the Evolution of the purchase of a Pickup bed cover, from a buyers Wallet:
I have owned a lot of trucks and a lot of bed covers in the past. From soft tonneaus to hard covers to roll back retractables. Most people start with soft tonneau covers since they are inexpensive, easy and look good. That is, until they try to snap it when it's cold and it doesn't reach or they wake up one winter morning and find a snow drift in their cover that looks like a piano on a trampoline. Then they try the velcro ones that always look like and unmade bed sheet going down the road.
After a few years when the cover looks like a faded lampshade, many decide on the one piece hard cover nicely painted to match their truck costing almost as much as the cover itself. It's great, right up until that time they see a great steal of a deal on the side of the road in the form of a used quad or refrigerator. You now have a choice of snagging up that deal and leaving your bed cover behind, or propping it up like a huge wing on a neon cladded tuner car that would delight any high schooler passing by. Of course next time you are smart and leave it at home, only to come back and find the neighborhood kids using it as a dance floor after the wind launched it into their yard taking out your flowerbed in the process. After all, where else could you put it?
Eventually some then try the folding door style cover even you know it looks funny but you accept being stuck with it 'till trade in time. Finally, after all this, most decide to step up to a retractable roll up cover. There are many in all shapes and sizes, but not many that are really all that good. Some look like the garage door at the police impound lot. Others bounce up and down like a diaphragm in a wood instrument. Most look old and faded and worn out in just a few years making your thousand dollar plus investment about as valuable as 100 shares of stock after the crash in '29.
So ok. It's simple. You want a bed cover, you want it to work, you want the security, but most of all you want it to not just look good, but look great after a long time of enjoyable use. Is that really too much to ask? Well, I guess it just depends on who you are asking. and if you ask us...
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