Car Cover Queston

Discussion in 'General Ranchero Help' started by Oculto, Mar 29, 2018.

  1. Basstrix

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    For anyone that might come upon this thread, I want to officially un-recommend this cover. It lasted just over 1 year....about a month ago I noticed 2-3" tear up top....within 2 weeks the entire roof area had disintegrated into 2x2" pieces. They have the warranty dialed in on this one!

    I ended getting the best offered at carcovers.com It was $180 with a lifetime warranty...they have an A+ rating with BBB and good reviews, so we'll see how this one works out.
     
  2. Jimbob

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    I had the same one when my Chero lived outside, i used to put a couple of plastic lawn chairs in the bed to hold the cover up so the water would not pool.
     
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  3. Jimbob

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    A couple of things i learned about car covers...
    1. They have to be breathable
    2. They will never last long
    3. Cats will tear them up!
     
  4. Basstrix

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    I made a sort-of "tent pole" out of PVC pipeā€¦.doesn't work as well on the new cover, so going to have to add some arms to keep the small area near sidewall of bed from pooling.
     
  5. ribald1

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    Sprayed my buddies Pathfinder with Rhino truck bed coating before we built the exoskeleton for it.
    No need for a car cover with the right paint job.
     
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    I place 3 pieces of wood between the back of the cab and the tailgate to keep the cover slanted. Keeps the water from pooling and leaking through the seams of my "waterproof" pos cover I bought. So long as water doesn't stand anywhere near the seams I seem to be okay.
     
  8. Basstrix

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    Last night we got hit hard by a monsoon storm....one city nearby had 3.8". We had 1" in 20 minutes (according to nearby weather stations).

    My sump pump overflow alarm woke me just after midnight! Good thing that didn't turn into a situation.

    My cover was holing about 5 gallons on either side of the tent pole...going to redesign it this weekend.
     
  9. Unclebrad

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    Won't help you right now but maybe keep an eye out for a fiberglass bed cover?
    They are kinda rare these days, but if you use a site that searches craigslist nationally, like search tempest, you see a cover advertised every once in a while.
     
  10. Basstrix

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    OK...added some wings...supposed to be more storms tonight....will see how it works out.
     
  11. Huevos

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  12. Basstrix

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    yeah, my boat cover cost $1000, but it's a tow cover....uses something similar to what you're showing to prop up the midline. I can appreciate someone with the ability to fabricate a high quality cover.
     
  13. Cindy

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  14. cbolt

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    Where do you find the snaps to attach to your bed trim?
     
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    jim ,
    online walmart stainless-steel [​IMG]
     
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  16. Huevos

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    You know Cindy, I would try to talk you out of any kind of Tonneau Cover that you have to drill holes around the perimeter of the bed to attach it.
    They make Tonneau kits that dont require much drilling or very few holes to attach.
     
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  17. andrewok1

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    velcro is best no holes , i used it on mine
     
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  18. ribald1

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    The Nauga slayer is giving good advice Cindy.
     
  19. Clark

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    I use California Car Cover in a Super Weave. They are guaranteed to last 2 years outside. Mine make it almost 2 before they fail and then I get a free replacement with no questions asked. Good folk there at California Car Cover. My '75 Ranchero GT cover ran $390 back in 2012.
     
  20. Cindy

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    I already have holes in the trim, where a cover was attached at some point...
     

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