Truck Bed Tonneau Covers
What’s the best soft folding tonneau cover? In our opinion, the Extang Trifecta 2.0 Signature Series soft folding truck bed cover is the best, for a lot of reasons. We’d even go as far as saying this is our store favorite. And in the 27+ years that we’ve been in business, we’ve pretty much installed them all.
So what makes this one stand out? Here are 15 reasons:
- It has a heavier duty aluminum rail construction than many of the competitors, especially when compared to the entry-level (read that as “cheap”) covers.
- Any folding cover is only as good as the hinges and seals they use. Extang uses “WeatherTuff seals on theirs that exceed OEM standards. And, hinges are a water entry point. The Trifecta 2.0 covers seal at all contact points to help keep the bed drier than cheaper knockoff covers.
- The hinges are called “MaxHinges” and the name pretty much says it all
- Installation is very straightforward, with no tools required.
- Their patented EZ Lock clamps take very little effort to use and they lock in place.
- For the corer brackets, instead of using a cheap plastic like the wanna-be competitors, Extang uses a 45-degree steel corner bracket for strength and stiffness.
- The rails are a heavier gauge aluminum than most and the crossbows are what they call “monster bows” which give you unmatched strength for holding weight on top (snow can get really heavy, really fast).
- The front clamps are called “Jaw=grip” clamps and they hook under the inside lip of your truck bed, without causing any damage to your truck.
- The clamps are self-storing inside the rails so they don’t flop around when your cover is folded up.
- Hold tight straps (think of them as the straps on a backpack) keep the cover in place when folded and stacked up behind the rear window.
- You can remove the entire cover for full bed access in about 60 seconds
- Best of all, the Signature Series takes a big step up from the standard Trifecta 2.0 by swapping in a premium canvas tarp that looks like a convertible top fabric. It’s show-truck worthy and always turns heads.
- It’s available for almost every truck built in the last 15 years.
- They have a toolbox version. It’s one of the only tonneau covers that work with a toolbox in your truck.
- It has a lifetime warranty. Yup. Lifetime. It covers almost everything except Mother Nature, Acts of God and vandalism. It covers defective materials or workmanship on all truck bed cover rails, aluminum components, clamps, bows, hardware and covering.
If you want to learn more about this cover or any truck bed tonno cover, give one of our experts a call and we’ll help you find the one that fits your needs the best. We stock many of these at our 3 stores, located in Kansas City, Mo., Independence, Mo. and Olathe, KS.
If you’re reading this then it’s safe to assume you are trying to find out what the best hard tonno cover is for your truck bed and for your needs. We’ll try to help you out. We’ve been selling and installing truck bed covers for over 27 years and we’ve tried almost every brand in the USA at some point or another.
The Extang Solid Fold 2.0 is just what the name implies. It’s the updated version of their original hard folding cover (1.0) and designed to out-perform all of its competitors. The original version was a solid performer. But after many manufacturers came out with their version of it (copycats), Extang decided to re-engineer it and make it better still.
When it comes to hard folding truck bed covers, there are 2 designs you can start with. One that sits on top of the bed and uses the bed rails for support, or a flush fit model that is lower profile, but you have to install rails in order for it to have some place to “sit”.
For the flush fit models, they do look cleaner since they don’t stand any taller than the top of your truck bed, with the exception of the thickness of the rubber (EPDM) weather stripping or weather seal. Flush fit models use rails that clamp on to your truck bed, usually 3 clamps to a side unless you have a long bed, which would get 4 per side. With the cover firmly in place and sitting on the rails, these 6 clamps are what is supporting the rails (which is supporting the cover) and whatever weight you put on there (such as 200+ lbs. of snow), coolers or whatever you would throw up there. There isn’t anything wrong with this design. They look great and perform really well for the most part. And none of these are meant to be stood on; they are for keeping your cargo secure and for the most part, dry.
With the top-mount covers like Extang’s Solid Fold 2.0, these sit on top of the truck bed and use the trucks OEM bed rails for support. This distributes weight over the entire truck bed and tailgate. Yes, that’s all 4 sides, not just down the driver and passenger side like a flush fit cover. So as long as a top mount cover is built as a heavy-duty unit, these will hold a ton (not literally) of weight. For years, Extang marketed this with a 4-wheeler / ATV / Quad parked on top of it. They don’t recommend putting that weight on there, but it’s that strong. In fact, Extang claims it will hold 750 lbs. if it's evenly distributed over the cover.
