What is The Best Option for In-Bed Storage For a GMC Sierra?
GMC Sierra Owner: What do you recommend for in-bed storage on a GMC Sierra 1500? We need something to kind of cut across the back of the truck a couple feet in where the hooks are to kind of keep our stuff from sliding all the way to the bulkhead. You got any recommendations on that? Something y'all offer?Shaun: Let's see here.
GMC Sierra Owner: I don't know if this matters because I almost pulled the trigger on something off of Amazon, some kind of organizer bar. But I forgot, the new body style, the bed, what they've done is made it wider on the inside.Shaun: Right.
GMC Sierra Owner: The bed is, what is it? 71 and a half inches wide on the inside, and I guess it used to 69 or 70. And that seems to matter apparently on things I've looked at because it's wider than some of the things out there. I was going to get one of those little tension bars to go across the back to kind of give us something, some kind of back board there. And they're all 70 inches wide, and I didn't know if that mattered to anything you might have.
Shaun: They have something that Roll N Lock makes, but it only works for their covers. And then TruXedo makes something called a Truck Luggage, but I don't know if it stops everything as much as it is just something hanging there that you could put stuff into.
GMC Sierra Owner: I got you. Yeah I'm thinking something that we put the groceries in the back. If we got the cover, we're just going to pop open the tailgate and put groceries or stuff from the store, whatever, shopping, whatever. I'm just thinking something like that, that'll keep that kind of stuff from rolling around.
Shaun: Yeah and I think this might actually be something that you'd like. Hold a second here. I'll send you this email too, and let me know what you think. I know there are a lot of other options too, so if you find something that you like bring me a part number or tell me what it is, and I'll look it up. And I'm sure I can give you a good deal on it.
What's The Difference Between Roll N Lock's A Series M Series & E Series Tonneau Covers?
Toyota Tundra Owner: I just received an email from you about a Roll-N-Lock cover. And I need more information.Peter: Okay.
Toyota Tundra Owner: I've got a Toyota Tundra, crew cab, five and a half foot bed. I see that you've got the M series, the A series and the E series. What are the primary differences? Just the vinyl over the aluminum, and powder-coated?Peter: Yeah, so they're very similar except the M series is the vinyl over the aluminum. The A series is just the all powder-coated aluminum and then the E series is the aluminum with electric retractable. It's electric-powered, yeah.
Toyota Tundra Owner: Okay. Now, no, I don't need electric at all. Actually, I've never had a vinyl cover on a truck before. I've always owned a truck, but I've never had a cover like that. And I got this new one and I'm thinking I want to do this. What is your opinion of the Roll-N-Lock versus the tri-fold?Peter: Well, I mean I like the hard covers just because you get more security, obviously. The retractables are great, but they're just super heavy duty. One thing to think about is that a retractable has a canister that the cover slot, that the cover retracts into, and that sits down in the bed and that takes up about 10 inches by 10 inches by the width of the bed. So you're going lose some space in there. If that's a concern, then the hard folding covers, like the back-flip covers, might be a good option because it gives you full bed access when you need to.
Toyota Tundra Owner: I see. Okay, so you're saying that the Roll-N-Lock has that ... It actually takes up part of my bed?Peter: Yes. It rolls into a canister that sits down inside the bed, behind the cab. Like right at the front of the bed. So you're going to lose a little bit of bed space there.
Toyota Tundra Owner: Okay. A question, does that go all the way down to the bed itself?Peter: It doesn't. You're going to have some space underneath, but it does go the full width of the bed.
Toyota Tundra Owner: Okay. Well, the reason I'm questioning is, with the bed that I've got, I can put my seven-foot rods caddy-corner and they fit. My rods and reels, fishing rods, and they fit but if I lost any space right down at the bottom of the ... on the bed, on the bottom of the bed itself, then I would not be able to do that.Peter: No, you should be fine with rods. You're going to have enough room for those. Definitely.
Can I Still Use My Deck Rail System on My 2019 Toyota Tundra with a Roll N Lock Cover?
Toyota Tundra Owner: I'm interested in a Roll N Lock Cover. However, I'm wondering about the deck rail system on my Toyota, do I have to remove it?Peter: Yeah, what year is the Tundra?
Toyota Tundra Owner: It's a 2019.Peter: Okay, brand new. And you're talking about the deck rail system that's on the inside of the bed?
Toyota Tundra Owner: Correct, sir, yes. There's two on the side, and one along the cab.Peter: I believe you're going to have to, let me double check here. I'm sorry, I'm just double checking the install guide here.
