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Old 09-09-2015, 09:19 PM   #1
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Tow Vehicle Bed Covers

We are purchasing a new pick up to tow our recently-acquired Classic 31. Any recommendations on a bed cover? Our auto dealer recommends a Leer 700 for about $1500. Any thoughts or experience of the rigid top vs. the stretched vinyl cover? Don't think we want the camper shell.

Hope I posted this in the right place. We are new to the Forum. Thanks.

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Old 09-09-2015, 09:26 PM   #2
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We went with a shell by Vision. I am able to put tall collapsing ladders, the generators and gas cans upright with the shell in place.

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Old 09-09-2015, 09:36 PM   #3
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I went with the aluminum flip back cover on my F-250. I wished I had gone with the camper shell.
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Old 09-09-2015, 09:43 PM   #4
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Suggest you google truck bed covers & YouTube videos of same. $1500.00 is extremely expensive unless it's something special. Most hard covers are very good products & from my experience easy to install & I'm not a do it yourself guy & with the YouTube videos to walk you through it, no problem.
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Old 09-09-2015, 11:16 PM   #5
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You said that you may not be interested in a shell, but but having one may give you some boost in fuel economy while towing. I have no data to support this claim, but we seem to get good mileage with it on (13-14 mpg towing depending on speed). Food for thought.
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Old 09-10-2015, 05:12 AM   #6
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I have had an ARE tonneau on the bed of our 03 SuperCrew since 04 and it serves us well. Our next truck will likely be out fitted with one of the diamond back units.

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Old 09-10-2015, 05:24 AM   #7
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We use a factory (Mopar) tri fold soft cover. Works very well, no leeks and is easily removed by for clamps you release/lock by hand. Good compromise when you may need to use the entire bed for other reasons. You can have the cover and in less than 2 minutes have an open bed with no obstructions.

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Old 09-10-2015, 05:45 AM   #8
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We've had a tri-fold for the last 8 years. Cost was around $350 for our Toyota, like most things a Ford or Chevy would have cost less. It works great for us and has held up very well. I like being able to fully remove it when I need the whole bed. If I needed a shell to fit all my gear I'd probably be carrying too much.
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Old 09-10-2015, 06:21 AM   #9
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Leer shell has been ideal for us - it becomes the "basement" of the Airstream and does a great job of keeping all the clutter out of the living space.

I suppose the major disadvantage of the shell compared to a flat cover is the lack of ability to carry taller objects in the truck when needed, but after two trucks with camper shells, in our case that has yet to be an issue. For other people it may be a deciding factor depending on the use they make of the truck.

Certainly a flat bed cover would be are more economical though.

Perhaps some folk just prefer the looks of a truck with a flat cover. As for appearance, I like the type of camper shell that is perfectly level with the truck cab and painted to match. Gives the truck the appearance of a large SUV rather than a commercial vehicle IMHO..

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Old 09-10-2015, 06:40 AM   #10
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We have the Bakfilp Fibermax and we are very happy with it. Easy to install and keeps everything dry and secure. We bought our from ordered on Monday got it Thursday.

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Old 09-10-2015, 07:18 AM   #11
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Hi, I bought a Retrax Pro roll up bed cover; It's somewhat expensive, but perfect for what we wanted.

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Old 09-10-2015, 07:44 AM   #12
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Weight the value of a shell over the just a cover ... it my be worth the negatives to go either way...only you can decide.
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Old 09-10-2015, 07:54 AM   #13
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I like the retracting style bed covers that roll up into a canister. They use a small amount of the bed space for the canister, but they are extremely versatile, quick, and easy. I had a Roll N Lock on my last truck and loved it. I just purchased a "Roll Bak" made by Bak Industries for my new truck. They are usually made out of aluminum and lock to secure your valuables.
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Check out the BAK Roll-X. That's what we have. Easy to install, and removable if needed. You can roll it up and strap it in the open position if you need to carry tall loads and you don't want to remove it. It locks in place along the full length of each side of your truck bed, and it can't be opened when you lock your tailgate. I paid about $850 for ours. Very happy with ours.
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