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Thread: truck bed covers all input and opinions welcome

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada

    truck bed covers all input and opinions welcome

    Am looking at getting a truck. It will be a F150 supercrew 4x4 with the v6 ecoboost engine. I have had little say in this vehicle as i wanted to rather get rid of the trailer and rather get a proper rv.
    But on this one the boss has spoken.

    So what say yea all about truck covers. Canopy is out i am told by the boss.

    I have never had a truck in my life before so i am in for some learning. Trying to keep as much technology out of this buy and keep it as simple as possible and as cheap as possible.

    The box is only going to be 5.5 inch long, because swimbo wants a supercrew cab. (She is thinking of grandkids and i am saying truck will be long gone before that happens .....sometimes

    Only thing i do know is she has promised she will drive when we towing if we have this vehicle. (yeah i will make sure we fully insured including life cover.)

    At present i have looked at the folding type

    Bak Flip but then i found another crowd that seems to have superior product they called Fold A cover .

    I dont have any experience whatsoever so i am hoping some of you pros that use a pickup can advise me on bed covers. If you can call 5ft 5 inch a box. More like a kiddies sandpit in my view.

    thanks for any input and experiences.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Oak Harbor Washington on Whidbey Island
    So why doesn't she want a canopy? Maybe once she has the right style canopy she wouldn't be so against them. The LOLM drives an S10 with a 1 height canopy & flip up to open windows On sides & back & she says that it has good visibility all around. Also most trucks have much better mirrors than they used to.

    I wouldn't have it without a canopy with big windows that hinge up to open on both sides & the back, Once you have one you'll never look back. Even better cab high at the front & going higher at the back for better visibility. With this you can reach anything at the front with ease. Make sure to get the truck that sets down closer to the ground like the trucks did before they went crazy & jacked them all up high. The jacked up ones really wear on you as time goes by. I found this out just being a auto detailer.

    I sure hope the bed is longer than 5.5 Inches......Ha Ha!!!!

    Get a student driver sign to put on the front & back of the rig when she is towing.

    If you haven't already done it & this is a tandem axle trailer wire a blinker light up between the front & back axle on the side of the trailer this is a great help when trying to get over for that exit the snuck up on you, for the person that has just passed the back end of your trailer & can't see the back blinker anymore. Also carry a set of binoculars to for the shotgun rider to look down the road to find that exit ahead of time so you have more room to get over.
    Last edited by Bart Leetch; 03-22-2015 at 06:30 PM.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Nova Scotia, 45°N 64°W
    Let's get the terminology straight. Do you mean a tonneau cover that just sits flat on the sides of your box, or what I call a truck cap, which is same height as your cab, colour-matched, fitted to your model of truck and is actually useful for putting stuff in?
    No serious truck-driving country boy I know has a flat cover on his pickup. If he did, he got rid of it the first time he had to take the lawn mower somewhere and had to drive around with the thing sticking up. Do you see where I'm going here?

    Just my opinion. I've had a lot of pickup trucks.

    Good luck tomorrow, btw.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Hudson Valley NY
    Hi Rob, i'm on my 2nd bakflip and love them. My 1st was on a 6.6 ft tundra, it was aluminum and would hold 400 lbs on top of it. It was great for moving sheetrock, plywood. I had pop up hold downs in the stake pockets and could bungee the load on top. Had that one for 4 years with no problem. The one I have now is on a tacoma, this one is called fibermax. Made with fiberglass instead of aluminum. Its lighter, can still hold a few hundred pounds. The problem is the tacoma does not have stake pockets so there is no way to tie anything down. The best part of a backflip is the entire thing opens against the back of the cab so you have the entire truck open and it only takes a second to open. Good luck.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    The Gorge Area, Oregon
    Curious what you want a bed cover for? That might drive the design choice a bit maybe... I have pretty limited experience with them - more experience with the in-bed toolbox setup but you've already killed most of the bed length with the supercrew so probably don't want one of those...

    Sure you can't talk her down into just a supercab? At least you'd get a 6.5' box which is big enough to be useful once you drop the tailgate... and you can fit the hypothetical young ones in it for a good 10 years or so...

    Just looked at the config and the "power group" now has a "• Power Tailgate Lock" - what the heck!? Power tailgate lock!?! Either I'm getting old and grumpy or that's just crazy.

  6. #6
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    Dec 2007
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    I have a PVC tonneau cover (hard shell and lighter to take off than fiberglass and about as strong and half the cost) It works OK most of the time it only weights 65lbs so even me and Linda can take it off if needed and it locks down. Problem I have with it is the height. I can load the organ up in the back and have it covered it lacks about 3 inchs so cant take the organ out if there is ANY dought of rain. I have had toppers and that is what I will go back to next time.
    I do like the cover for gas mileage help.
    Oh and I went with the extended cab (not a 4 door) and back side opening open all the way to the side of the bed and I like that ALOT and there is plenty of room in back. My Aunt has same type with the 4 door and I cant see that it is worth the bed lose to me.
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    Odd man out here. I hate pickup bed covers. Had a soft tonneau on my old Toyota for a while. Sun and ozone wore it out in about three years, and I never replaced it. 'Twas a PITA to remove and roll up every time I wanted to haul dirt, sand, mulch, or whatever, and wouldn't have been secure enough to be a theft deterrent. The hinge up hard covers have to be either removed or tied down to haul anything. I'd rather just 'go naked' and have a usable truck.

    OTOH, my neighbor has an F-150 with a lockable hard cover, and he loves it - but the only thing that he's ever hauled in that truck is his golf clubs.

    So far as cab-high canopies go - if you really need a cab-high canopy, just get a Tahoe or a Suburban instead of a pickup.

    But that's just my opinion...I could be wrong.
    Jim D.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    i wouldnt get a super crew either. just the cab and a half size, and if you get a topper i would get the side windows to open up like bart said.. for my use i dont like the flip tops..a real cover matched tot he truck is my choice.
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    I am with jim. I have a 10 yr old Silverado and no tool box or cover. Before that i had an S10 with a tool box and before thart an S10 with a fu.ll shell. Naked is the way i prefer easier to haul stuff and if it can't go in the bed like my golf clubs i put em in the back seat. imho.
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    We love our crewcab, the back seat folds down to make a sweet platform for the dog{dogs when we had 2}, plenty of room for bow & gun cases, camping gear even guitars and, not all at the same time Even enough room to {semi} stretch out for a roadside nap or unexpected overnighter.

    We have the soft snap on cover and are happy with it. A guy that worked with my wife gave it to her {when he traded his truck in} a year after we bought the truck{year 2000} and it's still holding up well for it's age. First thing I did after mounting it, was to take it all back off, and I cut it down a 1/2" on all four frame sections, it's a breeze to snap on now, even in the cold. Takes maybe 20 seconds to take off the cover and 2 support rods for larger load capacity,and maybe 1 to 2 minutes to button her back up. We like it for long hauls when the weather may change, keeping things dry is nice when needed

    On a side note, we also bought the truck with a bed-liner already installed...lil bit afraid to pull it out to see what lurks below
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