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I sometimes haul big stuff so I opted not to get a tonneau cover. But, I have two children and the trunk is too small for all of our luggage. So, I am using a soft "car top" luggage carrier. It's set up like a dry bag. Rubber coated canvas with all seams taped and waterproof zippers. It cost about $150.00 and combined with the trunk storage, it will handle all of our luggage and more. We will put valuables (laptop, camera, etc) along with most luggage in the trunk. The rest (clothes, boogie boards) we will put along with the suitcases) in the dry bag. It fits perfectly inside the bed and covers the area from the front of the bed back to the front seam of the trunk. When packed, it does not show over the sides of the truck. Am going to the beach next week and will let you know how it turns out. We thought this was a compromise to a cover. :)
 

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That's a GREAT idea! Nothing permanently blocking the trunk; no new holes in the sides; simple to store when not needed! REASONABLE COST! You've got the bases covered!

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I sometimes haul big stuff so I opted not to get a tonneau cover. But, I have two children and the trunk is too small for all of our luggage. So, I am using a soft "car top" luggage carrier. It's set up like a dry bag. Rubber coated canvas with all seams taped and waterproof zippers. It cost about $150.00 and combined with the trunk storage, it will handle all of our luggage and more. We will put valuables (laptop, camera, etc) along with most luggage in the trunk. The rest (clothes, boogie boards) we will put along with the suitcases) in the dry bag. It fits perfectly inside the bed and covers the area from the front of the bed back to the front seam of the trunk. When packed, it does not show over the sides of the truck. Am going to the beach next week and will let you know how it turns out. We thought this was a compromise to a cover. :)
 

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Walmart has a cheap watertight ( not proof ) for $24.00. I was going to try that. ( it is on special today for $19.95 ). My luggage is not completely water proof but the combo should keep everything dry short of driving into a pond or lake.
 

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hiPSI said:
We will put valuables (laptop, camera, etc) along with most luggage in the trunk.
This is a great idea and I might even do it under the tonneau cover. I'd like to make sure things are dry and keep them contained. I've been looking at plastic storage bins, but haven't found any the right dimensions. I also hate the wasted space that would be between them.

I have to say about valuables in the trunk, take care to check the temperature periodically. I had my computer and camera in there on our last trip and was appalled when I opened it. It was far too hot for my peace of mind, so my valuable electronics are stowed in the cab now. I have places to stash them in the back seat area with the dogs.
 
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