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Hard or Soft tonneau?

I going to get bed cover for my 02 Edge stepside, and was wanting to get everyone input as to which covers they have used, how they held up, etc. etc. I dont use my bed for much, but I have some tools/tow straps/chains misc. stuff, not worth a whole lot that I want to get out of my cab, and keep back there.

So what have you used? How "water proof" was it? Cost? and difficulty to install.

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I had a soft cover with snaps. Bad idea if you really ever need to use your bed. They are such a pain to unsnap and roll up, then roll back and resnap. Forget it if it is winter. My dad has some other model that uses velcro and a spring loaded latching thing by the tailgate. It is much better!

That hard covers are nice but it limits your options if you need to put something big in the bed.
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roll up soft cover
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I have a Lund Tri-fold, and its great. I can take off or put it on in under 2 min. The only thing I don't like about it is that it doesnt lock.
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Soft cover will burn your hand in the summer when trying to unsnap. But i like it just park in the shade for a few before you roll it up or un roll it
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Fiberglass all the way... I had a snap cover and replaced it with a nice fiberglass cover and I love it. I don't haul much big stuff in the back so it's not a big deal. I can lock it to keep everything secure and if I need to remove it, takes about 10 minutes to remove the 4 c clamps and lift it off.
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I have the Extang Trifecta and it's great. It's basically a soft tonneau that folds in 3. So when folded you have full access to 2/3 of the bed, and if neccessary, it can be completely removed in 2 minutes (by one person and takes hardly any storage space). You don't have to worry about snaps or velcro.

http://www.extang.com/docs/trifecta.html
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That would be idea. I would avoid the roll-up snap type like the plague.
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I have a hard cover that locks. I like it but it is hard to but something big back there. However, it comes off in under 5 mins and another person to help life and move. Doesn't bother me to much.
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I like the soft covers that don't snap of velcro but they have like two lips that lock onto each other and all you do it get them started on one end and run y our hand from one end to the older (its kind of like a zip lock baggy). Works great.
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ive got a used soft cover at home... if you want to see what it will look like im sure we could stick it on your truck in just a few min.
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i like my roll up cover....they make them for step sides:

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That would be idea. I would avoid the roll-up snap type like the plague.
x2, the tri-fold soft covers are nice, as are the soft covers like on lifter97ranger's
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Undercover makes a nice hard top product. Here is the link to sign a petition for them to make it in a stepside for you.
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ght=undercover
My non step side cost around 500-600 so they arent cheap but they are light and are next to impossible to bend if a group of guys stand on it. I like it and have seen others on the forums give it great reviews too.
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i have one of the snap ones and i agree with Matt... they are a PITA but i want to carry stuff in the bed without it getting wet so it does the job
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Just put a Roll Bak on mine. I really like the looks of it plus the fact that it is a hard cover vs soft. The canister doesn't take up much space in the front of the bed either. Seems well made but won't know til I have it on for few months. Installation instructions really suck, though. They left a lot of out, so if you aren't good at figuring things I suggest having them on speed dial when you are doing the install.
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I just installed a Lite-Rider rollup cover (made by Access) on a '08 Sport. It has velcro along the edges and it works good. It's a bit cheaper that some rollup covers.
So far, so good.
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That would be idea. I would avoid the roll-up snap type like the plague.


the trifecta is really nice, it will be my next cover when ever i decide to buy a new one
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Awesome, thanks guys, umm.. also how water resistant are the soft ones you guys have used, and do you have to get the hard covers painted, or do they come in certain colors IE Black. O and do they make a hard cover for the stepside?

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also how water resistant are the soft ones you guys have used,
yes they are water resistant. i use a pressure washer on mine atleast 2 times a week to wash my truck and everything inside the bed stays dry...

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do you have to get the hard covers painted, or do they come in certain colors IE Black.
yes you can get them already color matched to your truck, or if you can get a used one cheap enough, you can have it painted by a body shop for around $150..

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O and do they make a hard cover for the stepside?
yes. hard and soft covers are made for a stepside.
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awesome! thank you all
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I have a fiberglass one on mine, I was hesitant to get one at first because it wouldnt allow me to carry large items in the bed, but after hearing friends talk about their soft roll up ones when mixed with the cold and snow of MN

from what I've heard, the soft roll up type become a pain to roll in the winter because they shrink in the cold, and they cannot support as much weight as a solid cover, so if you get a lot of snow on it it may start to sag/not be as tight, and begin to look like crap

the soft vinyl type also like to fade in the sun turning from black to almost gray
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I have a hard cover and tri-fold soft one. I run the soft one most of the summer (due to camping, concerts, etc.), and the hard one the rest of the year. I like the hard one better b/c it has a lock and I can keep tools and stuff in there. The bad/worst part about hard covers is that if you haul anything large, you need two people to remove it.
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I have the Extang Trifecta and it's great. It's basically a soft tonneau that folds in 3. So when folded you have full access to 2/3 of the bed, and if neccessary, it can be completely removed in 2 minutes (by one person and takes hardly any storage space). You don't have to worry about snaps or velcro.

http://www.extang.com/docs/trifecta.html

Thats exactly what i have and love it for all the reasons you posted. I like the look of painted hard covers better but i needed a cover that removed quickly for loading my dirtbike and didn't want to mess with snaps
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