Advance Cover - Easily removable hard tonneau truck bed cover
Tonneau Covers
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LOCKING / SECURITY

Q. Do all of these covers lock and secure the truck bed like the trunk of a car?
Q. How can the cover secure my truck bed when my truck does not have a tailgate lock? Does the cover have a mechanism to lock the tailgate and secure the cargo area?


OUR COVER VS. OTHERS

Q. I can buy a canvas cover for half of your K-Cover price, and I can buy a fiberglass cover for twice your price. Why should I buy this cover?
Q. I have looked at retractable tonneau covers, why is yours better? Please discuss the differences, advantages and disadvantages…
Q. What is the difference between this cover and the Fold-A-Cover?


COVER CONSTRUCTION / COVER CHARACTERISTICS

Q. What materials is the cover made of? How are they constructed?
Q. You have hinges that connect each panel together and I’ve never heard of a weatherproof hinge? Where the panels meet and are separated by hinges, how do you prevent water from getting into the truck bed?
Q. Is the surface of the panels smooth or textured?
Q. What colors are the covers made in?
Q. Is the cover paintable?
Q. How strong are the panels?
Q. If they are strong and rigid, why can’t you stand on them?
Q. How thick is each panel?
Q. Describe the side profile/low profile of the cover?
Q. How much does the cover weigh? (when I remove it?)
Q. If I the cover is damaged by hail (or for some other reason) can I get the cover repaired?



WEATHER / WATER RESISTANCE

Q. Is the cover waterproof?
Q. Thanks for being so honest, but “how weather resistant” is the cover?

OPERATION / FUNCTION OF THE COVER

Q. How easy is it to remove the cover? Please describe.
Q. How much force does it take to lift open the front and back panels?
Q. When the cover is closed, does it improve my gas mileage while traveling?
Q. Can I travel with the back panel(s) open?
Q. Can I travel with the front panel open?


INSTALLATION

Q. How long does it take to install the cover?
Q. I have sprayed-in a bedliner that goes over the side rails. What do I need to do before installing the cover?
Q I have a plastic bedliner on my truck - does the bedliner have to be cut off?
Q. Can you install the cover over a sprayed-in bed liner that has been sprayed over the rail?
Q. Do the factory installed plastic side rail covers and plastic tailgate protector on my truck need to be removed?
Q. Are any holes drilled in the truck?
Q. What cover is the easiest to install?
Q. If I install your cover, can I keep my toolbox on the truck?
Q. When I completely remove the cover, can I install my ladder rack/headache rack?
Q. I plan to occasionally remove the cover and put a “slide-in camper” into the truck bed. How far does your hardware project into the truck bed?


5TH WHEELS: QUESTIONS FROM THOSE WHO PULL ‘EM

Q. How does this cover work with 5th Wheel Trailers?
Q. I need a cover that adds no extra height to the side rails of my truck because I am concerned about the clearance between the rails and my 5th Wheel. When the cover is completely folded up to behind the cab of my truck, how much height will your gaskets add to the side rails?


OTHER GENERAL QUESTIONS

Q. Is your only main location in Houston (Katy) Texas?
Q. What is the Warranty on this cover?
Q. Do you have brochures that you can send me?
Q. How is the cover cleaned?
Q. Why shouldn’t I wax the cover?
Q. If I don’t wax it, what can I use to make the cover shine?
Q. Why don’t you make a cover for the 1995.5 through 2004 Toyota Tacoma?
Q. What is your best selling cover and why?


LOCKING / SECURITY
Q. Do all of these covers lock and secure the truck bed like a trunk of a car?
A. All of our covers are designed to lock and secure the top of the truck bed to protect all cargo when the cover is locked in conjunction with the customer provided locking tailgate (either provided by the factory on most trucks, or with an aftermarket tailgate lock, i.e. Pop’N Lock or Bully Tailgate Locks). In the case of Low profile automatic latch for 2nd and 3rd panels that is automatically engaged when the 4th (rearmost) panel is closed (all of this hardware is under the cover). This means that the 1st panel is locked and latched at the front corners of the truck bed, the 2nd and 3rd panels are automatically latched (and secured) to the truck bed when the 4th (rearmost) panel is closed, and the and the 4th panel is automatically latched at the rear corners of the truck bed. You simply lock the front panel and the back panel and now your cover is securely locked and your truck bed is secure! This is an extremely convenient, automatic latching system which provides for an extremely secure installation!

Q. How can the cover secure my truck bed when my truck does not have a tailgate lock? Does the cover have a mechanism to lock the tailgate and secure the cargo area?
A.
If your truck does not have a locking tailgate (like provided on many full size Fords, Toyotas and Nissans), you will need to purchase an aftermarket tailgate lock (i.e., Pop’ N Lock, Bully Tailgate Lock, etc.,) to be able to lock the tailgate shut and to secure your truck bed. These lock sets basically replace your existing tailgate handle and convert it into the equivalent of a factory installed locking tailgate. Changing these tailgate lock handles is the equivalent of changing a “door knob” in that you simply loosen the 2 bolts on the inside of the tailgate, remove your non-locking tailgate handle, and replace with one that locks. These install really easily without any drilling and you can buy these at any truck accessories store. Once the cover is closed (and latched), you just simply lock the cover, then lock up your tailgate handle and you now have a really secure trunk!

