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FIberglass Tonneau Covers-any advice?

kent123kent123 Posts: 61
edited March 8 in Chevrolet
I just bought a '99 Chevy Silverado LT 2WD and I
am thinking about buying a matching tonneau cargo
cover for it. I've gotten brochures on the A.R.E.
and Century brands. Both are in the $725 to $750
range painted to match and installed.

I will mostly be using the truck for commuting to
work and light hauling and would like to have
somewhere to put golf clubs, fishing poles, etc.
without having to clutter up the back seat which is
used by my kids.

Anyone out there have any experience (good or bad)
with this type of accessory and any particular
brand?
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Comments

  • lwflwf Posts: 223
    I paid only $650 for the A.R.E. in NJ. Everything I can say about it is positive. I'm sure you won't regret it if you get one.
  • bribri Posts: 7
    I paid $650 for an Astro - Euro Series II in Oklahoma. I'm glad I bought it, especially for road trips.
  • I bought a fiberglass tonneau (maker was Fibrotec
    out of Canada). It came in the color of my 1998 Dakota (black) so I didn't need to have it painted. It looks great, it's lockable & it's watertight. I had it installed by guys that do this for a living and it took about 20 minutes. There was no drilling involved. If you have a bedliner or plan on buying one it must be the under the rail type to have the fiberglass tonneau installed. If you already have an over the rail type bedliner it can still be done but the liner must be cut (not recommended). FYI-The tonneau cost me about $700. and would have been the same for a fullsize RAM or Ford's F150. Warning...if you plan to frequently haul stuff
    that is higher than the bed walls or if you want to have something dumped into the truck from a
    backhoe/payloader, the fiberglass lid is probably
    not a good idea. Taking the lid off and putting it back on frequently will get tired real fast. Plus storing it when you have it off without scratching it is a chore.
  • kent123kent123 Posts: 61
    Thanks to all who posted here for your input. I haven't yet made a final decision about this, but I am getting closer.

    I am also trying to get info on the Pace-Edwards tonneau which rolls into a cannister mounted at the front of the bed. It doesn't look as nice as a fiberglas cover, but would allow for cargo higher than the bed rails.

    In all likelihood, I will install a Bedrug or similar liner at the same time as the cover.
  • DavyddDavydd Posts: 121
    If you are looking for optional tonneau covers I found this site which shows three unique solutions:

    http://www.calconcepts.com/SolidBedCovers/MultiSection/multisection.html

    The AeroCover is a three section lift. The Scott Top is a two sectional side gull wing type lift and the Fold-a-Cover folds back like an accordion. I think the Fold-a-Cover is the one shown in the Chevy Silverado brochure.

    I'm leaning toward the A.R.E. fiberglass tonneau cover. I like the fact it is installed without drilling and that its arms seem to allow you to lift it higher than most others.

    http://www.4are.com/

    I had a Guidon fiberglass tonneau cover on my previous truck. One advantage of them over the sectional, roll-ups and others is that when you lift the lid in rain or snow you still keep most of the water and snow out of the bed. The downside is trying to reach in and get things that slide toward the cab in.
  • GischpelGischpel Posts: 133
    I just ordered one for my Tacoma. The total came to $499 delivered to my house.

    Here is a link to where I bought it from:
    http://www.salesco.com/truck/aerocover.htm

    I'll post the results with it after I have it a
    few weeks here in the snow, sleet and rain of
    Pittsburgh.

    Terry
  • GischpelGischpel Posts: 133
    Well, the Aerocover arrived to day... I was ready to install it (or at least I thought I was), but after reading the instructions several times, I decided to call the manufacturer and see who installs them locally. After $100 dollars and three hours wait, it was on.

    It is made by Rugged Liner (www.ruggedliner.com). Turns out, if I had bought at "The Colonel's" (formerly Eastern Off-Road) where I had it installed, I could have saved $60. Story of my life...

    Anyhow, I'll post on it's results in the weather as time passes.

