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What type of Tonneau Cover Do You Prefer?

  • Hard Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover

    Votes: 54 47.4%
  • Hard Hinged Tonneau Cover

    Votes: 10 8.8%
  • Soft Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover

    Votes: 14 12.3%
  • Soft Roll-Up Tonneau Cover

    Votes: 14 12.3%
  • Soft Snap Tonneau Cover

    Votes: 2 1.8%
  • Hard Retractable Tonneau Cover

    Votes: 20 17.5%

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Why Choose A Hard Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover?
Hard Tri-Fold Tonneau Covers Offer a wide variety of benefits, including easy bed access, security and protection from the elements. There are both Hard and Soft Tri-Fold Tonneau Covers, neither can be opened unless your tailgate is opened, so you if you have a tailgate lock your cargo will be secure (there are aftermarket tailgate locks available if your truck did not come with one from the factory). A Hard Tri-fold cover offers more security than a soft Tri-fold Cover simply because you can't slice into it with a knife. For quick access to the end of your bed, simply flip open the panel closest to the tailgate. Some Tri-Fold covers can be opened incrementally, but others need to be fully opened to lock into place so you can drive down the road. Most Tri-Fold covers will always cover atleast 1/3 of the bed closest to the cab and will not allow full access to your bed unless completely removed. The BakFlip line of Tri-Fold covers are the only covers that allow you to flip that final panel and lock it in position for full access to your bed for hauling larger items like sofas, ATV's, etc. The BakFlip is also one of the only Tri-Fold Covers to sit inside your bed rails, rather than on top of them for an extremely sleek appearance.​

Information Video Here: Hard Tri-Fold


Why Choose A Hard Hinged Tonneau Cover?
Hard Tonneau Covers are typically made of a 1-peice custom molded design and are offered in both a painted fiberglass or aluminum application as well as a ABS polymer plastic. Every cover is custom fit for each vehicle and provides a seamless look and style to your truck bed. Generally a Hard Tonneau Cover will wrap over the bed rails around the entire truck bed. One of the main benefits of a hard tonneau cover is it's unmatched protection from the weather, with no seams to worry about leaking into your truck bed and maximum security for your cargo. The only real weakness of a Hard Tonneau Cover is limited bed access for carrying large or oversized cargo, however most can be removed within a few minutes if you have a helping set of hands and a space to store it. Most Hard Tonneau Covers sit over your tailgate, requiring you to first unlock and lift the tonneau cover to open your tailgate. Lazerlite is one of the manufacturers who do not block access to the tailgate when the cover is closed, which allows easier access to the tailgate, but decreased security unless you have a locking tailgate.​

Informational Video Here: Hard Hinged Tonneau Cover



Why Choose A Soft Tonneau Cover?
Soft Tonneau Covers come in a variety of designs. You have the choice between a Snap, Roll-Up, or Tri-fold Soft Tonneau Cover, We will break these covers up into their own categories to point out their differences for you:

Snap Tonneau Covers:
Snap Tonneau Covers are a great value, generally being on the lower end of the price spectrum. These covers have an aluminum frame that sits on the top of your bed rails, they require some tweaking to get the tension on the tarp just right. These covers also require you to align each snap individually to secure(snap) the cover to the rail system. If you don’t need access to your bed often or if you just occasionally open the tailgate to throw in a set of golf clubs, a snap cover is a cost effective to protect your cargo from weather and prying eyes.

Roll-Up:
Roll-Up Covers are an excellent choice for ease of use, while ranging in price from the lower to the mid-range price spectrum. Roll-Up Covers typically come with a clamp-on rail system that attaches to the inside of your bed rails that installs within minutes! Most modern Roll-Up Covers also feature a tension dial, which keeps the canvas tight across the bed to prevent flapping while in motion. You can easily roll it up for complete bed access without any obtrusion, and most covers come with a strap system to secure it in place while rolled up. Depending upon the manufacturer, Roll-Up Tonneau Covers also sometimes have the option for a standard or low profile design.

