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Tonneau cover pros and cons?

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by aphillips916, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. Jul 6, 2018 at 6:44 PM
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    I’m starting to become interested in a tonneau cover. I’ve never really cared for them as I felt like they took away the point of having a bed. Are there any that can easily be taken off & on in case you need the full bed? What pros are there other than being able to have stuff in the bed and not get wet and being able to lock it? What are the best looking covers out there?
     
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    It depends on what you are looking for. Any of the soft ones can be rolled up and you have full access to the bed. I have a truxedo truxport and I just roll it up when I need to haul bigger things. I mainly bought it to keep my stuff dry on trips.

    If I could go back in time though I think I would get a hard one or a retractible one for the security. I don't keep anything in there normally because I'm afraid someone will steal it.
     
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    I put my roll up on in the winter for dry storage, esp if the whole family is along. I take it off in the summer since we're essentially dry here. I leave the rails on so that I can slide it back on in about 5min or so for any trip.

    I have no real security concerns.

    In the end, I am using it until I can save up for a GoFastCamper.
     
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    i got a tonneau cover from tonneaucoversworld.com (american tri fold model) for like 200ish dollars. called and even got a discount. they were great and the cover fits well. bed never got wet with it on. only used it a couple of times now and leave the mounts in place. once you use the cover for a few trips youll see you dont have much room. lately ive been thinking about getting a softopper or bestop for my truck but there very expensive!!!

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    They make hard roll up tonneau covers that you can roll up and have full access to the whole bed but they're very pricey
     
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    Extang 2.0 trifold came on my truck. Not 100% waterproof. Easy enough to fold 2/3 back. Easy enough to remove completely. Even with 303 still sun fading.
     
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  8. Jul 6, 2018 at 9:34 PM
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    Thanks everyone. I would prefer a hard one that is lockable and can roll up, or fold up. And be taken off easily. I guess the rails help with that?
     
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    Yes, it cant be opened if the tail gate is shut.

    See if you can find one in the showroom, they are beefy and easily have the best build quality now.

    The initial 2016 models had a quality control problem and toyota amended this.

    The OEM tri fold locks in place with 6 clips that install onto the bed, the top trim on the bed is changed to accommodate this, very easy to install and remove.
     
  11. Jul 6, 2018 at 9:39 PM
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    Going in for my service tomorrow so I’ll look for one! Thanks!
     
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    I went through the exact same thing. I wanted the Tonneau so I could lock things in the bed and get better fuel efficiency, but I also wanted to easily access the full bed. A lot of covers give some access or flip up and cover the windshield, but I wanted to easily remove the cover and allow use of the bed rail system. It came down to the Extang Hard Tri fold (best option but super expensive), Extang Soft Tri Fold (really nice but you cant put stuff on top and someone can cut through it) and the Tonno Pro Hard Tri Fold. I went with the Tonno Pro because its the best of both worlds and affordable. Its not the best fit and I'd probably go with the Extang Hard Tri Fold but for half the money I am more than happy.

    My must haves were easy access/instant removal, which all three easily come off and security, so the Tonno Pro was the right choice for me. Happy to answer any questions as I did a ton of research before making my decision.
     
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    I believe the oem one was factory option only, can't order it after. And along with different bed rails, it is bolted down making complete removal difficult. Especially when the bolt strips. I'm not positive though, just what Ive seen on here.
     
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    Got any pics?
     
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    I'll take some tomorrow for you. I had the cover on a 2017 that was unfortunately totaled. I recently bought a 2018 that I have it on and I'll take some pics tomorrow to give you a better idea. Here are a few off the old truck and one from the new when I was having the wife put some stickers up for me.

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    I'll take some closeups tomorrow of the clamps so you can see how it comes off/installs.
     
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    I am very happy with my tonneau cover. It is Lund Genesis Elite model, trifold soft cover. It's been on my 2017 AC Tacoma for several months. Very secure. Zero leaks. The "Elite" model uses a premium cover material manufactured by the Harrtz Co., which produces materials for OEM convertible tops. The Elite material has a woven appearance like you would see on a convertible top on a luxury car.

    Many detailed YouTube videos on the product and its installation. It went on fairly easy. Also, simple to remove and reinstall. It attaches to the OEM rails in the bed utilizing a clamp system. No need to drill or otherwise modify the truck.
     
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    I had one and hated it. I had the Rollnlock and it still takes up some room in the front of the bed. Also in the winter it would freeze up and I couldn't open it. I contacted them and they said to use 303 Protectant on the cover. It helped but it still would freeze. I sold it and got a quad fold hard cover.
     
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    What one did you get? Haven’t seen to many quad fold ones
     
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    So I would say that I really enjoy having a hard top, it comes in handy if you need to throw up a cooler, toolbox, etc...

    Of the hard tops I researched it came down to Extang Solid Fold 2.0 and the Tonno Pro Hard Tri Fold. I went with the Tonno Pro because it was half the price but would probably go with the Extang if I was doing it again. Thats not to say I'm not happy with the Tonno Pro; its just that the fit is not perfect. Visually it looks slightly raised at the top and end of the bed. I will say the seal is pretty good and I only get a few drops of water when raining at all four corners. I would feel confident leaving luggage in there overnight.

    They both go on and off the same way, which was super important to me. I wanted to be able to remove the top fully in minutes and have full access to the bed and keep the rail system (a lot of Tonneau's require that you remove the rail system). I took some close up pics so you can see how it attaches. Install is simple, you just put in four bed rail inserts that the clamps attach to. To open the top the front clamps easily pop off (+1 to Extang for better/faster clamps). The back two you simply twist to remove and its done in less than a few minutes. I've included close up shots so you can see what I'm talking about.

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