Another thing that makes this cover incredibly strong is the 1” thick Endurashield panels. What’s Endurasheild? Beats the hell out of me! Just kidding. It’s an automotive grade polymer that is incredibly tough, resists UV fading better than fiberglass reinforced panels (FRP) or aluminum. It’s also scratch and dent resistant so it holds up better to harsh elements like hail, sleet, etc. Did we mention this is a heavy-duty tonneau cover?
While we’re talking about the panels, the Solid Fold 2.0 has aluminum rails built into the panels and a honeycomb construction which is where it gets its weight capacity. On top of that, they have a clean, matte black textured finish to compliment that factory bed caps and tailgate caps on today’s late model pickups.
Other benefits are their Jaw-Grip front clamps that secure it to the front of the truck bed along with the EZ Lock clamps in the rear that let you open/close it in just a few seconds. No tools required. It’s basically just a big wing nut up front and a spring-loaded, pull down clamp in the rear that is adjustable and snaps into place. And when you stack/fold the cover up or remove it completely, both the rear EZ lock clamps and the front Jaw-Grip clamps are self-storing inside the underside body of the cover. Sweet!
Extang Solid Fold 2.0 Front Clamp Extang Solid Fold 2.0 Rear Clamp Extang Solid Fold 2.0 Clamp Self Storing
The cover uses a hard, polymer rubber in the corners and on the ends of the hinges along with snap-on (replaceable) weather seals to help keep moisture out. The most common question we get is, “Is the Extang Solid Fold waterproof”? The short answer is “No”. No tonneau cover is waterproof. But you can make adjustments, add tailgate seals, and do a few other things to get it pretty close.
Truck beds are built by Ford, Chevy, Ram and all the other OE’s to haul stuff. For people that want a perfectly dry cargo area, these guys build SUV’s with decent sized storage areas that keep water out (think Tahoe, Suburban, Expedition, etc.). We always tell people that every truck is built differently. Tonneau cover manufacturers design these to fit over a completely stock (empty) truck bed. When you put a plastic drop-in liner in a truck, it changes things. Plus, no 2 trucks, even of the same make and model, are exactly alike. Tolerances around the tailgate vary. Bed caps that stick up slightly higher on one side more than the other get things out of kilter, etc.
The Extang Solid Fold 2.0 will keep out 98% of the rain for most trucks. It has seals on all 4 sides and will keep most of the rain out from these areas. But depending on the make and model of your truck, you may get some water in, especially in the front corners. Please also notice that we said rain, not water. Water from an automatic car wash or one where you wash it yourself with a wand is shooting water at a ridiculously high pressure from 12” away, is going to force water into the bed. Maybe even a LOT. High-pressure water + close distance vs. small rubber and foam seals = water in the bed of your truck. Also, rain mostly comes straight down from the sky, not in horizontal streams like a fire hose. So you don’t get a lot of rainwater in but plan on an automatic car wash pushing some through the seals.
And speaking of the seals, Extang uses a triple “fin” style seal. If you look at this photo, you’ll see that water has to get past not 1, but 3 different seals to get into the bed. So while no cover is waterproof, the Solid Fold 2.0 has lots of obstacles in the way to help keep more water out than those cheap tonneau covers claiming to be the best.
On many trucks, the bulkhead rail (front of the bed, up on top) isn’t the same height as the side rails. It’s shorter. On some trucks, such as newer Toyota Tacoma’s, it’s a big difference. So water can get in here. It isn’t the cover’s fault. It’s just the way Toyota designed the bed. You can add foam or rubber seals to build this up more and that definitely helps. A good quality tailgate seal will further help keep the elements and car wash on the outside of the truck. Don't buy the cheapest thing you can find or that's what you'll get. And when you add a tailgate seal, there's always some left over. You can cut a small piece and use it to plug the gap in the front corner of the bed or wherever water is coming in! Bonus.
And what about security? Does this cover lock? No. At least not on its own. But is your cargo secure? Absolutely. Just make sure you lock your tailgate and your cargo is protected. You can’t open a Solid Fold 2.0 cover without opening the tailgate. So if you lock your tailgate, then you are secure.
Does this allow for full bed access? Yes! You can completely remove this cover in about 2 minutes. Maybe even 60 seconds after you’ve done it a time or two.
Can you drive with the bed open and the cover still installed? Yup. Just make sure you use the attached straps to secure the “stack” to the front clips that are built into the front rail. As long as these are secure, drive away.
We also have people asking if the Extang Solid Fold 2.0 will work if the user has a toolbox mounted on top of their bed. You bet! Extang makes a toolbox edition of the Solid Fold 2.0 to work with standard size (19-20”) toolboxes. The only thing that is different (besides the length) is that you mount a front rail that connects to the driver and passenger side. On the standard model Solid Fold, the cover sits on top of the front bed rail. But if there is a toolbox in the bed, you have to mount this cross rail to give the cover something firm to sit on for support.
