Tonneau Cover

Discussion in 'Tow Vehicles, Hitch & Towing' started by Mamie, Jun 4, 2018.

  1. Mamie

    Mamie Active Member

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    As I've tried to start on repairing the sideboards on my camper, I need to remove all the stuff that I have bought and have stored there on the bunkends. I've considered taking it to storage because I don't want to put it in the shed where everything will get dirty. But I got to thinking that I need a cover for my truck and was going to get one, but if I had it now I could take stuff from the camper and put it in the back of the truck.

    I know nothing of bed covers except I cannot do the snaps. I had initially thought about getting a tri-fold until I saw the soft roll ones without the bars where I can still have access to the back of my truck.

    I've found several on ebay, and I'm looking at the Soft Lock & Roll Tonneau Cover by PRIME CHOICE. https://www.ebay.com/itm/352286613209

    It's cheap, which is good for me, and I can roll it up, but I don't know if it will keep the bed of my truck dry and also how does it lock? I have a very limited income and can't afford to buy the wrong thing.
     
  2. Dan from Troup

    Dan from Troup Well-Known Member

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    I had an expensive roll and lock cover that still leaked water. Don't expect it to be completly dry storage.
     
  3. Mamie

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    That's what I was afraid of. I looked at so many that I got confused and decided to go back and try again. I remember seeing one that locked and another that had a sealing strip.
     
  4. Dan from Troup

    Dan from Troup Well-Known Member

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    With luggage storage protect with trash bags. I had the 3 fold back flip too.
     
  5. Mamie

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    I could probably use tarps too.
     
  6. 3hooligans

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    The covers will be waterproof, but the design of the bed and how it attaches to the truck, are not waterproof, I have had covers on my last 4 trucks, it can get damp or dripped on, but for the most part, it stays dry.
     
  7. generok

    generok Well-Known Member

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    ^X2 It will shed rain, for sure, and without bars, a soft cover may pool a little in the middle, but it won't be completely sealed. If you drive the truck, stuff will still also get a little dirty back there. The gap between the tailgate and the bed is a source of dust and rain mist. So, I wouldn't store stuff you worry about mildew forming on in the back of the truck with a cover for a long time. But, if it is solid stuff, it should be fine.

    Good Luck!
     
  8. myride

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    Have used both, soft top with bars that rolls/velcro and the tri-fold style. Of the two the tri-fold with edge gasket is better at keeping "most" water/rain/dust out but not 100 %.
     
  9. mstrbill

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    They sell seals for that gap. I had one on our former F150, worked very well.
     
  10. DerekCamperDad

    DerekCamperDad New Member

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    I had one of these on my truck for awhile. Don't remember cost, but think it was on the expensive side.
    https://rollnlock.com/
    Worked great but did get drips near the tailgate. I put stuff in Rubbermaid bins just in case.
    I've moved to a full canopy and really enjoy the extra secure storage. I didn't need the height of an open bed anymore.
     
  11. Mamie

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    I appreciate all of the suggestions and they give me a lot of options. I don't have a bed liner, but I think I'm going to do the roll on. I know it won't be the best, but it will be the best I can afford. My truck is a 2008 and other than some scuffs, the truck bed is in good shape, no rust.

    The snaps might be more water-tight, but I could never pull the top enough to snap it in place.

    I saw the one with the bars, but I wouldn't be able to haul anything. It would definitely be better for run-off though. I'm so scattered and disorganized around here. If I could ever get all my storage places fixed, I would be able to easily store something and could probably find it. My last chicken died, so I'm going to convert the chicken house to a storage building. I built it that way so that someday somebody could use it. After I started looking for a camper, I decided I did want to have to deal with chickens if I went somewhere. I can take the cat and the dog.

    I liked the tri-fold until I saw the roll-up. The way I drive, I don't need anything blocking the back window if I have to haul something. I might have to give that tri-fold a second look and determine how much room I would have in front of the last fold. I haven't been hauling lumber like I did before and now, when I get sheet goods I have it cut down at Lowes. It's a lot less trouble than struggling with it.

    That was a nice top. Even without looking at the price, I know it's nothing I could afford.

    My bed is only 5.5 ft, so it's pretty small. I think bins is definitely the way to go. I could get a shower rod and use it as a bar to keep everything from moving around.
     
  12. kcsa75

    kcsa75 Well-Known Member

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    I have one of these on my F-150.
    https://www.truxedo.com/p-37209-truxedo-pro-x15-truck-bed-cover.html

    It has baes for support and velcro to hold it down on the side. But if i need to haul something, it rolls up and out of the way in a matter of a few seconds.
    I guess you cant call it water tight but the only water I've ever seen is a few drops right inside the tailgate after a rain or washing. [:)C]
     
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  14. Mamie

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    Thanks for the info. A little water is okay, I can't imagine anything but a hard cover being 100% water proof.


    Storage containers are the way to go. I have some tubs, but not sure if I can find all the lids.

    Inexpensive is all I can afford. I don't drive fast so many there won't be a problem.
     

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