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Looking for a tonneau cover. Any recommendations? Probably either a hard or soft trifold model that's easy to remove when necessary. Thoughts? Any to stay away from? Thanks!
 

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Soft covers to me just seem pointless if you're looking for any kind of security. I've had 2 hard folding covers over the years and loved them except for one flaw. In cold climates like WI, the rubber seals that cover the hinges will crack over a period of 4-5 years. I figure the summer sun beats on the rubber seals and then the winter temps crack them if you try to open it. Water will then seep through quite easily. They also take two hands to open.
This time around I installed a RetraxPro (last week). I don't like the idea of losing a small amount of bed space in an already smaller 5'7" bed, but I'm hoping to avoid the weathering of the weather stripping. It's only been on for a week, but I REALLY like it initially. The top can be opened and locked at ANY point along the rails. If I happen to be carrying something, I can easily open and close the tonneau with one hand. Also, it was one of the only retractable tonneau covers I could find that didn't use a stupid ass strap or rope to close it. I think it looks sharp in gloss, but it is also available in matt black. Here's a pic of it on my truck and a link to their website: Retrax

Kind of expensive though at $1799. However, I called in and was able to save $340 and also got a tailgate gasket free (normally $20 I think). Good Luck in whatever you decide.
 

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i bought the fold a cover G4 elite. it has the features that I looked for, opens from front and rear of the cover, an also has a personal caddy that fits at the front to store my tools and other items. Install took a long time but it's all worth it.
 

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i bought the fold a cover G4 elite. it has the features that I looked for, opens from front and rear of the cover, an also has a personal caddy that fits at the front to store my tools and other items. Install took a long time but it's all worth it.
Fold-a-Cover by Stephens Enterprises is what I had on my last two trucks. I loved them the first five years. They were great except for the rubber seal that covers the piano hinge. Not a problem if you only keep your truck 4 to 5 years or don't fold it open in freezing temperatures. (See pics) This is just my experience with two folding covers. Maybe other people have had better luck. However, IF I were to by a folding cover again, the G4 Elite would be the one.
 

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Fold-a-Cover by Stephens Enterprises is what I had on my last two trucks. I loved them the first five years. They were great except for the rubber seal that covers the piano hinge. Not a problem if you only keep your truck 4 to 5 years or don't fold it open in freezing temperatures. (See pics) This is just my experience with two folding covers. Maybe other people have had better luck. However, IF I were to by a folding cover again, the G4 Elite would be the one.
Does that only happen in cold weather? Or because it passed the 5 year mark?
thinking if it'll crack if it's warm and passed the 5 year mark.
 

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The factory hard tonneau on my previous truck froze constantly in the winter. The rubber would stick to the rails and make it unusable without hammering on it. I even tried treating it with teflon de-icer spray but it didn't help. That is why I went back to a soft tri-fold that I can take completely off in less than a minute and use my whole bed. I learned my lesson.
 

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Does that only happen in cold weather? Or because it passed the 5 year mark?
thinking if it'll crack if it's warm and passed the 5 year mark.
Both of my previous folding tonneau's gaskets broke in the freezing winter while opening. I believe it was a combination of the hot summer sun, cold winter temps, and time. Over a period of years the plastic/rubber gaskets get brittle. Then in the freezing temps of winter, the plastic will crack upon opening. :confused: That's my theory anyway! Makes perfect sense.

My guess is it won't crack as easily if it's warm because it'll be more flexible.
 

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Take a look into the diamondback HD covers. They are easy to install and remove and they can carry 1600lbs on top of them.
 

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Just got a tonnopro hard cover installed today. still feeling it out . I thought they were going to install a normal hard cover (made the dealer throw it in on the deal for free at the last minute) .. But this one is aluminum hard cover underneath and then covered vinyl Seems decent so far but i have not got to mess with it too much yet. So time will tell. They of course offered to get the correct one and replace it.
 

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Thanks for the thoughts everyone. I was going to get the Extang Solid Fold 2.0, but read some reviews I didn't like. Might get the Extang Trifecta Signature, which is a soft tri-fold cover. Might just keep it uncovered too!
 
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