A BIG ADVANTAGE OF OUR COVER DESIGN: When you unlock and open your tailgate, you can swing open the tailgate and slide things into the truck bed without ever opening the cover (if you had a fiberglass cover, you would have to unlock the cover and raise a fairly heavy cover upwards a couple of inches just to open up the tailgate). Not so with this cover.


OUR COVER VS. OTHERS

Q. I can buy a canvas cover for half of your K-Cover price, and I can buy a fiberglass cover for twice your price. Why should I buy this cover?
A. The first reason is that we provide the lowest-priced, lockable hard cover on the market. As most canvas covers do not lock (or if they do lock, they only provide minimal security), our cover is the most reasonably priced secure hard cover alternative. We have purposely positioned ourselves to sit squarely between the cost of canvas covers and the cost of fiberglass covers to be able to offer our cover as a practical and cost effective alternative.
The second reason is that our cover offers the most flexibility of any cover at any price! We provide virtually the same flexibility and “usability” as any canvas cover, but with the security of a hard shell tonneau cover. For instance, the canvas cover is easily removed but it doesn’t lock or secure your truck bed like a hard tonneau cover. The fiberglass cover is very difficult to remove (at 125+ lbs. it takes at least 2 people to remove it), but this cover does lock securely. We offer a cover that can be easily folded, removed, and locked securely.

Q. I have looked at retractable tonneau covers, why is yours better? Please discuss the differences, advantages and disadvantages…
A. We have been in the same position and came real close to buying a retractable cover in the past. I'll talk about what I know about these retractable covers in a second. The very first thing to consider when comparing covers is that with our cover, no cargo space inside the bed is taken whatsoever!
We get a lot of questions about “rolling/locking” and “retractable” covers. As a potential buyer of this type of cover, and having two friends that have had different versions of these covers and have since replaced them with our cover (what do you expect, they’re our friends!), this is what we have learned.
a) Designed to Leak?: The biggest drawback for us (personally) was that most of these roll/retractable covers are designed to leak. The water collected is normally routed to two tubes that go through holes that are drilled into the front of the truck bed and direct the water out of the bed and towards the ground. This means that you need to keep the collection tubes clean and clear, otherwise water can back up and your drainage goes straight into your bed. Another possible problem arises when you get a large amount of snow and/or ice buildup onto that cover. The additional weight can cause the composite material to sag into the bed. Some people talk about "sprained" rails and sagging material as the cover may not fit near as tightly as it did prior to an episode like this.
b) Lost Bed Space: These cover designs employ a rolling mechanism that takes up quite a bit of bed space next to the cab of your truck. The spool for the composite cover material is mounted just inside the bed behind the cab. For people who haul lots of stuff (like we do), where the spool sits is the preferred location (right against the cab) to secure things while traveling, like big boxes, tools, etc. This roller actually does take quite a bit of space away which makes it a little more difficult to secure a load. We don't encounter this problem as our cover does not take up any bed space whatsoever.
c) Maintenance of Rolling and Retracting Covers: As with any geared/rolling mechanism, these things normally work only as well as they are maintained (lubed/greased). We have heard many customers complain about having to grease the rolling mechanism regularly as this can get somewhat messy.

Q. What is the difference between this cover and the Fold-A-Cover?
A.
Below is a comparison of the Fold-A-Cover (F-A-C) to our cover. Their product is somewhat similar in form and function to our product. However there is a world of differences…the following should go a long way to helping explain the differences between the two.

