I am the type of person that likes to use his pickup for several different things. Sometimes I want an open bed unobstructed. Sometimes I need a secure place to store tools, luggage, etc. Either way I need to be able to convert the truck at a moments notice because my needs change that quickly.
I did a great deal of research on tonneau covers. I found some very high tech ones that roll up into themselves, some that flip up like a trunk lid, and even more that secure to the truck bed rails with various fasteners.
Here are my thoughts on each of those options.
Roll Up - Leaves a set of tracks on each side of the bed that protrude less than an inch on each side. - Great design with the exception of exposed rails. I was concerned about impacting the rails - with item being loaded in the bed.
Flip Up - Very restrictive bed access. Difficult to remove when full exposure is required.
Snap On - Well, I have used these in the past. They have a bad habit of shrinking when it is cold out. Since - I live in New England, that is a concern. Velcro only last so long, and they would be difficult - if not impossible to re-apply in the winter.
OK.. So now that I pointed out the problems with the other cover styles. Here are the problems with this style.
- 4 clamps to secure to bed. The cover has the ability to slide on the bed rails fore and aft not - much, mere centimeters at best. It's a minor problem.
- No way of securing the cover to the bed when not in use at all. It fits behind my seat
- Would be nice to have a central release on the back of the cover to start the forward flip.
With those being said, I can remove the cover in less than 30 seconds, and put it on in less than 30 seconds.
I can fold the cover in 3's leaving 6' of bed open to the world for loading purposes.
Material is strong and attractive.
lightweight and hold up to snow well.
If you ask me if I would recommend this to a friend.. I would have to tell you beyond any doubt YES.
The price, quality, convenience and style all make this the best choice for those of us that may need to from time to time open the bed up to the world and use the truck in all it's glory.