RollBak G2 Cover

 

 

The nice part of having a truck is the ability to haul "stuff".  The downside is it's going to be exposed to the weather, and subject to theft when left unattended.  I could buy a hard tonneau cover, or even a topper, but those get in the way when wanting to haul a tall payload.

My brother-in-law had a rollup cover on one of his previous trucks.  That was the inspiration for this purchase.  Best of both worlds.  When this cover is closed, and the tailgate locked, items inside the bed are secure and out of the weather.  When I need to haul tall things, simply pull the latch and have most of the bed accessible.

I purchased this online for about $950.  Would have been at least $500 more for buying it locally.  Shipping was free, but did take about a month to arrive.  Installation took basic tools, a few beers, and about an hour.

 

Despite the rough looking exterior on the shipping box, the cover had no damage.  It was wrapped in plastic, and was encased in spray foam.

The canister weighs 90 lbs.  While it is possible to lift it solo, it's not recommended.  My neighbor stopped by to see what I was doing, and for the price of a beer, got him to help me place it on the brackets I had mounted in the truck bed.

Canister mounted, now time to clamp the rails in place.

Simple clamp system.

The rails were set flush with the top of the bed, then clamped into place.  The guides inside the rails are adjustable (hardware to the left of the clamp).

The canister housing collects rain, and routes it out the bed via supplied tubing.

I used a Forstner bit to drill a hole in the plugs in the bed.  Be careful not to drill a hole in the cab on the other side of the plug!  A Forstner bit doesn't grab & pull, which is why I used it instead of a standard drill bit.

The tubing was cut to length, then pushed into the opening.

After a few minutes of adjusting the guides inside the rails, the job was finished.

It came with two sets of stops.  One set was already set at the fully closed position.  The other set was free floating, allowing the user to choose the other stop point.  I fixed the other stops at the halfway open point.

I had the truck bed sprayed with Line-X.  I'm also still using a rubber bed mat that I had previously purchased.  I lose about 1/2" of clearance with the mat installed, but not an issue for me.  Clearance between the canister and mat is 13".  Clearance between the rollup cover and mat is 20.5".  That'll easily clear our folding bikes, the Yamaha EF2400iS generator, gas cans, cooler, etc.

The final trim piece was installed over the canister.

There's a rubber seal between the roll top cover and the tailgate.

At the canister end, a felt seal sweeps leaves/debris from the cover as it rolls up.

Finished just before the rain started.

Rained for almost 4 hours.  So heavy at times it was a white-out.

Water is shed to the sides, and is supposed to go into the canister housing, and out through the tubes.

After two hours, I took a peek inside the bed.  The camera lens had water on it.  There was some water in the bed, but nothing was visibly dripping from the roll top cover.

 

 

This really was a simple install.  Others have said it's not 100% waterproof, and I completely agree.  But it will keep most of the weather off what you're hauling.  I bought a tote from Walmart (automotive section) that's 13" tall.  It just fits under the canister.  I can store  tools, an air compressor, tow straps, etc.  I drilled holes in the bottom of the tote, and water should shed off the top.

Nice product, I'd certainly recommend it.

 

 

 

 

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