When comparing Fold-A-Cover to our cover, keep in mind that our cover is the second generation of the original folding tonneau cover. The biggest improvements over that cover revolve around the removal of the surface mounted rails and the mounting of all of the latching and bracket hardware under the cover (so none of this is visible when the cover is closed). To explain this further, with our cover, you do not install additional side rails onto your pickup truck rails (WE HAVE NO RAIL SYSTEM). This cover sets right on top of your truck bed rails with all hinge and latch brackets located under the cover (on the inside rail surface in the truck bed). In the 4 panel configuration, the two rear hinges are locked by a sliding latch mechanism which secures to brackets that are mounted UNDERNEATH the cover. These brackets are mounted along the inside rail of your pickup and not on top of the rail, and are engaged by a rod which is depressed when it is completely closed. In other words, when the cover is closed (whether it is locked or not) you cannot open or lift up the middle hinges as they are now securely engaged in the ‘lock position’ by this depressed rod. This configuration gives us a much more low profile appearance without sharp corners or edges when compared to other similar folding tonneau covers. We utilize a patented latching system that automatically locks the middle two hinges down. Fold-a-Cover, in their original cover, uses top mounted sliding latches that hold the thumb tabs down which are very sharp. On their newest model, the LS, there is nothing holding down their cover at the 2nd and 3rd hinge points (our cover has an automatic latching system that automatically latches the 2nd and 3rd panel down which is patented) as we have this under the cover latching system patented. In the case of the Fold-A-Cover (F-A-C) this means that air gusts, when going by large trucks, raises the cover off of the rails. With both latching systems (or lack of them), there is an inherent amount of risk with panels that are not secured to the bed (not only from a security perspective, but from a safety perspective). When air pressure meets the side of the F-A-C, the cover has the ability to “Tee-Pee” in the middle and water and air gets under the cover, which at best, rain gets into your truck bed. At worse, the air has the potential to damage the cover. This may explain why some people experience vibrating with this cover. However, as ours is latched securely at strategic points along the entire length of the cover, we have not encountered any problems like this to date nor do we expect to (Thank God!).

In addition, The Fold-A-Cover (F-A-C) models secure the tailgate by having the last panel “overhang” the tailgate to prevent it from opening. However, to keep its low profile appearance, the overlap is maybe one-half inch. As it is virtually impossible to remove all “play” in the last panel, Fold-A-Cover users have complained to us that their tailgate “is not that secure” and that a stout yank has the potential of opening up the tailgate, making the cargo vulnerable.

In addition, our cover has a 4 point Automatic Latching that is much more low profile than the latching system they currently offer. Our latching system operates within about ¾” of space underneath the cover. Their latching system takes up approximately 3 inches of cargo space under the bed of the truck.

A few more points:

  • F-A-C has no center latch
  • F-A-C has no lift handles on the center panels
  • F-A-C hinges are riveted between panels with small rivets – with their seal in between. These will come loose if the cover is slammed too hard and have a propensity to leak (you can basically “spring” the hinge). The rear panel can come loose and is susceptible to coming off. On our cover, the hinges are actually machined into the frame of each panel so there is no separate hinge. If our cover is slammed hard, you cannot “sprain the hinge” as it is part of the frame. As a result, it will not come loose or leak.
  • To replace a seal on a F-A-C, you must drill out the rivets and remove the tape and seal and replace. This is a big job that takes hours and it is not easy to do. It should be sent back to the factory and this is very costly (shipping alone is very costly). You actually have to take the panels apart from one another. Our seals go over the top and can be replaces with the cover on the truck. No tools needed and put on I approx. 5 minutes at a fraction of the cost.
  • F-A-C latch is made from plastic and aluminum. Ours is made of stainless steel and aluminum. The F-A-C has a plastic box which hangs down 2” with aluminum rods out in the open with no protection point on each side of the cover and can be easily damaged and cause failure of the latch. These rods have 2 pieces of plastic which mount to the rod an d must be adjusted in two directions each and can vibrate loose. Our latch hangs down only ¾”. These rods are stainless steal and are incased so they do not get damaged. There are no adjustments on this system and no plastic ends. You simply clamp the bracket on the truck and adjust the bracket up and down. You do not need the key every time, unless you lock the cover.
  • To remove a F-A-C, you must remove screws, and brackets from underneath. With our cover, you do not remove anything. You simply loosen the two nuts, and loosen two screws out about 3/16”, and remove it completely and reinstall the same way. This procedure takes about one minute and is done without getting in the truck box.
  • We have a patented dual seal system on the truck box so it is much more weather and water resistant.
  • Our covers are fully assembled when shipped
  • Our hinges, seals and latch systems are covered by the patents listed on the “Operation of the Cover” sticker mounted underneath the system.
  • Not only that, their most secure system (the original cover) has a plastic rail system, and the rails are known to fade and warp as they are rigid plastic.


COVER CONSTRUCTION / COVER CHARACTERISTICS

Q. What materials is the cover made of? How are they constructed?
THE PANELS: The outside “skin” that makes up the broad surface area of each panel is made of aluminum. This aluminum surface is painted with a high-quality black automotive finish. These aluminum surfaces are the ‘skin’ that covers the very rigid EPS/styrofoam sheets (EPS is expanded polystyrene) which is the core material. This styrofoam is "sandwiched" between the two aluminum panels and then each panel is then framed with extruded stainless steel pieces. These panels are permanently hinged together with stainless steel piano hinges.

This construction process makes them both very rigid and light which makes the cover very easy to open ‘panel by panel’ or to remove the cover. The cover itself (without hardware) weighs anywhere from 30 to 43 lbs depending on the cover. This means that our cover weighs approximately 1/3 of the weight of most fiberglass tonneau covers that can weigh 125 lbs. or more.

