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Roll-up Tonneau Covers - Everything You Need To Know
 by: Will Mahoney

Roll-up tonneau covers have been around for years. You’ve see them on plenty of trucks. Maybe you like the look of them, maybe you don’t. Either way, they’re worth every penny. Let’s go over why.

First and foremost, they are inexpensive. While a hard shell tonneau cover can sell for well over a thousand dollars, you can pick up most soft, roll-up style tonneau covers for just a few hundred dollars.

And speaking of expense, don’t forget about shipping. While many large items have to be shipped through a freight service (body kits, Fiberglass tonneau covers, hoods), your typical roll-up style, soft tonneau cover (due to its compact profile) fits in quite a small box and will ship through standard ground shipping service. And unlike larger, bulkier items, they can be expedited if need be.

Installation is easy too. Most, if not all roll-up style, soft bed covers install with no tools. They have easy-to-read, detailed step-by-step instructions that include photos and helpful tips on caring for your new cover. No friends? No worries. These soft tonneau covers can usually be installed piece-by-piece onto your bed without anyone’s assistance. There’s nothing bulky or unwieldy to hold onto. They really are quite simple to set up with most models installing in less than 30 minutes.

Let’s not forget about the protection factor here. The bed of your truck is for carrying cargo and other goodies and you don’t want your goods getting rained on, or worse, stolen. Roll-up tonneau covers offer convenience unparalleled by other covers. They can be rolled up, out of the way when loading cargo, and rolled back down when loading is done. Also, when you’ve got larger items to transport in the back of your truck, the convenience of being able to just “roll” the cover out of the way is phenomenal. Just try bringing home that new refrigerator if you have anything but a roll-up tonneau on your bed.

Last but not least is the performance aspect of a roll-up tonneau cover. In today’s economy and market, gas mileage (or lack thereof) is big news. If you install a tonneau cover on your bed, whether it be a soft tonneau cover, a hard bed cover, or any truck bed cover in between, you will see a marked increase in gas mileage. And don’t think for a second that lowering your tailgate actually helps with gas mileage, it doesn’t. The only thing that will really, truly help is to cover up that huge black hole of a bed with a nice, quality tonneau cover. The air comes over your hood and cab and then flows smoothly off the back of your truck for other people to deal with. You’ve got better things to worry about. Like what to buy next…

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About The Author

Will Mahoney is an automotive junkie who lives in Cleveland, Ohio. He likes racing autocross and tinkering with trucks and cars. He currently writes online content and articles for, a leading retailer of truck accessories, SUV accessories, seat covers, floor mats and many other aftermarket truck and SUV accessories.

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This article was posted on March 24, 2006


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