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Old 07-08-2016, 07:57 AM   #31
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I have to agree with those that recommend the BAKflip. I purchased this one:
Bakflip CS with Rack System
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Though a little pricey, EXTREMELY worth every penny. The racks install/uninstall in about 15 minutes...I only install them when I need them. Also, they are completely adjustable along the rails allowing different settings for different loads.
And if you are hauling bikes, here is a solution:

Good luck to op in his search...lots of choices.
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Old 07-08-2016, 09:42 AM   #32
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I just went through the same decision making process.....what sort of cap should I get. Looked at all the options, read all the reviews. It really boiled down to a compromise situation. Cost, convenience, weather resistance, all came into play. I finally went with a Gator, roll-up cover. It was the least expensive, has been relatively good in weather sealing, but I would take extra precautions with precious cargo, and it's very easy to roll up and out of the way for full bed access. The one serious downside of this type is the lack of any serious security. It can't be opened with a locked tailgate, but it sure can be easily accessed with any knife! Like I said....compromises....what's the most important feature for your needs?
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Old 07-08-2016, 10:07 AM   #33
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Currently have the Undercover Flex hard tri-fold.....getting ready to go to a roll-up....when I started with a 5th wheel I had a factory pinbox, I could fold 2 sections and had no problem with the pinbox hitting or bumping the cover....removed it and bought a TraiAir pinbox for a better ride but the TrailAir won't allow me to only fold 2 sections because it sticks further over the front of my 5th wheel hitch, so now I have to ride with the cover folded all the way up...I don't like riding with it in the up position because of wind drag and noise over the top of my truck cab....I have even moved the support rods on the cover to allow it to ride in a slanted position but then in sharp turns the corner of the cover bumps the front cap on my 5th wheel camper.....this is why I'm going with a nice roll-up style....prior to all of this , when we had a bumper pull I had the Undercover Lux hard cover painted to match my truck color...looked very nice.....btw, I'm selling this Undercover Flex year old tri-fold cover for $450...they sell new for $850.
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Old 07-08-2016, 10:20 AM   #34
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I had the BakFlip F1 on the 2500 and loved it........except for ONE thing, and it was bigger than I thought when I got it. You can NOT (no matter what anyone says) open it all the way to expose the entire bed, without blocking the rear window. Plus, that position is a 'sail' to catch air flow at highway speeds. You can remove it, it's not hard to get on and off really.........

It's well made.

But I sold it and on this truck I got the Retrax MX, and now I can not only use it for towing my fifth wheel in the open position, but when I get to the site, I can close it to safely store anything.

The trifold types and the hard caps (which are the only true waterproof ones, though mine is close) are fine for bumper pulls.........but not fifth wheels. The soft ones are cheaper, but one knife, and a thief is inside.

Depends on what setup you have.
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Old 07-08-2016, 09:57 PM   #35
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I've always had a bed cover. I've used Roll & Lock and on my new truck I tried the Bak Flip G2 hard cover. I relay like it and was cheaper the the Roll&Lock.
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Old 07-09-2016, 10:15 AM   #36
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I have the Ford supplied vinyl trifold for my F150. I work on the out of site out of mind principle, but if someone wants in to take a look only takes a shapr knife. I don't have to worry about "Stuff" falling out of a moving pick up (ie firewood). No to mention protects the surface from snow/rain.

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Old 07-09-2016, 10:41 AM   #37
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Always had a tonneau cover. Certainly not water tight, but keeps things covered and out of sight.
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Old 07-09-2016, 11:00 AM   #38
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I'm nowhere near the weight police but if you would be close to your weights on axles and cargo capacity a cover will be lighter than a cap. I have a cap right now but may be going to cover so I can put some stuff in bed without going overweight. It's amazing how weight adds up.
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Thanks again for all the great feedback. Just got back from the local cover dealer and looked at examples of many of the ones listed here. For many of the reasons listed above (security, ease of use,weather resistance, future 5th wheel) I bought the Retrax. Like the stainless steel rolling feature and ability to lock the cover partially open easily. Get it installed on Wednesday and then leave Friday to test it out.


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Old 07-16-2016, 11:04 AM   #40
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Sorry new and late to the thread. I had an ARE on my 2001 Lariat and just put a Century (same as Lear) hard cover on my new Lariat. The Century is seamless. The seam on the ARE started coming off on one end after about ten years. Both are great matching covers that last the life of the truck IMO.

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