THE HINGES AND FRAME AROUND EACH PANEL: The hinges are a patented custome extruded aluminum piano hinge that connects panels together and run the entire width of the truck bed. . What makes these hinges special and why are they patented? During the custom extruded aluminum process, we fabricate the hinge and the frame on each panel to be only one piece of solid metal without the need for a separate hinge that would need to be riveted to the frame. This means that there is no separate hinge connecting 2 panels together. Rather, the hinge is actually part of the frame!!.

This is better explained by example: When you install any hinge (like a door hinge) to connect a door frame and the door together, you have a total of 3 pieces: The door, the frame, and the hinge. With our patented system, we utilize only 2 pieces: The door and the frame! In our case, we have custom fabricated each side of the frame to mimic the fit and function of an extremely strong piano hinge without an additional part required to be attached. The 2 pieces are “fitted” together and a hinge pin is installed. This means that there is no separate hinge, the hinge is part of the frame! This makes for an extremely strong and rigid cover as there is no separate hinge to loosen up over time. This is an exclusive feature of this cover!

All frame and finished edges are also custom extruded aluminum that is designed to frame each panel. This aluminum frame and edge is then subjected to a “triple dipped” (anodized) coating process in a satin black finish so you need never need to worry about them in the weather. In addition, all edges visable from all sides of the truck are sloped to give the cover a very “low profile” appearance when viewed from any angle.

Q. You have hinges that connect each panel together and I’ve never heard of a weatherproof hinge. Where the panels meet and are separated by hinges, how do you prevent water from getting into the truck bed?
A. I have never heard of weatherproof hinge either! However, the way we prevent a potential leak at these points is by keeping water from ever getting to the hinge in the first place. We accomplish this by bridging each panel with a very neatly placed, high quality, flexible rubber strip that is permanently “glue-welded” to each panel’s edge to bridge each gap between connecting panels. These strips are about one inch wide, are in a matching matte black color, and they run the entire width of the hinged panels. This rubber strip channels water away from the small gap between two panels, keeping the hinges (and the truck bed) high and dry. This strip also gives and stretches when folded to ensure that this area remains water resistant.

Q. Is the surface of the panels smooth or textured?
A. Slightly textured - similar to the texture to that is embossed into the vinyl top of a car. . We often say that the panels mimic the look and feel of a refrigerator door (the texture is a little different, but this is a great analogy). The light pebble grain texture pattern is embossed into the aluminum sheets (there is no vinyl whatsoever on this cover!). The main reason for texturing these panels is that as the surfaces are large flat areas and they do cover the working area of your truck, this slight texture helps to hide any scratches that may end up on the surface of the cover due to handling (opening/closing/removing). We could make these covers with no texture and as smooth as glass, but it would be almost impossible to handle the cover during installation, and then remove the cover over and over and keep the cover looking good for a long period of time without small scratches becoming more and more apparent on the cover. If the surface of the cover was delivered to you smooth, it would be almost as difficult as installing a new hood on your car that has already been pre-painted and not scratching it! The texture grain is minor enough that the cover still looks factory installed, and at the same time, it does a great job of making minor scratches almost invisible.

Q. What color are the covers made in?
A. Black Only. This cover comes in a high quality black automotive finish on the aluminum panels and a matching black powder coated finish on all stainless frame and hinge parts. These finishes are designed to maintain their original beauty for many years to come.

Q. Is the cover paintable?
A. Yes. However, as this cover has such a low profile and it is black in color that is is extremely rare for a customer to paint the cover. Our cover often has a lower profile than virtually all soft tonneau covers, which often require "bows" to be installed to prevent water from puddling in the center of the cover.

Again, it is extremely rare for a customer to paint the cover. However, if you choose to paint the cover, please call K-Covers Tonneau Covers for proper surface preparation instructions prior to painting.

To give you an idea about how rare it is to have someone paint the cover, our manufacturing facility pushes out hundreds of covers every month (all of them black) and has been delivering that color since the company was founded. With all of the covers we sell, we are aware of only two customers who have painted the cover. Once you take a good look at the pictures and/or after you install the cover, you will see why most people do not go through the expense and hassle of painting the cover. Early on, we actually thought that one day we would have to offer covers that matched the paint of our customer's trucks (like the large, bulky fiberglass covers). As the request to custom paint the cover rarely happened, along with our growing client base of clients who were very happy with the installed black matte finish look of their product just the way it was, we have scrapped our plans to offer custom painted covers.

Q. How strong are the panels?
A. Very strong and rigid, but we do not recommend standing on the cover. These covers are similar in rigidity to that of an extremely strong igloo ice chest lid, but skinned in aluminum and stainless. This cover easily holds 300 lbs of evenly distributed weight!