Soft Tri-Fold:
Soft Tri-Fold Tonneau Covers offer a more economical price point and some of the same benefits of a Hard Tri-Fold cover, including easy bed access, security and protection from the elements and no tension adjustments on the tarp are ever necessary. Tri-Fold Covers are also one of the easiest covers to install due to their one-piece design, you set the completely assembled cover on top of the bed rails behind the cab, lock the clamps and your done! Tri-Fold Tonneau Covers also offer quick access to the end of your bed, simply open tailgate, release the clamps and flip open the panel closest to the tailgate. Soft Tri-Fold covers will always cover at least 1/3 of the bed closest to the cab and will not allow full access to your bed unless completely removed.​

Information Video Here: Soft Tonneau Cover

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Happy Bak Flip tonneau cover owner...
I bought a loaded Ridgeline demonstrator in 2008 and it came with everything available including Honda’s tonneau already installed. After a lot of research and reading the posts on the ROC site, I went back to the dealer and he bought back the Honda cover and installed it on another truck on the lot.
I took his check for full retail price and ordered a Bak Flip on line. Even including the shipping costs, the cover was hundreds of $ less than the Honda brand. I had a local mechanic install it and it has served me well with no leaks or mechanical issues.
I live in Florida and the UV rays, heavy rains, hail-yes, and salt air have not bothered the Bak Flip. I use 303 Aerospace Protectant on the gaskets and a little light machine oil on the latches occasionally.
I had four other pickups before the Ridgeline and each of them had a fiberglass or rollup tonneau for camping and dry storage uses. But, they were never really dry. The Bak Flip is the only cover I’ve had that has NEVER LEAKED.
 

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I'm glad your Bakflip hasn't leaked. Mine has been leaky from the get go. But I have a G1.
 

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Happy Bak Flip tonneau cover owner...
I bought a loaded Ridgeline demonstrator in 2008 and it came with everything available including Honda’s tonneau already installed. After a lot of research and reading the posts on the ROC site, I went back to the dealer and he bought back the Honda cover and installed it on another truck on the lot.
I took his check for full retail price and ordered a Bak Flip on line. Even including the shipping costs, the cover was hundreds of $ less than the Honda brand. I had a local mechanic install it and it has served me well with no leaks or mechanical issues.
I live in Florida and the UV rays, heavy rains, hail-yes, and salt air have not bothered the Bak Flip. I use 303 Aerospace Protectant on the gaskets and a little light machine oil on the latches occasionally.
I had four other pickups before the Ridgeline and each of them had a fiberglass or rollup tonneau for camping and dry storage uses. But, they were never really dry. The Bak Flip is the only cover I’ve had that has NEVER LEAKED.
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I went with the soft Tri-Fold because it was about half the price of the hard tri-fold. I'm sure the hard tri-fold is better but the soft takes care of all my needs for a cover.
 

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Retrax the only way to cover the back of your RL:cool:
 

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I went with the soft Tri-Fold because it was about half the price of the hard tri-fold. I'm sure the hard tri-fold is better but the soft takes care of all my needs for a cover.
Same here.. there are nicer ones for more bucks, but I take what serves my needs and put the money in other things for the truck I don't need.. LOL!
 

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I purchased a used ( like new ) tri-fold soft cover for $200. "Craig's List" It was the most economical way to get one ASAP. I like it. It leaks a little, not much. I wanted it for the fuel savings and the appearance as much as anything. Maybe someday I will get a hard cover, probably a tri fold. I like how easy it is to completly remove mine if I need full access to the bed. It don't weigh much maybe 15 pounds. I can flip my rear seats up and store it in the back seat folded when I take it off. I believe it is an ADVANTAGE. I am not sure I would pay the $400 plus is cost new but I lucked out and for now I am happy with it.
 

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I have just order BakFlip HD Tonneau cover thru amazon great price. I read everyone post then someone said you have to drill hole by the tailgate on inside for the rail to attach at the end is that true?
 

