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Old 03-17-2019, 10:15 AM
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I searched for "tonneau" and I searched for "box cover". And yes - a few threads came up, but I found zero references to the type of cover I'm looking at. (And I'm not interested in the Peragon. IMO it is a bizarre design. Plus I believe it will be especially troublesome in snowy weather...which characterizes half the friggin' year here)

I like the Roll 'n' Lock [BT102A], the Pace Edwards Full Meatal JackRabbit [FMFA06A29] & the Retrax ProMX [80374]. Matte black and non-electric in each case.

Does anyone have any first-hand experience, please?
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Old 03-17-2019, 01:25 PM
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I had the Pace-Edwards previously on a Dodge Ram; IIRC, it was the Jackrabbit, but not the Full Metal Jackrabbit. While I was pretty satisfied with it, I am all-but-certain to be putting a Roll-N-Lock on my 18 Screw very soon.

Unless PE have changed their spring setup, it was one continuous tension spring, but on the driver’s side only (this was back in 1997, so...) and sometimes the tension would not be evenly distributed.

I want to say that the Roll-N-Lock’s spring is like a garage door spring, running across the entire front of the bed, inside an aluminum tube which holds consistent tension at all times.

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RollNLock - If you can install the tailgate hardware piece, it will be the most secure cover of the group because it has four locking points (two into the hardware piece and two into the side rails). If your truck has the internal tailgate step or the auto tailgate down feature, you can't install the tailgate piece. The model number that you're showing is the A-Series which is better than the M-Series. The cover retracts further into the canister than Retrax and Pace Edward covers which gives you more room when the cover is opened up all the way. On a slightly down side, the RNL covers are a bit picky on position. If the cover gets out of position, it will not close properly. You need to keep an eye on it.

RetraxPro MX - This cover is not spring loaded like the others. You can move the cover into any position and lock it into place. It has two locking points. If you are a short person, this cover will be the easiest to operate. The canister is larger than the canisters of the other two covers so less stuff will fit underneath the canister. There are several companies that offer rebadged RetraxPro MX's including LINE-X. You might be able to get the same exact cover at a lower price and a better warranty.

PE Full Metal Jack Rabbit - My least favorite. I've always questioned the long term durability of this cover. I suggest you should find some owners that have had the cover for at least one year and see what they have to say.
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Thank you very much! An excellent response.
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I was unaware of the tailgate piece - I have the integrated step AND the auto letdown...guess I’ll be having a discussion with RNL, as security is my main objective.
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