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    Recommendations for pickup truck retractable tonneau cover

    I'm shopping for a tonneau cover for my pickup to secure things in the bed. I've ruled out roll up covers and am not enticed by the fold up kind. I like the retractable style. I don't care about losing a little bit of bed space.

    In shopping around, the number of brands are overwhelming. Pace Edwards, Roll n lock, Gator, Retrax, and on and on. Some are spring retractable, some are not. Some have vinyl over aluminum decks, some have just aluminum, etc.

    Ideally, I'd like something that installs with no drilling into the truck bed unless there's a real good reason for it. Pace Edwards offers a removable one called the Switchblade, but it appears to be lightly made, having only a one year warranty compared to most others having 3 or 4. I do like that it can be removed when not needed or would be in the way.

    My truck has a locking tailgate (new F-150) so I don't need a separate key lock for the cover. One that unlocks from inside seems like it would be fine.

    I don't need electric motors or any other fancy bells and whistles, just sold construction and intelligent design. So please, only opinions on good quality products, no dingbat homemade plywood lids or cheap crap from companies like Titan or Harbor Freight.

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    When you find one post it here. I haven't found one either. I'd like one that seals good and will be out of the way when I want to use all of the bed space. My pickup gets used as a pickup. Caps don't work for me either.
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    I have a retrax on my company owned 2015 F150. The one that I have is powered, although, do it over, I would get the manual open! That said, this is a real quality retractable tonneau cover but definitely not cheap!!! Concerning usable space at the front. The cover canister does take some space in the front of the bed, although, you can fit something that is about 8" high under it.

    https://www.retrax.com/i-24724373-20...Cmodel%3DF-150

    Maual open version. This is what I would get if I bought another one.
    https://www.retrax.com/i-26435436-20...Cmodel%3DF-150
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levi View Post
    When you find one post it here. I haven't found one either. I'd like one that seals good and will be out of the way when I want to use all of the bed space. My pickup gets used as a pickup. Caps don't work for me either.
    Hi Levi,

    I surely will. But as with anything, your needs will probably differ from mine. Going from an F-450 down to an F-150, I don't use my truck for work anymore. Heck, I've only put about 5K miles on this thing in 6 months. It sits for days (like its owner ).

    I saw that nice Retrax model that Ray_PA mentioned, and I'd probably pull the trigger on that one if I needed something heavy duty. I just need something to keep the dindu's sticky fingers away from my stuff when traveling, and have it last a while here in brutal New England.

    On a side note, I'm also curious to know if these covers really increase fuel mileage by 10%, or is that marketing hokum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C-Range View Post
    Hi Levi,

    I surely will. But as with anything, your needs will probably differ from mine. Going from an F-450 down to an F-150, I don't use my truck for work anymore. Heck, I've only put about 5K miles on this thing in 6 months. It sits for days (like its owner ).

    I saw that nice Retrax model that Ray_PA mentioned, and I'd probably pull the trigger on that one if I needed something heavy duty. I just need something to keep the dindu's sticky fingers away from my stuff when traveling, and have it last a while here in brutal New England.

    On a side note, I'm also curious to know if these covers really increase fuel mileage by 10%, or is that marketing hokum.
    I tend to believe in 2017, if this was true, truck manufacturers would be putting them on the trucks OEM, since fuel mileage is such a big deal, especially with the F150 sized trucks. Or at least they would advertise the additional fuel mileage.
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    My fuel mileage did not increase. I have a Lund roll up. The plastic end caps keep coming loose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray_PA View Post
    I tend to believe in 2017, if this was true, truck manufacturers would be putting them on the trucks OEM, since fuel mileage is such a big deal, especially with the F150 sized trucks. Or at least they would advertise the additional fuel mileage.
    Astute observation, as usual.

    I keep remembering a great episode of Mythbusters where they tested pickup fuel mileage between tailgate up and tailgate down. Mileage was better with the tailgate up due to the formation of a bubble behind the cab which gets spoiled when the tailgate is down. This old memory made me suspicious of the claims.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C-Range View Post
    Astute observation, as usual.

    I keep remembering a great episode of Mythbusters where they tested pickup fuel mileage between tailgate up and tailgate down. Mileage was better with the tailgate up due to the formation of a bubble behind the cab which gets spoiled when the tailgate is down. This old memory made me suspicious of the claims.
    I remember that episode also. Many times these ideas are just gimmicks or our imagination thinking something is correct, kind of like fuel mileage.

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    Bed cover on my 2012 Silverado made no difference on gas mileage. It is still terrible, but it looks better.
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    There aren't as many "brands" as you think there are.

    https://truck-hero.com/

    Extang always made a decent roll-up cover. Bak folding covers are pure garbage and are basically the same as any of the other brands owned by THI. The roll-up covers are ok from a few companies, but they were never my thing so I can't comment. I do know that they can be problematic if you get snow where you live because the mechanism can freeze. My brother had one that was "ok", but his issue was that it froze on him with enough regularity in the winter to be frustrating.
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