Q. If they are rigid, why can’t you stand on them?
We get this question all the time. As these panels span a large open area (your truck bed), we made the cover as strong and as rigid as possible, but also as light as possible. To make it strong enough to stand on, we would have had to make it much heavier, which would defeats the purpose of having an easy-to-remove cover. Also, as the finish on the broad surface of the panels is an automotive finish, you should treat that finish just as you would any other painted surface of your truck. Whenever you feel like standing in the bed of the truck, just fold the cover back and stand in any area of the truck bed you like. By comparison, the hood of your truck is strong, rigid, and painted - but you would never stand on it! So it is the same with this cover.

Q. How thick is each panel?
A. Each panel is approximately ¾ “ (three-fourths of an inch) thick. When a 4 panel cover is folded and stacked behind the cab of the truck, the total thickness is about 3 ½ inches. The extra ½ inch is due to the slight amount of spacing designed between each cover when folded to prevent them from rubbing each other while traveling with the cover folded.

Q. Describe the side profile/low profile of the cover?
A. When the cover is flat and locked down, the cover adds only about one 1 inch of total height (vertical rise) to your original truck rail level after installation. However, all of the outer custom extruded aluminum frame edges are sloped and contoured, so the thickness of the cover often appears to be less than that when viewed from the side. This gives it a much more low profile appearance than other competitive folding covers on the market. Please look at our extensive "Photo Gallery” and you will be able to get a sense of our cover’s low profile from direct side view photos. ALL of our covers have the same low profile and thickness when the cover is flat and locked down, irrespective of whether it is a 2 panel (like in the case of the Sport Trac) or the popular 4 panel cover for larger truck bed.

Q. How much does the cover weigh? (when I remove it?)
A. Depending on the cover, the lightest cover weighs about 30 lbs. and the heaviest weighs about 43 lbs. This is the net weight of the cover when it is removed from the truck. This means that our cover weighs approximately 1/3 of the weight of most fiberglass tonneau covers that can weigh 125 lbs. or more.

Q. If I the cover is damaged by hail (or for some other reason) can I get the cover repaired?
A. Yes, but it would be too costly to do so. To ship it back and forth to our shop will set you back probably no less than $200.00 before any repairs begin. Then when you add the hours for custom repair and replacement of parts, you will pay more than if you ordered a brand new cover. In the instance that your cover is damaged by hail, or some other weather event, virtually all insurances cover this type of damage under your personal auto insurance (Comprehensive Coverage).


WEATHER / WATER RESISTANCE

Q. Is the cover waterproof?
A. No. The cover is very water resistant when installed properly. As you are sealing a large opening that was never designed to seal shut, the very nature of tonneau covers makes them virtually impossible to being “waterproof.” This term means – “completely impervious to water” and implies a seal similar to one you would get with a properly sealed “Rubbermaid” storage container. As this is virtually impossible to achieve under the best of conditions (irrespective of which tonneau cover you purchase), we choose to be honest with our customers – We do not guarantee the cover to be 100% waterproof.

Q. Thanks for being so honest, but “how weather resistant” is the cover?
A. We get this question all of the time. In rain, sleet, snow, wind and virtually every weather condition, water will not get into the bed! The only way to get water into the bed is to try to force water in with a high pressure hose! The bottom line is that we have sold over 250,000 covers and we never get any customer complaints about water intrusion with this cover!


OPERATION/FUNCTION OF THE COVER

Q. How easy is it to remove the cover? Please describe.
A. To remove, simply fold the cover, loosen two small stainless steel bolts, and lift the cover straight up and off. The cover re-installs just as easily. The only difference when re-installing the cover is that you must tighten a small lock-nut to safely secure the bolts in place.

Q. How much force does it take to lift open the front and back panels?
A. Not much. Our neighbor has a 4 panel cover (which is the heaviest cover we make at about 43 lbs for a full size pickup truck). This means that each panel only weighs a little more than 10 pounds. Our neighbor is about 5' 5", 125 lbs and really has no trouble maneuvering the cover around. To open the front panel and the back panel alone is really easy (similar to opening a really big igloo ice chest). It may take a half a dozen times of practice to be able to fold the 4 panel cover all the way up to the cab without any strain at all. Like anything else, once you learn how to handle the cover to open and close it, it becomes less awkward. The first time our neighbor opened the cover, she opened it all the way with a little bit of straining. By the 3rd or 4th time, she was handling it like a pro. This feature makes this cover very popular with ladies who own trucks as well as the wives of truck owners!

Q. When the cover is closed, does it improve my gas mileage while traveling?
A.
YES. We make no guarantees as to how much the cover will play in improving your gas mileage, but we have seen improvements of up to 11%. However, in highway driving, many of our customers have experienced as much as a 2-3 miles per gallon improvement. If you use the smaller number of 2 miles per gallon as the figure to calculate cost savings, the savings can add up.

