A little over ten years ago I was introduced to the Roll-N-Lock tonneau for the first time at my dad's shop and I've wanted one ever since. It really doesn't seem to be a very common cover from what I've seen and good luck finding it on a Tacoma. At any rate, I just wanted to put together a quick review for those that have questions on this cover.
Roll-N-Lock's instructions are straight forward. I used the following for my double cab short bed but the rest can be found here. The additional pictures I'm attaching should only be used to support that document.
The box is rather large and even though it clearly states not to stack, my box was damaged during freight
Note the shiny part on the back of the main housing unit. There was a massive dent on the back of the unit where it lies up against the truck. In all honesty, I received the unit on Friday and didn't notice this until I arrived at home. From what I could tell, there didn't appear to be any mechanical problems with the housing and the dent would be facing the front of the bed too. Since nothing could be done until Monday, I proceeded with the installation, like any other man with a new toy would have done ...
For the most part, installation is rather easy. Roll-N-Lock makes great use of our rail system and those sheet metal cargo nuts really speeds things up.
Line up the bulk head adapter
Drop in the housing unit
Hopefully these shots of the track brackets is a little more clear than instructions provided. There are three of these on each side and they're clearly labeled for placement. Although they look the same, they are not - each sides has two bracket rails with shims / spacers glued onto the back on them. This is the only problem that I ran into and it did cause issues for me when it finally came time to shut the tail gate. In the end, I had to remove all of shims for the tailgate to shut correctly.
We're skipping over the instructions more towards the end, but this is the crucial part I was previously mentioning. Once rails are installed and the tailgate cover has been drilled, it's time to test out the tailgate. Carefully close your unit. Ensure all of the lines are squared up, as mentioned in "Step 4C Photo 20 of the installation guide, which looks to be an older version of the product. Here are two shots off my truck.
This is the drivers side end of the tailgate. Note bottom right of the 'rail' is at a very clean 90 degree angle with the top of the 'tailgate'.
This is the pasangers side view. Same thing going on here. You really want these to be as clean as possible for the lock to work correctly and last.
Once I installed the unit and removed the plastic protective cover, I discovered a major cosmetic flow on the housing lid. It's really hard to appreciate this dent from a photo
From this angle though, it's a little more clear
Another view on the dent inside the housing
Lighter for scale
Roll-N-Lock shipped me a new housing lid and I finally put it on over the weekend. Very happy with their customer service.
The cargo manager is a sliding divider to be used in conjunction with the Roll-N-Lock system. Honestly, I was on the fence with this one but it seemed like such an awesome idea. We all hate shit sliding around in the back of our bed ... anyone with a truck has run into this problem. Most of the time it acts a secure place for my laptop but here's a nice demonstration of a grocery run. When you need full use of the bed, the unit comes out fairly easy.
In the end, you have functional addition to your truck that rivals any other Tonneau venders on the market. Would I recommend this product to someone else? Yes. Does it look good? Yes. Am I happy with the purchase? Fuck yes!