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Old 02-29-2012, 05:33 AM   #1
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Tonneau Cover with 5th wheel

Has anyone built a tonneau cover to use with a 5th wheel? Now that I am having the slider hitch replaced with a stationary one and utilizing the Reese Sidewinder, I plan on building a 2 pc split cover that is easily removed/opened for hitching/unhitching with an attachable cover to fill the hole when not towing. Will probably build it out of 1/4" marine plywood covered in naugahyde. Any ideas out there?
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:05 AM   #2
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Go over to the RV-dreams.com web site. The owner of this full timers web site had a custom tonneau cover made for his F450 Ford. There is a picture somewhere on his site. You can probably email him and he will be happy to give you the details.

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Old 02-29-2012, 06:10 AM   #3
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Here is the link to the custom tonneau that he had made.
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Well that's interesting (custom cover). I've had a folding hard cover on my last truck, and my current one. The old one on my '08 was an Extang Tri-Fold (for an 8' F-250, still for sale if you're in the Houston area). I folded bac the first two sections, it strapped down to the front of the cover, and was perfect. I have a BakFlip G2 on my current truck (6 3/4 bed). It folds in 4 sections and only takes about 6" of the front of the bed when fully folded. I can leave the front section down and still tow my 5th wheel. Then flip it back down when not towing and have my covered bed. Both covers are strong enough to sit/stand/walk on and are somewhat secure when the tailgate is locked. I like my covers and will probably always have one in the future.
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Old 02-29-2012, 05:01 PM   #5
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Tonneau cover

I have a hard Undercover for my 05 Silverado Ext. Cab Short Bed, but will build one with a split in the middle that opens in the rear for hitching/unhitching. Will add pivots to the Undercover rail mounts so I don't have to change everything when I switch back & forth. The Ford 450 is a nice one, but I think they kinda messed up where it buttons to the tailgate. Other than that, they did a bang up good job. Thanks for the reference.
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:12 PM   #6
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I have a Retrax on my truck.

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I can completely cover my hitch with the tonneau cover. I have had the cover on my pickup since October 2009 and never had any problems with it. It locks and we have carried furniture on top of the tonneau cover when it doesn't fit in the box. They are very tough. There has been no fade from the sun but I do have a few scratches on it.
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:34 PM   #7
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Why reinvent what is already invented? There are several companies that make hard covers that can be used with a fifth wheel. Fold-A-Cover for one.
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:38 PM   #8
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Have never seen a hard cover that covers the entire bed while hooked to a 5th wheel. The ones I've seen cover from the cab back to the hitch and the remainder of the bed is open. I want to build one that encloses the hitch and covers the entire bed while hooked to a 5th wheel.
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:52 AM   #9
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Let me rephrase that, the cover slides forward to within a few inches of the neck of the hitch from the trailer. I can lock it in that position and I store a 9.9 Mercury 4 stroke under it against the rear wall of the pickup box forward of the hitch which puts it out of sight while on the road. When the trailer is not attached to the truck, the Retrax tonneau cover slides completely over the hitch in the box and again can be locked. This gives a smooth appearance to the truck and my hitch can't be removed (or stolen) from my truck while in a campground. I never remove my hitch from my truck so a hard lockable tonneau cover was the only way to go.

I also have 2 swing cases at the back of the box up against the sidewalls behind the wheelwells for storage, these are also lockable and can be removed.

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The picture of my avatar shows my 12' aluminum boat on the front of my truck. It loads by a winch automatically. This is the web site for that company:

Load My Boat: Custom manufacture of recreational loading systems for vehicles

EIDE in the states also sells a similiar loader.

Hope this helps you.
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:55 PM   #10
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Started on the tonneau cover this morning, will post progress pics as it progresses.
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