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#6115165 - 01/31/12 Tonneau or not?
Technoman26 Offline
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Registered: 02/09/04
Posts: 2140
Loc: Concord, NH
Hey All - Got myself a new (to me) rig. 07 Chevy Silverado Classic Z71x-cab etc. For years, I ran toppers/caps on my full size trucks w/o extended cabs. But a couple years back I started plowing and decided I didn't like the cap on the truck due to the visibility issues it creates.

But I still want to conceal/protect stuff in the bed of the truck for hunting trips, range trips, camping etc. So I've been thinking about a tonneau. I do not like the hard tonneau covers at all so I am leanign toward a roll-up style. That would still give me access to the entire bed for some things and allow concealment and weather protection for others.

Anyone got any experience with any of these? Recommendations? Dos, don'ts, likes or dislikes?

Let me know. Thanks.
Rob

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#6117048 - 02/01/12 Re: Tonneau or not? [Re: Technoman26]
24mileboy Offline
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Loc: Pocatello, Idaho
Rob, I have had three trucks with hard tonneau's on and I loved them. The security was excellent and we never had to worry about what was in back. The problem was if you had to haul something taller that the bed you had to remove the cover or leave it open. I can see that a roll up cover would solve that problem and still give you some security. I have seen the aluminum covers that can be removed in sections and those look great. Good luck with your choice.
Jon

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#6117814 - 02/01/12 Re: Tonneau or not? [Re: 24mileboy]
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I put a Downey SST Tonneau Cover on my truck in 2007 when I got it. It's still good as new.

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#6118173 - 02/01/12 Re: Tonneau or not? [Re: NYH1]
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I`m pretty happy with my Advantage Hardhat.
I`m hoping to leave it on folded up when towing my 5th wheel.
http://www.advantagetruckaccessories.com/hardhat.php

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#6118239 - 02/01/12 Re: Tonneau or not? [Re: 35]
srwshooter Offline
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Registered: 12/18/05
Posts: 5435
Loc: grottoes ,virginia,usa
the hard tonneau on my 04 colorado is the best money i ever spent. great lockable storage. i only payed 200 for mine used and it was already painted to match my truck.

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#6118269 - 02/01/12 Re: Tonneau or not? [Re: srwshooter]
himmelrr Offline
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Registered: 11/20/05
Posts: 4038
Loc: NW Georgia
I've had an OEM soft tonneau on my Tundra since 2001. I like it a lot. It easily rolls/folds when you do not want it. It is perfectly dry too. Any truck I have in the future will have a soft tonneau since I need to occasionally haul wood or throw an ATV in the back.

Supposedly they save gas but I do not notice a difference when it is off or on.

RH
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#6118515 - 02/01/12 Re: Tonneau or not? [Re: Technoman26]
tzone Offline
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Registered: 02/23/04
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Loc: MN
If you really want to protect you gear in the back from theft, the hard tops are the way to go, but you don't want that.

The soft sided covers are nice to keep the weather off and that is about it. they do allow you to run a tool box in the bed, which I would do if I didn't have topper.
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#6118600 - 02/01/12 Re: Tonneau or not? [Re: tzone]
Technoman26 Offline
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Registered: 02/09/04
Posts: 2140
Loc: Concord, NH
Originally Posted By: tzone
If you really want to protect you gear in the back from theft, the hard tops are the way to go, but you don't want that.

The soft sided covers are nice to keep the weather off and that is about it. they do allow you to run a tool box in the bed, which I would do if I didn't have topper.


That's pretty much what I'm going for. A little weather protection. Easier to clean the snow off in the winter, better visibility too. And for less valuable items, out of sight storage. The toppers are nice and I've almost always had one, but I just don't feel it's needed any more with the extended cab truck. Plus, I usually only run the topper during the hunting season and I think I can accomplish what I want with the tonneau.

All that said, I did find a fiberglass topper used on the local craigslist to fit and match my truck...but he's asking $850. Cheaper than new, but still a lot of dough for a used topper IMO. If it was $500.....I might be talked into that direction.

Thanks for input gentlemen.
Rob

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#6119138 - 02/01/12 Re: Tonneau or not? [Re: Technoman26]
himmelrr Offline
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Registered: 11/20/05
Posts: 4038
Loc: NW Georgia
Rob,

There is no way he will get 850 for that topper. Offer him what you are willing to pay - in cash. I do that all the time on Craigslist. Expect a counter offer but I just say, "Take it or leave it, that is what I am willing to pay." They take it most of the time.

RH
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#6119144 - 02/01/12 Re: Tonneau or not? [Re: Technoman26]
mudhen Online   content
Campfire Outfitter

Registered: 05/30/05
Posts: 9972
Loc: Boot Heel of New Mexico
Make him an offer. The worst he can do is say "no".

We had a couple of the retractables on my wife's last two pickups (a 2000 Chevy K1500 and a 2005 Tacoma). They worked well while they lasted, but basically needed repairs or replacement after about three years. We don't garage our vehicles and we do have intense sunlight at the elevation at which we live here on the border. They might last longer if you keep your truck under cover.
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#6120474 - 02/01/12 Re: Tonneau or not? [Re: Technoman26]
tzone Offline
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Registered: 02/23/04
Posts: 30906
Loc: MN
Offer him 5 bills as see what he says. He'll have it for a long time at $850 unless it's some sort of special order. It's cheaper than new, but it's not new and you don't get warranties.

My Leer with a few options was $1010.
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#6193187 - 02/19/12 Re: Tonneau or not? [Re: tzone]
Technoman26 Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 02/09/04
Posts: 2140
Loc: Concord, NH
I ended up with a cap. Fund one in good condition that matches my truck for $300. Not bad.

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#6193858 - 02/19/12 Re: Tonneau or not? [Re: Technoman26]
srwshooter Offline
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Registered: 12/18/05
Posts: 5435
Loc: grottoes ,virginia,usa
great deal

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#6193937 - 02/19/12 Re: Tonneau or not? [Re: srwshooter]
TERRY8mm Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 10/04/02
Posts: 3244
Loc: East Ky. or East Texas
Soft top

I have one and we love it. Roll up, fold up or remove in minutes.

The same materials as Jeep tops.
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#6194650 - 02/19/12 Re: Tonneau or not? [Re: TERRY8mm]
dubePA Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 02/04/01
Posts: 3964
Loc: PA
Access roll up, velcro side seals and just clamp-on side frames. Second one I've had, no problems with wear, tearing or fading over the 4+ years on the first one.

Don't really need much security, great for covering the bed and keeping things dry. Also appears to aid somewhat in highway fuel economy vs an open truck bed. Rolls up in seconds, if I need to tote something big.

Always had alum. or fiberglas caps before, probably never own another one.
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