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Old 03-28-2015, 08:41 AM   #1
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Pickup Bed Cover

We just took delivery of a 2015 GMC Denali Diesel crew cab. We ordered if from GM and we picked it up yesterday. It has lots of bells and whistles except one - a cover for the truck bed. I have never owned a truck so this is new to me. I'm not sure what to do as far as covering the truck bed, I don't think that I want a topper, but I am open to hearing what others have to say. I think that I either want a tonto cover (think that's what it is called) or a flat hard shell cover that just covers the truck bed and tilts upwards from the back. I would like to know what others think? Being water tight (water proof) so that I can store things and have them safe from rain is important. Where do you purchase these covers? The dealer or some after market place? What are the best brands etc. Our truck is black so I want whatever cover we get to match the truck. Also can you recommend a good box - one of those silver or black tool boxes that go in the back? I've seen them at Lowe's and Home Depot but someone said that the cheap ones don't last. Thanks for any words of wisdom and advice that you can pass along.

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Old 03-28-2015, 09:03 AM   #2
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What you decide to do with your truck bed is determined by your usage when towing or other uses you have for the truck in your other life. I have a 42 inch high cap to transport my bikes in the stand up position and cart around refrigerators and other building supplies in my other life. Others have solid covers with pull out roller beds to get at articles stored in the back. Soft vinyl covers are good to keep rain off and peeking eyes at bay. They can be easily removed, if you need to transport furniture standing up.

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Old 03-28-2015, 09:14 AM   #3
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What Dwight said. I have experimented with different Toneau covers on my demos for several years and I am settling on a soft vinyl roll up one. That sounds counter-intuitive, but for me, carrying a scooter in the bed, precludes a tri-fold or solid one piece glass one. A roll up allows for covering and hiding stuff after arriving at my destination and removing the scooter.

Different needs dictate the right one for you.

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Old 03-28-2015, 09:26 AM   #4
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If you are going to use across bed tool box seal tite makes best box but can not use cover w/this type of box
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Old 03-28-2015, 09:36 AM   #5
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We have a folding hardtop cover that works fine. Our folds into quarters; the back three sections can fold forward and snapped into place (so wind won't flip them back) if large items need to be carried. The front section opens as well for access. There are times when a higher cap would be useful (when carrying propane for example) but this would only encourage us to bring more stuff.

The cover is waterproof and was installed by the dealer when we bought the truck.
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Old 03-28-2015, 09:40 AM   #6
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I had several toppers; you can carry a lot of stuff in them. Then I needed to be able to get into the bed by going over the side, so I went to a roll up tonneau cover that snapped up. (That was before the ones with velcro along the sides.)

I grew tired of the roll up and went to a three section fold up with vinyl stretched over a frame. It was very light weight, and could be easily removed if I needed the whole bed exposed. However, the plastic corners of the frame kept breaking. I was replacing a pair of them about every year.

Now I have a heavy duty Al one that folds up in 3 sections. It's over an inch thick, and strong enough to hold a square dance on. The downside is it's way too heavy for me to remove by myself. So, I'm content with being able to expose only 4 1/2 feet of my 6 1/2 foot bed. If I need more space, I pull a trailer.

Like all have said, buy what fits your needs.
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Old 03-28-2015, 10:16 AM   #7
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We had this tonneau cover on our Tundra for six years. It worked great for us, but we needed extra storage for bicycles.
Last fall, we bought this bed cap (a.k.a., camper shell). While the tonneau cover served us well, I wish I had originally bought the bed cap; because it would have saved us money in the long run.
Note: I have no affiliation with either of these vendors other than being a satisfied customer of both.
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Old 03-28-2015, 11:55 AM   #8
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Rollo n Lock

Had one for many years when we owned a 5th wheel. When i returned to the AS fold we now have an ARE topper. Definitely recommend the Roll N Lock. Great people to deal with also.

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Old 03-28-2015, 01:24 PM   #9
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We had a hard tonneau cover hinged at the front. It was good for traveling, locked to keep things secure. BUT -- seriously limited my ability to haul anything of much size. The soft ones aren't very secure. Went to a cab-high for better hauling capacity, and with rails can carry our little dinghy on top, plus it's lockable so somewhat secure. This seems to suit our needs a lot better.

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Old 03-28-2015, 06:06 PM   #10
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Thanks for your help! Can you tell me what brand you purchased and do you have to drill holes in the truck to install it? About what price was your cover?
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Old 03-28-2015, 06:33 PM   #11
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I've had the best luck with the Access brand rollup cover, heavy duty, rolls up out of the way to carry bigger loads. All the ones I've had were easy to install with no drilling. My first one came on a used truck I bought years ago, told my Wife I'd put it on Craigslist since I thought they were a goofy, until I found out how handy they are. I've bought two for other trucks since then, found Amazon to have the best price with free shipping. One came damaged in transit and they replaced it fast with no trouble. My current truck came with a nice Leer topper which is awesome, but I hate the poor visibility that comes with a shell, and the back glass seems to always be covered with dust or road grime.
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Old 03-28-2015, 06:39 PM   #12
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I put a Bakflip hard tonneau cover on my Tundra. Very secure when you lock the tailgate. No holes to drill. I ordered the heavy duty model which is overkill and heavy to fold up. The good feature is that the sections can be folded up against the back window when you haul tall objects.
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Old 03-29-2015, 07:31 PM   #13
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If you want a solid box, look at Knaak. I prefer a shell, more storage, better aerodynamics!Click image for larger version

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Old 03-29-2015, 08:00 PM   #14
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I'm a topper kind of guy too. Here's what it looks like on my 2015 Denali.
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