Let's discuss tonneau covers! - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Me | General Topics > General Escape
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 04-20-2014, 07:23 AM   #1
Site Team
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 8,864
Let's discuss tonneau covers!

For those that want to talk about canopys.. start your own thread.

I now have a beautiful white, 2014 Ford F-150, 3.5L w/ecoboost sitting in my driveway. OMG.

I already miss the canopy. Sigh. But, with towing a 5er, a canopy won't work. So... it's tonneau cover time.

I plan on leaving the 5er hitch in the bed all the time. No safe place to store it, no strength to take it in and out. I'm looking for a lockable weather proof/resistent tonneau that I can leave on and tow the 5er. I've already got a couple of good suggestions (thanks Alf and Dan). Anyone else care to join in? I need the help.

Please tell me the brand/model and price. What you like about it, if you have any regrets and what you may have purchased if you would have known.

All set.. go!

TIA.
__________________

Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 07:58 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
lefttee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Trailer: 2013 19' Escape
Posts: 147
Good morning, Donna. I put one of these (Solid Fold) on my Silverado about two months ago. Many of the covers I looked at rolled up into a rather compact bundle but struck me a "fragile." They could be cut very easily with a knife and didn't seem very secure. Problem I may have with this one is that it folds in thirds and I'm not sure it can remain in place and not partially block the hitch. Other than that, it's very well made, quite water tight, and about as secure as one could be. It would be easy to remove when towing but I'm not sure where I would stow it. I will need Reece to get his tape measure out if and when the time comes for the TA. It was around $950 plus tax.
__________________

lefttee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 08:35 AM   #3
Site Team
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Central, Pennsylvania
Trailer: Escape#4, 2019 Escape21 DejaView pulled by 2014 Ram Hemi/8sp
Posts: 21,900
Donna, do you know you spec's on the new Ford, specifically it's GCWR? The amount of "stuff" it can carry, both inside and outside.
__________________
Jim
Due to the pandemic, my life now exists of only 3 days, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Everything else has been forgotten!
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 08:45 AM   #4
Site Team
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 8,864
7,200# GVWR Package
3.55 electronic lock RR axle, GCWR 15,200 More than I'd ever want to tow.
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 09:01 AM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Roseville, California
Trailer: 2009 Escape 19
Posts: 11
Congrats Donna on your choice ! and your "bun in the oven". We are so looking forward to the OG, and a chance to view your future retirement nest eggs.

Our hard-lid tonneau is the BAKFlip Bakflip Tonneau Covers | The Official Bakflip Site - Bakflip.com (like Dan's), and we have had no regrets or issues with it. The only concern you may have with a folding style (such as the BAKFlip) is that in the folded position against the back window, that it may not provide the clearance you need to the loft portion of your trailer during turns (but I'm sure you have that covered with Reace).

As quoted from a frequent and gracious poster on fiberglass forums, YMMV.

Bret
__________________
Bret (andEllen)
2009 19 foot Escape
3498hyt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 09:08 AM   #6
Site Team
 
padlin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Southwick, Massachusetts
Trailer: 5.0 TA #6, 2012 F150 EB
Posts: 6,274
Hi Donna, I too am looking for a cover for use with the 5.0. A roll up was suggested at the cover dealer but I think I'd like it to be a trifold so I can at least have a few things covered while towing. The roll ups can't be just partially rolled, it's all or nothing. I'd be interested in what Alf and Dan suggested too.

Thought you were going the 5L route with the truck, what changed your mind? Welcome to the EB club.
__________________
Happy Motoring
Bob
padlin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 09:17 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Kelowna, British Columbia
Trailer: 2008 Escape 17b
Posts: 1,890
Extang tri-fold tonneau covers are lockable and good looking. I've got one on my Ford Ranger.
J Mac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 09:25 AM   #8
Site Team
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 8,864
Dan (Brett&Ellen too) have the BakTrip G2. I've seen these on both trucks. The sticking point maybe close to the cab. I'm going to need ETIs input.

