Extreme Terrain
4x4Wire Trail Talk Forums: Jeep, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Pajero, Isuzu, Kia, 4WD, 4x4, SUV, Off-Road and OutdoorWire Forums


Search

Recent Posts on TrailTalk
Introduction - B-Line Performance
by B_Line - 09/21/20 04:08 PM
Help me troubleshoot my Gen1 A/C problem
by chadzeilenga - 09/21/20 03:37 PM
Flying 1000mi to buy a 97 Montero SR sight unseen
by Macdrew77 - 09/21/20 01:07 AM
Raider 2.6 flywheel/starter question
by nonkjo - 09/20/20 03:28 AM
Gen1 Montero SWB 4-cylinder front brake upgrade
by B_Line - 09/17/20 09:53 PM
1989 SWB Gen I Brake Line and Hose Source
by B_Line - 09/17/20 09:44 PM
87 Gen1 Rebuild in Kansas
by B_Line - 09/17/20 03:41 PM
Support 4x4Wire
New Topics on TrailTalk
Flying 1000mi to buy a 97 Montero SR sight unseen
by Macdrew77 - 09/19/20 04:18 AM
Raider 2.6 flywheel/starter question
by nonkjo - 09/17/20 02:28 PM
Introduction - B-Line Performance
by B_Line - 09/16/20 09:53 PM
Help me troubleshoot my Gen1 A/C problem
by 81for91 - 09/16/20 05:18 AM
GEN1 AT AW372 Manual Shaft Seal Replacement
by chadzeilenga - 08/31/20 04:34 AM
New guy getting a 91 Montero RS
by Trailmonkey - 08/30/20 03:18 AM
4x4 Gallery
Photos of rig
Attila
99 Monterrible Sport
Scar the Cylon Raider
Mercenary Sergeant: Code Name "Sapphire"
More News on the 'Wire

4x4Voice
4x4Wire
MUIRNet-News
OutdoorWire
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 120 guests, and 4 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Forums37
Topics138,137
Posts1,080,759
Members15,096
Most Online907
Dec 28th, 2019
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
Best kind of Tonneau Cover for 3rd Gen Rams #1105542 05/04/20 04:48 AM
Joined: Apr 2020
Posts: 1
N
Ninnnaise Offline OP
Need a Spot
I was thinking of investing in a Tonneau Cover for my Ram what can you say about this https://mechanicfaq.com/bed-covers-for-ram-1500/ but I don't know whether or not to go hard cover, tri-fold, locking, or soft cover? however I' looking for MPG increases and security at the same time so should i go locking,or tri-fold? thanks.

Support our sponsors
Re: Best kind of Tonneau Cover for 3rd Gen Rams [Re: Ninnnaise] #1105599 06/23/20 12:41 AM
Joined: Feb 2000
Posts: 6,230
4x4Wire Offline
Trail Leader
***
I have had both soft and hard. Personally, I liked the Diamondback hard covers - https://diamondbackcovers.com/

Re: Best kind of Tonneau Cover for 3rd Gen Rams [Re: Ninnnaise] #1105600 06/23/20 01:06 AM
Joined: Jun 2020
Posts: 2
B
bryan9F Offline
Need a Spot
Diamondback are good covers for sure...

Re: Best kind of Tonneau Cover for 3rd Gen Rams [Re: Ninnnaise] #1105601 06/23/20 07:42 AM
Joined: Jun 2020
Posts: 2
D
Davisjaime Offline
Need a Spot
I'm using the Gator Covers 59202 for my Dodge Ram 1500, it's solid and very durable, water resistance is excellent.

Re: Best kind of Tonneau Cover for 3rd Gen Rams [Re: Ninnnaise] #1105608 06/28/20 03:00 AM
Joined: Feb 2000
Posts: 6,230
4x4Wire Offline
Trail Leader
***
Re-reading this thread, there is an interesting point - Security or MPG.

So, given an open pickup bed provides no security for items in the bed, which is better, hard cover, tri-fold or soft cover?

Out of sight is out of mind. And cover begins to address the security aspect. At question is how much effort (and expense) to you want to encounter.

Personally, hard-cover and tri-fold are about the same for "security". A soft-cover is a step below. All have a "lock" but, what is your security comfort level?

If you favor a hard cover, plastic, fiberglass or aluminum are your choices as they are knife resistant.

At this point, my preference is an aluminum hard cover. I have had all three on various pickups over the years and without a doubt, I prefer an aluminum cover for all-around functionality.

It provides for security and it also provides for extra support for those times when you really need to tie a load to the top of the cover.

Fiberglass, plastic and other soft-top options do not have a load capacity that can match an aluminum cover.

Now, to add fuel to the discussion, all covers for pickup beds do add limitations for use of the bed for odd shaped cargo.

While mpg and security are important points, load carrying capacity is also an important consideration.

As noted, I have had a variety of covers on pickup beds. For MPG and security, all offer advantages.

For overall functionality, put a cover on your pickup bed. But, consider your various uses of a pickup bed before your final decision.

As I have had a variety of covers over the years, my current pickup (2019 Dodge 2500) has no cover over the bed. I have opted for an "in-bed" tool box that provides for security of items and still retains the functionality of an open bed for odd shaped loads. Yes, with the lockable tool box, I do lose some cargo capacity.

Is there an MPG improvement? That is open to question. As I have the diesel, I am averaging just over 20 mpg which is better than any other pickup I have owned.


Moderated by  4x4Wire, Mike Bondi, PajEvo 







4x4Wire Social:

| 4x4Wire on FaceBook |


OutdoorWire, 4x4Wire, JeepWire, TrailTalk, MUIRNet-News, and 4x4Voice are all trademarks and publications of OutdoorWire, Inc. and MUIRNet Consulting.
Copyright (c) 1999-2019 OutdoorWire, Inc and MUIRNet Consulting - All Rights Reserved, no part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without express written permission
You may link freely to this site, but no further use is allowed without the express written permission of the owner of this material.
All corporate trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3
(Release build 20190728)
PHP: 7.2.33 Page Time: 0.028s Queries: 15 (0.008s) Memory: 2.8491 MB (Peak: 3.1632 MB) Data Comp: Off Server Time: 2020-09-21 19:54:59 UTC
Valid HTML 5 and Valid CSS