Toyota Tundra Owner: That's quite all right. I appreciate your information. I just think that that the Roll-N-Lock, from what I've seen, those seem to be good quality and good security and I think provide the best.Peter: Yeah, so basically the deck rail system, you're not going to be able to use it anymore. The rails for this cover basically attach, clamp onto that system. So it's, you don't remove it, you wouldn't have the utility, being able to use it anymore the way that you can now.
Toyota Tundra Owner: Got you, got you. Well, if the cover, if it hooks onto that, then I can use that and now I've got tie downs, excuse me, I've got tie downs in the bottom of truck anyway.Peter: Okay.
What's the Difference Between the Roll N Lock Covers And Are They Easy to Install?
Toyota Tundra Owner: I'm interested in a Roll N Lock tonneau cover. Are the Roll N Locks something that would be easy to install?Peter: Yeah, the install guides are really good. They really are. And there are now YouTube videos that show you step by step. If you take your time, it's probably an hour install, but I don't think you're going to have much of an issue there. It's pretty straight forward.
Toyota Tundra Owner: Okay, great, great, great. Super. All right, well listen Peter, I appreciate your information. Let me think about this and figure out which one I really want to do. Now the difference in the two, in the M and A, is just that the M is vinyl over aluminum.Peter: Right.
Toyota Tundra Owner: And the A is a powder-coating surface over the aluminum.Peter: That's right. Yes, and just so you know, because some people ask and wonder about this, the vinyl on the M series is extremely durable. It's not like flimsy stuff that's going to cut or break down over time. It really does hold up well over time.
Toyota Tundra Owner: Does it? Okay, good. Well, that's, you know, that ... and there again, that's a concern. I mean, it's what, $300 ... nearly 300 more dollars for the other, but if the vinyl was going to crack and peel and all that, then it's worth the $300.
Toyota Tundra Owner: All right, well let me get some information on this and see what I think I can do and I definitely will be calling you back, okay?
What Tonneau Cover Has The Best T-Slot Functionality for a Ford F-150?
Ford F-150 Owner: I was originally considering a RetraxPRO. However, the other cover I was looking at, and I know it can be a little bit of a pain if you go pick up something big and you don't think about it ahead of time, was the Undercover RIDGELANDER. Which basically would almost look like the Retrax on the car because it has the same T-Track System for rack assemblies. On the Undercover, how difficult is it to remove? I've been trying to find a video of somebody actually taking the cover off.Shawn: I'll tell you that I actually worked for UnderCover for almost a decade. And they came out with that cover, and it's the biggest pain to remove. And it takes the longest to put it on. It's a beautiful cover, it works really well, strong, but it is not very friendly when it comes to removing it, unfortunately.
Ford F-150 Owner: Okay. Because I didn't know if there was like one bolt on each side, you undo that, and the thing just kind of slides off?Shawn: What you're looking for then mainly is that T-slot functionality as well?
Ford F-150 Owner: That's kind of what I was looking at because we like to throw bikes up on top. I've got a cover that used to go on top of like a Suburban when they had it, one of the boxes. And having it on top if we've got stuff in the bottom and the top from that standpoint.Shawn: Well you know they have a promotion right now on the Retrax XR?
Ford F-150 Owner: Correct that you get the free rails, which is like a $400 value?Shawn: Have you seen the A.R.E "Double Cover?" What it is, is it's essentially a rolling cover and a one-piece all in one.
Ford F-150 Owner: I mean I've seen it. To me, that would almost be the worst of both worlds, because I think you're going to lose rigidity. Or you're going to have a bar that goes all the way across the tailgate. Because otherwise you've got two bars that are coming out with the cover. From a waterproofing standpoint, I don't think that would be worse than the Retrax or any of the other ones from that standpoint. Because you're dealing with multiple points of intrusion now that are not necessarily attached.Shawn: Got you. Yeah.
Ford F-150 Owner: Now out of the rolling covers, you prefer the Retrax to the others?Shawn: Yeah. It's a lot better quality than like a Roll-N-Lock or something of that nature.
Ford F-150 Owner: Or Pace Edwards or the Truck Covers USA.
Shawn: Right, exactly. Yeah.
Ford F-150 Owner: All right. You've answered all my questions. Thank you very much, sir.
Shawn: You got it. Did you want to go ahead and place that with me today?
Ford F-150 Owner: No. Let me talk to my wife tonight just to get everything approved. We've been talking about it, but I don't think it will be an issue. I'll give you a buzz tomorrow.
Shawn: It sounds good, man. Have a good night