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What types of tonneau covers are there?
Types of tonneau covers include the following;
Roll-up tonneau covers
These truck bed covers are usually the least expensive. Price range
varies with quality. There are many of very good quality that have some benefits over some other type pickup bed
covers. The cover rolls up allowing complete access to your truck bed for hauling taller type cargo. Most have
rails that clamp along the top rail of your pickup truck. The clamps and installation instructions come with each
cover. The cover sits in these rails and have different sealing systems to keep them closed and to seal out the
weather. Sealing systems vary such as industrial strength velcro which is preferred by many, snaps, which some like
the look of and groove and tongue, which functions kind of like a ziplock bag. Most roll up very quickly from back
to front from one side of the truck with the bows integrated in them so they are completely out of the way when you
roll it up. The bows support the cover and keep rain from pooling and snow from sagging the cover down. There are
different features with each cover and you can find a cover that interests you by visiting popular brands of roll
up pickup bed covers that include - Access tonneau covers, Advantage, Extang tonneau
covers, Lund tonneau covers, Tonnopro,
and Truxedo tonneau
Benefits of a roll up tonneau cover is the fact they are inexpensive
and roll up quickly to allow you the use of your complete cargo area.
Problems of the rollup cover is the fact they don't provide a lot of
security for your cargo. Someone with a sharp knife or a box cutter can easily get at your cargo.
Tips when buying roll-up tonneau covers - Things to
take note of when you are looking to purchase. If the cover installs between the truck sides or on top of the truck
sides. If they install between the truck sides they are a lower profile and they may allow the use of your stake
holes for bed rail protectors, tie downs, truck racks etc. If the cover installs on top of the truck sides it won't
allow for accessories that use your stake holes and they are usually a higher profile.
Soft hinged tonneau covers
The soft hinged tonneau covers are usually much like the roll up
covers accept they open up from back by the tailgate, much like a trunk cover of a car. These are fairly
Benefits of the soft hinged tonneau covers include quick, easy access
to the cargo area. You usually have to lower the tailgate, trigger a latch and lift up on the cover. The cover is
assisted with gas shocks to make opening and closing the cover a breeze. Having to lower the tailgate is a good
thing due to the fact if you have a tailgate lock, your cargo is much more secure. If your truck doesn't come
already equipped you can check out the aftermarket tailgate locks. These
covers are inexpensive compared to many pickup bed covers.
The problems with soft hinged truck bed covers include the fact it
would be from difficult to near impossible to carry taller type cargo with this type of cover. It would also be
easy for someone to cut there way in at your cargo, so security isn't the best.
Some of the most popular models include the Extang fulltilt and tool box fulltilt, and the Lund hinged tonneau cover.
Hard hinged tonneau covers
Hard hinged pickup bed covers are usually fiberglass tonneau covers
such as the Ranch tonneau covers or the plastic type such as the Undercover tonneau covers. They work the same as the soft hinged covers as they
open and lift from back by the tailgate and raise up with the aide of gas struts that make the job of opening and
closing much easier. The difference between these covers is the fact you open the cover before the tailgate. The
covers have lock latches on them and most prevent the tailgate from being opened until the cover is unlatched and
Benefits of the fiberglass hard hinged and the plastic type covers is
the ease of access to the truck bed, weather protection that can't be beat, and top of line with the security
Problems with the hard hinged tonneau covers is you aren't able to
haul taller type cargo with the cover on. The fiberglass covers are too hard and heavy to remove if you need to
haul taller cargo. They are also fairly expensive. The undercover plastic covers are not as expensive and can be
easily removed with quick release pins, but you still have to remove it for taller type cargo and you have no place
to carry it if you want to remove it when you are away from home.
Soft folding tonneau covers
Soft folding tonneau covers are usually made of the same fabrics in
the roll-up covers but they fold in sections from the tailgate toward the cab. Many of these come pre-assembled and
take only moments to install. There is usually no drilling just a few clamps to tighten to hold the the side rails
in place. As with most tonneau covers if you have a box liner you may have to cut small areas where
the clamps need to be.
Benefits of the soft folding covers include fast and easy access to
the truck bed and they allow access to most of your truck bed for taller type cargo. They are much cheaper than the
hard covers and they come pre-assembled and very easy to install.
Problems with the soft folding tonneau covers is the fact the front
sections fold onto the last section near the cab. You aren't able to access this area for taller type cargo.
Security isn't the greatest because the cover can easily be cut to allow access by thieves.
Some of the most popular types include the Extang trifecta tri-fold, the Lund
tri-fold, Advantage torza
top, American tonneau and the Tonnopro
Hard folding tonneau covers
This type of truck bed cover fold from back to front like the soft
folding covers only they are constructed from abs, fiberglass or aluminum panels or a combination of materials.
They have different thicknesses and usually have a special high density foam between the top and bottom layers for
The benefits of hard folding tonneau covers is they fast and easy to
get to the cargo area. They are secure because they are constucted of hard material. Most would have added security
if you add an aftermarket tailgate lock if your truck isn't equipped. They
allow you to transport taller type cargo.
The disadvantages of a hard folding tonneau cover is the higher
prices. Most fold up onto the last section not allowing complete access to your truck bed for the purpose of
hauling taller type cargo. The exceptions to this would be the Bak models which open completely to the back window
of the truck and securing there, to allow the most space possible with a folding cover.
The most popular brands of hard folding pickup bed covers include the
pre-mentioned Bak tonneau covers, the Extang hard folding models, the Advantage hardhat and the Tonnopro hardfold.
Retractable tonneau covers
These type of tonneau cover are pretty unique. They roll along tracks
on either top of the truck box sides. They roll in and out of a canister which is located behind the cab of pickup
truck. They can roll in increments of a certain measurement or some are automatic or electric and open and close
with a remote control.
The benefits of the retractable or otherwise known as the roll top
type covers is that they provide good security for your cargo, ease of access, especially with the electric models
and their uniqueness (not everyone has one).
Some disadvantages may include their high price tag as well as the
space used up in your truck box by the canister. The canister stretches from one side to the other behind the cab
of the truck.
The more popular brands and models include the Pace Edwards tonneau covers, the Rollbak, the Retrax retractable tonneau
covers, the Roll n Lock cover and the Truck Covers USA models.
Toolbox tonneau covers
Many of the manufacturers had made it more convenient for pickup
truck owners who want a tonneau cover but need a truck toolbox as well. Some covers have the toolbox integrated
into them aand others are made to work with a particular size range of truck toolbox. They come in different types
of covers such as the Bak tonneau covers, most of which have the option to
come with what they call a Bak box. Others include the Access
toolbox edition, the Extang toolbox tonneau cover, the
Extang Solid fold toolbox truck bed cover, the Extang express roll-up toolbox cover, the Extang trifecta toolbox
tonno, the Extang fulltilt toolbox tonneau, the
Truck Covers USA america work tonneau, and
the american work junior toolbox tonneau by Truck Covers USA.
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