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Old 12-06-2014, 09:37 AM   #21
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Just bought a '14 Silverado 1500, Double Cab with 6.5' Box. I am curious how water tight the RollBak G2 and the Retrax are?

Didn't like how restrictive the Shell was on my '05 F150 was. Did like the versatility of the Extang Express but it wasn't very water tight and didn't have the F250 very long (had to Lemon Law it because of the 6.0L Diesel). Another consideration is that when it snows up here it usually is better to let it accumulate to help with traction.
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Old 12-06-2014, 10:08 AM   #22
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Five years and 75k miles with the Retrax on my dually, I can only recall water getting in on a couple of occasions - - only then in driving rain at highway speed.

If I had not needed the vertical space in my current truck bed, I would not have gone with the cab high cover and gotten another Retrax.

Just a fan who wishes he could have used one on his current truck.
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Old 12-06-2014, 10:12 AM   #23
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Hi. We went with a Retrax (all be it a short time agp) and so far are very pleased, it's the only top that met all of our requirements. I've driven in some hellacious storms, not a leak.

I met a guy in Texas who wanted to check out my AS, he had purchased a Retrax years ago. What's notable is that his (made of different materials, different era) had some issues early on and the guy did nothing but sing the praises of Retrax, how they stood by him, supported him, sent parts free of charge till they got it right. That made me feel good. He said it was a great company to deal with if it ever comes to that. I was glad to hear that.
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Old 12-06-2014, 10:36 AM   #24
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I bought nearly the same truck as you in September, and definitely paid attention to your research and thread on the subject. As I'm now looking at topper/cover options, I'll follow this thread as well

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Old 12-07-2014, 10:38 AM   #25
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Hi, I see there are lots of choices, but not all meet my wants/needs. My plan is to mount my generator in the back of the bed so in hot weather, I can run my air conditioner while traveling. Stopping at a camp ground with the inside of my trailer at 103 degrees was not fun. And the time it takes to cool it down was way too long. I will add a generator inlet on the front of my trailer and run a power cord to the generator in the back of the truck. This could also help at rest stops for heating up lunch in the microwave Etc. Therefore I need a cover that can be locked partially open for the running generator and fully closed when not. I wont be bringing bikes, boats, or anything that would need to mounted on top. My dog rides in the back seat area, not in the bed. I don't want a shell; I had one before and it was great for that truck. If I still wanted an enclosed vehicle I could have bought another Navigator or an Expedition. This is all good information for others with pickups trying to decide what works for them too. I like some of the other bed covers, but I can't see how I can drive with fold up covers partially open. I also have to consider the cost of the Retrax Pro and compare it with other options. The price only comes into effect if the cover won't do what I want it for and then it is wasted money.
The tri-fold Extang is secure in the open position with 2 latches behind the cab, for safety. with weight of the 2 folded sections against the cab however, no issues with it flying off anyway from my experience. I have used it several times without latching, without issues. (just forgot to latch it) It does rest on the bed rails and although it does allow a little water trickle in when going through car wash, not enough to worry about, from my experience last 3 years. We have used in driving rain and snow in MT and have not had any water issues when closed. It is safe and secure when you lock the tail gate, as long as you fasten the 2 spring loaded lever latches near the tail gate. I like the flexibility and accessibility for our use. Plus it is light weight but very strong. It is a 1 man job to install and remove, should you need access to the entire bed; no tools needed.

Not saying the roll up units aren't better; Sounds like many folks like them also. For me, it seems like an awful lot of hardware and installation, plus how do you remove if you need the whole bed?
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Old 12-07-2014, 10:52 AM   #26
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I have the retrax pro, bought it from an online retailer and paid about $1500. With it installed, I do get a tiny bit of water in the bed during very wet rainstorms, but this may be the fault of a tailgate seal, not the retrax.

Likes: Easy to install, infinite locking points along the track, very well built, rolling mechanism works great and is easy to roll up.

