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Old 04-08-2021, 01:54 PM   #1
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What bed covers work best with a 5.0 & PU 6'4" or 6'5" bed? I want to make sure my bed locks up securely, as losing the Anderson would be a huge mess when out & about, unhooked. Vinyl alone would not work.
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I have a RAM 1500 6'4" bed but figured the F150 6'5" bed would use a similar bed cover with a 5.0TA. Only an inch difference in length.
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I have a RAM 1500 6'4" bed but figured the F150 6'5" bed would use a similar bed cover with a 5.0TA. Only an inch difference in length.
Hi: Jack... We have a 5'7" bed Ram 4X4 with a tri-fold Ram vinyl cover. Never had thing stolen yet!!! Had a tri-fold vinyl cover on the Fronty 6'1" bed with out a loss as well. They look like the Trifecta covers. Alf
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Old 04-08-2021, 03:53 PM   #5
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I have a F150 6 1/2' bed with the Ford Trifold hard cover. I really like it but it came with the truck so not sure how much it costs... I have the Andersen hitch (rail version) but waiting on the 5.0 to be built
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I have a F150 6 1/2' bed with the Ford Trifold hard cover. I really like it but it came with the truck so not sure how much it costs... I have the Andersen hitch (rail version) but waiting on the 5.0 to be built
I'm still waiting on my trailer build as well. I was wondering if a tri-fold cover clears the trailer pinbox and hitch in turns or if a quad-fold or roll up works better.
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Hi: Jack... We have a 5'7" bed Ram 4X4 with a tri-fold Ram vinyl cover. Never had thing stolen yet!!! Had a tri-fold vinyl cover on the Fronty 6'1" bed with out a loss as well. They look like the Trifecta covers. Alf
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I'm still waiting on my trailer build as well. I was wondering if a tri-fold cover clears the trailer pinbox and hitch in turns or if a quad-fold or roll up works better.
Hi: Jack... We tow with the tri fold cover folded so when we leave the trailer in a CG. we can cover the box while touring. Works for us!!! Alf
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What bed covers work best with a 5.0 & PU 6'4" or 6'5" bed? I want to make sure my bed locks up securely, as losing the Anderson would be a huge mess when out & about, unhooked. Vinyl alone would not work.
We have a Trifecta 2.0 on a 2016 F-150 EB with the 6.5' bed. it works perfectly with the 5.0 and hauled our skis up to the slopes today for a fine ski day.
Folded it is at least 6" in front of the ball and extended it is about 4" below the cover.
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Old 04-08-2021, 06:30 PM   #10
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Out of sight works much of the time...

^ This is my take on it as well. Keeping it covered and the tailgate locked will take care of 99% of the mischief.

I have a tri-fold vinyl cover on my 6 1/2' bed 2014 F150 and we've been on a number of trips with our stuff riding back there under the cover and left it out in many a parking lot unattended without any problems. I always leave the tailgate locked to make it as difficult as possible.

When we finally do get our Andersen, that'll be a while, I will find a way to lock a couple of the pins that hold it down to make it difficult for any would be thief to take off with it.
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Old 04-08-2021, 07:02 PM   #11
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Andersen Rail Lock

If your worried about theft, there are locks available that lock the Andersen hitch to the rails.


Like this:https://durasafelocks.com/products/f...eel-hitch-lock
or this:https://www.curtmfg.com/part/23256
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We have a Trifecta 2.0 on a 2016 F-150 EB with the 6.5' bed. it works perfectly with the 5.0 and hauled our skis up to the slopes today for a fine ski day.
Folded it is at least 6" in front of the ball and extended it is about 4" below the cover.
Great info... Take away seems to be tri-folds have the room needed for the trailer, as long as the hitch is clear. I have the hitch but not the trailer. Don't want to wait that long to get a cover but wanted to make sure a tri-fold works with the 5.0.

Thanks much!
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Hi: Jack... We tow with the tri fold cover folded so when we leave the trailer in a CG. we can cover the box while touring. Works for us!!! Alf
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Old 04-08-2021, 09:18 PM   #14
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If your worried about theft, there are locks available that lock the Andersen hitch to the rails.

Not all Andersen hitches are mounted on rails. The aluminum Andersen Ultimate mounts to a gooseneck ball.


Like this:https://durasafelocks.com/products/f...eel-hitch-lock
or this:https://www.curtmfg.com/part/23256
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What bed covers work best with a 5.0 & PU 6'4" or 6'5" bed? I want to make sure my bed locks up securely, as losing the Anderson would be a huge mess when out & about, unhooked. Vinyl alone would not work.
Tonneau covers or bed covers take up space and add weight which is of concern with some vehicles and their low cargo capacity. If you have the Andersen rail mount, the locks quoted above will sufficiently secure it. If you have the Andersen gooseneck ball mount, why not secure it with a cable lock, either to a cargo tie down point in the truck or around a tree or the trailer’s landing gear when set up. Of course, if you have a massive cargo capacity, I retract my suggestion.
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Old 04-09-2021, 07:36 AM   #15
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What bed covers work best with a 5.0 & PU 6'4" or 6'5" bed? I want to make sure my bed locks up securely, as losing the Anderson would be a huge mess when out & about, unhooked. Vinyl alone would not work.
I too have a Trifecta fabric trifold cover on my 6.5 bed and like someone else said out of sight out of mind. If you really are nervous (not sure where you hang out) run a cable lock through the hitch and to the rail or tie down and lock it there. That is what I do with my generator. The cover works great BTW.
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If your worried about theft, there are locks available that lock the Andersen hitch to the rails.


Like this:https://durasafelocks.com/products/f...eel-hitch-lock
or this:https://www.curtmfg.com/part/23256
We use 2 of these diagonally placed on the rails. With stout combo locks they work well. But we got them on Amazon. Could not find them there this morning. Least expensive solution.

https://www.crofttrailer.com/58093-5...ates-kit-of-4/
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Old 04-09-2021, 01:11 PM   #17
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If your worried about theft, there are locks available that lock the Andersen hitch to the rails.


Like this:https://durasafelocks.com/products/f...eel-hitch-lock
or this:https://www.curtmfg.com/part/23256
I'll likely use the pin locks as well, but will have other gear in the bed around the 5th wheel. I've got a 6.4 bed so there's extra room available. It will be a nice storage spot once secured and everything out of sight.
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Old 04-09-2021, 01:21 PM   #18
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Tonneau covers or bed covers take up space and add weight which is of concern with some vehicles and their low cargo capacity. If you have the Andersen rail mount, the locks quoted above will sufficiently secure it. If you have the Andersen gooseneck ball mount, why not secure it with a cable lock, either to a cargo tie down point in the truck or around a tree or the trailer’s landing gear when set up. Of course, if you have a massive cargo capacity, I retract my suggestion.
Good info.... Fortunately, my truck has plenty of payload to work with and can handle the trailer, gear, people, plus a cover without any real concerns. I had a plan when I picked my truck. Thanks.
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i have the vinyl cover too. of course it could be cut but out of sight is helpful and most covers can be broken into. i like it because its light and less expensive.
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I looked hard into tonneau covers in 2015, and after perusing lots and lots of reviews decided to go with a Fold-A-Cover with their tool caddy. This very strongly built and easy to use cover has worked great, and is still doing so. The caddy holds all my tools and a bunch of campsite tools, like an axe, rake, etc. It also hangs with about 6" of clearance to the bed, which allows longer items to be stowed in the bed. You can open the tailgate when it is locked. I would buy it again if needed, for sure.
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