If you’re reading this, it’s probably a safe bet that you own a pickup truck. Let’s face it, they are a useful tool for everyday life. Just ask your friends who don’t own a truck how useful your truck is when they need to move something. As beneficial as trucks can be, a problem arises when you haul anything and the weather is not conducive to keeping things dry. Because of that, having a tonneau cover is a good thing.
But with so many options available, which cover do you need? I was in the same dilemma with Project WorkHorse — needing a tonneau cover — but I also use a gooseneck trailer quite often and having the wrong tonneau can be totally useless or affect hooking up the trailer. Luckily, finding the right cover is easy if you know where to go. To help with that, I am going to tell you that checking on the RealTruck.com website can make selection easy.
Actually, checking out the Real Truck website is a double-edged sword. Looking at the website, it is immediately clear that you have many options to choose from, therein lies the problem. How do you know which cover is right for your truck? First, you need to decide if a hard, one-piece cover is what you need. These do have benefits, but they also have drawbacks as well. In the case of Project WorkHorse, the drawback is connecting my gooseneck trailer to the truck with a hard cover over the entire bed. I don’t feel like taking the cover off every time I hook up to the trailer.
Next are soft covers. I could easily use a roll-up soft cover and simply roll it up when I need to hook it to the gooseneck. The downside of this is when I connect to the gooseneck and it rains, anything in the bed will get wet. That led me to what I feel is the perfect choice for Project WorkHorse, the Roll-N-Lock tonneau cover.
The Roll-N-Lock is a retractable tonneau cover that can lock in several partially open positions. This is great because, when I am hooked to my gooseneck, I can pull the cover back to the trailer tongue and latch it. This gives me some bed area in which to place things that I need to keep somewhat covered. With the Roll-N-Lock, I can have my proverbial cake and eat it too.
This Tonneau Cover Was An Easy Choice
Roll-N-Lock has various covers, and you can choose between manual or electric — I personally like the simplicity of the manual cover as opposed to the electric unit, so I chose the manual A-Series Tonneau Cover (P/N: BT448A). This is a low-profile, all-aluminum, retractable tonneau engineered to look good (it’s virtually flush with the truck bed), is very functional, and delivers durability in spades. In my opinion, the A-Series from Roll-N-Lock is tough to beat. In fact, I had one on a previous ’03 Ram truck I owned. I installed that cover in 2005 when I bought the truck, and that cover is still on the truck to this day with the new owner. That is what I call a durable tonneau cover.
The main construction of the roll-up portion is made of powder-coated aluminum slats. These interlocking slats ensure a waterproof seal so your stuff stays dry. Where most retractable tonneau covers feature oversized, bulky canisters that take up a lot of truck-bed space, the A-Series features a low-profile, 7.25-inch-deep canister that affords as much bed space as possible. Functionality is nearly effortless, and the retractable cover requires nothing more than a quick turn of the latch to roll it open into the canister. Closing is as easy as grabbing the pull strap and giving the cover a tug toward the tailgate where it latches and locks when necessary.
Keeping Stuff Where It Belongs Under Our Tonneau Cover
One problem that all truck owners have is finding a way to keep items in the bed from sliding all over the bed. I am too old to constantly be climbing in and out of the truck bed, so I also ordered a Cargo Manager (P/N: CM448).
The Roll-N-Lock Cargo Manager is an adjustable truck box wall/gate that is perfect for organizing cargo in your truck bed. The Cargo Manager can be positioned every 3 inches along the length of the truck bed. This adjustability affords you the space you need to utilize dependent on what’s in the bed. This is a great product for making sure anything in your truck doesn’t slide all the way to the front of the bed.
If you need to utilize the entire bed, the Cargo Master can be removed in seconds or stored in the track system out of the way. Easy removal will be a blessing when it is time to connect to the gooseneck. I can honestly say, if you have the Roll-N-Lock tonneau cover, you might as well get the Cargo Manager as well. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. You will find your life hauling stuff in the bed of your truck will get a whole lot easier.
Installation of both the Roll-N-Lock cover and the Cargo Manager is really straightforward. The installation of both products can be completed using a few simple hand tools. I do need to let you know that some self-tapping screws will be used to secure the Rool-N-Lock side rails to your truck. For that reason, plan on those drilling and securing into the inside bed lip. Even though I did complete the installation by myself, having an extra set of hands to help put the rolltop canister into the truck bed can make things easier. This is because the canister with the roll-up cover inside can be awkward. It is not terribly heavy, but again, a second set of hands could help.
As I stated, this is my second Roll-N-Lock and I cannot imagine using anything else on my trucks. If you’re looking for the ultimate tonneau cover to suit your needs — or any other truck accessories — then you really need to check out RealTruck.com to get anything you need.