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post #1 of 11 Old 08-01-2006, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Want a tonneau cover but...

So I just bought an 04 F-250 a few weeks ago and ever since then one of the first things I was planning on doing was getting one of those roll up tonneau cover. However the previous owner twoed a gooseneck with the truck and backed it up into the back of the bed. Its not a bad dent and I was able to get it back mostly just by pulling on it but its still not straight. Will this little dent interfear with the cover?
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So you're saying the tailgate is bent slightly inward?

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My bad didn't even specify were it was. The dent is on the back of the bed going twords the cab, again not a very big on just enough to were im concerned the top wont fit evenly.
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Most covers have a 1/4" strip of foam to hold them off the rail, take a straight edge across your rail and see how bent it is, a sting line will work. If its off less than 1/2" you should be ok, that is if I understand what your saying!

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Unless the dent is pretty significant a cover should just lay right over top of it no sweat. You should be able to pull it straight enough by hand to lay the cover over top of it, a nice little flaw concealment too!
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check out my garage the hard cover i have extends down over the tailgate, you would never see the dent with a cover like this. Oh did i mention its for sale.

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Oh bless me I fudged up again on my description. By dent I mean more like the back of the bed is slighty umm i guess bowed outwards. Once again not much at all I took a straight piece of wood and layed it against it and is only a few hairs off. Boy im bad at describing this, if need ill try and get a picture of what im talking about.
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Now I got ya! Previous owner bent from inside out pulling in or out of trailer. As long as your tailgate shuts, you'll be ok. Get a cover that mounts on top of the rail, mine mounts inside and that style wouldn't work!

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I think he means the front of the bed, by the cab. I bent mine once on my old truck, keg of beer got loose. I made a U shaped piece with a 1/2 a chain link welded to it, that slipped over the front edge of the box. Then I hooked a come-a-long to it and to the 5th wheel. Pulled it back almost perfect.

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Last time I dented the front of my bed I just put a strap down between the cab and bed, looped the driveshaft and pulled backwards until it was straight when I let off the strap.....worked like magic. Getting the dent out of back of the cab was a different story!! Lucky I had a sliding rear window, otherwise it would have broken the glass.

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