Heavy Duty Tonneau Cover for Your Truck (Review & Buying Guide)
Finding the Right Heavy Duty Tonneau Cover
A tonneau cover is one of the first vehicle accessories we would recommend to any pickup truck owner, new or old. One of the tonneau covers, or bed covers, will protect your cargo from rain, snow, falling leaves, heavy winds, and much more. Additionally, they’ll offer a level of security previously missing from your vehicle. If you want a heavy duty tonneau cover, you’re going to want to shop around for a hard cover. There are plenty of options out there, and sometimes it can be difficult to know where to begin. That’s why we’ve put together this exact guide.
Check out our list below to see some of Ultimate Rides’ recommendations for a heavy duty tonneau cover. Make sure to pay careful attention to the compatibility details, as you’ll want to buy a tonneau cover that fits on your truck. All of the most popular tonneau covers can be found for a wide variety of truck models, so you may just need to click around a bit to find what you need.
After reading through our list, you’ll be able to find our buying guide. Here we offer more details on what we believe makes a high-quality tonneau cover. We’ll also offer up some more information on what we do at Ultimate Rides, and how we believe we can help you. Stick around, and good luck on your search for the right tonneau cover!
1. Retrax PowertraxPRO MX Retractable Truck Bed Tonneau Cover (ASIN – B01BAAABSE)
Compatibility: 2015-2020 Ford F150 Super Crew, Super Cab and Reg. Cab w/ Stake Pocket and 6′ 7″ Bed
This power retractable hard tonneau cover is for the kind of person that likes to go all out. Is it expensive? Definitely. However, it offers astounding convenience and protection for your truck bed. This specific product is for models of the Ford F150, but you can find it for a wide range of pickup trucks. The cover can support up to 500 lbs., and you’ll have access to your items with just the press of a button. There’s no doubt it is a top contender as a heavy duty tonneau cover.
2. Rugged Ridge Armis Retractable Locking Bed Cover (ASIN – B08LB5SRHC)
Compatibility: 2020-Current Jeep Gladiator
Do you drive a Jeep Gladiator? This heavy duty cover might be the one for you. It has the design of a soft cover but offers the security and protection of an expensive hard cover. The product even includes a five year warranty, so you’ll have that to fall back on in case you notice an issue with the cover. The product doesn’t have many ratings from customers, but Rugged Ridge is a trusted manufacturer. You’ll be able to rely on this product to suit you well for a long while, and the Rugged Ridge customer service team should be able to help with any problems.
3. Syneticusa Retractable Hard Tonneau Cover with Adjustable Rack Kit (ASIN – B091MDJ6KF)
Compatibility: 2014-2022 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500 with 5’8″ Bed
Do you have a Silverado or Sierra 1500 that you use as a work truck? This heavy duty tonneau cover with a rack on top might be the the thing for you. Despite all its capable of, the cover should be pretty easy to install. It also offers excellent security for the items inside your truck bed. You’ll even have quick access to your cargo with the retractable cover. If you want a cargo rack on the back of your bed, this has to be one of the options you consider.
4. Retrax RetraxONE XR Retractable Truck Bed Tonneau Cover (ASIN – B07W118DCM)
Compatibility: 2020-2022 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 2500/3500 with 6’10” Bed and No Factory Side Storage Boxes
If you like the first option on our list but could go without the power retraction feature, this cover may be right for you. It offers the same reliable protection but without a few of those extra bells and whistles. While it’s still not exactly cheap, it is much more affordable for most drivers. At the same time, you’ll still get great defense from the elements and more. Check it out and decide if this could be the right tonneau cover for your vehicle.
5. BAK BAKFlip MX4 Hard Folding Truck Bed Tonneau Cover (ASIN – B071JQDXFD)
Compatibility: 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma with 5’1″ Bed and OE Track System
BAK is one of our favorite manufacturers on tonneau covers here at Ultimate Rides. This option is a folding cover instead of a retractable one. It is much more affordable than many of the other products out there, yet still offers good protection. It’s also not really any more difficult to access than you’d find with one of the retractable covers. If you like the design of this cover, and it’s of course a good fit for your truck, you can feel comfortable and confident choosing this product.
6. Gator Recoil Retractable Truck Bed Tonneau Cover (ASIN – B08B6DT9FJ)
Compatibility: 2019-2022 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500 with 6’7″ Bed and MultiPro Flex Tailgate
Finally, we have one more tonneau cover we’d like to share. It comes from Gator, another one of our favorite accessory manufacturers. This retractable cover is the option for those who are on a bit of a tighter budget but still don’t want to sacrifice quality. We’d say this is about the cheapest you can find a hard cover that’s actually going to serve you well for a long time. There may be better options out there, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything that can beat it at this price.
Heavy Duty Tonneau Cover Buying Guide
Did you find the right bed cover on our list? We were only able to cover a small selection of vehicles, so it’s perfectly okay if you need to keep searching. Hopefully you can find one of the above tonneau covers in a size that suits your vehicle. However, if you want to look at other options, you can use the information in our Factors of Focus section to know what to look for. Then, finally, we’ll leave you with some details about Ultimate Rides and what we can do for you. Good luck on your search for a heavy duty tonneau cover!
Factors of Focus: What Makes a High-Quality Tonneau Cover?
Above all else, when shopping for a bed cover you want an option that actually fits your truck. If you’re able to narrow down your search to your make, model, year and the size of your truck bed, you’ll be cutting out a whole bunch of unnecessary products. If you want a heavy duty tonneau cover, you probably are looking for a hard cover. However, there are multiple kinds of hard covers out there. We’ve provided you with a variety of examples, and there are plenty more.
Once you determine what style you want, it’s time to start thinking about quality. The main thing a tonneau cover needs to do is protect your truck bed and the items in it. Protect them from what? Rain and snow, falling leaves, curious people walking by. Even the sun can do damage to your truck bed over time. The right bed cover needs to be strong, effective and long-lasting. If it has those qualities, it should be good for you.
Tonneau Cover Installation and Much More from Ultimate Rides
If you live in the greater Chicago area, or within driving distance, Ultimate Rides can install a heavy duty tonneau cover for you, and a whole lot more. We’re a custom auto dealership that offers delivery to drivers around the country. Additionally, you can upgrade your own vehicle in our custom service shop. Give us a call at 815-634-3900 to make an appointment with our team, or stop in and speak with us at our office. We’re located at 38 W. Division St., Coal City, IL 60416.
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