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Old 09-28-2011, 11:18 PM
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I just purchased a brand new 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 Tradesman, with an 8 foot bed. I've never had a tonneau cover on any of my trucks, but I wanna get one for the Ram. But there are so many styles to choose from. First off, I would only need full access to the bed maybe 10 times a year. In other words, about 99% of the time, I wouldn't need full access to the bed. I don't use my truck for anything other than transportation. (i.e. it's not a work truck.) I just wanted a big, powerful (5.7 Hemi) truck with a big bed, for no other reason than, "just because".

I don't wanna spend over $300 for a tonneau cover. So, in checking out tonneau covers, the snap down models are the cheapest. My brother had a snap down model, and he didn't mind it at all. Many say, "oh, don't get a snap down." But I'm not ruling them out. I can get the "Advantage Sure Fit" (part number 602016) from TruckChamps.com for $195.74. (after their 10% discount). There are 3 support struts under the tarp which do not roll up with the tarp. They must be manually removed. I don't see that as a big deal as I wouldn't be removing them very often, and they slip right in and out. Are there problems in winter with these snap down models (ice, snow)? I'm not to concerned about theft of items in the bed as I never leave anything in the bed. Here's the link for this model. http://www.truckchamp.com/products/S...hLogId/5250258

Another friend of mine has the TruXedo TruXport. I can get this (part# 248901) from TruckChamp.com for $286.74 (after their 10% discount). He really likes his and it does seem like a nice durable unit. He's had his for 6 years with no problems. And he's constantly accessing his entire bed. Here's the link for this model: http://www.truckchamp.com/products/R...hLogId/5250261

Both of the above models would make the top stake pockets in my side rails unusable as their installation would cover them up. I don't know if that's a big deal or not.

A third option is the TonnoPro LowRoll (part# LR-2025) for $299.00 from TruckChamp.com. With this model, the tarp fits "inside" the bed and doesn't cover the top stake pockets. It appears that the rails on this model intrude into the bed more than on the first two I mentioned. I don't know if I would ever use these top stake pockets as I've never had them on my other trucks. Here's the link for this model. http://www.truckchamp.com/products/T...hLogId/5250251

So I've narrowed it down to one of above 3. Again, I would hardly ever need full access to the bed. I'm only installing a tonneau to improve MPG.

At this point, I have no special preference for any of the above. I think they're all good units and look nice. But what do I know??? That's why I'd like to pick your brains. If you have one of these models, or a similar model, can you give me your feedback (both pro and con). Or, have any of you had a bad experience with any of the above companies (TruckChamps, TonnoPro, TruXedo, or Advantage).

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I put a tonneau cover on my 2010 last spring. Has made no impact on my mileage.
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I put a tonneau cover on my 2010 last spring. Has made no impact on my mileage.
Thanks Ken. That's very interesting as all tonneau manufactures claim some kind of increased MPG (around 10%) and I'm just gullible enough to believe them. Although, it would be nice to be able to put my groceries in the bed instead of the cab on a rainy day. Maybe I'll just save myself $300 and put it towards gas.

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Your right foot will a much greater affect on mileage then the tonneau cover will. I have been using tonneau covers for years to protect the equipment I carry in the box from the weather. I currently have a Pace Edwards BedLocker, as it also offers real security....but it does not fit within your budget. If your getting one strictly for mileage reasons, save your money and put it into the gas tank...you'll be ahead of the game.
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I just bought an extang tri-fold.I opted for the more expensive hard cover because I think the quality is there.I've learned [from restoring my old Mustang]that if you want something,go get the best you can find.If its not exactly what you want its a waste of money no matter how much you save by getting the cheaper one.I usually end up paying twice as much for car parts because I try to make a (good deal) work.Have to toss it and buy something better.
So far I really like the hard cover.It looks great.I've heard that there is negative air pressure created in the box.Water and dirt come in through the tailgate cracks.I know of no great way to fix that.Its probably the same throughout all types of covers.
The Tri fold removes completely in 5 minutes and I can put my boat rack in its place very quickly.
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I bought an Extang Tuff Tonno cover from Truckchamp and it was the best I ever had, easy to seal with the J-Channel as well as roll up, single handed bow install as they are spring loaded with a twist lock tail bar. Comes with 10 year warranty on cover and lifetime on frame, with easy clamp install. Well worth the money and fast shipping/delivery as they are sent from the closest warehouse ( locations everywhere) I am going to purchase another bedcover for my current Ram from Truckchamp as they are the cheapest and great service.
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that's what I have and I love it. no water has ever gotten in the bed
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Just had the wife order mine last night got hte TruXedo. My buddy has it on his truck and its going on mine. I like that it can be locked with the tailgate so all good. Not too worried about MPGs. Looks good though and cant wait to see pics after she puts it on.

