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Old 08-30-2015, 04:14 PM   #1
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Dingy Tonneau Cover

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.

Pro's:
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.

Con's:
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.

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