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Old 07-28-2010, 01:21 PM   #1
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Tonneau Cover Tri-Fold, Roll-up, or Hard?

I know there are plenty of threads related to the subject, and I think I've read them all. Most focus on brand recommendations, or online sales sources. What I can't find is a set of pro's and cons on the trifold versus the roll-up. I've settled my mind on something easy to install, easy to remove when I need a full open bed. Something that lets existing channel and tie-downs accessible. I don't think hard cover works for me.

So, I'll take any recommendations, comments, thoughts, experience, or preferences. You can refer me to existing threads if you think one addresses this question. And sorry if anyone thinks this is a waste of time to discuss again.

FWIW, I'll be putting it on a 2010 Access cab with 6' bed, MGM.

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Old 07-28-2010, 01:31 PM   #2
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I really think the roll-ups are the best option if you're going to occasionally be carrying things that are higher than the bed. Mine rolls up in less than a minute, and rolls back down in the same time frame. And it's completely waterproof.

So, 1 vote for roll-up.
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:34 PM   #3
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I have a hard cover (Undercover). The main drawback is the price, about $600.

Everything else is positive. It comes off the truck in a minute and hangs on a wall when I'm not using it. (Then you have to put your tie-down cleats back on if you want to use them. I guess that takes another minute.) It locks for theft protection. It doesn't rip or tarnish, or get compressed by snow/ice. It doesn't leak.

So, 1 vote for hard cover.
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I really like the Bakflip tri fold on my Dads truck. But it uses the bed channels on our trucks to mount and I don't like the idea of loosing them. Does the roll up cover take up much room for the box in front of the bed?
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I really think the roll-ups are the best option if you're going to occasionally be carrying things that are higher than the bed. Mine rolls up in less than a minute, and rolls back down in the same time frame. And it's completely waterproof.

So, 1 vote for roll-up.
Vote #2 for the roll-up.

A plus for the roll up vs either the tri fold or hard cover, if you are out shopping and decide to bring something big home, you don't need to worry about damaging your cover trying to bring it and your item home.
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I hated my undercover!!! Every time I had to load something big i had to take it off. It wasn't heavy... just awkward. I am in the market for a roll up though.... that way when I need to either cover the stuff or make room for big objects it will be easy.
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Roll up. I have the Truxedo Undercover QT...I love it. Havent had a single issue when its time to haul something big. Just roll it up and go.
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I am thinking like you -

I am thinking like you - a hard cover isn't for me -

this is what I think ( I haven't bought yet either, but am going through the decision-making process)

roll-ups are very light weight and convenient, and they are easy to get put of the way (roll up - HA!), without taking up much space.. DO NOT get snaps, you won't be able to close the cover in cold weather - that being said, a velcro type attachment is the other option, and I am not crazy about it.
But, with a roll-up there is no way to secure your cover.

I think I am going to go with a tri-fold for a couple of reasons - they are relatively lightweight, I can fold them up when I need to transport some lawn equipment, and if needed, I can remove the cover and set it in my bed, folded flat, without taking up room (probably in a bag to protect it.)
The other thing I like is that I can lock my cover and secure it (when it is closed) if I have to - a Pop and Lock tailgate lock solves that problem. Not theft proof, but presents a harder target than an open bed or a velcro cover.

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I am thinking like you - a hard cover isn't for me -

this is what I think ( I haven't bought yet either, but am going through the decision-making process)

roll-ups are very light weight and convenient, and they are easy to get put of the way (roll up - HA!), without taking up much space.. DO NOT get snaps, you won't be able to close the cover in cold weather - that being said, a velcro type attachment is the other option, and I am not crazy about it.
But, with a roll-up there is no way to secure your cover.

I think I am going to go with a tri-fold for a couple of reasons - they are relatively lightweight, I can fold them up when I need to transport some lawn equipment, and if needed, I can remove the cover and set it in my bed, folded flat, without taking up room (probably in a bag to protect it.)
The other thing I like is that I can lock my cover and secure it (when it is closed) if I have to - a Pop and Lock tailgate lock solves that problem. Not theft proof, but presents a harder target than an open bed or a velcro cover.

My $.02
Sadly if someone wants in they will just razor blade the cover. I had a Frontier with the locking tailgate that I kept locked all the time just to avoid the gate from being stolen. Apparently someone thought this meant there must be something valuable inside. So they sliced my cover open only to find an empty bed. Azzholes! After that when I replaced it I just kept the tailgate unlocked.
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Yep - I know

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Sadly if someone wants in they will just razor blade the cover. I had a Frontier with the locking tailgate that I kept locked all the time just to avoid the gate from being stolen. Apparently someone thought this meant there must be something valuable inside. So they sliced my cover open only to find an empty bed. Azzholes! After that when I replaced it I just kept the tailgate unlocked.
Yep - I know - I had a Ranchero with a snap cover and it got cut a couple of times - and you couldn't even lock it. I just want to be able to throw a suitcase or something in there on a long trip and not have to worry about it every time you stop to eat or take a break.

My other question also is -

cloth or vinyl?
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I installed a BakFlip tri-fold and a Dynolock tailgate lock. The both work well but as previously stated the BakFlip uses the side tiedown rails for mounting. The front rail is still accessable on which I installed the 4 tiedowns that came with the truck. The cover is waterproof and will fold flat against the cab window so that I am able to put some mountain bikes in the back and with the Dynolock when it is closed it is secure for storing items out of sight. It cost $700 for the Bakflip and about $110 for the Dynolock. The metal roll-ups were about $900 and the pop & lock keyed tailgate lock was about $50.00. I would avoid vinyl cover for security and duribility reasons stated previously. You get what you pay for.
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I have a Fold A Cover G4 Elite and it folds up. It's a hard cover and you can still use the rails and tie downs with it. The cost was about $600 from TruckAlterations.com. I'm very happy with it. To totally remove it you just need to take off 4 small bolts. The entire thing weighs about 40 lbs and it sits nicely in the garage.
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