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Old 02-10-2014, 10:46 PM   #1
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Retractable Tonneau Bed Cover

I am considering a retractable tonneau bed cover that would protect the 5th wheel hitch from the elements when not towing. Also, one that would retract and not interfere with normal 5th wheel hitch and camper operation while towing.

I was looking at BAK Industries. They have a completely rollback that is almost flush with the truck's bed rail after install.

Or a flip up that adds a few inches on the bed rail once completely folded up.

Either applications provide a solid & lockable cover.

I am leaning towards the retractable approach due to bed clearance but I am afraid of the maintenance needed with the roller. The fold up would be perfect, but again, I am afraid with the bed clearance during towing.

What are you all using to protect your 5th wheel hitch while not hooked up to the camper? What type of tonneau bed covers do you have?


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Old 02-11-2014, 12:53 AM   #2
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Friend has a manual rollup snap down cover on his Ford 350 without a lock. He stated that if it was a tarp material it could just be cut if needed so there is no need for the lock.

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Old 02-11-2014, 03:30 AM   #3
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I have the Peragon cover that has worked very well for me over the past 2 years. Low profile and looks very nice. Folds up into the bed so it takes up about 6" of box space which is the only downside but it also removes very easily if you need that space. This will work well with a FW hitch and is very secure as it has a solid locking mechanism. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=C0qjWDXE55w
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Old 02-11-2014, 03:57 AM   #4
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Our work truck has a roll top desk style cover. Yes it is nearly flush to the top of the bed rails but it is very noisy when traveling over bumps, potholes, etc.. I'd never have one on my personal truck just for that reason.
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:40 AM   #5
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BAK makes a good product. Not sure how much room you have at the cab when towing, however check out the BAK ROLL-X cover, Very similar to the retractable, however it rolls up. When locked down, the sides also lock, very little noise. Had one on my Tundra and I just purchased one for my F150. I don't tow a 5th wheel, so would depend on how much room you have between the trailer and cab.
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:47 AM   #6
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I have a tri-fold tonneau cover by American. It locks down on the third fold. It seals pretty good with minimal moisture allowed in. My tailgate locks but if they want in, they could just cut the cover. Also, I'm getting about 5% better fuel economy by eliminating tailgate drag. There is no noise whatsoever from this cover.
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:28 AM   #7
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I have an Access soft rollup cover that locks and a locking tailgate. I've never had anyone attempt to break in and when I bought the cover I ask the store how many they've replaced as a result of slashing/theft.
The answer was none.
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:32 AM   #8
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I have a rollup cover, not sure what brand. It has little slide locks on the underside. Works good for us. I have had it blow loose driving through the carwash. Now when going through the drier, I just skip letting the blower dry the tailgate and no issues.

I did have someone try to break into the tailgate (well kinda). My Dakota has a unique feature that you can limit how far the tailgate will open. Typically I keep it in the 50% down feature, in case it is not full latched an opens up while driving when extremely cold I have had this issue. I had a plastic box up in the front of the box. The perp could not figure out how to open the gate any further nor how to open the cover to get to the box. They yanked and yanked and bent one of the aluminum rail that the lock clips into. I have been meaning to pull the rail off and hammer it back into place. No damage was really done, except maybe to their ego. The cover still works just fine.
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:36 AM   #9
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With my 8ft bed I have a tool box so I needed a tool box cover to fit and went with the Access brand. It locks over the tailgate and rolls up in 15 seconds from one side with straps to hold it in place. A friend has the roll up, flush mount metal one on his short bed and there are times it binds up on him with retracting and extending. Depends on how "secure" you want to make your bed I guess. My hitch is locked in 2 places. If someone wants something they will hit my tool box first as there really never is anything in my bed.

It is 4 years old and it holds a snow load well too.

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I do not have a fiver, however I have the BAK industries F1 BackFlip model cover on my F-150. I installed it myself two years ago and I am impressed with durability and functionally of the cover.

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