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Old 05-30-2019, 11:10 AM   #1
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Tonneau cover and 5th wheel

Well I have not been active on here in some time because things have been going so smoothly for us. Well that changed this weekend. Pulled into a State Park in the UP of MI. Its always wet this time of year and I called ahead to make sure the site was ok. These sites are not gravel but rather grass and in this case mud. I got out and walked the site. It was soft but figured its not terrible so I'll give it a go. Backed the fiver in put the truck in D to straighten up and proceeded to sink the truck and trailer 8 inches deep in the grass and mud. Luckily the park has dedicated metal ramps to help get out. Then it went from bad to worse. Because of the grade and odd angle getting out the pin box snagged my tonneau rail and proceeded to rip it clean off the truck. 4 years with this cover and no problems just the perfect angle I guess.

So no other dry sites open that would fit the rig. 6 hours from home we got lucky and found a county rv park on the same lake. Turned out to be a great site. Lakeside gravel site with water and electric.

So now I'm out the cover and bought a new one which will hopefully avoid this in the future. Yes I like my cover to protect the hitch and my Aux fuel tank in the bed. For the record its damn hard to find a cover that is 5th wheel safe and still allows access to a bed mount fuel tank. Hopefully this new one will fit the bill. Had to vent this somewhere....lol
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Old 05-30-2019, 11:51 AM   #2
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Which cover did you end up getting. I have a Duo Extang on my truck and have to remove it when towing to avoid the pin box hitting it. Thanks.
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Here is a recent thread that I started on this topic.

Roll-Up Tonneau Cover Recommendations, Please
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I got the Extang E-max soft folding. Its not here yet but I got all the dimensions from the site I purchased from and mocked it up in my truck with a 2X4 and cardboard real scientific like....lol When folded in thirds it will extend 30" from front of box. Nice thing is it will also allow you to fold up against back glass allowing access to my fuel tank. You can actually drive with it in this position although I hope not to. It also only has rails that extend from the front of the bed back 32" This should allow the pin box to turn without any chance of obstruction. Going down the road I think it will be just fine. If I get into bad situations I can always get out and fold it up against the glass while parking. This is all the plan??????

https://tonneaucoversworld.com/p/ext...ado-3500/2015/
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Old 05-31-2019, 02:38 PM   #5
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Just put on a ReĖTrax sliding topper. (locks in any position) Canít say how much I love it. Expensive but it covers the front of the box by sliding right up to the 5th wheel hitch and locks in. Even locks with the key in any position for security.
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Old 05-31-2019, 08:03 PM   #6
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Just put on a ReĖTrax sliding topper. (locks in any position) Canít say how much I love it. Expensive but it covers the front of the box by sliding right up to the 5th wheel hitch and locks in. Even locks with the key in any position for security.
Can't I have an aux fuel tank it wont fit.
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Old 06-01-2019, 06:08 AM   #7
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Soft Tonneau

We use a soft rollup cover, and love it. Check out the Truxedo Deuce2, which opens from the front, or rolls up behind the rear window when towing. The rails are very low and provide adequate clearance for pin box. The only downside is the height of the roll itself, which restricts sightline of the fifth wheel. One source is https://www.etrailer.com/Tonneau-Cov.../TX769101.html


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What Olemax said. I just use my mirrors to line up the truck to hook up but I get out to have a look see that the hitch and king pin are lined up. It sure is nice to be able to open up the front end to fill my aux tank.
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Old 06-01-2019, 07:48 AM   #9
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I'm really liking my Truxedo Deuce 2.
You can see how the front folds backwards and exposes my toolbox. When rolled up I can still open the lid.Click image for larger version

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I looked at that truxedo as well. I had to stay away from any covers with rails that mount along the inside of the box. In order to get my fiver even close to level pulling my pin box and B&W are in the lowest positions. This causes potential interference with any rails that are interior mounted which sucks.
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We use a soft rollup cover, and love it. Check out the Truxedo Deuce2, which opens from the front, or rolls up behind the rear window when towing. The rails are very low and provide adequate clearance for pin box. The only downside is the height of the roll itself, which restricts sightline of the fifth wheel. One source is https://www.etrailer.com/Tonneau-Cov.../TX769101.html


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I have one of these and it leaks at the hinge area. Factory sent me some stuff to help seal it; basically very thin tape. Didn't help.

Also, you have to pretty much roll it all the way up to access the lock/unlock the folding front section. You can't drive around with it locked, then just unlock and open the front. First you have to roll it up from the rear to get to the lock mechanism to unlock the front Of course, their website never mentioned this. Not happy with it.
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I looked at that truxedo as well. I had to stay away from any covers with rails that mount along the inside of the box. In order to get my fiver even close to level pulling my pin box and B&W are in the lowest positions. This causes potential interference with any rails that are interior mounted which sucks.
My tonneau rails are only about 1/2" above the height of the truck's bed rail and about 1" inward on my Deuce.
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I concur. The rails on my Chevy are same as you describe. If my setup was so tight as to even remotely interfere, I would need to make some serious changes b/c I encounter some uneven ground and tight turns in some of the local government CGs, and enjoy them all.
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My tonneau rails are only about 1/2" above the height of the truck's bed rail and about 1" inward on my Deuce.
Yeah even that 1" may get me....lol I ordered the Truxedo Truxsport. Rails are top mounted and ony 1.5 high. I will raise my B&W up one mounting hole. Its already at the lowest so I have room. It will keep me nose high which I am looking into rectifying. Possibly adding correct Track for the 2" of lift. Were leaving for a long 3 weeker next week so that will have to wait.
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