    Terry
  • I got an A.R.E. cover installed in December. Price with labor and Virginia tax, $690. It's an excellent cover that seals well. I also like the fact that A.R.E. has tried to design their covers to match the designs of the trucks. The RAM cover looks good on the RAM and the Chevy cover looks good on the Chevy. Not a cookie cutter look that is then just fitted to the truck bed.

    Ed
  • woj1woj1 Posts: 48
    Have had a A.R.E. cover on my modified 1995 K2500 Ext Cab SB and have always liked the looks. However, A.R.E.has twice repaired the piano hinge at the front of the unit due to shearing of the rivets and as I wait for my Siverado to come in it looks as if a few more rivets are breaking. Check warranty coverage on any lid before buying, they are not as sturdy as you might expect.
  • I just ordered my lid for my new Silverado. $725.00 plus clamps plus tax. (Get the coupon from the ARE web site and save $20.00).

    I had an ARE lid on my 94 Z71 and had no problems. The new lid has a different design, lifter shocks plus hinge. The salesman at the camper place said that it was changed to prevent the extra stress on the piano hinge.

    It does look sharp, matching the hood and better locking mechanism thatn my old top.

    Jim
  • Jim,
    Has A.R.E. done anything about redesigning their cover to accommodate the black plastic tailgate protector on the new Silverado?

    I had checked with the local A.R.E. distributor around Christmas and was told they would have to remove the protector to install the cover. That would leave 4 big holes in the tailgate from the mounting screws.

    What have they done to address this problem?
  • DavyddDavydd Posts: 121
    I checked out the A.R.E. tonneau covers today and was told you do indeed have to replace the tailgate protector with a version that slips over and has enough length to cover the holes. The A.R.E. dealer suggested I go back to the Chevy dealer and get one at about $40 cost. And then he told me the Chevy dealer I bought my truck from had them backordered. With that he lost a sale. If A.R.E. wants to sell their covers for Silverados they'll have to make the tailgate protector replacement a part of the package. I'm not going to do a runaround to accomplish getting an A.R.E. cover.
  • ladyblueladyblue Posts: 326
    You're absolutely right, Davydd!!

    With the prices A.R.E. charges, they really ought to include the tailgate protecter replacement in the package.
  • The fiberglass tonneau made by Century does accomodate the Silverado tailgate. But, I don't like the hinges as well as those on the A.R.E.

    I have heard so many favorable comments about A.R.E., but I'm not sure I want to shell out over $850 for the lid, new gate protector, installation, tax, etc.

    Seriously considering going with the Pace-Edwards or Roll-N-Lock type cover.
  • The price that I mentioned above includes a new tailgate cover to replace the existing flare. I had the salesman at the ARE dealer check to make sure the replacement would cover the exisitng holes. It does and they use the existing bolts to hold it in place. There was no extra charge at this dealer (Alec's in Perrine Florida) for the cover.

    Jim
  • dhb58dhb58 Posts: 2
    I like the way the tonneau covers at this site fit even with the top of the truck bed. They come in soft, hard, or diamond finish!

    http://checkerpro.com/welcome.html
  • kjtgkjtg Posts: 49
    I have one of there soft covers, it looks real nice, and they have some good prices..
  • tungletungle Posts: 56
    Hi,
    I am looking for some info on the so-called multi-piece cover. From the Silverado brochure, it looks like 4 hard vinyl boards which are hinged together. Anyone has this type of cover? I would like to know if it will seal water well and how convenient it is.
    Thanks.
  • DavyddDavydd Posts: 121
    I found the following web page that covers just about all the multi-section covers including the AeroCover and the Fold-A-Cover.

    http://www.calconcepts.com/SolidBedCovers/MultiSection/multisection.html

    The Fold-A-Cover looks like the same one in the Chevy Silverado brochure.
  • tungletungle Posts: 56
    Thanks, Davydd. I visited the site. Their fold-a-cover is made of light weight aluminum and steel (vs. the heavy duty vinyl made by GM/Chevy). Theirs costs roughly $420 vs. $270 from GM/Chevy. What I still can't find out is whether the cover will seal water well or not.
    Thanks.
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