For example, if your truck currently gets 16 mpg on the highway without the cover, and gets 18 mpg with the cover, you have improved your gas mileage by 12.5%. Assuming you drive 10,000 highway miles per year. At 16 mpg, you will buy 625 gallons of gas per year. If you save 12.5%, that means you will buy 78.1 gals. per year less. At $3.50 per gallon of gas, that is a savings of $273.73 per year or about $23/month (and this does not include the savings you might have in any non-highway or city driving). In this scenario, if you keep the truck for about 3 years or 36 months, the cover pays easily for itself! If you drive 20,000 highway miles per year, in this scenario, you would pay for the cover in 18 months!

Q. Can I travel with the back panel(s) open?
A. Yes, but only when the back of the cover is open, and not the front. If you travel with the cover open, you must do so as prescribed in the Safety and Operating Procedures (which are very straightforward). This procedure describes that if you travel with the cover open, you flip the cover from back to front. Once open, you must use the pre-mounted strap and snap configuration that allows you to strap the rear panel(s) down onto the top of the front panel. This cover has been carefully designed to allow for safe travel in this configuration while the cover is open. This patented design also allows you to travel in this configuration without any chance of panels rubbing together.

To elaborate, when you travel with the 2 panel cover open, the back cover folds over onto the front panel and safely secures the panel in that position with the pre-installed straps. With the 4 panel cover, the cover must be folded all the way towards the cab of the truck and secured in that position with the straps. You cannot travel with only the rearmost panel folded open as there is no way to secure this panel to stay open (no straps/snaps).

Q. Can I travel with the front panel open?
A. No. If you attempt to travel with the front panel open and resting on the back panel, you will notice that you have nothing to attach your straps to in order to secure the cover. There is a very good reason for this. When you travel, the flow of air goes over the hood, windshield, and roof and then comes racing down the back glass of the truck into the truck bed. The force of this air can be extremely powerful and if you travel with the front panel laying on top of the back panel, this powerful air flow will now travel under the cover and will apply an enormous amount of upward pressure to the cover. This is the same concept behind why many people lower their tailgate to increase mileage on long trips as this reduces the air resistance (drag) of the air flowing into the truck bed while traveling.


INSTALLATION

To view YouTube Installation Video – Click Here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hk5Q8hcaAN4 

A great number of pictures of installed hardware and details can be found on the “VIEW HARDWARE IMAGES” page.

NOTE: All installations are “DRILL-LESS” and either clamp on to the side rails of your truck, or if you have a Sport Trac, all hardware bolts to holes that are already existing on the truck. In the case of the Nissan TITAN with a Utili-Track or a Toyota Tacoma with the Deck Rail System, instead of clamping to the side rails, all hardware has been created to specifically bolt into that particular rail or track system so no modifications whatsoever need to be made to your truck to install this cover.

NOTE:  Installation details on the Nissan TITAN Trucks with the Utili-Track can be found here.

NOTE:  Installation details on the 05 thru Current Toyota TACOMA with the “Deck Rail System” (virtually identical to the Nissan TITAN installation, except the hardware has been specifically designed to bolt into the “Deck Rail” system offered on these trucks.

NOTE:  All ’05 thru Current Nissan FRONTIERS - Your Utili-Track is much different from the TITAN in that there is just enough space below your side rail to install the cover normally.  In this case, the hardware clamps just above the Utili-Trac without impeding or using any of the track at all! 

Q. How long does it take to install a cover?
A. The first cover takes approximately 15 Minutes!

Q. I have a sprayed-in a bedliner that goes over the side rails. What do I need to do before installing the cover.
A. If you have sprayed on bedliner, this is absolutely no problem! Installation Instructions for this type of liner:

1) Clean rail surfaces really well with denatured alcohol and make sure they are dry.
2) Press Gasket down firmly the entire length of the gasket

Q. I have a plastic bedliner on my truck that covers the front and side rails. Do I have to cut off the portion of the bedliner that covers these rails?
A. IF PLASTIC BEDLINER GOES UP AND OVER THE FRONT RAIL: If you have a plastic bedliner that goes only over the front rail…this is NO PROBLEM! You will not need to make any adjustments to the plastic bedliner that goes over the front rail.

FOR THE PLASTIC BEDLINER PIECE THAT IS MOUNTED ON THE INSIDE OF THE TAILGATE: If your truck comes with a factory installed tailgate lock (most Fords, Toyotas, Nissan), you won’t have to do anything. If you have a truck that does not have a factory installed tailgate lock (Ii.e., Chevroley, Dodge), the only thing you will have to do is notch the PLASTIC bedliner piece on tailgate to mount rear lock catch onto the tailgate (s space about ¾ inches tall and 1 ½ inches wide). For these

IF YOU HAVE A TAILGATE PROTECTOR:
Tailgate protectors rarely present any problem for this cover. If you have a factory installed tailgate protector, these will not be a problem. If as a part of your bedliner package or as an additional accessory to your truck, if you have installed a tailgate protector, these are rarely a problem also. With the tailgate closed, if the tailgate protector adds more than 3/8” to the “top” or edge of the tailgate, you will have to remove and/or replace the tailgate protector. However, it is very reare that a tailgate protector is thicker than 3/8”.

