So you want to protect your truck bed hey? There are several choices with truck bed options, from canopies to bed racks. What it comes down to is what you want most out of your truck bed, and what your practical use is.
Tonneau covers cover the entire length of your bed, providing improved aerodynamics for better fuel economy. Instead of your truck bed filling with the wind as you drive, a tonneau cover allows air to pass over instead.
There are many brands out there, but I went with Tyger Auto for my cover.
Tonneau covers can get really really expensive, over $2,000 for fancy ones! How complicated does it need to be, I just need something that covers my bed and securely clamps down.
From my experience, I’m completely satisfied with my cover and don’t regret my purchase at all. The cover fits my needs and fits most light-duty needs.
I’m going on two years of owning my Tyger Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover and during this time, it’s been through quite a bit. Living in the Lower Mainland, we get a lot of rain in the winter (and the summer, spring…and fall). It has held up during all the rain, plus some snow here and there. Rips have always been in the back of my mind when I’m out on a trail, the last thing you want to do is snag a branch. The material is surprisingly strong with how thin it is.
The cover sits tight on the bed frame, with weather stripping all around making a tight seal. The cover also comes with a separate strip of foam padding for the width of the box, nearest the cab.
Install & Removal
The Tyger Tri Fold tonneau cover is made for Tacomas with the bed rail system (which I love by the way). The cover attaches securely in the rear with a safety clamp and bed rail clamp on both sides.
Nearest to the end of the box, the over clamps down to the provided bed rail brackets. You’ll have to find an optimal position for the bed rail clamps, I used blue painter’s tape to line it up initially.
The cover folds back twice (tri fold) so you can keep the tonneau cover on while still hauling loads that use more of your truck bed. Plastic buckles clip into the end of the cover when folded back, securing the tonneau cover so it doesn’t fly off on the highway when you’re going 100km/hr.