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    Default Soft or Hard Tonneau Cover???

    Just curious what type and brand of cover everyone likes and why.

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    I have a hard folding cover. I am constantly in and out of my truck for work and it is perfect for me. It has 4 sections and folds inwards from either end. It will also fold all the way towards the cab and stack, or come all of the way off. It has a nice low profile look, and it locks at both ends.

    When I was looking at covers, I was hesitant to go w/ a soft cover for security and wear reasons. My cover was $800 installed. A little pricey I guess but I've had it for 14 months and I love it. I just wish I would of seen a more significant increase in gas milage. It went from 13.5 to 14.5 on average. That's not the reason that I bought it though so I guess I should be happy w/ any improvement.

    Anyone have a good experience w/ a soft cover??

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    Let me guess, you do pool stuff for work?

    I've seen those hard folding covers. What type of you have, that is what's it made out of?

    I read an article recently about gas mileage with modern trucks and open beds. The cab of the truck really is designed to make air flow around the open bed of the truck pretty well. The bed will actually become pressurized a little bit and it's not really creating an air-dam on the rear-tailgate. In fact, in most new trucks you will get lower gas mileage if you drop the tailgate.

    Steve
    10 Chevy Traverse LT AWD
    02 Chevy Trailblazer LS (110K+ miles - loaded except for 4WD - WRECKED!)
    99 Chevy Cavalier LS (105K+ miles - commuter car)
    78 Chevy Suburban Silverado (454, 3/4 ton)
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    I have a hard cover, it came with the truck. It will be a pain if I need to haul anything that won't fit under it. It clamps on, so there are no screw holes or anything, but it won't be an easy task removing and installing it all the time. But dang, it looks GOOD. There are pics of my truck in the gallery in the UndaCuva folder.

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    I am on my 3rd cover :roll:
    1) Had a folding soft cover, which was pretty good until some idiot decided to cut it open and steal my tools. Very easy to use and remove, not very good for security.
    2) ARE Fiberglass cover painted to match. Excellent cover but a PITA to remove when needing to load large items into the bed. Good for the user who is not going to need to remove their cover often. (It is for sale )
    3) Just bought a Fold-A-Cover which I will install as soon as the ARE is sold.
    Bob
    Millington, TN
    2006 Chevy Silverado Z71: Silver Birch Metallic(59U)/Gray Leather


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    I have an Extang Soft cover which includes the lift functionality of the Hard Tonneau and the roll back of the soft. I can also lift the whole cover off in about 2 minutes. The lift aspect is great. The cover frame hinges at the front of the bed and is supported by 2 Gas shocks. Lifts just like the one in the picture above. It looks like your typical snap soft top and can be rolled from gate to cab by unsnapping or I can just lift it off from the hinge point. I have had several guys see mine after getting their Hard top and wish that they had seen mine earlier. Not the right option if you are looking for security but to keep the items in the bed dry and have multi-function uses, it's great. Onoly cost me $300 and I installed it my self. Point of note... do not attempt to assemple and install this in the winter. I found this out the hard way.

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    I have an Undercover hard tonneau and IMO they are the best thing since sliced bread. They are very light( mine weighs just 58lbs for an 05 Extended Cab standard bed ), extremely strong( you can stand on them ), are very affordable( I paid $570 ), lock for security, and are extremely easy on and off( two split rings at the front come off then just unsnap the struts and it lifts right off - 45 seconds with 2 people - 2 minutes alone ). They even come with a nice little LED utility light now. Amazing how bright those 3 little LED's are when it is dark out.

    Only a couple drawbacks of sorts. The 1st is you obviously can't just pop it off at Home Depot if you buy something really big. You do need to remove it at home 1st( you can not drive with these covers up - they must be down and locked due to the easy off method they use - just not safe ). The other is they are not ideal for painting if you want a color matched HT for your truck. They can be painted but there is a lot of prep involved plus the surface is textured. That means metallic paint will look splotchy. The flake will pool in the little pockets of the texture. Solid colors are okay. Pretty $$$ to prep and paint an Undercover though. They come as a semi gloss black and the finish really is tough and lasts. Looks great on most colors as is.

    I will never use another tonneau on my trucks. Of course I need the security of the locking feature so the soft covers are out. Of all the hard covers out there, short of the extremely expesnive roll to open ones, the Undercover is the most user friendly.







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    Very nice looking. I love that look.

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    02 Chevy Trailblazer LS (110K+ miles - loaded except for 4WD - WRECKED!)
    99 Chevy Cavalier LS (105K+ miles - commuter car)
    78 Chevy Suburban Silverado (454, 3/4 ton)
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    I love those wheels, love the color, love the duals. That is a sweet looking ride.

    To answer the original question...I have a Pace-Edwards roll-top cover and like it. All the functionality of a soft cover and durability of a hard cover. Have had as much as a foot-and-a-half of snow land on it and not even a sag.
    It is 5 yrs old now though and starting to show it's age (fading and the rails could use a coat of paint). Also don't forget to keep the lube to the rails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChevyLover View Post
    Just curious what type and brand of cover everyone likes and why.
    I have the BAK Backflip cover. It's a hard cover that folds in 4 sections. I like it because of the security it offers. If I had to, I can haul tall objects while one or more sections are folded.

    Some cons-
    1. It is opened from inside the bed. So I have to drop the tailgate each time I have to open the cover. Just a minor incovenience for me.

    2. It leaks. There are drain tubes at the side closest to the cab. But not all the collected water goes to the drain tubes. It also drains towards the tailgate, where there are no draintubes. So the bed does get wet during constant rainfall. I can easily fix it so there will be no leaks. But the company should have designed it so it will be leak proof.
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    Chuck
    '06 Silverado 1500 Ext. Cab

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