Need feedback on bed covers

grantmcw

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I'm looking to get a bed cover for my new Ram 1500. If I go retractable, I really like the retrax. But, I've also been looking at folding covers (cheaper and don't have the canister to eat up space). The one that seems to have the right combination of features for me seems to be the Fold-a-cover Elite G4. I really like how you can open the front in addition to the back, and I especially like how the front opening panel works in conjunction with their personal caddy option, plus the latch/lock system seems to be more secure and simpler to operate than than most (no tailgate opening required).

I was pretty sure the Fold-a-cover was what I wanted, but I stopped by a local accessory place, and the rep basically said that its crap. They pushed the bakflip products really hard instead. I've seen lots of good stuff about the bak products, but it just doesn't have the features I like in the foldacover. It only opens from the rear, you have to open the tailgate to unlatch it, and at 10"x10" their version of an integrated toolbox might as well be a shoebox not to mention you have to open the whole cover to get to it.

Their negative opinion about fold-a-cover seemed to not be from a recent experience, and I know they've made changes in the last couple of years. Their two biggest issues were that they aren't as low profile as the backflip, and they don't like how they accordion fold instead of each panel just flipping over. I'm not sure either of those two things really matter to me at all vs. the added features. So, I'm looking for other feedback before I write anything off.

Anyone have feedback on the fold-a-cover, or it vs the backflip, or maybe going with retrax and giving up the bed space the canister takes and finding a low profile toolbox like the tonneaumate to go with it would be a better option than any of the folding covers? Help me out. Thanks!
 
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My truck had a rollnlock cover when I got it - Retractable Tonneau Cover For Your Truck Bed. Pretty sturdy, aluminum with a solid vinyl cover over it. The box it rolls up into was around 8" square (I could measure it for you, but it's out in the garage ad it's 2* and dark out :) ) I've moved up to a full cap, haven't gotten around to selling it yet.

I don't think I'd like the bakflip blocking the whole rear window when it was folded up. Otherwise, it seems like the folding covers take up a lot of bedspace when folded (25%?!?)
 

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I like the looks of that foldacover. The only question I would have is how hard is it to fold up with only one person standing to the side of the truck?

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I have had 2 Bak Flip G2's on my last couple of trucks and love them. When I need a full bed, remove two wing nuts and lift the thing off out of the way. Sits flush and I like the latch system especially with a locking tailgate.
 

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I had a Pace-Edwards retractable on my old truck. It was expensive, but really nice.

I just went with a rollup on this one. And it is every bit as nice. And actually, with it rolled completely up, I have more bedspace available than the 9" box with the retractable :dunno:
 

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Searching around for good tonneau and that foldacover looks good, anyone have pic of it installed and how was it?
 

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I replaced my old cover a couple of months back with a Lund Genesis Tri-Fold. Super easy install and it looks great. No pics, but I can take a few tomorrow. I'm no where near the truck right now.


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It all depends on what you want and how much you want to spend. I had a Truxedo Truxport on a previous truck, and for a very inexpensive roll-up, I was very happy with it. Tonneau covers are one of those things that you can basically spend as much or as little as you want, and can find something that will have decent features in any price range.
 

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