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3 Easy Steps on How to Install a Truck Bed Tonneau Cover

Are you having difficulties on how to install a truck bed Tonneau cover? If yes, then keep reading and learn how to mount it efficiently to upgrade your vehicle. With the right steps and guide, setting up truck bed covers will be a piece of cake! Installing Tonneau covers could be a challenge, especially for newbies. In this article, I will discuss three easy steps on how to install truck bed Tonneau covers to save you from stress. 

How to install a truck bed tonneau cover

How to install a truck bed tonneau cover

What are the advantages of using a Tonneau cover? Which Tonneau covers should I buy? Which is more efficient and advantageous? We will tackle all about it, but before anything else, let us talk about what Tonneau cover is all about. 

A Tonneau cover is a protective layer of soft or hard protection for your truck bed. The natural material is of steel, aluminum, fiberglass, or vinyl. Installing Tonneau covers protects your truck bed from harsh weather; it will also give you additional security on your valuables, inside the truck bed.

Before buying your truck bed covers, you should first consider what suits your truck more. Moreover, you also need to think about your budget and the savings you get from not buying additional tools. There are some options to choose from when shopping for your truck bed covers. First is to consider your personal preferences. What do you need? 

Below are the types of Tonneau covers that you can choose from, provided with a brief description and their differences. 

  • Tri-Fold: A bed cover that latches on your tailgate to prevent anyone from accessing your Tonneau. By folding it, you can access your truck bed and belongings inside. There are soft and hard variations of a tri-fold Tonneau cover. If you want medium to maximum protection and security, then I suggest for the hard fold Tonneau cover. 
  • Roll-up: An affordable alternative that offers medium security over your belongings. It is effortless to install. It is usually made of vinyl material. Accessible only if the tailgate is open. Removing and putting back the cover is easy, as you only need to roll and unroll it up. A Velcro attached to it helps to hold and keep it from flying open when driving. 
  • Retractable: A bed cover which mounts under your truck's bed rails. It has its pair of rails where you install your Tonneau cover and is accessible by pulling and pushing it in.
  • Hinged: One of the most expensive Tonneau bed covers and is one of the most popular. It is usually just a single piece of fiber like a door that hinges up when accessed. 
  • Heavy-Duty: This type is the most substantial weight of the truck bed covers. The material is usually of steel and alloy, which provides maximum protection and security. Similar to the hinged, the difference is that its opening could be on the rear, sides, or top. 

Now that we know the type of Tonneau covers, let us start learning how to install a truck bed Tonneau cover! What I chose as personal preference on my truck was the tri-fold cover. 

How to install a truck bed Tonneau cover? 

Before you start installing, check if all parts are available according to the manual. Now, let us begin!

Installation of the seal:

  • Before installing the seal, make sure that the surface area is clean; you can use isopropyl alcohol after washing it with soap and water. 
  • Choose where you want to mount your seal, whether on the bulkhead or the tailgate. 
  • Start at a corner part of one side, and slowly remove the back tape and press it down firmly. 
  • After reaching the end, using scissors, trim the excess seal.

 Installation of the cover rails:

  • Attach the first cover rail on the side you prefer first. Make sure the metal bracket is facing forwards the center of the truck bed. 
  • Using the provided clamps, install and securely tighten the clamp on both ends and at the centermost point (if there is any). Ensure that the teeth’s on the clamps align and is firmly holding onto the rail. The cover rail should be installed securely, flat, and secure on the bed. Use your tools to aid you in establishing your cover rails such as vice grips, wrench, and a socket. 
  • Using the same procedures, do the same with the second side. 
  • After installing the cover rails, get your prop rods and attach each end to the bolt mounts on the rails.

Read more: How to keep luggage dry in truck bed

Installation of the bed cover: 

  • After installing your prop rods place your bed cover inside your rails and align the small panels along with the mounting slots on the metal brackets. 
  • Next is to attach the end of the buckle to the pre-drilled holes of the small panels using the machine screws and threaded post. 
  • After installing the buckle, take the cab bumpers and attach one on each end of the first fold panel, then add another one to the center of the cover, at the back window frame of the cab.
  • Take the two flat bolts with its rubber washer and insert it to the small panels where the metal bracket is. 
  • Take the two knobs with the flat washer on the bolt before doing the same to the lock washer. Loosely tighten each knob on the bolt. 
  • Unfold the cover and adjust it so that it would fit the edge of the tailgate. Once the cover is set and aligns properly, unfold the cover again and finish tightening the knob on the bolt. 
  • Lastly, you install the drain hoses. With a drill, make a hole in each rubber plug, near the bottom of the bulkhead. Next, insert the end of the drain hose at the fitting on the rail, placing the other end of the hose into the hole that you drilled. 
  • Repeat the same procedure on the second drain hole.

Check out this video to help you more while doing the installation.

Alas! The installation of your truck bed Tonneau cover is finally complete. This tutorial is based on personal preference; as to how to install a truck bed Tonneau cover; since I do not want to pay extra for the labor, why not do it myself?

