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Old 02-11-2014, 04:57 PM   #11
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Depends on where you live, and your parking situation, but the roll-up covers will freeze solid in the wintertime if you have to park outside and don't get snow & ice off right away. I had a "Jack Rabbit" roll-up on my previous truck and loved it except for the few times a winter when it froze. I now have a Bak segmented cover on my 8 ft. bed that easily clears the FW hitch. I bought it because the truck sits outside. So far this winter in western Illinois we've had some ice and 45" total inches of snow, no problem with the cover when I've needed to use the bed.

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Old 02-11-2014, 06:44 PM   #12
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I have a simple Freedom rollup cover. Never any problems and no break-ins. Works well regardless of the weather hot or cold.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:24 AM   #13
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I have a BakFlip HD cover and BakBox toolbox on my F250. No clearance problems open or closed.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:52 AM   #14
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I have a roll top cover, it sits flush with the top of the box and rolls up into the front of the box, this is my first hard cover and I like it but it will not go over my generator, the soft tops will cover my generator

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Old 02-12-2014, 03:31 PM   #15
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I have a BakFlip HD cover and BakBox toolbox on my F250. No clearance problems open or closed.

Mike, any issues with the BakBox toolbox? I was thinking of getting one, but heard about some issues if you put some heavy things in and they bounce around causing problems with the box sides coming unclipped causing a mess. Not sure how true this is, which is why I am asking.
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Old 02-12-2014, 04:15 PM   #16
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Hi,
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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I am using the BAK Ind. fold up system on my 6.5 ft. bed 2011 F250 Ford. I absolutely love it. If I changed trucks, I wouldn't consider anything else. I leave one section folded down which acts as a roof for all my plunder that sets up against the cab. You need to have a rubber rope tied on the folded up section to assure that the wind doesn't get under it and unfold it. There is a ring on the front of the lid just for that. When I'm not towing, the lid lays right on the 5th wheel and everything is dry and secure. I was initially concerned if there was enough clearance on the face of the 5th wheel when covered. Turned out to be perfect.
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:42 AM   #17
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Mike, any issues with the BakBox toolbox? I was thinking of getting one, but heard about some issues if you put some heavy things in and they bounce around causing problems with the box sides coming unclipped causing a mess. Not sure how true this is, which is why I am asking.
Heady, Don't know how heavy - heavy is. Mine is moderately loaded and I have had no problems. I have not heard of any issues. Oh, one small problem - a pair of gloves blew out of the box while I was towing the 5er. There is about a 1 1/2 inch space between the top of the box and BackFlip cover where the wind can get in.
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:22 AM   #18
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We went with the roll up Access cover as we also have a transfer flow fuel tank in the front. We wanted something that would protect the 5th wheel hitch when not in use and still be out of the way for towing. We looked at some of the folding covers but we were afraid that they might be too high and hit them when making a sharp turn with the 5er attached. With the height of trucks today, I am not comfortable with the clearance that the folding covers have.

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Old 02-15-2014, 10:36 AM   #19
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Heady, Don't know how heavy - heavy is. Mine is moderately loaded and I have had no problems. I have not heard of any issues. Oh, one small problem - a pair of gloves blew out of the box while I was towing the 5er. There is about a 1 1/2 inch space between the top of the box and BackFlip cover where the wind can get in.
Thanks Mike! Appreciate the first hand review. You might have just sold me on it.
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Old 02-20-2014, 08:41 AM   #20
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I have the Reese Revoluntion pen box. I would like a cover with a "cut out" to acomodate the pen box.
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