Locking Tonneaus? - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums
 

Go Back   Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums > Misc. > Bed Covers, Tonneau covers, Toppers/Canopies & Bed liners
Log In 


Bed Covers, Tonneau covers, Toppers/Canopies & Bed liners Tonneau cover, caps, racks, canopies, shells, etc.SPONSORED BY:
Click Here

Locking Tonneaus?

Reply
 
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 07-05-2013, 10:30 PM
Gary Lewis's Avatar
Gary Lewis Gary Lewis is online now
FTE Chapter Leader
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Northeast, OK
Posts: 25,007
Gary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud of
Locking Tonneaus?

Hi, guys. I'm new to this forum, but obviously not to FTE. However, I need some advice that y'all appear to have in depth. I'm seriously considering a hard tonneau on my 81 long bed, and want to be able to lock things up securely. However, I haven't found a locking handle for the tailgate on this era truck, so am looking for a hard tonneau that locks to the gate - and is secure. I realize that the RollNLock does that, but do any others?

And any other advice you care to share would be appreciated as well.

Thanks in advance!
__________________

Rusty: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4 w/a 351M, RV cam, Performer carb & intake, C6, & 3.50's
Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads, Weiand intake, Street Demon 750/ZF5/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Big Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Web site: http://www.garysgaragemahal.com
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-08-2013, 12:09 PM
BPofMD's Avatar
BPofMD BPofMD is offline
Posting Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Millersville, MD
Posts: 34,500
BPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputation
I use the Paragon..... but look at this link from a few years ago about covers.

http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/11...bed-cover.html

There's a photo of mine at post # 9 I think. The lock is very good. You can just see it at the top left of the cover. It folds up against the front of the bed. I pull a 5th wheel with it folded then leave the hitch in and roll the cover back closed when not towing. Just reviewed that link and inside that link is another showing installation of my cover. Mine is the 2nd one of the two shown.
__________________
BPofMD - Bud - USN-Actively Retired
2005 F250 PSD 4X4 LB Crew-cab Arizona Beige / Blue Spring / Gauges / Coolant Filter / SG-II / Peragon Bed Cover/ P/S Filter/ MAG-HYTEC differential cover/Mishimoto T-stat/Rancho 9000's
2007 Arctic Fox 30' Fifth Wheel
2012 VW Passat SE TDI (YES a recalled one)- SG-II
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-08-2013, 07:22 PM
Gary Lewis's Avatar
Gary Lewis Gary Lewis is online now
FTE Chapter Leader
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Northeast, OK
Posts: 25,007
Gary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud of
Quote:
Originally Posted by BPofMD View Post
I use the Paragon..... but look at this link from a few years ago about covers.

http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/11...bed-cover.html

There's a photo of mine at post # 9 I think. The lock is very good. You can just see it at the top left of the cover. It folds up against the front of the bed. I pull a 5th wheel with it folded then leave the hitch in and roll the cover back closed when not towing. Just reviewed that link and inside that link is another showing installation of my cover. Mine is the 2nd one of the two shown.
Thanks. I read through the thread, but didn't see any mention of covers that actually lock to the tailgate. In fact, Paragon said specifically that theirs doesn't. While that may be good for some situations, with the older trucks w/o a tailgate lock it doesn't provide security.

Having said that, I am thinking about installing an electric lock on the gate and tying it into the to-be-installed alarm system. I've already planned for a hood lock, so could do the same for the 'gate, and when the system is armed the locks will be set. So that would open up the possibilities on the cover - assuming I figure out how to do it.

Anyway, did I miss something in the thread?
__________________

Rusty: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4 w/a 351M, RV cam, Performer carb & intake, C6, & 3.50's
Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads, Weiand intake, Street Demon 750/ZF5/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Big Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Web site: http://www.garysgaragemahal.com
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-09-2013, 05:13 PM
BPofMD's Avatar
BPofMD BPofMD is offline
Posting Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Millersville, MD
Posts: 34,500
BPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputation
Sorry.... my eyes read LOCKING COVER! Age sucks.
__________________
BPofMD - Bud - USN-Actively Retired
2005 F250 PSD 4X4 LB Crew-cab Arizona Beige / Blue Spring / Gauges / Coolant Filter / SG-II / Peragon Bed Cover/ P/S Filter/ MAG-HYTEC differential cover/Mishimoto T-stat/Rancho 9000's
2007 Arctic Fox 30' Fifth Wheel
2012 VW Passat SE TDI (YES a recalled one)- SG-II
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-09-2013, 05:24 PM
Gary Lewis's Avatar
Gary Lewis Gary Lewis is online now
FTE Chapter Leader
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Northeast, OK
Posts: 25,007
Gary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud of
Quote:
Originally Posted by BPofMD View Post
Sorry.... my eyes read LOCKING COVER! Age sucks.
Yup! I'm 66 and, well, I think my memory used to be better. But, then again, I really can't remember how good it was.