It will probably just take you more or less than an hour. Equipped with experience of doing it yourself, and the right equipment that can be found in your household; the next time you want to install another Tonneau cover, it will be a simple matter that you, yourself can do. 

Let me know your thoughts by dropping your comments and share this article if it helped you!

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Dave McCurdy
 

I am Dave McCurdy I am the content developer on the ecodrivingusa.com website. I have 3 years of experience in marketing.

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fxbrokersdig - September 3, 2019

Hello, I purchased a truxedo for 2016 Silverado. I notice that when I’m on the high or just driving around town that the cover flaps a lot. Is that normal? Also I don’t recall the person who installed it put a sealed around I’d like your doing in the blog.

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Viliawoowl - September 3, 2019

Just got delivery of my Truxport about an hour ago. I was studying the instructions and then checked out the parts diagram and list. The parts sheet shows three bows that aren’t shown or mentioned in the instructions. What’s the deal? This is going on a 2006 Toyota Tacoma access cab, I hope!

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Quiz2 - September 5, 2019

On the truck in way less than an hour. Looks great. Only thing that I didn’t think about and I am a little concerned about now, is I live in South Texas. Hot Hot Hot. Not 15 minutes after I installed it, I touched the top and it felt scorching already. I hope it lasts a while.

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    Frankgeage - October 28, 2019

    Great! In the perfect world. There was no mention of the variables. Like why one side is super tight compared to the other side. And how to adjust it.

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hzMydaySmoda - September 15, 2019

you’re so smart

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hzMydaySmoda - September 15, 2019

The Weathertech bed cover is very similar but a much lower profile. That Truxedo cover sits on top of box, covers that are flush or less than than an inch above the box look much cleaner. Pretty decent price though.

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Trevor Hall - September 16, 2019

I really like the idea of having a tri-fold system so that I can expose different areas of the bed without taking the entire cover off. My partner and I just got a new truck so that we can haul things and tow our trailer up the mountains. But I have noticed that it’s been raining a lot so the items I store in the back our getting wet all the time, and I don’t want to use a tarp because it looks unprofessional.

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NormanCrusa - September 16, 2019

Can I still use a fifth wheel hitch with a roll up?

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    Brucerip - September 26, 2019

    Love your blog so much. Those steps are very helpful and now I can install my truck bed cover much easier!

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    oprol evorter - September 27, 2019

    is there some kind of strap to hold it in place once you roll up the cover?

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    Whime - September 27, 2019

    Hello, I purchased a truxedo for 2016 Silverado. I notice that when I’m on the high or just driving around town that the cover flaps a lot. Is that normal? Also I don’t recall the person who installed it put a sealed around I’d like your doing in the post.

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    Whime - October 1, 2019

    Just got delivery of my Truxport about an hour ago. I was studying the instructions and then checked out the parts diagram and list. The parts sheet shows three bows that aren’t shown or mentioned in the instructions. What’s the deal? This is going on a 2006 Toyota Tacoma access cab, I hope!

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    bbzWhime - October 2, 2019

    With a drop in bed liner would you still apply the weather strip at the head of the bed?

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    KRWhime - October 6, 2019

    thank you. that was helpful

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    Riesgo - October 8, 2019

    Excellent review, very useful.

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    Panda - October 9, 2019

    I greatly enjoyed your content. You talk directly and it’s refreshing to see. Cheers

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    Whime - October 14, 2019

    Thanks for the instructional blog. My Truxedo cover will be arriving in a couple of days and I will go by your instructions step by step on my 2017 Silverado.

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    legal porno - October 14, 2019

    Thanks so much I been looking for this!

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    BeverlyUsaky - October 14, 2019

    Just got this bed cover. Getting ready to install it. Thanks for the great post!

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    NormanCrusa - October 15, 2019

    You make this look so easy. I don’t even have a truck. But thank you

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    legal porno - October 15, 2019

    Thanks so much I been looking for this!

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    BeverlyUsaky - October 15, 2019

    I have a same cover but and it came with the truck. I did not have any idea how to open that cover after watching your video it help me alot thanks for your blog.

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    Anonymous - October 24, 2019

    Thanks! It’s so great of you to bring this precious news to us!

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    Quiz2 - October 24, 2019

    Thanks for doing this, lots of good info

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Cassey Ferrarini - September 19, 2019

Love this site so muchhh!. Can’t believe how those 3 steps will help me with my installing. For sure I will try those tips at home to intstall my truck bed tonneau cover easilier.

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Kiera - October 30, 2019

Thanks for sharing the informative article. I am very happy about that.

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Braden Bills - November 11, 2019

I’m going to be using my truck to haul some tools up the mountain, but I’m worried that it will rain and end up damaging the tools. It makes sense that getting a cover for my truck bed would be a good move! I think a retractable cover would be good, since they seem nice and sturdy.

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