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Old 11-16-2013, 08:25 AM
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Tonneau Cover Help

So I'm in the market for a Tonneau Cover. I really like the Bak Industries covers but I have a question.

Other than their "slider" model, can the flip ones just be opened like "half way" and left like that, or do they have to be all the way covering the bed or propped up?

I tow a 5th wheel a couple times a year. I notice when the flip covers are all the way flipped up, you can't really see out the rear glass which I wouldn't prefer (I know you don't use the rear view when towing a 5th wheel much anyways, just peace of mind)

So is my only option to get the slider?

On the flips, how hard is it to take the cover completely off? Since I only tow a few times a year, it seems like that could be an option as well.
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Been a while since I installed one, so take this with a little grain of salt. I do believe they can be left in any section, 1, 2, 3 or up against the window. It takes about 10 to 20 minutes to install/remove, depending on the amount of removal you want to do. Removing just the cover is a 5 minute job, removing the rails that it mounts to is maybe another 5-10 minutes tops.
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Old 11-16-2013, 08:44 AM
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Been a while since I installed one, so take this with a little grain of salt. I do believe they can be left in any section, 1, 2, 3 or up against the window. It takes about 10 to 20 minutes to install/remove, depending on the amount of removal you want to do. Removing just the cover is a 5 minute job, removing the rails that it mounts to is maybe another 5-10 minutes tops.
That doesn't sound too bad. Sounds like it's probably not worth spending the extra 300ish to get the sliding one then. Thanks!
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Rolling tonneaus suck especially if you live in a cold climate with lots of freezing and thawing. I've had enough of not being able to utilize my bed because of a frozen/stuck Roll n Lock. The canister for the Roll n Lock fills up with water and at night, it freezes and wreaks havoc. I simply cannot open the tonneau. Can't even crack it an inch to drop the tailgate! I just bought a Bak Flip F1. It should be delivered sometime this week. I'm very excited to gain full access to my bed during the winter.
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:17 AM
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Rolling tonneaus suck especially if you live in a cold climate with lots of freezing and thawing. I've had enough of not being able to utilize my bed because of a frozen/stuck Roll n Lock. The canister for the Roll n Lock fills up with water and at night, it freezes and wreaks havoc. I simply cannot open the tonneau. Can't even crack it an inch to drop the tailgate! I just bought a Bak Flip F1. It should be delivered sometime this week. I'm very excited to gain full access to my bed during the winter.
Thanks for the good post! That's something I haven't considered. I've lived in Texas the last 4 years and Alabama now, but next winter I believe I'll be in Pennsylvania. I think it will be best for me to go with one of the Flipping ones.
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Old 11-17-2013, 10:15 AM
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I have the pace edwards full metal jacket cover. Love it so far, however as the previous poster mentioned we will see how much i like it this winter...
Ive only had it on for the summer.
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So I'm in the market for a Tonneau Cover. I really like the Bak Industries covers but I have a question.

Other than their "slider" model, can the flip ones just be opened like "half way" and left like that, or do they have to be all the way covering the bed or propped up?

I tow a 5th wheel a couple times a year. I notice when the flip covers are all the way flipped up, you can't really see out the rear glass which I wouldn't prefer (I know you don't use the rear view when towing a 5th wheel much anyways, just peace of mind)

So is my only option to get the slider?

On the flips, how hard is it to take the cover completely off? Since I only tow a few times a year, it seems like that could be an option as well.
It can be opened half way as you mentioned. I have to do this often when I only need to use the back half of the bed. I have the BakFlip F1, and there are eyelits built on the cover near the cab. This allows you to use a bunjee to secure around the back half thats folded. It prevents the cover from un-folding and slamming shut when driving.

here is a picture I found online

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I like the extang solid fold I think is what it's called. Easy to take off when you tow

Brett
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I am thinking about getting one also
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I love my Bakflip F1, I have to fold it up to haul my dog's kennel at the rear of the bed and just use a bungee like posted above.
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