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Old 05-08-2021, 10:53 AM   #1
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Tonneau Cover Advice Requested

Hello All,

I just bought an new F350 SRW and want to install a bed cover on it. I am going crazy looking at all the different options for bed covers and I am hoping some of you experienced RVers can steer me in the right direction.

The truck is the shorter bed and has the factory spray in liner. I will be using it to tow a TT. It currently does not have a toolbox (but I might decide to get one at some point). I live in the gulf south and it rains here a lot.

I am looking for a product that will provide security and weather protection but I don't want to spend a fortune on it. I like the idea of a retractable cover and I have seen several that integrate rails that can be used to install racks above the bed - which I think are awesome but they are also pretty pricey. Any advice you can give me on bed covers that you have used and some pros/cons will be greatly appreciated...

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I am looking for a product that will provide security and weather protection but I don't want to spend a fortune on it.
These two criteria work opposite one another. Cheaper = less secure and less weatherproof

I've been super happy with my Truxedo roll-up but, of course, someone could cut through it with a razor knife in a second and it does let some water in. Keep in mind if it's 100% water-tight anything you put in wet won't dry well. I actually appreciate a bit of air moving through mine. I just keep things I don't want to get wet in plastic bins (makes for quick clearing of the bed too). As for security, 90%+ of the time if the thieves can't see it they don't take it. Mine rolls nicely over my hitch once I'm at camp and you'd never know it was there. I also really like how fast I can roll it open or closed. It's all trade-offs of course.
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Old 05-08-2021, 12:37 PM   #3
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I have been very pleased with my Gator Tri-Fold, easy to put on and off and does a good job of keeping water out.
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Long Long Honeymoon videos on what they have had for bed covers.

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Ive got a rollnlock on my truck. Seems like a nice unit, but unfortunately i did the install then pulled the tailgate end off a week after i bought it and havent fixed it in about a year. I think ill get around to it tomorow though.
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Ive got a rollnlock on my truck. Seems like a nice unit, but unfortunately i did the install then pulled the tailgate end off a week after i bought it and havent fixed it in about a year. I think ill get around to it tomorow though.
I love the RollnLock. I'm on my 2nd one. Last one went with the truck I sold.
No water gets in and locks up nice. The only draw back to the RollnLock is tool box won't fit . You have to get wheel well type box for tools if you need a tool box that bad. It will last for many many years too. My old one was on for 5 years with no end in sight for it.
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I have a bakflip on my F350 LB. My F150 has the Ford Branded Bakflip. I like them both. They are a hard cover and offer decent security and weather seal.

What I like about them both is you can just fold them up to where you need them. I can use my Fifth Wheel with the one on the F350.
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Iíve had two Retrax Pro covers on two different trucks. Did a lot of research/comparisons before buying the first one. If I were to put a cover on the current truck, I would do the same again w/o even looking at anything else.

Sleek, low profile, very weatherproof, although not 100% in heavy blowing rain. more secure than most and can open/latch in any desired position from fully closed to fully open. Only occupies about 10Ē of bed length when fully retracted and also has about 10Ē clearance from bottom of drum housing to the floor of the bed.

My last one was for an F250 with 6í-9Ē bed and was about $1,700, so not the cheapest but a great value in my opinion.

Iíd recommend the mat finish, though. My first was a gloss and it dulled a bit over time.

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Agree with the above. Love my RetraxPro MX (matte finish). Did tons of research here, too.

Be careful with the folding ones on a short bed. I had an UnderCover Ultra Flex, which I loved and used for a couple years, but it would not work for me once I installed a fifth wheel hitch (unless I was willing to fold it all the way up and cover the back window while towing, which I wasn’t willing to do).

Edit: I see now you'll be towing a TT, so disregard my comment on the folding ones, unless you may tow a 5er somewhere down the road.
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I have a solid UnderCover and have no security or leakage worries. It can go through the car wash and whatever is inside stays dry. Makes the bed a trunk that can be trusted to keep valuable toilet paper dry and secure when on a trip.
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I have a solid UnderCover and have no security or leakage worries. It can go through the car wash and whatever is inside stays dry. Makes the bed a trunk that can be trusted to keep valuable toilet paper dry and secure when on a trip.
Toilet paper and lumber.
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I've had two covers, Under Cover and Extang tri-fold. Each has their advantages. Pulling a TT with a short bed and a desire to be completely dry I would recommend the Under Cover which won't work for a fifth wheel. I like my tri-fold for fiver use but it is old tech and I would prefer one which the front section opens for access. The Extang weeps some at the hinge joints.
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your best plan for security is out of site ,out of mind. I have had soft covers your years . I had a Roll-N-Lock for 4 years back around 2001 hated every winter with it. If it rained it would freeze closed , if it snowed and was cold it was fine until the sun melted the snow then it would freeze. Some times the drains would freeze in the drum box and only roll up 2~4'. Some times the lock would freeze and I could drop the tail gate or roll it up. I have got to a soft with canvas rather then typical shiny finish , now the snow doesn't slide off. So my next ruck will be back to shiny finish and live with it. Soft roll up on top of the bed rail so I dont loose any space ,I now have a 60 gallon fuel tank at the back of the cab that us under the soft roll up. less issues , less cost , less headaches and more room in the bed.
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On my last truck (F350 SRW), I had a 4 section folding hardtop (Backflip I think). It was very dry and when locked up with the tailgate locked, it was very secure. I added a remote locking switch to the tailgate and then I could unlock it, reach in and pull the cable to foldup the top. Contrary to what others have said, I was able to fold up 3 of the 4 sections, leaving the back window open and still connect the 5th wheel with plenty of clearance. On my next truck (F350 DRW) I have a Rollinglock cover. This cover works great also. However, it does take up space in the bed where the rollup canister is. Wasn't a problem for me as I didn't need a toolbox. However, I was able to find a really nice auxiliary fuel tank that fits below the canister and gives me 48 additional gallons.
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