I drag a Toyota Tacoma behind my MH. I retired three years ago and the DW retires in two weeks. We are leaving for our first long RV trip one week later. I wanted to be able to stow stuff in the bed of my truck during our trip, out of the weather and out of sight.
I had a shell on my last truck. The shell looked very nice but it prevented me from loading anything tall/large into the bed. The windows also made it easy for potential thieves to see what was inside. I decided this time around to go with a retractable tonneau cover. It will keep things out of sight, yet it will roll up out of the way if I need to haul anything large.
I went with a RetraxPro retractable cover. They are more than I wanted to spend, but they seem to be well built and get good reviews. I just installed it this morning so I have no real review to report but here are some pro's and con's that I've noticed so far, in case anyone is considering something similar.
The cover locks in any position and it easy to operate; it keeps items out of sight and out of the weather; easy to install; fairly good reviews overall.
At $1750, they are very expensive; the storage drum and the bed rail channels reduce some of the bed storage capacity; I am no longer able to use my Toyota OE bed rail channels w/integrated tie down cleats.
The inability to keep my OE tie down cleats was almost a deal breaker, but all of the retractable bed covers I looked at required their removal. I installed additional tie down hooks on the bed floor several years ago, so I am hoping they will suffice. Time will tell.