I just had a FoldaCover G4 Elite and a Bedslide SR10 installed by the great guys over at Rowell's in Indian Trail, NC. I have been drooling over these for the last 8 months, and I finally bought them. I own a 2011 MGM Tacoma Shortbed Sport.
I perform service, sales and calibrations to water flow meters for a living. I spend a lot of time on the road, and I need to have as much parts and equipment as possible, because I am usually a couple of hundred miles from my office.
Sometimes I have to haul a refrigeration unit, which is about 3 1/2 feet tall, so a solid tonneau would have been worthless for me.
I bought the Bedslide because I don't want to have to crawl into my bed when I need to get something out of one of my totes. The Bedslide will also make a nice platform for when I need a work bench to repair equipment.
Here is my review.
First, the G4 looks awesome. Smooth, streamlined, and secure. I love the look of this set-up.
I really like the keyed locking mechanism. I went with the G4 over the Bakflip for this reason alone. The Bakflip has a locking mechanism that can only be opened from the inside. I planned to install a locking system in my tailgate that would run off of the OEM doorlock circuit, but if that failed, I'd have to cut into the Bakflip. This concerned me enough to go with the G4.
One awesome feature of the G4 is that the front of the cover folds open, and has its own lock. I think that this is awesome. I am attaching a hook above the wheelwell to hold my hardhat, which is always a pain in the ass to stow.
The latch mechanism is pretty beefy. This is about as secure as you can get. Nothing is 100% secure, but this is very good.
The latch locks into a post mounted on the side of the bed. The existing factories holes are used for the mounting of the post.
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The inner latches of the tonneau are latched onto brackets that are mounted via the factory siderail system. Note: you still have full access to the rail system, except for the spots where the tonneau's brackets are mounted.
When fully folded, the FoldaCover sits flat near the cab of the truck. I like this better than the Bakflip, which sits standing up against the back window of the cab. I can still see out of my back window, and I have nothing slapping the back of my cab when I'm driving with the tonneau open.
The G4 comes with a tailgate lock. It's simple but effective. The tonneau has a plate shaped like an upside down L mounted on the rear panel near the tailgate. This L shaped plate folds down with the tonneau panel, and slides behind a D shaped bracket mounted to the tailgate. The tailgate will not open when the FoldaCover is closed.
I did not take a picture of it, but the weather stripping on the very rear of the tonneau that keeps water from coming in over the tailgate is mounted with a very thin strip of adhesive. When the tonneau is hot, the weather strip detaches itself from the tonneau. If you touch the weather strip, it will come loose. I am going to have to get down with some Liquid Nails, or another kind of adhesive to keep the weather stripping from falling off. I guess that this is my biggest gripe of the G4.
Now onto the Bedslide.
I am really impressed with the sturdiness and ease of use when rolling the Bedslide in and out. It is rated for 1200 pounds, so I know that it can handle the 150 pounds that I have piled on it. There is still room behind the wheelwells, where I plan to mount a rechargable flashlight, and fire extinguisher.
The Bedslide has has a heavy duty handle and locking system. You can tell that its a quality product.
It has 3 locking positions, so you don't have to pull it out all the way if you don't need to. Here is what the Bedslide looks like fully extended.
All in all, I am very happy with my purchase. It wasn't cheap, and there are less pricey alternatives and knock-offs, but you get what you pay for. I plan on using the Bedslide and tonneau for the next 10 years and probably install them on my next truck.
I give both a big thumbs up.