Dislikes: the box that holds the roll up mechanism takes about 10" of bed length away , just enough to make it difficult to close the tailgate when hauling motorcycles. The box hangs from the top of the truck bed, so you can still fit stuff underneath up to about 4" in height before the roll up box intrudes. But if you haul plywood and have a short bed, you'll need to drop the tailgate if hauling more than 4" high of plywood sheets.

The sun can also reflect off the rear at the right angle (which you sometimes see in the rear view mirror).

Overall, I'd probably buy it again.
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Old 12-07-2014, 02:25 PM   #27
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The vinyl rollup cover I have on my pickup can be run partially open.
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Old 12-08-2014, 02:30 PM   #28
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I have a Bak Roll-X bed cover on my F150 6 1/2 bed. Can be secured for driving fully open, but not partially open. When open, it doesn't take up any space in the bed of the truck. You would need to lock your generators into the bed of your truck with a cable, but you might want to do that anyway. When closed, it's water tight unless you're going through a pressure car wash, and then it only leaks a little bit along the top of the tailgate. When closed, it's locked along the length of the truck bed on both sides and it's flush with the top of the tailgate. When the tailgate is locked it would take a crowbar and cause a lot of damage to get into the bed. The top of the cover is a black heavy duty vinyl material over aluminum slats. I installed the whole thing myself in about 30 minutes. And, I can remove the rolled up cover in about 10 minutes if I want it out of the way entirely.
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Old 12-08-2014, 04:59 PM   #29
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I have a Bak Roll-X bed cover on my F150 6 1/2 bed. Can be secured for driving fully open, but not partially open. When open, it doesn't take up any space in the bed of the truck. You would need to lock your generators into the bed of your truck with a cable, but you might want to do that anyway. When closed, it's water tight unless you're going through a pressure car wash, and then it only leaks a little bit along the top of the tailgate. When closed, it's locked along the length of the truck bed on both sides and it's flush with the top of the tailgate. When the tailgate is locked it would take a crowbar and cause a lot of damage to get into the bed. The top of the cover is a black heavy duty vinyl material over aluminum slats. I installed the whole thing myself in about 30 minutes. And, I can remove the rolled up cover in about 10 minutes if I want it out of the way entirely.

I have the sane cover. I chose it because you can use a Trac Rack with it. On my silverado i can cover the hondas and all the bed gear reasonably securely and put the kayaks on the racks. The racks also slide forward so trips to use the truck like a truck work without having to change anything around.
The cover only opens and secures fully rolled up though, so for the OP's requirements its not ideal.
One of the covers that rolls into a box at the front of the bed with "steps". Makes the most sense.
I chise this one because it ws the only solution i found that enabled a lumber rack in place as well.



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Old 12-09-2014, 09:51 PM   #30
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Hi, I placed my order for a Retrax Pro # 40371. Should be here in a week or so.
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Old 12-18-2014, 10:47 PM   #31
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Hi, today was like an early Christmas; All kinds of things were delivered to my house today. One of them was my Retrax Pro bed cover. I can't install it yet because I chose to have a spray-on bed liner installed and it must be done first.
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Old 12-19-2014, 06:30 AM   #32
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I run with the roll up vinyl cover partially open a lot. Have not done it while trailering, but do when working around the house, my daughters house or son's house and buy stuff at Home Depot or Lowes. Never seems to be an issue, it stays where I leave it.

Considering a cap now for trailering, but once on it will not be able to come off, can't get the truck into the garage far enough to lift it off for storage.
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Old 12-19-2014, 01:41 PM   #33
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Have you considered BedRug? Nice and soft on the knees when crawling into the back. You can get it to line the sides too. Easy clean up.

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Agree on the BedRug over spraying. Last truck I had the floor and side units. If I remember correctly the two pieces were less expensive than spraying. And seemed to have some advantages over spraying. Current 2500HD had a factory sprayed liner and I put in the BedRug floor. Makes it easy to slide stuff in and out.
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Old 12-19-2014, 04:51 PM   #35
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We had a Bed Rug in our last truck, loved it. This truck we have now has a Bed Slide, so Bed Rug would offer no benefit, so the bed was sprayed. Not sure I like the Bed Slide with a vinyl bed cover, not much clearance under the cover.
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