And with all the hullabaloo about tariffs, cheap Chinese knock-off products and everything else, you should know that Extang is American Made! Ann Arbor, Michigan to be exact. Built by Americans and backed by Americans with a full 3-year warranty to protect you from manufacturing defects.
If you think this is the right cover for you, or you have more questions, contact any of our 3 Kansas City area Chux Trux stores located in Independence, Mo., Olathe, KS and Kansas City, Mo.
If you live anywhere near Olathe, Kansas and are looking for a truck bed cover, you need to get to Chux Trux. We’ve got more truck bed tonno covers on display than anyone in the Midwest, not just in Kansas City!
Our Olathe, Ks. store just doubled the number of tonneau covers we have to choose from at this store, bringing our in-store display total to over 22 tonneau covers! Yup, roughly 2 dozen manufacturer’s working truck bed tonno cover models are now on display inside this store! You can see them, touch them, feel them and see how they all operate before you shell out your hard earned cash.
Don’t know what you need? That’s why we’re here and have been since 1991 (that’s over 27 years if you didn’t stop to do the math). Want the best tonneau cover for keeping stuff dry? Our guys will show you. Want a hard tonneau that’s easy to remove? We’ve got them. Need a tonno with show-quality looks? Yup, we’ve got ‘em. How about someone needed a truck bed cover with an entry-level price point? (I didn’t want to say “cheap tonneau cover” because even our entry level ones are pretty good). Regardless, Chux Trux has this model also.
What do we have to show you? Here’s a breakdown, by category, of all the best covers, in every price range that we offer. And if you already did some research and don’t see the one you thought you wanted, give us a call. We probably have it in our warehouse! Here’s what we have on display at our Olathe, KS store:
- Hard Folding Tonneau Covers
- Undercover Ultra Flex
- Extang Solid Fold 2.0
- Access LoMax
- A.R.E. Fusion (painted)
- Advantage Hard Hat
- BAK MX4
- Hard Roll Up Tonneau Covers
- Truxedo Sentry
- BAK Revolver X4
- Painted Tonneau Covers
- ARE LS2 / LSII
- ARE Fusion
- Undercover LUX
- Undercover Elite
- Hard Retractable Tonneau Covers
- Retrax One MX
- Retrax Pro MX
- Roll n Lock M-series
- Pace Edwards JackRabbit / Full Metal Jackrabbit
- Pace Edwards Switchblade
- Truck Covers USA
- A.R.E. Double Cover
- Hard Hinged Covers
- A.R.E. Double Cover
- Undercover Ridgelander
- ARE LS2 / LSII
- Undercover LUX
- Soft Folding Tonneau Covers
- Extang Trifecta 2.0 Signature Series
- Extang E-Max
- Soft Roll Up Tonneau Covers
- Truxedo ProX15
- Truxedo LoPro QT
- Truxedo Deuce
- Truxedo Truxport
- Access Vanish
- Access Limited
As you can see, we’ve got a truckload of tonneau covers to choose from. And our highly-trained sales team can help you choose the one that best suits how you use YOUR truck. One size does not fit all, which is why we rounded up the best quality tonneau covers on the market.
Give our crew a call today at 913-829-8789 or email us below and we’ll get you covered!
Why Chux Trux for Tonneau Covers in Kansas City
Finding the perfect tonneau cover in Kansas City for your pickup or truck can be a confusing process. There are literally hundreds of options and dozens of brands. Do you want a hard tonneau cover or a soft tonneau cover? Do you need a trifold tonneau cover? A rollup tonneau cover? A locking tonneau cover? How about a fiberglass tonneau cover… or is a plastic tonneau cover or aluminum tonneau cover better?
The good news is that you do not have to figure it out yourself. You just need to stop by your local Kansas City Chux location and talk to our experts - they know trucks and they know tonneau covers. It doesn’t matter if you need a tonneau cover for a F150, Silverado, Ram, Tundra or Tacoma, we have you (and your truck) covered.
At Chux, we provide a wide variety of high-quality tonneau covers, services and great customer service...
At Chux, we are all truck guys - we own them, we work on them, we drive them and we take them off-road. When you come into our stores, you talk to a truck guy… not a sales guy.
Numerous industry magazines have labelled Chux an industry leader and trailblazer when it comes to supporting truck owners with the best products in the industry. We offer hundreds of different tonneau covers - we can get you exactly what you need. We probably sell more tonneau covers than anyone else in the Midwest - all from our 3 locations in Kansas City.
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Let us help you outfit your truck with a high quality tonneau cover in Kansas City. For more information about how we can help you, contact us.