Originally Posted by sandjunkie
Check out the fold a cover elite G4.
I did research probably every bed cover under the sun since August when I got my Tacoma. I saw the one you recommended, BUT being I have the short bed and wanted the use of the whole bed when I need it and avoid having to remove the whole cover I went with the BakFLip G2
. I'm no-where near techincally inclined to install so I had it professionally done from a local shop.
My Uncle has one on his Ford F-150 and a friend has one on his Dodge Ram 1500 and both of them highly recommended it. Many of my friends who own pickup trucks have vinyl covers or rollups and HATE them with a passion when asked how they liked it. They're actually looking for hard covers now.
And for the reply for the rest of the thread here, now that I have my BakFlip G2 installed, I'll throw my (long) two cents in on it hoping this can benefit others interested in purchasing the same cover....
I don't even have the cover on 24 hours and it's raining here on Long Island already so it was put to the test right out of the shop.
Since it's raining it's leaking a bit, BUT I found out the problem by reading the forums here and also from me visually checking out the cover itself. I found the drain tubes were just placed in the compartments in the bed near the front end of the cab, so where else was the water going to go? It backed up into the tubes (which looked as wide as a quarter). I need to make that home depot
run for those hose pieces discussed here so that gets resolved. I wish I caught that at the auto shop and made them do the work which I might wind up just going back to them anway to give em a piece of my mind and have them do the work for me. Other than that issue, absolutely no leaks what-so-ever that I saw.
The price if you ask me was totally obsurd. Here on Long Island it was priced at $925.00 w/ installation before taxes. I knew it was going to cost maybe $100 or so for the install (these shops need to make a little bit of money also). The cover itself was almost $800 on many online websites even if I had it shipped to my house.
At the shop, the guy mentioned to me that the weather stripping rubber will seal over time along the bed. It also was explained that you need to run your fingers underneath the weather stripping should it need to be opened at all so it doesn't seal underneath itself and permanently stay that way. Right now as it's cold here it will most likely take a lot longer to seal up. I might just take a hair dryer to it and hope that will heat it up enough. The reasoning behind that was because the cover came folded into itself in the box it was shipped in from the warehouse (I'll give credit to Bak Industries, I glanced at the unpacking stages and wow it was packed nicely, kudos for that).
I noticed a slight difference in drag while driving on the highways doing around 70mph. SO hopefully it'll increase the gas mileage, although I don't expect it to change drastically.
A pain in the arse (trying to keep it "G" rated) is to gain the acess to your bed. You need to open the tailgate first, then pull the wire underneath the cover to open it up. And to close it then it's the same as to open. Tailgate closed first then the cover folds and seals over that. I know things could be worse but this is really one of the only down falls to it besides price and a big fear of leaks from rainwater.
As I've seen in another post here on the forum, concerns arose about how secure the cover really is. I have yet to try and "break-in" to my own truck and see if that thin hanger trick really does work or not to get the wire to pop the cover open. A visual of it, honeslty I think it looks pretty damn secure to me. And if anything it'll at least hamper the burglar a bit compared to ripping into a vinyl cover with a knife or some other method to steal.
Overall I'm no-where near any car or truck professional but on a consumer level I'd give this a 4 out of 5 star rating for a review. Only because of a few concerns of the water leaking into your bed, security, and the big issue, the pricing.
Sorry for the long rant. If you guys (and gals) would like I'll try to post some pictures if you'd like to see it once the weather clears up here.