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Old 12-20-2010, 09:26 PM
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I've been researching different tonneau bed covers and I find that the Bak Industries Bakflip and Rollbak, and also the Pace Edwards Full Metal Jackrabbot bed covers seem good. I would like to hear any opinions or recommendations that any of you may have on these or any other tonneau covers. I'm also hoping that the improved gas mileage will help justify the cost so I'd like to hear the improvements that any of you have noticed. Thanks!
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the cost of the tonneau will take awhile to pay you pack at the pump.. however a nice roll up will be far easier on the pocketbook and get the job done. I opted for the bakflip. its solid.. no one can get in when i lock the tailgate and dont have to worry about someone trying to cut it open. the milage thing was a distant thrid when i got mine.
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Chili1K, Do you have the G2, HD, or F1?
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I've been looking at them for a long time because I want one too. One thing I've learned is the retractable ones are not worth the extra $$. I've gone down to a 4x4 shop and played with one and here's what I found.

1. The box they roll into takes up usable space in the bed and if you have a short bed like I do, there's no such thing as "spare" space.

2. If it rains/snows/sleets, etc when you retract it, where does all that water go? Into the box and hopefully out the drain that is hopefully not plugged up.

3. They don't seem to be water tight on the sides.

So that leaves the single piece lift up, back-flip type or the roll up.

The roll up is great if security is not something you're looking for.
The single piece is a pain, the closer you get to the cab the harder it is to get things in. They are hard to remove if you need the full bed.

Back-flip type are good for security provided its made of metal or other hard material, not some kind of cloth. It is also easy to remove if needed.
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I have the Bakflip F2. I bought it before I even picked up my Ram so I can't comment on fuel efficiency. I bought it for security in all four seasons as a retractable was sure to freeze and I need access and security for tools. Well the tailgate seal froze to the tailgate and although it hasn't happened yet I'm sure there is a potential for latches to freeze. Although it''s at stock height my truck is still high as such it's akward to fold up from the sides because of the weight. I like the idea of flipping it all the way forward for big objects but haven't yet because it's too cold to apply the rubber strips to protect the rear window. Another minus is that I probably won't be able to use a rack system to carry kayaks or ladders. That being said the cover is easily removed using two knob on the underside at the front. You also have two aluminum rails either side that might be vulnerable to damage. Alos despite advertizing you will lose almost 6'' of bed length (but not space) with it folded up. After taxes this cover cost me almost $1000, $500 cheaper than a retractable. Despite the minuses I've listed I think I'd still go this route again. Security for me is most important.
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Chili1K, Do you have the G2, HD, or F1?

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although it hasn't happened yet I'm sure there is a potential for latches to freeze.
Shoot some white grease into the locks.
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Need a Ladder Rack for your Bakflip. Check out this link

http://www.bakliner.com/bakflip/bak_flip_CS.html
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Chili I hate to tell you that you will never get paid back in mileage if you are waiting on that. "Myth Busters" did an analysis on that a couple of times and the covered beds actually got worse mileage than the open bed. Something about the air recirculating in the bed and allowing the air current to proceed faster over the truck. So ignore the mileage and get the cover if you want to have the trunk that trucks are lacking.
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Naaa not really waiting on milage or savings at the pump.. my foot is to damn heavy.. lol

My main things were security and a dry bed. Living in the snow climate parking it in the garage, snow melts and leaves puddles everywhere. the tonneau makes it easy to push all the snow off before pulling in.

It also keeps things in the bed when you travel down the road. I have a rear slider. At 75mph ive encountered a soda can fly into the cab from the bed of my old truck. Not a nice feeling when you aren't expecting it.


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Chili I hate to tell you that you will never get paid back in mileage if you are waiting on that. "Myth Busters" did an analysis on that a couple of times and the covered beds actually got worse mileage than the open bed. Something about the air recirculating in the bed and allowing the air current to proceed faster over the truck. So ignore the mileage and get the cover if you want to have the trunk that trucks are lacking.

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