Alf has a Nissan optioned tonneau, he isn't sure what brand. But mentioned Trifecta which is similar

I guess it gets down to price, what fits, if it's lockable and availablity. I hate paying for shipping! And, I need to be able to install it myself.

Keep it coming!
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 09:29 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Kelowna, British Columbia
Trailer: 2008 Escape 17b
Posts: 1,890
Extang installs in 5 min. Comes off just as fast. If your tailgate locks, your truck beds contents will be secure and dry.
J Mac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 09:47 AM   #10
Site Team
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 8,864
Humm, tri-fold? I see the BakFlip G2 is four fold. That may make a difference depending on bed length and where the hitch is installed. Humm

Bakflip G2 Tonneau Cover | BakFactoryDirect.com

Oh wait, I guess that IS for the 8' beds. D'oh!
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 09:56 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Trailer: 2013 Escape 19
Posts: 736
I can't contribute anything emperical, but I was considering a cover and did a bit of research. I liked what I saw with the Bak products, in terms of quality, flexibility, and feature set.

One consideration for me was that Bak industries was one of the few that provide an integrated solution for simultaneous cover and racks, which I wanted so I could carry kayaks. (that went by the wayside when I decided I also wanted to carry bikes in the box, and the bikes wouldn't fit under a cover, so I didn't need the cover.)
__________________
Doug

2013 Escape 19 ("The Dog House") , 2018 Ford F150
dbailey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 10:04 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Mike Lewis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Santa Rosa County, Florida
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21
Posts: 2,381
Donna-

I have an Undercover SE on my Tacoma. It is a one-piece polycarbonate cover hinged at the front. With a locking tailgate (which can be retrofitted) it is secure. It's strong enough to stand upon, weighs about 70 pounds I think, and it cost $800. The only issue is that it is unwieldy for one person to put on and remove due to its size, and you can forget about it if a wind is blowing. See undercoverinfo.com.

Mike Lewis
Mike Lewis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 10:17 AM   #13
Site Team
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 8,864
I know the BakFlip comes with a rail system, some other brands do and some don't. On the Ford forum, in checking there too, some are saying the rails may interfer with the 5th wheel. This may be worth checking out.

However, the rails can also serve a purpose for water drainage with opening, etc. And heaven knows we get tons of rain in PDX.
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 10:18 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Kelowna, British Columbia
Trailer: 2008 Escape 17b
Posts: 1,890
Does the Bakflip G2 require the installation of rails? The Extang doesn't. Is it easy to remove and install the Bakflip when not required? the Extang tri fold is. Cap-it sells both I think, check them out.
J Mac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 10:19 AM   #15
Site Team
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 8,864
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike Lewis View Post
Donna-

I have an Undercover SE on my Tacoma. It is a one-piece polycarbonate cover hinged at the front.
Thanks Mike. But, I really want something I can leave on while towing the 5er. And then use, when unhitched.

If I was getting a bumper pull, for me, this would be something worth looking into!
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 10:20 AM   #16
Senior Member
 
Dave Walter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 2013 19' & 2013 15B
Posts: 2,372
I think that I would go for a retractable cover, maybe something like this.


http://www.retrax.com
__________________
2013 19' \ 2013 15B, 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser

"It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it." - 1907, Maurice Switzer
Dave Walter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 10:22 AM   #17
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 13
Congrats on the new tug, Donna!
Cam A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 10:23 AM   #18
Site Team
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 8,864
Alright Dave, where did you borrow the picture? It's not linked.
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 10:28 AM   #19
Senior Member
 
Dave Walter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 2013 19' & 2013 15B
Posts: 2,372
Quote:
Originally Posted by Donna D. View Post
Alright Dave, where did you borrow the picture? It's not linked.
Oops. Retrax™, The Last Bed Cover You'll Buy
__________________
2013 19' \ 2013 15B, 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser

"It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it." - 1907, Maurice Switzer
Dave Walter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 10:35 AM   #20
Site Team
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 8,864
Oooh, another interesting one Dave. Thanks for sharing.

And, those thanks go to everyone else too.
__________________

Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Escape Trailer Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:28 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.
×