Hello, and welcome to our website! Back in the day, we were mostly focused on gel pads for bikes (Suzuki, for example), but right now, we specialize in tonneau covers for trucks. If you’re a big fan of USA cars, you’ll find our content to be quite impressive. The same goes for Japan cars: check out what we’ve got to offer, and you won’t be disappointed!
Detailed how-tos, comparison tables, best of the best lists – we have it all. Now, no matter how big, strong, and capable your Ford pickup may be, without proper protection for the bed, it won’t be of much use. Jeep trucks can also greatly benefit from a tonneau cover. It will safeguard your cargo from the weather and prevent thieves from stealing your stuff. Here’s a short guide on choosing the right cover.
Make Sure it’s Easy to Install
This is one of the most important things that you need to check. First of all, make sure that the tonneau cover is 100% compatible with your truck. Next, take a good look at the specs and see whether the package includes the necessary installation hardware or not. Now, rolling covers (both soft and hard) are very easy to install. The whole process won’t take more than an hour.
Hard folding covers, in turn, are a bit tricky. Plus, some drilling might be involved (the drilling holes might not match the factory spots on your truck). Now, if you have tailgate caps installed, check for compatibility. That’s right: not all tonneau covers can “co-exist” with caps. I have to also mention that a lot of truck drivers, particularly Nissan owners like carrying toolboxes in the bed. Well, make sure there won’t be any compatibility issues with that as well.
In fact, any extra gear/accessory that sits above the rails (the bed rails, I mean) can potentially get in the way of your new cover. If you’re a bit confused by all this, contact the manufacturer: they’ll help you out once you share your truck’s brand, model year, size, and more.
Find your Perfect Style
Statistically, folding covers are the highest-rated covers on the market. That’s because they are reasonably priced, very secure, and look good on pretty much any truck. The tri-fold design makes folding covers flexible and customizable. The multiple panels system allows quick access to different sections of the cargo while leaving the other portions alone.
Rolling covers are quite common as well. They’re rather cheap (especially the soft rolling bed covers), provide full access, and, again, won’t take long to install. For some regular driving around the city – shopping, for example – rolling covers are the best bang for your buck. I see a lot of Dodge trucks in my area with hard rolling covers. Chevrolet fans also pick them over the competition. But, they’re not the safest option.
A quick note: many drivers are looking for that “monolithic” design, and if you’re just like that, check out the one-piece covers. First of all, they give the truck that polished, “expensive” look. Secondly, one-piece covers have weather-tight seals that prevent water (rain and snow) from bleeding into the cargo area.
What about the Locking Mechanism?
Say, you’re the proud owner of a mighty Toyota Tacoma, or, better yet, Tundra. I imagine you’ll be doing a lot of hauling, especially if you’re in construction or a similar type of work. Well, you’ll definitely need a tonneau cover for your vehicle, because there’s nothing worse than having all of your cargo stolen. Yes, the #1 job of the locking mechanism is to keep folks from getting their hands on your cargo.
If security is a priority for you, go with a hard cover with multiple latch points. That way, it will be pretty much impossible for anyone to get access to the bed without the keys. The market has lots of different locking mechanisms to offer. You’ve got the pull-cable release, latch clamp, rotary latch, spring-loaded clamp, trigger latch, and, of course, key locks.
In my experience, latch clamps are the worst, as they take quite some time to set up. The pull-cable mechanism is ok, but not that secure. Just like the rotary latch, without a locking tailgate, thieves will have easy access to the tonneau. The spring-loaded clamps are better than latch clamps, but not particularly great. The key lock is my favorite. I’ve got a one-piece hard cover installed on my GMC truck, and the key locks it down tightly.
Let’s Talk about the Budget
Last, but not least, determine your budget for a new tonneau cover and start looking for options. As I already mentioned, soft rolling covers are the cheapest offer. They don’t last for a very long time, though, because of average-at-best craftsmanship and material quality. If you do a lot of off-roading and carry heavy loads in your truck regularly, I recommend a hard folding cover.
You can buy a decent cover for +/- 250 US dollars. For that kind of money, you’ll get a vinyl top, aluminum framing, and a simple, easy-to-use clamping system. Besides, a hard folding cover can carry extra weight. That’s right: just put whatever you couldn’t fit inside of the bed on the cover, and hit the road! On average, decent covers carry up to 300 pounds. A Honda Ridgeline or Ford F150 will thanks you for this extra weight capacity.