IF PLASTIC BEDLINER OVER SIDE RAILS: Only choice is to trim the portion of the bedliner that comes over the side rails so that it goes up to, but not over the side rail.

These liners must be cut back so not to interfere with the truck's original side rails. To cut the liner’s rail covers off is a fairly simple and straightforward process that allows the correct weather-resistant and trim gasket placements on your truck rails. To ask you to trim these plastic side rail covers off of your one-piece liner is not a unique request. To ensure a weather resistant barrier with any tonneau cover, most honest tonneau dealers will tell you should remove the over-the-rail portion on any plastic bedliner. If another hard tonneau cover salesperson (irrespective of the brand) tells you otherwise…..buyer beware! Let me explain further:

The big reason for this is that the over the side rail plastic bedliners create a huge problem to all tonneau covers to properly 'weatherproof' your truck bed with the cover on. As you may have noticed on other trucks, time and environmental variables cause these plastic rail cover portions to warp. This creates the scenario of making the weather-resistant seal on those plastic rail covers similar to trying to put the lid on a warped Tupperware bowl. With our cover, the gaskets are applied directly to the rail with a peel and stick polymer adhesive (similar to the seal around your windshield). The smooth, original-painted truck surface is almost always required to provide for the best seal.

As mentioned above, to cut the liner is a fairly simple process that requires you to slide the one-piece liner out of the bed, then clamp a straight edge along the line where you wish to cut the cover (right at or just below the rail, not above it). From there, a jigsaw with a fine blade works great and you simply follow the straight edge with the saw. Any burs or rough edges can be smoothed out with a file or sandpaper. Others are successful using the same straight edge tactic from outside of the liner using a razor knife. They remove the liner from the truck, and from outside of the liner, they use a razor knife to cut the rail off. The most preferred method is to use a jigsaw.

Q. Can you install the cover over a sprayed-in bed liner that has already been sprayed over the rail?
A. Absolutely, Read the specific instructions above.

Q. Do the factory installed plastic side rail covers and tailgate protector need to be removed?
A. You simply mount the mounting rails “T-Rails” on top of these plastic side rail covers without any modifications whatsoever. As the cover sits slightly on top of the rails and the last panel has a seal that is designed to seal on the top of all factory installed tailgate p
rotectors, the cover works with all factory installed tailgate protectors!

Q. Are any holes drilled in the truck?
A.
ABSOLUTELY NOT!  THIS IS A COMPLETELY DRILL-LESS INSTALLATION! 

Q. What cover is the easiest to install?
A. Of all installations, the installation of the Ford Explorer Sport Trac cover is probably the easiest as this truck bed was specifically designed to accept a folding hard cover. The main reason that this installation is the easiest is that the most time-consuming aspect about the installation revolves around carefully measuring and placing the two rows of gaskets onto the truck rails to create the weatherproof seal. As the Sport Trac was designed to accept a cover, only one row of gaskets is required on the side rails.

Q. If I install your cover, can I keep my toolbox on the truck?
A. That depends. If your toolbox is the conventional type of toolbox that sits on top of the rails (like the vast majority of the pickup truck tool boxes), you will have to remove the toolbox to install the cover. However, if you have a toolbox that sets down inside the pickup truck bed and is below the rails of your truck, you can mount the cover right over the toolbox without any problems.

Q. When I completely remove the cover, can I install my ladder rack/headache rack?
A. Yes: Simply install the gaskets as prescribed in the instructions onto the side rail. Once installed, if the gasket happens to cover a portion of the “stake hole,” simply notch the gasket and remove so you have access to the stake hole to be able to install your ladder.headache rack.

Q. I plan to occasionally remove the cover and put a “slide-in camper” into the truck bed. How far does your hardware project into the truck bed?
A. We have brackets that are placed at the cover hinge points for locking and latching. The widest bracket protrudes towards the center of the bed about 1 1/4" on each side. If your slide-in camper provides for enough clearance for this hardware, you should have no problem getting your camper in and out of the truck without affecting the installed pieces. However, you will have to be a little more careful when you place this camper in and out of the truck.


5TH WHEELS: QUESTIONS FROM THOSE WHO PULL ‘EM

Q. How does this cover work with 5th Wheel Trailers?
A. The 4 panel cover is the cover that is designed to work best when pulling 5th Wheel Trailers as many of our customers pull them. When you don't have your 5th wheel connected, your truck bed is as secure as a trunk with easy access to all areas of your truck bed. However, when you want to hook up the fifth wheel, you simply fold the cover up (just like the animation on our home page). Once folded, you then secure it with the two security straps that are already attached (but are out of the way and hidden until you need them) and then you connect the fifth wheel as you would normally. Once you get where you are going and disconnect the trailer, simply unsnap the security straps, unfold the cover, and lock it. In a matter of about 30 seconds, you have a secure trunk again.

