Pace Edwards roll top cover?


Steve Smith
February 14, 2003, 10:59 AM
Ok, I'm stretching the boundaries of "On Topic" here, but hopefully you guys can help. I am a competitive shooter and I need thi for shooting.

I need a tonneau cover for my Tacoma Crew Cab (short bed). Obviously it needs to lock because of all the gear we haul around (guns go in back seat of course, but First Strike cart goes in back). Has anyone used the Pace Edwards Roll Top tonneau? It here:

Itchy trigger finger. This, coupled with a Rhino lining, is the same price as an ARE fiberglass tonneau by itself, and seems like a better solution.

But we all know how "better solutions" are sometimes not.

I met a guy who's had one for 8 years and loves it.

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February 14, 2003, 12:06 PM
I've had both. The roll top was definitley nice as far as convienience goes. I also thought it looked better. If you ever plan on carrying anything that might stick up over the top of the bed it is the only way to go.

With that said.....

It is not dust proof. It does shed water fairly well but it will have some leakage. It will also be a high humidity enviroment even if you can stop most of the leakage. Don't expect it to be a place to store things damaged by dust and humidity (Firearms?) for extended periods. Also if you drive even a reasonable distance down a caliche road expect a nice coating of dust on everything inside.

Another advantage of the rolltops is you can install them with an across the bed toolbox in place. Just harder to seal with one.

The fiberglass covers seal better and protect from moisture better. They are also dust proof when fitted correctly. But you cant haul anything tall without removing it fully. And even occasional removal, storage, reinstallation will alter the ability to seal.

Thats my experience.

SIde note: On my current pickup I put a toolbox to haul stuff needing protection from theives, moisture, and dust. I added a vinyl tonneau cover behind that to cover things I don't want seen and to provide some protection from rain. It works well. I leave the cover rolled up next to the toolbox and can cover the bed as needed. Again its not dust proof and does let some water in. But I drove to CO with this arrangement through heavy rain and some snow and all luggage and ammo boxes arrived dry. I have a hard plastic bedliner that channels any leakage away from the contents. Its by far the cheapest alternative and I think I like it about as well as the others.


Steve Smith
February 14, 2003, 12:10 PM
Unfortunately I don't have the luxury of leaving the bed unlocked, therefore the solid fiberglass or rolling tonneaus are my only options. Did you ever get a chance to try the new tailgate seals that lessen the dust problem?

February 14, 2003, 12:46 PM
Never tried the tailgate seal. Sorry.

Will the vitally important stuff not fit in a toolbox? Or do you just not want to go that route?

Steve Smith
February 20, 2003, 11:48 AM
Ok, after doing lots of research, I found that there were two other roll top cover companies. Retrax and Rollnlock. The Rollnlock looked the strongest and most secure, but is also most expensive, at $800 installed (best price I found).

After doing a lot of research, I decided that a roll top cover was not for me, since I live in Colorado. The track system seems very susceptible to freezing, as does the canister. I have decided to go with a more traditional one-piece ARE tonneau cover. The tonneau locks the tailgate as well. If I have to move something very tall, I will just remove the cover. I will be adding some behind-the-wheelwell toolboxes to add to the setup.

Smoke, to answer your question, no, I can't fit the stuff in a toolbox. This is the best compromise I can find.

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