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I have just order BakFlip HD Tonneau cover thru amazon great price. I read everyone post then someone said you have to drill hole by the tailgate on inside for the rail to attach at the end is that true?
Yes. It comes with a small self-tapping screw for the rear end of each rail. I just pushed it in and turned, but now I realise that pre-drilling would have been better -- I could easily have stripped the holes.
 

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You get what you pay for. Yes the honda tonneau is expensive but its sturdy, smart lookin and its easy to take off.
 

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Okay, I'm a little bummed. I never realized (until now) that my gate doesn't lock!?! I bought my RTL used and it's my first truck, so it's a detail I didn't think of looking for.

Was/is this gate lock an add on for OEM?
Does the OEM tonneau lock the non locking gate?


With all the options/varieties available for tonneau covers, I'm looking for security, so a hard cover is a must.

Is there a version that locks the gate as well as the cover?
Or do I now need to buy a lock and a cover to achieve the security I'm after?


Any and all help/advice would be much appreciated!!!
 

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I've been looking for a cover and have decided the roll & lock, check it out at the Honda club store. Good accessibility and it designed to lock the cover and the tailgate.
 

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I'm waiting on a BakFlip F1. I wanted the full access to the bed and the extra security (throwing camping and hunting gear in the back while making stops or sight seeing, etc.)
We'll see how it goes!
 

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Patch, most available covers for the Ridgeline do not include a tailgate lock. The OEM one does, as well as one of the hard roll-up models (whose name escapes me). For the others, you'll have to buy one of:

Pop&Lock (manual keyed lock)
Dynolock (electric powered lock that can be made to work remotely with key fob)

Pop&Lock is currently (and slowly) redesigning their manual lock to be compatible with camera-equipped Ridgelines as well as address some quality problems. Stock of the previous model is hard to find. A number of us are waiting for the new model to become available.
 

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Patch, most available covers for the Ridgeline do not include a tailgate lock. The OEM one does, as well as one of the hard roll-up models (whose name escapes me). For the others, you'll have to buy one of:

Pop&Lock (manual keyed lock)
Dynolock (electric powered lock that can be made to work remotely with key fob)

Pop&Lock is currently (and slowly) redesigning their manual lock to be compatible with camera-equipped Ridgelines as well as address some quality problems. Stock of the previous model is hard to find. A number of us are waiting for the new model to become available.

Thanks guys, this helps. I can't believe with the OEM ton. cover, that you can't open the second half of it or remove it without unbolting 20+ bolts. I suppose I'll join the rest of you and wait for the updated Pop&Lock system and narrow down my tonneau cover decision until then..
 

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Thanks guys, this helps. I can't believe with the OEM ton. cover, that you can't open the second half of it or remove it without unbolting 20+ bolts. I suppose I'll join the rest of you and wait for the updated Pop&Lock system and narrow down my tonneau cover decision until then..
If you are in the market for a BakFlip Tonneau cover, NOW is the time to buy! We are offering a Bakflip GROUP BUY here on ROC, however it ends today!

you can check it out in the link below, thanks!

TonneauCoversWorld.com - BakFlip GROUP BUY!!
 

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Thanks guys, this helps. I can't believe with the OEM ton. cover, that you can't open the second half of it
True. Er, you mean the front half, right? You can open the back half. You can even flip it all the way and drive with it in that position, though I would not do so without strapping it down. Being able to drive with the tonneau folded is a major reason for me choosing the Bakflip, which also forms a shield for the back window.
or remove it without unbolting 20+ bolts.
In the other tonneau thread that includes the OEM tonneau, it's mentioned how fast and easy it is to remove it. So, that's not a reason to avoid the OEM, though I prefer the aftermarket choices. The OEM was a $2200 option in Canada when I bought my Ridgeline!
I suppose I'll join the rest of you and wait for the updated Pop&Lock system and narrow down my tonneau cover decision until then..
There is a group buy for the Bakflip going on right now! I like my Bakflip F1.
 
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