Q. I need a cover that adds no extra height to the side rails of my truck because I am concerned about the clearance between the rails and my 5th Wheel. When the cover is completely folded up to behind the cab of my truck, how much height will your gaskets add to the side rails?
A. The thickness of the tallest gasket is about 3/8" of an inch tall when installed (approximately). This gasket resembles the shape of a Trip-L-Edge wiper that's mounted upright. It sounds like if you get this close to your side rails with your 5th Wheel, you are probably cutting your tolerances a little too close for comfort anyhow...


OTHER GENERAL QUESTIONS

Q. Is your only main location near Conroe, Texas?
A. Yes. It is our primary location in the U.S., but that should be of no consequence as we sell more covers out of state than we sell in all of Texas! The reason for this is that shipping costs are pretty much the same from our manufacturing plant to anywhere in the U.S. It should be noted that from a price perspective, if you buy a cover from us, we guarantee that you will get the best price. If you happen to find a local retailer selling this cover, you will likely pay considerably more purchasing this cover locally.

As we sell so many covers in such large volumes, we truly do pass the savings along (that's the only way we can guarantee the lowest prices anywhere). As a result, local retailers have a very difficult time matching our prices. In addition, any local retailer would likely face greater shipping charges as we ship in such large volumes we have the extremely low freight charges. To ensure that we remain competitive, we pass the shipping cost directly over to you without markup.

Also, when buying locally, you will probably pay another $40.00 or so in local taxes that we do not charge our customers when we ship anywhere outside of the State of Texas. As savings are typically better when buying from us than when buying locally, we will likely remain focused on selling these covers from this primary location.

The biggest issue of not having local retailers in your area is that it is very unlikely that you will be able to see the cover “first hand” prior to purchase. That is why we go through extraordinary lengths to give you the most comprehensive FAQ page in the tonneau cover market, and we provide you with a large picture gallery to be able to evaluate the cover over the web. Then to ensure the highest in customer satisfaction, we will spend with you as much time as you need over the phone to answer all of your questions.

Q. What is the Warranty on this cover?
A. Warranty provided is a one (1) year limited warranty on parts. Please mail in the warranty form as soon as you have installed your cover! Without receipt of the form, your warranty will not be valid. The sole reason for this is that the person who does the actual installation must be the person to sign this warranty form certifying that the cover has been installed EXACTLY as prescribed in the installation instructions provided. The manufacturer assumes no liability for a cover that was not installed exactly as prescribed in the installation instructions.

Q. Do you have brochures that you can send me?
A. We do, BUT you can see more pictures, larger pictures, and find out much more about the cover by thoroughly combing through the pages of this website. You will also notice that we have an extensive Photo Gallery. Just click on each small picture image and it will automatically enlarge that image so you can view a much large picture on your monitor. These pictures are often larger and of better quality than any of the pictures in our brochures.

Q. How is the cover cleaned?
A. With mild soap and water – Same as used on your truck. However, Please do not wax the cover.

Q. Why shouldn’t I wax the cover?
A. If you would like to shine up the cover, PLEASE do not use paste or thick liquid wax that you pour from a bottle! The reason for this is that there are a number of seams and grooves where the metal panels meet that make it very hard to remove wax. Personally, we have waxed covers in the past and have been sorry about doing it as it has created a great deal of work to get all of the wax out of some very tight spaces.

Q. If I shouldn’t wax the cover, what can I use to make the cover shine?
A. We recommend that after washing your truck that you spray a light coat of spray (express wax). Our favorite is the Turtle Wax Express Spray wax. A light coat, quickly wiped off makes the cover shine and bead water for a long time. This is what we use to polish the cover when showing the cover at Truck Shows. This gives you the sheen you desire without the problems associated with removing wax in corners and grooves.

Q. Why don’t you make a cover for the 1995.5 through 2004 Toyota Tacoma?
A. We have tried (AND TRIED, AND TRIED) to make a cover for the 1995.5 through 2004 Tacoma series of trucks, including the Double Cab as we get countless calls for people who want our cover for their truck.. However, the rails on this model of Tacomas provides very little flat horizontal surface area on top of the rails to successfully mount the cover and still make it weather resistant. We have attempted to make a cover for this truck as we get a lot of calls from customers who want to buy it. However, as hard as we have tried, we were unable to create an adequate weather-resistant seal.

Q. What is your best selling cover and why?
A. The Ford Explorer Sport Trac is our best selling cover and there is a very good reason for this. If you do not purchase your Sport Trac with a factory installed cover, most dealers charge anywhere from $1200 to $1600 to add the Ford Cover onto the vehicle. Our cover is about $749.00 delivered, so that is half of the cost when compared to the factory cover! This is huge savings and a big incentive to buy a cover for this vehicle from us. In addition, as our cover is made of aluminum and stainless steel, many customers actually prefer our cover over the factory installed Ford Cover.
 

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