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Old 08-03-2016, 07:46 AM   #1
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Tonneau cover choices

I've searched the forum and read the few mentions of tonneau covers, but need to pick something soon. I'm leaning toward the hard, folding style like Fold-a-cover or Bakflip. I just wanted to get thoughts on weight, durability, watertightness, easy access, and perceived security. Also want to keep full use of the front of the bed and easy removal when needed.

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Old 08-03-2016, 08:05 AM   #2
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Good morning Bill. I know several of us here on the forum have the BakFlip G2. I'm 100% satisfied with mine. I installed it myself (took about 45 minutes and used hand tools) and find it very easy to use. By folding all the way to the back window, I can pack the perimeter of the bed around the hitch, then lay the folded sections back down for travel while hooked up to Ten Forward. When completely unfolded, I suppose it's about as secure as any tonneau when it comes to items in the bed. I've never hauled gold bars so, I may be wrong about that. But, out-of-sight, out-of-mind... and that's accomplished. The tailgate needs to be open to "unlock" the tonneau. Good luck with your decision.


At the time, the cheapest I found it was direct from the manufacturer and free shipping!
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Old 08-03-2016, 09:28 AM   #3
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I have the Fold-a-cover with their toolbox. It works great, and I have had no issues with it at all. To be fair it is the first tonneau cover I have owned.

As usual I did a TON of research before buying it. I too came up with the fact I was going to get a folding type fairly soon on.

I like the fact that the forward panel flips to the rear, so I can access the toolbox easily. I store all my tools and repair stuff in their, plus a bunch of other small items. The only drawback of this is, is when I am towing and have the rear panels folded up on top of it, as it is then inaccessible. This has never really been a big deal, just the one wee negative to this setup I have found.

The toolbox hangs in place, with the bottom about 6" off the bed of the box, which allows longer items to be placed in the box.

I have had it installed for 8 months now, and have not had a single leak that I know of, everything including the stuff in the toolbox has stayed completely dry.

I had to take a leap of faith, as I had not seen one in persons, but it met every expectation I had for it. I had looked at the Bakflip which is available locally, and though it is a great product, especially given it is cheaper, but the Fold-a-cover in my opinion is a better product, and the toolbox was the clincher.


With the Fold-a-cover you can open the tailgate separate from the cover, something which is nice if it is raining. Though when towing my fifth wheel, I don't put anything in the box (with the exception of the toolbox which is always covered) that I don't want to get wet.

I would bet it took me just over an hour to install the cover, and another 30 minutes to install the toolbox. Next time it would be faster.
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Old 08-03-2016, 09:56 AM   #4
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BakFlip G2 also has a front box as an accessory, that has storage space under the box for long items . It's call a BakBox.

So many choices in tonneaus. Difficult to make a decision. I'm sure you'll find the one that works best for you.
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Old 08-03-2016, 10:03 AM   #5
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This is the cheapest Tonneau cover I could find. Vinyl cloth, rolls up, had the option of velcro or button snaps to keep it in place. I chose the buttons. A bit of a pain to unsnap, hurts your fingers, no where near as fast and convenient a process to open as the fold-up panels. You get what you pay for.
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Old 08-03-2016, 10:49 AM   #6
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I've got a Leer fiberglass cover which is great if you have a pull trailer. It is secure and very weather tight. The only problem is I am buying 5.0 TA and it won't work with a fifth wheel hitch. I guess all I can say is "For Sale".
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I second the BAK-Flip covers. I put one on my first truck and had one on every truck since. Great for towing and camping and they stow easily against the back window so you can use the full bed for hauling. Haven't had leaking issues when installed properly.
Can't remember which one I get, but it has fiberglass panels instead of aluminum due to the heat in AZ and potentially burning oneself on the aluminum ones.
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Old 08-03-2016, 01:17 PM   #8
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Hi Bill

I went with the Undercover Flex. I have had it almost a year and love it. I liked the way it does not touch the truck cab when all the way open. It is very strong and well made. I don't think any of the tri-fold covers are 100% water tight but it has done real good in some very hard rain. It is secure, easy to open, installed it myself, and can remove it myself. Well worth the money. They do get hot in the sun even with the FRP panels so remember that when you touch one. Hate to think what the aluminum would be like. I installed a battery powered LED light on the middle panel that will light up the bed at night.

We had a hard fiberglass on the last truck and I thought it was a bit of a pain. Could not have full access to the bed. It was waterproof though and never leaked a drop.

Bought it online
Undercover Flex Tonneau Covers

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https://www.amazon.com/TruXedo-17049...au+cover+light
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Old 08-03-2016, 02:53 PM   #9
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We use a Truxedo roll up cover when we are at home, but when its time to travel replace it with the SofTopper. https://www.softopper.com/ The bikes travel nicely in the bed of the truck out of the weather. Fast and easy.
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Old 08-03-2016, 04:12 PM   #10
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Thanks to you all. I respect the thoughts of forum members who have been camping so much longer than we have.
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