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Old 04-20-2014, 03:26 PM   #31
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I noticed with bak flip in the most open position it completely blocks the back window of the truck I know you can't see much when towing a gooseneck or a 5th wheel but it spooks me a little to completely block the window.

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Old 04-20-2014, 03:42 PM   #32
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My "plan" is to leave the front 1/3 down on the rail. But, I'm used to not being able to seeing much out the back. Had a canopy with dark windows for years. I don't think the BakFlip is really designed to drive around with it entirely flipped up anyway.

I've also got a request in for info from BakFlip... wanting to know what that 1/3 measures. The box it comes in measures 68x23x8 (inches), so I'm thinking it's a bit smaller than 23". 1/3 of 77 inches is 25.6, which is more than the box it's delivered in. Hummm.

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Old 04-20-2014, 04:12 PM   #33
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Hi Donna,
Congrats on the new TUG! Could you post a few pixs of it? What model is it and did you get a 4X2? I am sure your average gas mileage will increase substantially after being driven for a while.
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Old 04-20-2014, 04:27 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by Donna D. View Post
Dave according to the electronics, I'm getting 5.1mpg
That's what happens when you drag race in new truck
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Old 04-20-2014, 04:30 PM   #35
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Jim, gotta find the camera. I'm not much of a picture taker. And I don't own a cellphone.

It's the Super Cab XLT and 4x4. I would have preferred a 4x2, but couldn't get one anywhere in the region that was white with the package I wanted. Plenty of ones in color, but I wanted WHITE.

Unless the mpg improves substantially, I'm going to need to figure out a way to always drive downhill and coast
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Old 04-20-2014, 06:28 PM   #36
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I now have a beautiful white, 2014 Ford F-150, 3.5L w/ecoboost sitting in my driveway. OMG.
Very nice. Congrats on the purchase, Donna.
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Old 04-20-2014, 07:01 PM   #37
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Pretty much same truck as Donna except 8' and Heavy Duty package. 14-15 running around town, 17 commuting, 10-12 towing my 20' sticky.
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Old 04-20-2014, 10:10 PM   #38
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Hi Donna. First post here.

Sounds like my truck is similar to yours. 2013 F150 w 6.5 foot box 4x4 ecoboost. I own a 22' 1996 frontier fifth made by peak manufacturing back in the day (seriously considering replacing with an escape when the time comes).

Bought my truck back in November and went through the thought process you are now in regarding the tonneau. I ended up going with the Truxedo roll up. Yes it is vinyl so only keeps the honest/lazy crooks out... but it seemed to suit my needs best. I didnt like the retrax/rollnlock setups because of the room they take up in the box and also they tend to freeze in winter (harsher here perhaps in Alberta than for you).

The ones that flip cover the window as mentioned. But, not only consider that while driving ... also consider you cant see anything while hooking up. As a long time owner of a couple 5ths this hooking up advantage is a plus vs bumper pulls. I have yet to use my fifth with this new tow vehicle... but I am pretty sure that even with the tonneau rolled up I will have difficulty seeing my hitch vs my prior vehicle with no cover. That extra 4" or so when rolled up seems enough to block out the hitch even when stretchin my head toward the top of the cab.

I bought a cheap hand mirror and also a wide angle rear window fresnel lense (8"×10") that adheres to the rear window and gives a wider angle of view. I am hopeful the later will be the solution with the mirror idea as a backup. As last resort this truxedo can be removed and reinstalled pretty quickly.

I do have a couple of friends with 5ers and truxedo rollup. Both really like it but admit they cant see anything while hitching so need to get in and out of the cab or have someone guide them, etc. This would seem to be a common problem with most tonneaus and maybe something you want to consider (they all block at different angles)

Good luck with your choice. I took a pic of my tonneau setup but couldnt figure how to attach here.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:24 AM   #39
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Would you like Ellen and I to take a series of measurements and pictures of our BakFlip in its various configurations ? Be happy to. Also, fully folded up to the window works well with the provided locking braces. I installed ours in about 10 minutes after delivery from Mr. UPS. Its a bit heavy (so you'll need an assistant), but very do-able. Our bed stays bone-dry during rains.

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Old 04-21-2014, 09:38 AM   #40
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Donna, I installed a Peragon (Peragon Retractable Aluminum Truck Bed Covers - Family Owned. American Made. cover on my Frontier a year ago and like it very much. Look at the videos on the website to see how it works (and can be removed fairly easily). Not cheap - mine was around $700

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