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Help choosing a tonneau cover

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by Voodoo Rufus, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. Nov 20, 2010 at 3:34 PM
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    Voodoo Rufus

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    I'm looking to get a tonneau cover for my truck. I like the idea of a soft top because they're a bit cheaper, but I wanted to know how secure/strong they are when deployed. Also, do most of them flap with the wind going around the truck at speed?

    For a hard cover I was looking at the RollnLock M-series and the Truck Covers USA one.

    Can someone tell me the pros/cons of hard and soft covers, and help me pick one?
     
  2. Nov 20, 2010 at 3:53 PM
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    chiefridr

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    I see these tonneau cover posts on here all the time. Your gonna get lots of opinions, and if you search the site, you'll get even more. Just go with an Access soft tonneau. Best fucking soft tonneau cover out there. Period. I've had mine for 3 years. I put it on myself in about 30 mins. It has never come off in the wind at highway speeds on me. It's been thru gale force winds, lots of snow, ice, rain, hail, blistering sun and everything else mother nature throws at it, and it's never failed. Water doesn't get in and get all over your gear either.
    If you want a soft tonneau, just do yourself a favor and get the best soft tonneau cover you can buy. Get an Access! I never cared for the hard tonneaus cuz some of them you have to paint to match, they're too heavy, the struts fail, and they don't roll back nicely when you're carrying a large cargo load.
    And no, I don't work for Access! It's just a great fuckin product!
     
  3. Nov 20, 2010 at 5:23 PM
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  4. Nov 21, 2010 at 5:25 AM
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    Damn... You got me sold on wanting a Access top now. haha thx.
     
  5. Nov 21, 2010 at 5:34 AM
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    Rtrn2taco

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    I couldn't agree more with Cheif. Best vinyl tonno cover on the market. In my experience their customer service is excellent.
     
  6. Nov 21, 2010 at 6:02 AM
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    SlurpeeBlueMetallic

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    Zero problems from mine and I do absolutely nothing to take care of it.


    Check here for the best prices:

    http://www.truckalterations.com/html/tacomaworld.html
     
  7. Nov 21, 2010 at 6:25 AM
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    brutalguyracing

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  9. Nov 21, 2010 at 6:48 AM
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    Pugga

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    Just so you actually get some different opinions, I've got a Lund Peel n Seal roll up tonneau. Cost like $200 at autoanything. I've had their products on 3 pick-ups so far and never had any issues with them. I've also never heard of any tonneau letting go and flapping in the wind. Another great option are the tri-fold covers. They hinged so they fold into thirds rather than roll-up. Assembly and tear down is very very simple. Some even have a hard board built in so you can't cut through them. That means if you put a lock on your tailgate, you can lock up the bed of the truck.
    I think if you're looking for a hard tonneau, something like the trifold with the hardboard built in is a much better option. One example of them is the Torza Top Hard Hat.
     
  11. Nov 21, 2010 at 7:27 AM
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    Thanks for the replies. I'll give the Access a serious look, now.

    What i meant by flapping in the wind was the top stays secured but the vinyl buffets due to its soft nature.
     
  12. Nov 21, 2010 at 7:56 AM
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    I get a little movement with mine at highway speeds but not even enough where you can hear it. Only reason I know it's happening is from what I see in the rear view. Good luck man, the access is a nice cover!
     
  13. Nov 21, 2010 at 8:36 AM
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    What kind of movement are you having? Is it a rippling effect where you can see the wind causing vibrations in the vinyl or are you seeing the skeleton/frame move around (or lift) a bit?
     
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    My Access LE is tight as a drumhead. The covers today are so much better than 30 years ago when I last had a pick up.
     
  15. Nov 21, 2010 at 11:33 AM
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    Truck alterations on this site 355.00 for a Truxedo Lo Pro had on 4 other tacomas,liftetime warranty and 455.00 on all other sites.:)
     
  16. Nov 21, 2010 at 11:45 AM
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    Love my Access Roll-Up cover. Easy to install, easier to use. No bows to store when it's rolled up, barely makes any noise when I'm driving...and I usually have the back window open. One of the best purchases I have made for my truck.
     
  17. Nov 24, 2010 at 5:55 PM
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    Do all soft tonneaus do this?
     
  18. Nov 24, 2010 at 8:10 PM
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    I had an Access LE on my Tundra. As others have said, it is an excellent cover, extremely taut & adjustable to changing weather conditions which helps keep the cover nice and tight.

    On my Tacoma I went with an Extang Trifecta tri-fold only because I need a cover that would come completely off the truck very easily for my landscaping jobs, bulk mulch etc.
    It does not lie as flat as the Access but works great for what I need. Its easy for me to lift off and on, Keeps rain & snow out. Has held up to lots of abuse over the last 3+ yrs.

    I mean the Trifolds do not move around and lock onto the truck tight, its the hinge mechanisms for folding that make it not look as flat. It also sits on the bed rails. If I remember my Access, it had side rails that fit inside the bed. Not sure if that is still the case on the tacomas.
     
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    I just bought an Access Literider from truckalterations for $280 shipped. Very happy with this cover, especially for the price. I was originally looking for a cheapie $160 special. I'm very glad I spent the extra $120 on this cover.

    Can be set up very tight, it locks, load bars roll up with the cover, rolls up small, maintains use of tie down and rails, easy to install, rolls up in 20 seconds and down in 30, looks good and is cheap.
     
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