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Tonneau Cover Brand Suggestions

I have seen lots of threads talking about tonneau covers, but I have not seen any about what style people prefer or what brands have worked well for them. I saw a tv show that featured a tonneau cover that was a roll up, but had support built right into the cover. I also like the ones with the cross bars that roll up with the cover. I like the idea of a soft cover, but I want one that is easy to use and not a pain to roll up. I am having trouble finding the one that has the supports built in, and I would appreciate it if anyone had any help for me.
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I have an extang Tuff Tonno. Its a roll up but the supports are not built in. I am happy with it and there customer service is good. Just had to get replacemtent parts since I lost a corner and they sent me a new corner for free.
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truxedo truxport is an awesome cover. takes less than 10 seconds to roll up/roll back and you have full access to your bed unlike the hinged ones.

its not very tight but it doesnt puddle water like my old one did
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I have a Truxedo as well and I love it. Mine is actually going out to get customized soon so it will fit behind my tool box. Plus I love the velcro over snaps even when its cold out rolls up nice and then secures again no problems.
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ive got an access roll up tonneau it has the cross braces that roll up with it and a tension adjustment to keep everything tight. one person can roll it up in under 30 seconds. they say its usable to 40 below 0, ive rolled it up a few times in the winter with no problems.
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I have what looks to be the exact same Access brand cover that jdcrush has on his truck. I picked up mine at Radco here in MN, not sure if you have a Radco store out your direction or if that is just a midwest thing. Anyway it is a aftermarket truck part store "The Manspa" as the advertise here, ha! I've had mine on now since last November and it still looks and works Fantastic, no leaks either.
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I have a snug-top SL. i like it, it looks good and is high quality.
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I have an Extang Revolution. The bows roll up with it and they lock to the side rails when you tension the tarp. Works easily and rolls up quick by one person. NO velcro the locking bows hold the edges down tight against rubber weather seals.

I love mine.

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I have a snug-top SL. i like it, it looks good and is high quality.
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I'd go for a hard fold up or roll up, personally. But thoes are expensive.
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I've had an extang blackmaxx cover for about 4 years now probably, never had any issues and it still looks great
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What are the kind that actually hinge. I saw someone with it on their dakota. It is a soft cover, but it hinges up like it was a hard top.
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le bra soft cover here. it does not leak and can take quite a bit of snow on it during winter...
it's a basic plain jane cover.
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I have an Access (Larado) roll up cover, I've had two of them in 15 years (two different trucks. Name:  2056483_2.jpg
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If you want a hard cover, I would definitely recommend ******** x2000. For soft, the others mentioned have their pluses so I would go with one that has the options that you are looking for.



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Thanks guys for all the suggestions- At least I have it narrowed down to a few now.
I like the look of that hard top-but I want the functionality of a soft top. That access is nice, I think I'll compare it to extang.
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I have an Access (Larado) roll up cover, I've had two of them in 15 years (two different trucks. They last for ever, and roll up when it's 20 below zero. In my opinion, the best choice.
Not to hijack the thread but... I was wondering, how much bed space did you loose on your step side after putting on the Access roll up?
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soft cover. Extang.

hard cover. ARE
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I just bought a Mazda B4000 with a SnugLid SL that was installed by the dealer. I can't stand it and am removing it this week to get a bedliner sprayed in...and it won't be going on. It's just beautiful to look at. The edges wrap around and it looks very snug, no pun intended.

The problem is that water collects on the outer edges of that snug fit whenever it rains or you wash the truck. It soaks the felt liner all around the seals and contacts the paint. When you open it after it gets wet, there are huge mildew stains on the outer edges of the bed and tailgate. The bed stays dry, though.

It's just plain inconvenient and heavy having a big, one piece hard tonneau cover. It's so impractical when you need to put bigger things in the back of the truck. I was so torn about buying a truck with one of these and after a couple of weeks, I'm now fully ready to ditch it.

It's been proven that these actually hurt your fuel economy over having nothing at all (see Mythbusters episode 43). The only reason I'd get one like the SnugLid would be if you absolutely needed a tight sealed bed and didn't care about the water collecting on the edges or losing about a mile per gallon. Otherwise, I'd get a retractable that can be more easily removed (the SnugLid is a pain to take off). Use it when you need it, leave it open otherwise. That's the way I like it. To each their own if the covers are your thing.








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ive got an access roll up tonneau it has the cross braces that roll up with it and a tension adjustment to keep everything tight. one person can roll it up in under 30 seconds. they say its usable to 40 below 0, ive rolled it up a few times in the winter with no problems.
mine is just like that is well, its great.
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i had a truxedo truxport on mine for over a year it worked out very nicely, easy to install and use, now i have a tool box instead of a cover
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not to jack the thread or anything but would a 06'-07' tonneau cover work for an 02'? im wanting to get a new one with the velcro snaps and the built in ribs.
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not to jack the thread or anything but would a 06'-07' tonneau cover work for an 02'? im wanting to get a new one with the velcro snaps and the built in ribs.
As far as I know, the fleetsides from 93-present are the same exact bed size, so I'd say yes. I know my SnugLid says "93-07 Ranger" for its fitment and it's on a 2008 Mazda B4000...if that's any indication.
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