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Old 07-07-2016, 09:02 AM   #11
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I have a soft Truxedo tonneau cover. With the fifth wheel and no where to store the cap this works best. I did have a cap with my old truck and spent more time off the truck than on. after I unhitch I just the cover back and the generator, blue tank, firewood, spare 20 lb er etc is all covered up.
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Old 07-07-2016, 09:03 AM   #12
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Nice truck!


I put a Genesis tri-fold cover on my truck. Best investment I could have made. Its super easy to use and keeps the bed covered and sealed. About $225 and 10 minutes to install. It folds up 2/3 of the way by just pulling 2 handles. If I need the whole bed, I just pull the front 2 handles and its off. Goes back on just as quick.


There are nicer / more expensive covers out there, but I really like the Genesis. And If you don't mind the drawbacks of a cap - cost, difficulty to remove, reduced visibility - that would give you a ton of dry, secure storage.
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Old 07-07-2016, 09:11 AM   #13
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We use a tri-fold hard cover for our Chevy 2500 HD. It covers all our camping gear and will fold forward and latch via snaps behind the rear window. Our tailgate didn't have a lock, so that had to be installed at the same time. So far, we love it.
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Old 07-07-2016, 09:13 AM   #14
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Old 07-07-2016, 09:30 AM   #15
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Look at Bakflip... I've had 3 of them and I don't think I could ever do without again. Great build quality and love the fact that once you lock the tailgate your stuff is secure and out of site. Going down the road and it rains... no problem your stuff remains dry. I like the low profile and how it does not alter the look of the truck. Its made of aluminum and is super easy to remove and put back on. It flips up totally out of the way when you need to haul something that takes up the whole bed.

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Old 07-07-2016, 09:30 AM   #16
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You need to think about how you'll be using your truck the most. Lots of stuff above the bed rails, or never anything above the bed rails. If you go for a tonneau cover, you have to decide hard top, fold up or roll up. If you have a 5ver, they make some that can still enclose your bed with the 5ver attached.

My 1/2 ton had a Truxedo Lo Pro QT rollup tonneau cover. It came with the truck. I was pretty happy with it.

For my new 3/4 ton, I just ordered a Truxedo Deuce 2 that's similar to the Lo Pro QT except it can open at the cab end, too, so I won't have to roll it up completely to get to something near the cab. It's being delivered today. I'm not exactly sure how it opens by the cab, but I'm about to find out!

There are many different tonneau covers ranging from the rollup type to hard tops. Prices range, too.

Go to etrailer.com and take a look at what they have.
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Old 07-07-2016, 09:35 AM   #17
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I used soft tonneaus over a couple of trucks and briefly had a hard folding tonneau that I hated (total of 15 yrs w/ various tonneaus) until we started camping, then I put a cap on. Depends on what you want/need to carry, but a tonneau really limits the size of items you can carry, because if stuff can't fit under, you can't close it, which means you cant keep it dry or locked up.


Now w/ the cap I can fit 4 bikes, grill, coolers, firewood, kids toys, etc. And when loading/unloading, I and the stuff can stay dry if it's raining. I had to pack the truck in the rain a couple times w/ the soft tonneau, and everything got soaked since I had to have it open to get stuff packed in. 2 kids bikes w/ training wheels and a couple coolers were about all I could fit.


I don't regret it one bit. And my cap has lighting, making finding stuff at night much nicer!


It only really limits you on VERY large stuff. How often is that an issue for you? I use my truck a lot. 8x4 material still fits, long lumber still fits, just leave the back window up, etc.


Mines ARE, but there are other good brands, like LEER.


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I cast my vote for the tonneau cover. It's low profile, rolls up easily and will keep items in my bed both dry and out of sight.
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Old 07-07-2016, 10:05 AM   #19
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Type of cover will depend on how you are going to use it. On my Silverados I have had only hard covers, but I only wanted to make the bed into a large locking trunk to keep valuables somewhat save and dry and reduce the amount of dust.

Both covers operated off the remote for unlocking and locking features. On my '13 I have a ARB cover. To open after unlocking, you had to left the cover up from the tailgate, and it was heavy and with an armful of stuff, very difficult. Dealer adjusted a few times but never got it to open easy. It did have some LEDs on the bottom of the cover that helped light the inside of the bed; however, they did not do a good job.

On my '15 I went with a LEER. Operates off the power locks, and when you turn the knob, it raises about 12 inches with no intervention, and easy to lift the rest of the way. It has no LEDs but my '15 came with interior bed lighting that does a great job of lighting the inside of the bed.

The LEER has better sealing and cuts down the dust considerably compared to the ARB. Also the ARB rubbed a slight amount of paint off the front of the bed at the corners.

However, both did what I primarily wanted; they locked, they kept the inside dry.

As for carrying wood, I have transported a heck of a lot of wood from Home Depot just by either leaving the tailgate open and carefully driving home.

What type of cover really depends on what you want. If you are going to be hauling refrigerators, stoves, very large items, then a soft cover or a backflip style will be the best.

Also, the fiberglass covers are considerably more, need to be ordered and take a few weeks to receive since they are painted to match the vehicle.

ARB cover...


LEER Cover...
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Looks you stirred a hornet's nest of impassioned TV owners!
Like others, what your expected use is may determine what is best for you.
IMHO, I plan to get a new TV in a year or less.

Currently the TV is a 2001 Nissan Frontier 4 cyl, 5 spd, extended cab. It hs been there for 247K miles with never a single problem.

We paid $1k for topper and it matches paint. Topper came from Astro.
When installed, I told installer not to screw it down as I expected to remove it with some frequency. He used really strong bolt together clamps and I can remove cover by myself in 15 min. The 4 clamps are incredbly strong and he notched the camper to accomadate the mounting holes on the bed.

Have always been 100% satisfied with topper, how attached, looks, and everything else. And it has always been 100% water tight.

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