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The Retrax (and likely Gator's version?) retractable tonneau will be a no drill install - it will use brackets that replace the upper tie downs. However it two 16" drain tubes that use the bed drain holes. Has anyone considering this cover (yes cpolubin, this is for you) looked to see if the existing drain holes at the front of the bed might work? Do you think the bed side or front cover may have to be notched at the bottom to accommodate the tubes? Could notching the panels affect the bed audio sound? Do you think the existing drain hole might have to be drilled a bit bigger to accommodate the drain tube?

I'm seriously considering a Retrax cover but don't want to end up with a major engineering project for the drain tubes. What say you?

Oh and one more question. I've looked at the Gator covers too & they could be twins to the Retrax. Anyone know of any differences in quality or reputation?

Thanks to all in advance!
 

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This is a big part of the reason why I don't want to have drain holes from my tonneau. Let's just drill some holes and see what we hit in the process, this looks like a good spot right here [brake line]. Of course it's partially on Honda; many truck makers build drain holes into their beds these days. Even the Tacoma has rudimentary pencil-sized holes directly below the rear window. I didn't want my truck to be somebody's experiment.
 

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I ordered the Retrax pro MX! Cliff did as well! I will let people know if the instructions recommend a certain drain location!
 

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One month delay on shipping....that sucks! I was hoping to have it for vacation...Did anybody get one installed yet on a gen 2?
 

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The Retrax (and likely Gator's version?) retractable tonneau will be a no drill install - it will use brackets that replace the upper tie downs. However it two 16" drain tubes that use the bed drain holes. Has anyone considering this cover (yes cpolubin, this is for you) looked to see if the existing drain holes at the front of the bed might work? Do you think the bed side or front cover may have to be notched at the bottom to accommodate the tubes? Could notching the panels affect the bed audio sound? !
The sides of the bed are just plastic. No different than a door panel. Behind that its pretty open and will drain down and out. I've had both sides off to install a tie down rail system. The bed "speakers" are about center of the side panels and as long and they can still vibrate they should work. I haven't tried mine after installing the bed rails but the rails were at the top and mostly used the OEM mounting points. You can see into the bed by the cabin from the under carriage.
 

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I ordered a Retrax One MX last week and later got an email stating they are backordered and it will ship on or about Sept 30. Wonder if they are selling lots of them or have a production or fit issue.
 

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One month delay on shipping....that sucks! I was hoping to have it for vacation...Did anybody get one installed yet on a gen 2?
timbotc,

Where did you get that info? If that's right it eliminates the bed mat offer.

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Called Retrax today to discuss this. It appears there is a delay in some of the parts for thee 2017 Ridgeline. They are gonna get back to e regarding the bed mat offer! I will keep you updated!
 

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Ok...so I spoke to Retrax. As long as your invoice states purchase was made prior to Sept 30th cutoff, providing you submit necessary info. You will qualify for bed mat offer. The Oct 14th submit by date will be extended!
 

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Has Retrax said how they're attaching the tonneau to the Ridgeline? Are they using the upper tiedowns or the three side bolts? If it's the former, and that would match the configuration they use with clamps, they could be waiting for the brackets to be manufactured. In which case they may not even start manufacturing until the 30th or whenever the brackets show up. I spent a good chunk of this evening researching the Retrax. It has a very wide bed rail, like Peragon. I really like the Retrax design from a keeping-the-bed-dry perspective. And it looks great. Fabulous in fact. Not sure I can afford it though.
 

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I agree with u Phineas, the rails look as wide as the Peragon ones and the price of their covers are twice Peragon's. I am pretty committed to getting the Peragon cover and am going to pay the extra to have it color matched. The only concern that I really have with the Peragon cover is the ice issue....I spend alot of time in Idaho and the cold there is pretty brutal.
 

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The orders will start being filled the first week of October! As far as installation, there are instructions on the auto anything site! They appear to be for gen 1, but it gives you an idea how they will be installed, as the gen 1 and gen 2 are similar!
 
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