Is There a Price Difference Between the BAKFlip F1 and the MX4?
Ram Owner: I talked to you earlier and you mentioned that BAKflip tonneau cover. I was looking at that MX4. What's the difference between the MX4 and F1? I have a 2017 Dodge Ram 1500.Peter: It's just the material they're made of. So the MX4 is aluminum and the F1 is a fiberglass reinforced polymer. So it, in theory, can stand up to denting a little bit better than the aluminum.
Ram Owner: Is there a price difference between the F1 and the MX4?Peter: Yeah about a $10 difference.
Ram Owner: Is that like a matte black finish or is that a shiny black finish?Peter: It's kind of in-between. I wouldn't call it a high gloss and it's not a matte. It's kind of in-between.
Ram Owner: Okay. Alrighty. Well, I'm going to try to go home tonight and I'm going to measure my truck bed. I think that's the route I'm going to go. I think I also want that Bed Tread Impact Mat. Unless there was another one there that you can tell me is any different or any better there.
Peter: I really like that one. I've sold a lot of them recently. I've had customers review it very highly, so I've got a lot of confidence in that one.
Ram Owner: Okay. So then I'm not really worried about the sides. I think it had like a carpet for the sides on one of them, but not really concerned about that. Just worried about the bed bottom there.Peter: Sure.
Ram Owner: Okay. Well, once again, I'll probably be getting back with you. You've been very helpful and explaining this stuff to me.Peter: Yeah, no problem.
What's the Best Retractable Cover For a Ford 2018 Model Crew Cab?
Ford Owner: Hey, Sean, I've got a Ford 2018 Model Crew Cab. I'm looking for a retractable cover. I don't want the shiny black. I want the flat black in color.
Sean: What size bed?
Ford Owner: It's the crew cab. I haven't actually measured the bed, but it's the crew cab Ford 2018 model.Sean: Okay. Usually, on the double doors, it's a 5.5 short bed, or you'd have a 6.5, or an 8', which you'd know if you had an 8'.
Ford Owner: Yeah, it's not an 8'. If it came down to an order, I'd make sure before I ordered.Sean: Yeah, so there are two different types of covers that Retrax offers. Retrax is actually probably the best brand when it comes to their rolling covers. There's the ONE, which is the polycarbonate series, and then the PRO, which is the aluminum series. The PRO, they're actually running a special right now on their Retrax XR, which is the RetraxPRO MX, which is a matte black finish, and the XR part are referring to the side rails. The side rails on that model have T-slots to where you can add bike racks and kayak racks and stuff like that, and right now they're actually doing a promotion where if you buy one of those XRs, they send you a free set of Yakima JetStream load bars with it which is a $500 value.
Ford Owner: Okay.Sean: Then if you didn't want those bars, which honestly for an extra 100 bucks to get that $500 gift is worth it, but let's say you didn't want that option, you could go back down to just the RetraxPRO MX and save the $100 difference. What I was going to say was both of those come with a lifetime warranty as well.
Ford Owner: Right. How about the Brinx?Sean: Brinx? I've never even heard of a Brinx tonneau cover, so let's look here.
Ford Owner: What do you have at around, say, $1,000-$1,200 range?Sean: If you wanna stay within that range you could still get a Retrax. You can get the ONE MX.
Ford Owner: What's the difference in the ONE MX?Sean: Well, it's polycarbonate instead of aluminum. It does have aluminum support rods every three inches, but the material of the cover itself is actually polycarbonate which is a plastic, so it's not quite the cover that the aluminum one is, but honestly, if it's going on a daily drive and you're not in construction, you're not using that cover 50 times a day, the ONE would probably be perfect for you. It's got a three-year warranty instead of a lifetime.
Ford Owner: Yeah, we're just using this cover for a vacation vehicle.Sean: Yeah, man. The RetraxONE would be perfect for you then. It looks just exactly the same as the aluminum. It functions the same. Like I said, it's the plastic instead of aluminum.
Ford Owner: Yeah. Have you heard of a Gator brand?Sean: I have, and honestly, you know what that is? It's a private label of a Retrax. There are a couple different covers that Retrax has that are cheaper, and what they do is they space those support rods out a little bit further. I'm not sure if anything else is different as far as hardware and stuff like that, but I know that on those private labels, they take some of the extra cost out of it and that's what makes it cheaper and that's what makes them easily sold. But there are differences and that's the difference.
Ford Owner: Well, that shorter bed, I'm just using it as basically storage for luggage and stuff, but I also want a quality cover that I won't be replacing in five years.Sean: Yeah, I've not heard a whole lot of issues with the Retrax, even the ONE. I worked for Truck Hero, which is the company that owns Retrax, and I sold Retrax all over the world, man. Australia, Dubai, Germany, all over the place, and it quickly became the number one seller.
Ford Owner: Well, let me measure my bed and give it some thought and I may give you a shout back.Sean: All right, man. If you give us a call, my name is Sean.
What's the Best Retrax Cover for a 2019 Ford F-150?
F-150 Owner: I'd inquired about a tonneau cover online and received a few emails back. So I thought I'd give a call and see if I can't get fit with the right product for my truck.
Peter: Okay, what truck is it for?
F-150 Owner: I've got a 2019 Ford F-150 Crew Cab, or Super Crew.Peter: Okay.
F-150 Owner: Originally the quote I was looking for a Retrax cover. I'm curious about the Pro. Because I know the Pro is a little heavier duty and it's a different material. And I can tell you in the past I've had different trucks, about three different trucks, with the BAKFlip, the tri fold or whatever it is, and I like them. But I like the idea of a slider a little better.
Peter: Right, okay.
F-150 Owner: I like the cover being open without losing my vision.Peter: Right. The Retral Pro MX is much more heavy duty. It's made of aluminum. It's the only retractable out there that has a lifetime warranty. I mean it really will last the lifetime of the truck. It can hold like 500 pounds on top, it's just very heavy duty. I can get you that one with free shipping, and there's no sales tax if you're ordering from outside of Arizona.
F-150 Owner: Yeah, that's a really good deal.
F-150 Owner: Okay. So, I think for the price, it's probably the way to go. Okay, so what do you need from me to order? Do you do it online, or do you want to do it over the phone?
Peter: Yeah I can take care of it right now real quick, and then get it going.
F-150 Owner: There's a gloss one and matte one, are there different?
Peter: Yeah, I would recommend the matte.
F-150 Owner: That's what I wanted, I don't want the gloss. Would this be shipped out Monday?
Peter: Monday or Tuesday at the latest, yeah. It'll be FedEx Ground.
F-150 Owner: Okay. Let's go ahead and do it