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Old 10-23-2012, 09:39 PM   #1
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Cover for the bed

Now that I have truck for my TV I will need a cover and as I have not seen any recent posts I decided to ask for recommendations. I have eliminated the cab type. I am looking for one that is relatively secure as I will be carrying generators and other camping gear in the bed. Would like it to be waterproof, can be rolled up or the type that lifts up and it will have to be removable if needed.
Again thanks for any recommendations

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Old 10-23-2012, 10:44 PM   #2
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I'm happy with this because it rolls back out of the way. But not totally waterproof, can leak at the tailgate.
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:29 AM   #3
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This is the tonneau cover that we have, but we bought it several years ago before the original owners sold the company to someone else. It looks like the same one, though:

LazerLite Tonneau Cover

Secure, and no water leaks. Also, I think the original marketing literature said that it would support the weight of several 200 pound people standing in the middle of it.
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:58 AM   #4
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I have this cover and its been great. Take a look at the website and good luck with your search.
Roll N Lock M-Series Tonneau Cover | Retractable Truck Bed Cover
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:02 AM   #5
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Anything recommended that will work with a toolbox left in place behind the cab? Would like a retractable cover but hate to give up the toolbox.
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:57 AM   #6
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One of my coworkers mounted this kind of cover behind a toolbox:

RetraxONE | Retrax

He has a long-bed pickup, but bought a short-bed cover, and it fit just fine right behind his mounted toolbox.

As a plus, the same company also sells tailgate locks to go along with…
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:34 AM   #7
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Diamond Back, super strong, lifts at front and rear, lockable and easy to install and remove. It has a carrying capacity of 1500#s. We load our bikes up there and can still open the front or rear hatch. It's not 100% water tight (a little leakage around the weatherstriped edges and tail gate) but none are. Don't know about working with your tool box.
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:05 AM   #8
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We have an ARE lid. It is watertight. Access is easy as it opens at the rear like most fiberglass lids. It is clamped on at the front so can be removed, though I never done this. I installed left and right Swingcases to put tools in. They are out if the way for loading other items but are handy to get to your tools.
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:33 AM   #9
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How about a comforter ... bed spread. I know, but I just had to say it!

We looked at one tonneau that had a very nice built in tool box. Roll n Lock is the one we seemed to prefer, but then started measuring and decided that much of our gear (including an inflatable raft / motor, bicycles - and sometimes uav.aerial photography gear) would not fit underneath. We were also concerned about the snow load around here and what would happen when the snow melted and the water re froze into the channels / drains. So, we bought a cap and could not be happier. The rear vision deficit is mitigated by a back up camera. We have received many compliments at rallys about how much space we have for two generators and "overflow" from our short AS... as well as remarks about how cramped it was for folks to get into the very small opening at the front / side of their truck bed when covered with a single hard shell tonneau. Of course, we are farther north than many and so we have different concerns. In any case, look at one of the slide outs available to put into your bed - that makes retrieval of items in the front of the bed - or or moving the gen (or, sometimes a helo: pic from previous TV) out into clear air - much easier.
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:31 AM   #10
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I use an Extang soft tonneau from Summit Racing.com. It was affordable but is far from watertight. A little over 2 tears old and looks brand new. I also have one on my old Dodge PU. After 5 years looks just as good. Sal.
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Truxedo Lo Pro

am very happy with our Truxedo Lo Pro QT - TruXedo Lo Pro QT - #1 Selling Soft Roll-up Tonneau Cover

its in its 8th year of use having been bought for our 2005 truck, then moved to the 2008, and then to the 2011.

great warranty and customer service from the manufacturer. they replaced the canvas and some small parts at the end of year 6 for $zero.

about 99% water resistant when installed and adjusted properly.
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:18 PM   #12
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Now that I have truck for my TV I will need a cover and as I have not seen any recent posts I decided to ask for recommendations. I have eliminated the cab type. I am looking for one that is relatively secure as I will be carrying generators and other camping gear in the bed. Would like it to be waterproof, can be rolled up or the type that lifts up and it will have to be removable if needed.
Again thanks for any recommendations

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For what it's worth, I just bought the Encore. It folds, locks, opens from the front too. It is removable, took a couple of trips, all my stuff stayed dry. Have fun shopping though.
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