"Cover Me!" (Roll top Truck-Bed cover...or the folding type? Or sectional type?)

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  1. Stitz Love

    Stitz Love Senior Member

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    I just sold my Camper-Shell... my Truck looks a hundred times better.
    BUT I need to replace it with a different type watertight cover.
    I have seen an electric rolling one on someones Ford truck somewhere...
    I'm posting here to get some ideas from folks who have some type of water-tight tonnoue <sp?> cover.
    NOTE: I absolutely do not want one of those fiber-glass-trunk types. They are too heavy for me to remove by myself and I will need the bed to hold various tall and larger items which would require the fiber glass kind to be removed.
    I think I want a roll-type or a sectional type like on the Chevy Avalanche... But water tight is the key as some of the items I'll be transporting are electronics, and I may be driving through rain with them back there.
    Also, I may be miles away from home and buy a bass boat, so a giant single peice cover won't do.
    Any experiences, ideas etc. are appreciated.
    p.s. I'll also be doing some research on-line... but those are people who want to sell me something. I'm looking for your real-world - "got rained on/stuff stayed dry" evidence.
    Thanks.
     
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    chevychase Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    Have a friend has one . It is a according type .. lets you use whole bed if need too.
    But keeps all dry . If i can remember will ask him about it.
     
  3. Stitz Love

    Stitz Love Senior Member

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    Looks like my choices are fairly narrow....
    Retrax, -or- Rollnloc, -or- Bakliner's RollBak.

    I did find another called Peragon... but they straight up declare "Not water proof."

    A Luta Continua
     
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    Stitz Love Senior Member

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    After exhaustive research to suit my needs and preferences, I have just ordered two "Truxedo" products from a local parts and mods dealer/shop.
    The tonneau cover is called the Deuce. It opens at the front by a hinged flap, as well as opening by rolling up the cover from the rear like normal.
    The front flap will allow quick and easy access to front of truck bed, or a flush mounted tool box... which is the other product I ordered. (the TonneauMate tool box)
    Once they arrive and I have them installed, I will post a few photos.
     
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    Stitz Love Senior Member

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    (sigh) still waiting for the items to arrive.
    Evidently these things are being shipped from North Dakota, to California, then Texas, then Florida... and then up here to North Carolina... Whew! Glad it was 'Free Shipping.'

    (insert theme of the Volga Boatmen here.)
     
  6. Taperecorder

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    If you don't mind me asking... who did you order from?
     
  7. Stitz Love

    Stitz Love Senior Member

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    Finally recived all items... had them both within 4 + weeks of ordering. (took me another week or so to get time to install them. sigh.)
    Note: They've been on for two weeks + and have kept the bed and items in it bone dry though several horrific rain storms... the ones with the tornados you've seen on the news.

    It is worth knowing that the COVER should be installed first, as it's rails are designed to accomodate the mounting brackets of the tool-box. (TonneauMate)

    Taperecorder, on Truxedo's website, there is a tab or two to click around and have local Truxedo dealers in your area displayed. I printed mine out and went to the second to closest one, because the closest one was told by his (?Truxedo-Product [?] district rep?) that the Deuce was no longer available. (That was not correct, as not only did I e-mail Truxedo and receive reply informing me it IS available, but as you see from my photos, I BOUGHT ONE.)
    The local vendor I used was, "4-Wheel Parts", really well known for their JEEP work.

    Later, on my profile, I will post a photo album of my installation of the Box and Cover, complete with useful (any witty) comments, but for now, here are a couple shots of what it looks like.
    Note, I have bed-rail-caps ordered now, to cover the rail stake holes (keep rain out), and there is a paint job in my trucks immediate future.

    1-b. After I finished..JPG 11. cover closed..JPG 8. front panel back, access the tool box..JPG 10. cover back, access box and bed..JPG

    -Stitz
     
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  8. greg1984GMC

    greg1984GMC Full Member

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    Thanks for posting the pictures. It's good to hear that you are real satisfied with them (truxedo)
    Hopefully I will be getting my truck out of the shop tomorrow. So a cover will be needed soon.

    Greg
     

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