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I would strongly urge you to avoid a snap-down type cover. Being a fellow Wisconsinite, I can tell you that you wouldn't like it a bit in the winter unless you never have to unsnap it. I still have my last truck (a 98 QC), and I've had a snap-on on that one since it was new, so I speak with some experience.

Lots of newer soft tonneaus have adjustments for expansion and shrinkage due to temperature, and some (like my Truxedo LoPro) are even automatic. I haven't seen a snap-on that does that.

I've literally spent an hour OR MORE working in my garage with a hair-dryer getting the cover to be able to stretch far enough to get it snapped up after taking it off. Over the years, I've ended up having to do this at least once and sometimes 3 or 4 times a winter, and I always end up totally pissed off and with scraped up knuckles as well.
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I just purchased a brand new 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 Tradesman, with an 8 foot bed. I've never had a tonneau cover on any of my trucks, but I wanna get one for the Ram. But there are so many styles to choose from. First off, I would only need full access to the bed maybe 10 times a year. In other words, about 99% of the time, I wouldn't need full access to the bed. I don't use my truck for anything other than transportation. (i.e. it's not a work truck.) I just wanted a big, powerful (5.7 Hemi) truck with a big bed, for no other reason than, "just because".

I don't wanna spend over $300 for a tonneau cover. So, in checking out tonneau covers, the snap down models are the cheapest. My brother had a snap down model, and he didn't mind it at all. Many say, "oh, don't get a snap down." But I'm not ruling them out. I can get the "Advantage Sure Fit" (part number 602016) from TruckChamps.com for $195.74. (after their 10% discount). There are 3 support struts under the tarp which do not roll up with the tarp. They must be manually removed. I don't see that as a big deal as I wouldn't be removing them very often, and they slip right in and out. Are there problems in winter with these snap down models (ice, snow)? I'm not to concerned about theft of items in the bed as I never leave anything in the bed. Here's the link for this model. http://www.truckchamp.com/products/S...hLogId/5250258

Another friend of mine has the TruXedo TruXport. I can get this (part# 248901) from TruckChamp.com for $286.74 (after their 10% discount). He really likes his and it does seem like a nice durable unit. He's had his for 6 years with no problems. And he's constantly accessing his entire bed. Here's the link for this model: http://www.truckchamp.com/products/R...hLogId/5250261

Both of the above models would make the top stake pockets in my side rails unusable as their installation would cover them up. I don't know if that's a big deal or not.

A third option is the TonnoPro LowRoll (part# LR-2025) for $299.00 from TruckChamp.com. With this model, the tarp fits "inside" the bed and doesn't cover the top stake pockets. It appears that the rails on this model intrude into the bed more than on the first two I mentioned. I don't know if I would ever use these top stake pockets as I've never had them on my other trucks. Here's the link for this model. http://www.truckchamp.com/products/T...hLogId/5250251

So I've narrowed it down to one of above 3. Again, I would hardly ever need full access to the bed. I'm only installing a tonneau to improve MPG.

At this point, I have no special preference for any of the above. I think they're all good units and look nice. But what do I know??? That's why I'd like to pick your brains. If you have one of these models, or a similar model, can you give me your feedback (both pro and con). Or, have any of you had a bad experience with any of the above companies (TruckChamps, TonnoPro, TruXedo, or Advantage).

Thanks for your responses,

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You might also think about buying a hard cover (Undercover or fiberglass) used. That would about the neighborhood price-wise and get you a little more load-bearing strength (for snow loads and such) in the winter.

I have a used Undercover on my 2011 CC and it matches extremely well with the white/black colors on the truck.
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