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Trail Ridge Tonneau Cover?

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by 316sherm, Oct 9, 2020.

  1. Oct 9, 2020 at 2:06 PM
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    I am also very strongly considering purchasing the same cover for my 2010. I don't know anyone else who has purchased one so maybe I will be the Guinea Pig for us...

    1A Auto is the seller and instead of buying on eBay, you can buy on their website direct for the same price and currently free shipping:

    https://www.1aauto.com/2016-20-toyo...-trail-ridge-trc550/i/1axtt00185/1398514/2020

    A few things that might be helpful for you that are pushing me to buy this:

    Youtube video for 2005-2015 install, I assume the 2016-2020 is very similar due to similar boxes:



    I like how this tonneau cover has a pull latch at the rear to unlatch the cover rear section versus single sided clamps on other covers. Faster to unlatch rear cover.

    In the past for my 2010 I have had: Soft Tri-fold, Rollup, and a topper. I am considering this hard tri-fold because I like that the cover completely uninstalls very quickly. Tri-fold is the fastest hands down. What I didn't like about my soft tri-fold was how the vinyl would flap at interstate speeds and on windy days. I am hopeful that his hard tri-fold with vinyl covering will minimize this. A non-vinyl hard tri-fold would be best to prevent this but most of them are $200 more than this and I don't like their rear clamping system. So I am leaning heavy towards this Trail Ridge cover from 1A Auto. As far as my research has found, this is the only retailer that sells this cover.

    Hope this helps you 316sherm.
     
  3. Oct 12, 2020 at 9:09 AM
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    Locking mechanism looks good. Didn’t see what material the cover plates were made of though. Plastic? Aluminum? Looks vinyl.
     
  4. Oct 12, 2020 at 3:23 PM
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    KTM753 I sent the question that davidstacoma asked to see if we can get more clarity on this cover. I will post their response.
     
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    So finally got an answer...
    Hello,
    Thank you for contacting 1A Auto. Our parts are brand new and made to the same specifications as the originals. The listing photo(s) will picture all parts that are included with your purchase. The Tonneau cover is made of vinyl and the rails are aluminum.
    If you have further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
    Thank you,
    Olivia
    1A Auto
    Customer Service
    Visit us at: www.1aauto.com
    Order Line: 1-888-844-3393


    Is it not worth the money since its vinyl? I'm looking for something that will be secure and deter theft.
     
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    Almost all tonneau covers are easily broken in to with the right tools, coat hanger, pry bar, etc., with the exception of the diamondback. Vinyl covers are the easiest just slit with a knife.
    I wold say of the moderately priced covers 725-825 the Lomax is a little more secure. I have the Lomax Professional.
     
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    So is the cover even worthy of being called a "hard" cover?

    I understand that the vinyl cloth covers the top of the aluminum frame spares, but most "hard" tri-fold covers have aluminum panels that are on top of the frame and then covered with vinyl cloth.

    Now that I look at this cover more, I wonder if it doesn't have panels at all. Just a thin skin of either vinyl or aluminum that is covered in vinyl cloth on top? Does that seem correct?
     
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    Yes, I watched the video, no seams on the panel so it’s one long piece of vinyl. Great to keep water out though not bad for the price. No it shouldn’t be called a hard fold imho, they are taking credit for it having folding panels it seems.
     
  9. Oct 13, 2020 at 5:55 PM
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    KTM753 keep me updated on what you get/find
     
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    Will do. I am on the fence about this Trail Ridge now. I think there is a thin gauge of aluminum sheet between the vinyl cloth and the aluminum frame structure. So that is why they call this a hard tri-fold cover versus their soft tri-fold cover also on their website. You can see the difference in the pictures.

    Hard: https://www.1aauto.com/2005-15-toyo...-trail-ridge-trc547/i/1axtt00182/1398511/2010

    Soft: https://www.1aauto.com/2005-15-toyo...y-solutions-bas00311/i/1axtt00123/951283/2010

    I had a soft and don't want to deal with flapping vinyl at interstate speeds. I am not sure this hard tri-fold with vinyl over the top won't flap also. So I waffle on this.

    Another option is a true hard cover. This thread has a good candidate on eBay for $300-$350.

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...bay-tri-fold-hard-tonneau-for-my-2015.534224/

    I like that all three sections of the cover have a clamping device but it's not as convenient to remove as this Trail Ridge cover.
     
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    KTM753 that ebay link doesn’t work. Do you have a good one?
     
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    I'm curious to know how cut resistant that honeycomb stuff is.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. They are just reselling Chinese made stuff that doesn't last long. You get what you pay for with any of these cheaper covers than the brand names.

    I think for my needs (Iowa winters) the vinyl cover will last longer having all the joints covered and not exposed.
     
  16. Oct 30, 2020 at 4:55 PM
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    KTM753 did you ever purchase one?
     
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    I have not purchased anything yet. Still learning towards the Trail Ridge "hard" tri-fold cover.
     
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    Has anyone purchased this cover yet?
     
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    Welp, I just pulled the trigger on this cover. I will provide an update once installed.
     
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    Ok so after about a week of having this cover, here's my thoughts.
    It is a hard cover but I think the panels are not aluminum, maybe some PVC type of panel?
    It is very lightweight. No help needed installing. The hardest parts of installation was adjusting the clamps in the back of the bed where the cover locks into place. Maybe an extra 10 minutes to get those clamps just right. The top of the cover is vinyl which kind of bows out just a little when driving at higher speeds. It's not a lot, maybe an inch or two. I just wish the cover would have have a set clamps in the middle and also be able to flip up against the back window. I also would have liked the cover to be more flush to the bed in certain spots. But I'm nit picking. Overall, for the price (which is cheaper on A1s website than eBay) I'm satisfied. I really am not storing anything valuable in the bed. If you are, I would suggest a better cover. I think this is the best possible step up from a soft cover. I just couldn't see myself spending $700+ on a cover for my type of use. Besides A1 claims this cover has a 5 year warranty. We shall see. If anyone would like me to take pictures or video just let me know.
     
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