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Bed Cover

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Chriskr3, Jan 21, 2019.

  1. Jan 21, 2019 at 6:17 AM
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    Chriskr3

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    Is there a bed cover that doesn't leak? I have a 2019 sport with the tonneau cover. It leaks like a sieve.

    Thanks
     
  2. Jan 21, 2019 at 6:24 AM
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    maverick42

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    they will all leak to an extent. there are ways to limit it with silicone caulk and other ways to seal gaps but it will never be as water tight as a regular trunk
     
  3. Jan 21, 2019 at 6:36 AM
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    bshammer0

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    This is what I have - and it keeps everything very dry in the bed even in complete downpours. The solution? Drilling 3 holes in the side of the bed for drain tubes to shed water off the cover. Felt a little queazy drilling holes in the bed of my brand new truck a couple of years ago but it's held up well and my stuff's always dry...

    http://www.truckcoversusa.com/american-rack-system/
     
  4. Jan 21, 2019 at 6:49 AM
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    Chasespeed

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    Seeing how long I can keep stock(ish)
    How much of the utility rails does it use?
     
  5. Jan 21, 2019 at 7:12 AM
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    Mtn Mike

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    I sealed up the common leak sources (side rails, cubby compartments and gaps in the bed), as per instructions on this forum. There are now no leaks in my canopy. YRMV.
     
  6. Jan 21, 2019 at 7:20 AM
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    Lund 5" Nerf Bars Undercover Tonneau Cover
    If you really want leak-proof, your only option is a one-piece hard tonneau cover. I have an Undercover SE and rain has never touched the bed. It lays over the bed rails, tailgate, etc. I have a lot of friends with various folding tonneau covers and they all let various amounts of water in, although it's usually not much.

    However I will say that if you had, say, a driving rain from the rear of the truck, even with a one-piece you could get rain in through the seam between the tailgate and bed rails theoretically. There are products to fill that gap but I've never had the need to try them.

    The bed was not designed to be truly watertight.
     
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  7. Jan 21, 2019 at 7:25 AM
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    LarsonFan

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  8. Jan 21, 2019 at 7:29 AM
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    OP, the SE above is what I have, but if they made the Elite for 2nd Gens, it's what i'd get. The handle is sweet, you can key it to your ignition key, it has a nice little LED inside that's removable so you can put it where you want, and there's a tool that clips underneath the cover that you can use to grab stuff way back in the bed. I'm still pissed it wasn't available for my truck.
     
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  9. Jan 21, 2019 at 7:32 AM
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    tirediron

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    Is it leaking, or is it condensation? I thought mine (Tacoma OEM tri-fold) was leaking badly 'til I realized it was just condensation forming on the underside of the black, plastic cover.
     
  10. Jan 21, 2019 at 7:33 AM
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    LarsonFan

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    Yeah I wish I had one on my truck. It was either replace the steel wheels or a tonneau cover. But yeah if I had my choice it would be the Elite instead of the SE. Both covers have a hell of a seal that sits on the bed rails all the way around.
     
  11. Jan 21, 2019 at 7:48 AM
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    It bolts into the rails in 4 places and each point of about 2" wide where is slides through. It does reduce the usability of the rails, but you could still fit the cleats between the areas the cover bolts to the utility rails. I never put my cleats back in, but a friend of mine has and it works fine. Such a high quality product and the manufacturer is incredible when it comes to service. Every time I've asked them something... such as "what touch-up paint to you recommend" - the answer was, we just shipped you a bottle of the same black paint we use to touch up as needed. I asked once for the best method to clean out the canister where the cover rolls into. Their response was to send me fresh new seals and hardware to have a back-up set.

    I've regularly had 3 MTBs and 2 60lb whitewater kayaks as well as paddles tied down to the racks on top of the cover. It's rated to hold 500 lbs. And then to be able to have such secure, lockable, waterproof storage is outstanding.

    Occasionally, I'll see a drop or 2 come down the side of the bed after a BIG rain, but in over 2 years of use, I have never had my gear get wet in any way. Always dry
     
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  12. Jan 21, 2019 at 10:09 AM
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    If you want cargo dry, buy a SUV or sedan, NOT A TRUCK !
     
  13. Jan 21, 2019 at 10:19 AM
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    SilverBulletII

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    My Lund Genesis Elite trifold tonneau does not leak. Bed is bone dry, always.
     
  14. Jan 21, 2019 at 4:29 PM
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    Looking for a cover myself. For those that say there is no dry option... I had a sport trac before this. Those covers are drier than king tuts tomb. Don't settle for it can't be done.
     
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  15. Jan 21, 2019 at 5:02 PM
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    Agree with this but didn't want to say something similar on the other thread about the leaky bed cover ( https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/tacoma-bed-leaks-bad.588630/ ). My previous truck and bed never had an issue with leaks and I think it's reasonable to expect the same from the Tacoma. Although I think some of does have to do with selecting the right cover.
     
  16. Mar 16, 2019 at 6:41 PM
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    Well, I wrote about the Elite Undercover somewhere else. I owned it for 3 years now. Ok, it's expensive, but it is also perfect. Still look brand new. Easy to install, to remove and to reinstall. My wife helps me out,since the cover is light weight but somewhat cumbersome due to its size.
    Absolutely no water infiltration in the bed except for a bit of snow when I use a heavy duty leaf blower to remove snow from the vehicles.
    High quality in every aspects. Would recommend anytime.
     
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  17. Mar 16, 2019 at 6:50 PM
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    JonEK9

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    I have Bakflip Fibermax, which i upgraded from the OEM tonneau and love it.

    20180707_154725.jpg
     
  18. Mar 16, 2019 at 6:51 PM
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    UKJON

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    Last weekend I installed a Bak G2. I've noticed that I get some water in my bed but not much. I bought a cheap tarp that I'll use and dispose of IF i'm ever in need of making sure whats in the bed needs to be 100% protected. Walmart sells them for under $3.
     
  19. Mar 16, 2019 at 7:10 PM
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    JonEK9

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    I will get an occasional drip near the tailgate but nothing significant
     

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