key (although not sure how effective that is).

I would prefer a hard, rather than soft, cover, but could be persuaded otherwise.

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I ordered on of those roll up metal ones with the new truck. It will take up some space at the front of the bed, but it's also part of the reason to order a long bed

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I have a metal roll up cover. Although it takes up some room in the bed, with a 5th wheel it works great. Can even roll the cover closed and lock to protect anyone from stealing the hitch. We use our truck as a truck, hauling all kinds of things and although you lose the front of the bed, its better in my opinion than the tri fold covers that block the back window. It does remove, but haven't had a reason to since we got it. It was better at keeping things dry when it was new, right now the side gaskets are worn, but they are replaceable.

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I have a Bak Revolver X2 on my truck. Got it from 4wheelonline. I like it because it doesn't block the rear window when rolled up. It is easy to open and close. There's only a slight water intrusion in the tailgate during heavy rains but not really a big issue.

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I've started looking at the aluminum retractable covers, like Roll N Lock (although some are as expensive as a canopy).

I don't mind the, minimal, space they take up at the front of the bed as long as there is some space to lay a few sheets of plywood.

Having said that, one of the reasons I am looking at tonneau covers is the new truck comes with a sliding rear window (electric, I think) and I figured it negates any benefit if it is blocked by the canopy.

I didn't choose the slider as it came in a package which had a component I did want.

So I ask, of those who have a rear sliding window, do you use them all that often and do some of you also have them blocked by a canopy? Don't have a dog and the kids are grown and I rarely have anyone in the back seats.

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marpel wrote:


So I ask, of those who have a rear sliding window, do you use them all that often and do some of you also have them blocked by a canopy? Don't have a dog and the kids are grown and I rarely have anyone in the back seats.

Marv


I opened mine once. the only benefit I see is you can stick 8 ft 2x2s, etc.through them.
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I'm the same, Electric Back Window was part of the overall package. Opened once to hear the radio while working in the back of the truck.
When I ordered my 2018 High Country I ordered the optional Roll-n-Lock cover (Dealer installed option) and was $100 cheaper than on the open market.


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Michelle.S - How is the RollnLock for water resistance?

I have had a solid tonneau cover for the last ten or so years and it has been literally bullet-proof in regard to water penetration. I suspect a retractable would be less than so.

And, does it require drilling a hole(s) in the bed for the drain tubes?

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