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    Bed cover with 5th wheels - what are you using?

    Trying to pick a tonneau cover for the new truck.
    Looking at either a standard type vinyl roll up (not my first choice) or one of the folding types.

    The G4 Elite Fold A Cover is very interesting but I can’t find anyone who has one on an eight foot bed.
    http://www.foldacover.com/

    Bakflip F1 also looks good.
    http://www.bakflip-tonneau.com/features.asp?tabid=2

    I would like to have some type of tool box in the bed, either my Weatherguard out of the Sierra or maybe even a “made to fit” plywood box under a cover. My Weatherguard an “inside” the bed box.

    With the folding covers, can you fold them half way to use the hitch or do you have to fold them all the way to the rear window?

    Anyone have either of the above two?
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    Re: Bed cover with 5th wheels - what are you using?

    That's a great question. I am contemplating the same issue. Just bought a new 2010 F350 DRW and going to put a toolbox and a tonneau cover. Plan on going with a Mountain Master hitch. Was just looking at the different covers today. I am hoping to find one that will flip up to allow access to the toolbox and be folding. If I can't find one that will, I'll have to go with a roll up one. Would prefer the fold style.
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    Re: Bed cover with 5th wheels - what are you using?

    I have the Truxdo Lo Profile. I have had it on the truck for about a year now sitll looks like new. Very easy to roll up and back out! Because it will roll al lthe way up to the back window of the cab, I can get to my tool box.

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    Re: Bed cover with 5th wheels - what are you using?

    Duane; I have the Advance Cover I think their out of Michigan. I have one that is about 9yr old. If I get a new truck I want to put in a tool box and tank combo so now I'll have to find one I can use with that.
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    Re: Bed cover with 5th wheels - what are you using?

    I have a BakFlip G2 on my 2011 Sierra. I usually tow with it folded over to the last segment, but not up against the window. Either way it has to be strapped in place; I use bungie cords from the bed up over the folded cover segments to the anchors provided at the very front of the cover.

    I chose the BakFlip over some other products because I didn't want to carry a separate key. The BakFlip relies on the tailgate lock. Many others have a separate lock and another key to carry. I really like having a single key for the truck doors, ignition, tailgate and bedcover.

    I looked at some toolboxes that sit down inside the bed, but I couldn't find any attractive solutions. Even folded up against the window, the bed cover blocks access to the 1st 18" or so of the bed, so the toolbox wouldn't be able to be secured all the way to the front of the bed. The latches would have to be on the front surface of the toolbox. I wasn't picturing a very convenient setup. So I ended up with a couple of large tubs. I can lift them in and out of the bed without too much trouble. If I don't unhook overnight, I store the tubs in the backseat of the truck and in the trailer.

    I also looked at a hard retractable rollup cover. There was one outfit that thought they could modify the installation rails, putting a toolbox at the very front of the bed and a shortened rollup cover behind it. But it looked like the toolbox, rollup housing, and hitch would have piecemealed the bed so much as to make it unusable for anything else.

    One of the reasons I don't have to fold the BakFlip up against the window is that I have an 8' bed. So even if the BakFlip takes the first 24", then I still am no worse off than a shortbed without the BakFlip, and my Landmark should be able to make an 88 degree turn without touching the BakFlip. SHOULD be able to. I'm also comforted by the large vertical clearance between the bed rail and trailer. However, I've heard the 2011 F350s have less clearance than my GMC, so you may want to take a look at that.


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    Re: Bed cover with 5th wheels - what are you using?

    I have the basic Laredo manual soft roll up on my truck. I looked at the folding hard tops, but didn't like the prices. For a tool box, I've got a large Rubbermaid hinged lid tool box that I've strapped to the tie-downs in the front of the bed, but I do have to roll the cover all the way to the window to hitch up. There is no mid-point for it. I'll be adding a Transfer-Flo 50 gal. tank to the truck, but it will fit under the cover.
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    Re: Bed cover with 5th wheels - what are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by jnphobe View Post
    Duane; I have the Advance Cover I think their out of Michigan. I have one that is about 9yr old. If I get a new truck I want to put in a tool box and tank combo so now I'll have to find one I can use with that.
    I'll be going with a Titan tank when they come out in February. I was very happy with the Titan in my GMC, and that was only 52 gallons. The Ford will be 67.

    I have seen a bed mounted box, think it was a fuel tank, that was built to allow a roll up cover canister to mount normal. Might be right up your alley.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDar View Post
    but I do have to roll the cover all the way to the window to hitch up. There is no mid-point for it.
    Would be nice to figure out a way to secure it half way.
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    Re: Bed cover with 5th wheels - what are you using?

    Hi Duane,
    I had an Xtang tri-fold that is currently on craigslist, great cover but I recently installed an auxiliary tank & needed to access from front of the bed.
    The only folding cover I could find that would fit my truck & provide front access was the Advance Cover.
    I called Tom (the owner) & he even installed for free, In fact, I didn't like the lock on the back panel so sense he builds the covers there, he customized my cover with no external lock on the back panel & put the latch on the inside of the back panel(I lock with tailgate).
    So far the cover is exactly what I needed.
    Check em out at: http://www.advancedfoldingcover.com
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    Re: Bed cover with 5th wheels - what are you using?

    I use a Fold A Cover and have an 8 foot bed on a dully and use a Reese 18K hitch which fits under the cover nicely. Have a KSH 50 gal tank but didn't opt for the tool box on top, but believe it would have worked OK as the height was the same. The cover folds up to behind the cab for towing and because of the way they fold it would not work "half way". I had this cover on my 03 Dodge and liked it so much that I brought it along to the new truck.
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