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Old 08-12-2014, 11:45 AM   #1
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Bed cover (roll-x)/ 5th wheel clearance

Just recently jumped in to the 5th wheel experience and I am looking for a bed cover now.

The one that I am leaning towards is the Bak roll-x

Amazon.com: BAK 36309 Roll-X Tonneau Cover: Automotive

This is a hard top that rolls up on top of the bed rails and is bigger than the soft top style in the rolled up position.

I have a shortbed F-250 and was wondering if the fifth wheel might come in contact with the roll-x when its rolled up to the back of the cab.

Does anyone have this setup?
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:55 AM   #2
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Sneak (DH) uses the hard tri fold X-tang:
Extang Tonneau Covers - Shop RealTruck.com

Our TV is listed in my signature. He simply folds it up on to the last section against the back window and there are connectors there that hold it in place. (we have the extended cab (not crew cab) with 4 doors...short bed. IIRC it's 6'5"

No clearance problems with the Revolution pinbox and/or hitch.
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Old 08-12-2014, 03:06 PM   #3
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Looking at the picture of it rolled up you should be OK. I had one similar to this kind, but it rolled up below the bed rails. I can't remember the brand name.


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Old 08-12-2014, 04:40 PM   #4
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I have a Retrax Pro, so there is no additional height. Even if there were- being close to the truck cab, it shouldn't be a problem.

My issue is that the rails for the rolltop cover come in from the sides of the bed. My pin box has a plastic shroud the hung down lower than the pin box itself. On sharp turns (even going forward), it would make contact. It finally started cracking in a couple of places before I could get my father-in-law to cut it back.
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I have the BakFlip G1 (looks like the new model may be the G2), and it works great. It has 4 sections, and I can fold it 3 and leave the 4th and still pull the 5th wheel just fine. The only issue, if you want to make it one, is to have full access to the bed, the "flips" (sections) all lay against the rear windshield when it's completely folded up. But that has not been an issue for me. This cover has been/done everything I want.
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:57 PM   #6
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Loved my roll up cover on my old truck, never had a 5th behind that one but I see no issues.
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Old 08-15-2014, 10:16 PM   #7
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I have a Pace Edwards jackrabbit roll up cover for my short bed f250 that takes up about 8-10 inches of bed space. Not an issue with the fifth wheel but the bit of space it takes up doesn't allow me to carry 2 bikes in the bed as I do without the tonneau cover. I hate it for other reasons . When it's wet and cold and freezes, the thing won't roll. In fact, I have it for sell.
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Here's a picture of our set up with the Retrax Pro and Reese Elite. We never take the hitch out and it fits nicely under the cover. The Retrax isn't my favorite cover, but it works. Not exactly water tight at all.
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Old 08-19-2014, 02:42 PM   #9
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my dad has the retrax both he and I like it but I was looking at the roll-x because it rolls on top of the bed not into a box installed in the bed.

My logic/ thought is that I can add a short (~40gallon) aux diesel tank and still be able to put a row or two of wood on top of the tank. with the retrax and other canister style covers I would have to put the wood near the tailgate...which is where I carry other lighter stuff.
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If I had to do it over again, I definitely would NOT have the retrax. I don't like the box in the bed, the painted aluminum mine's made of isn't holding up to well to my use, and of course, it leaks water like all get out. If I weren't trying to lock stuff up, I'd probably just have a cheap vinyl cover or something.
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