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Old 04-23-2014, 03:32 PM   #51
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Interesting point. How about colour-matched to the tug? That's common in caps, but they are constructed differently... even a hard tonneau is probably not the same materials a cap.
Mixed reviews, but the price is right and they are color matched.
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:08 PM   #52
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Mixed reviews, but the price is right and they are color matched.
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Thanks Interesting option: the rigid panels fold down, so they would not obstruct the view of the hitch... and it is available in white for Donna (although generic white might not be a close enough colour match), or matched to a specific truck paint code at a higher price. With the fifth-wheel, it would presumably be used with one pair of the six (three pairs) of panels extended, and the rest stacked against the front of the box.
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Mixed reviews, but the price is right and they are color matched.
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Watched the video. If I didnt already have the backflip, I think I'd consider that in white.
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One of the early negative complaints was that if there was something slid under the front of the cover where the folded leafs go, the cover would not open. Required climbing in under the cover and moving said objects... No idea if they came up with a fix.
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Watching this thread with great interest, as it may be an option I am looking for some day soon. LIke Bob alludes to with the panels hanging down, and the rolling cover with the big cage underneath, both seem to take away from an ideal cargo carrying space.

Has anyone used, or seen used good locking containers that would be out of the way of the hitch operation. A vinyl rolling cover could then be employed for when the hitch was not in use, and security would not be as much of an issue.
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Watching this thread with great interest, as it may be an option I am looking for some day soon. LIke Bob alludes to with the panels hanging down, and the rolling cover with the big cage underneath, both seem to take away from an ideal cargo carrying space.

Has anyone used, or seen used good locking containers that would be out of the way of the hitch operation. A vinyl rolling cover could then be employed for when the hitch was not in use, and security would not be as much of an issue.
There is one that is heavy duty and rolls up into a coil at the front of the bed that locks, not sure how water tight it is.

Truly, there is some compromise on all of these designs. That's the price of having a lockable space and still have the utility the truck's bed for something tall when you need it.
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Watching this thread with great interest, as it may be an option I am looking for some day soon. LIke Bob alludes to with the panels hanging down, and the rolling cover with the big cage underneath, both seem to take away from an ideal cargo carrying space.

Has anyone used, or seen used good locking containers that would be out of the way of the hitch operation. A vinyl rolling cover could then be employed for when the hitch was not in use, and security would not be as much of an issue.
I'm looking forward to seeing if the Extang Tri-fold works. It seems to be the easiest to use, easiest to install, nicely priced, good looking, lockable, it's out of the way of cargo and rear window.
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Playing with the tape measure this am. The front hinge of the Trifold on my Chevy with a 6' bed sits about 4-6" in front of the rear axle. Assuming the hitch will mount directly over the axle... it could be tight.
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Watching this thread with great interest, as it may be an option I am looking for some day soon. LIke Bob alludes to with the panels hanging down, and the rolling cover with the big cage underneath, both seem to take away from an ideal cargo carrying space.

Has anyone used, or seen used good locking containers that would be out of the way of the hitch operation. A vinyl rolling cover could then be employed for when the hitch was not in use, and security would not be as much of an issue.


I have been using a couple of rubbermaid action packers for years similar to this:
Amazon.com - Rubbermaid 1172 ActionPacker Storage Box, 24 Gallon - Lidded Home Storage Bins

Yes they are plastic and the lock would not be very hard to break into but they have served me very well. Two of these fit real nice at the front of the truck bed as you can see in this photo I found on the net:


So basically I place mine just like the front two in that photo. I would then lock them in with a kryptonite cable similar to this:
Amazon.com: Kryptonite 720018210610 KryptoFlex 3/8" x 7' 1007 Double Loop Security Cable: Sports & Outdoors

I have six locks (all keyed the same), 4 for the action packers and 2 for the two front truck tie downs. I just lock the cable in on the two outside locks on the action packers - they ride together better this way (and not nearly the pain locking them in). My previous truck had no tonneau cover so I had to remove after each camping trip - but now with the new truck and rollup tonneau, I plan to just leave them in there for the summer (unless I need the truck bed for something else). I may modify how I use these as I go along with the new truck.

They are very weatherproof and I have been reasonably comfortable with the security over the years as one of them contains my 1000 watt Honda generator which fits perfectly along with a couple 1-gallon gas containers. The other one contains my 10 lb propane tank, lantern + fuel and misc - it has been stored outside under the house eaves when not in use and it has weathered very well - would guess it is 15 years old +/-.

My use of these has been pretty basic. You can google these action packers and see a variety of ways people are using and modifying them. There might even be some accessories out there (in terms of securing them better) since I bought mine. A steel box(es) of some kind might be more secure - but I find these to be more versatile, lighter weight and cheaper.
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Playing with the tape measure this am. The front hinge of the Trifold on my Chevy with a 6' bed sits about 4-6" in front of the rear axle. Assuming the hitch will mount directly over the axle... it could be tight.
A look at the instructions that came with my B&W hitch show the king pin center 3.5"-1.25" forward of the axle center, depends on the make and year of the truck. The farthest forward is the newer Tundras. The coupler plate measures 6" from king pin center to it's front edge. No idea how big a king pin is.

Are the 3 sections of the Trifold equal width?
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