Very few add-ons affect a pickup truck more than a tonneau cover. A well made tonneau cover can improve the appearance, functionality, versatility and fuel economy of your rig. This is also one of the most popular upgrades to pickup trucks. This popularity has enticed so many companies into building tonneau covers that there are now more varieties of covers out there than there are trucks! There are hard shell covers (usually made of fiberglass), retractable covers and perhaps most commonly – soft tonneau covers.
Usually made of vinyl, soft covers are the most popular for a number of reasons. While less durable than most retractable or hard shell covers they are generally less expensive and much more flexible. Need to haul your parent’s old refrigerator to your garage to hold beer and night crawlers? If you have a hard tonneau cover you better save one of those beers for you buddy because you are going to need him to help you take the bulky and heavy cover off so you can get the fridge in the bed of your rig.
With a soft tonneau cover all you usually need to do is unhook the cover and roll it up. Putting them back in place, however, has often been a problem since many soft tonneau covers employ attachment mechanisms that are a little less than user friendly. Our 2002 Dodge Ram 4X4 had a Mopar soft tonneau cover installed when we bought it. It looked great but it wasn’t terribly easy to use. Unsnapping the cover meant removing and storing the large aluminum cross braces and putting it back on required the strength of Sampson to get the plastic seal back together. This top finally bit the dust in a hail storm and we gave our friends at Shur-Co a call and they promptly shipped out one of their TruXedo Lo-Profile Tonneau covers.
Our TruXedo Lo-Profile Tonneau Cover was made of durable black vinyl coated fabric but it also comes in six other colors. Everything we needed to get started was included in the box so we unpacked it and started to install. The installation process absolutely couldn’t have been simpler. All we had to do was mount the rails and set the cover. It helped to have someone hold the rails in place while we tightened the retainer clips but otherwise this was a one person job and in less than 20 minutes we had the whole thing in place and we were ready to roll.
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Once in place the TruXedo Lo-Profile Tonneau Cover looked terrific. It was designed to fit low and flat across the bed so at it’s highest point it sits up less than an inch. Like most vinyl tonneau covers the material had a leather-like appearance and also like most tonneau covers it was a great place for dust to settle so it doesn’t look clean very often. Shur-Co also sells Pro-TeX Soft Tonneau Protectant Spray that cleans and protects the vinyl from the sun’s rays.
Where the TruXedo Lo-Profile Tonneau Cover really shines though is usability. To unlock the cover simply flip a lever on the underside of the cover and roll it back. The support beams are built into the top so there is no need to store them and no way to loose them. Once you get the top rolled all the way up you can lock it in place with the attached straps. When it is time to cover the bed again just unroll the cover and snap the end in place. In less than 30 seconds you are on the road rather than wrestling with the tonneau cover.
Instead of snaps the sides of the TruXedo Tonneau Cover are held in place with Velcro. The Velcro strips float in their channels so that the top can automatically adjust itself as it expands and shrinks in the sun. This, combined with a spring loaded tension control system ensures a tight fit without any fuss.
After using our tonneau cover for several months we experienced absolutely no problems with it. The cover sealed our bed from the elements through torrential downpours and completely resisted any pooling of water on the top. The latching mechanism never even hiccupped and continued to be on of the easiest to use we have ever experienced. All-in-all had no questions about the durability of the TruXedo cover.
At a little over $400 for our Dodge Ram the TruXedo Lo-Profile cover sits near the top end of the price spectrum for soft covers. For the money you get a tonneau cover that is easy to use and looks good doing it.