Thanks anyway. You tried.
__________________

Rusty: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4 w/a 351M, RV cam, Performer carb & intake, C6, & 3.50's
Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads, Weiand intake, Street Demon 750/ZF5/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Big Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Web site: http://www.garysgaragemahal.com
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-10-2013, 03:21 PM
BPofMD's Avatar
BPofMD BPofMD is offline
Posting Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Millersville, MD
Posts: 34,500
BPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputationBPofMD has a superb reputation
Hopefully SOMEONE ELSE will need that information and I won't have to screw up and write it again!!!
__________________
BPofMD - Bud - USN-Actively Retired
2005 F250 PSD 4X4 LB Crew-cab Arizona Beige / Blue Spring / Gauges / Coolant Filter / SG-II / Peragon Bed Cover/ P/S Filter/ MAG-HYTEC differential cover/Mishimoto T-stat/Rancho 9000's
2007 Arctic Fox 30' Fifth Wheel
2012 VW Passat SE TDI (YES a recalled one)- SG-II
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-25-2013, 04:01 PM
MI Truck Guy MI Truck Guy is offline
New User
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 2
MI Truck Guy is starting off with a positive reputation.
Hi Gary,

Have you seen a Fold-a-Cover G4 Elite? It's a hard, folding tonneau cover that secures your tailgate, without the need for an extra tailgate lock. I found a link for you: G4 Elite Fold-a-Cover | Fold-a-Cover Tonneau CoversFold-a-Cover Tonneau Covers

Good luck in your search!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-25-2013, 07:43 PM
Gary Lewis's Avatar
Gary Lewis Gary Lewis is online now
FTE Chapter Leader
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Northeast, OK
Posts: 25,007
Gary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud of
Quote:
Originally Posted by MI Truck Guy View Post
Hi Gary,

Have you seen a Fold-a-Cover G4 Elite? It's a hard, folding tonneau cover that secures your tailgate, without the need for an extra tailgate lock. I found a link for you: G4 Elite Fold-a-Cover | Fold-a-Cover Tonneau CoversFold-a-Cover Tonneau Covers

Good luck in your search!
First, welcome to FTE! I see this is your first post and I'm honored you would use it on me.

I hadn't seen the Fold-a-Cover G4 Elite. However, checking it out I find that they don't have a unit that is said to fit my '81 F150's 8' bed. Am I missing something?
__________________

Rusty: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4 w/a 351M, RV cam, Performer carb & intake, C6, & 3.50's
Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads, Weiand intake, Street Demon 750/ZF5/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Big Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Web site: http://www.garysgaragemahal.com
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-26-2013, 08:52 AM
MI Truck Guy MI Truck Guy is offline
New User
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 2
MI Truck Guy is starting off with a positive reputation.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gary Lewis View Post
First, welcome to FTE! I see this is your first post and I'm honored you would use it on me.

I hadn't seen the Fold-a-Cover G4 Elite. However, checking it out I find that they don't have a unit that is said to fit my '81 F150's 8' bed. Am I missing something?
Thanks for the welcome!

That is completely my mistake. I missed your signature that clearly states what year truck you're driving. Sometimes I get a little overzealous! You know how it is...

Sorry for giving you the runaround. Good luck! I hope you find what you're looking for!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-26-2013, 09:25 AM
Gary Lewis's Avatar
Gary Lewis Gary Lewis is online now
FTE Chapter Leader
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Northeast, OK
Posts: 25,007
Gary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud ofGary Lewis has much to be proud of
Quote:
Originally Posted by MI Truck Guy View Post
Thanks for the welcome!

That is completely my mistake. I missed your signature that clearly states what year truck you're driving. Sometimes I get a little overzealous! You know how it is...

Sorry for giving you the runaround. Good luck! I hope you find what you're looking for!
No problem. I'd rather have checked everything out than to have missed something and regret it later.

Status update: I've had various things recommended, both on here and elsewhere, so thought I would summarize where I am on things:
  • Relocate handle: LMC sells a kit to relocate the tailgate handle to the inside. But that requires cutting the 'gate and I'm reluctant to do that. Plus it leaves either a hole or a non-working handle on the outside. Not what I want.
  • Electric locks: Several approaches to electric locks have been considered, including solenoids in the 'gate to replace or actuate the strikers, and a solenoid that goes in the linkage such that the linkage isn't really connected unless the solenoid is "on". But that sounds like a lot of work with the typical developmental problems that go with blazing a new trail, so not what I'm looking for.
  • Locking tonneau: To this point the most viable solution is still a tonneau that locks to the tailgate. But, I've not found another beyond Roll-N-Lock that does that, so that appears to be the only choice. However, I'm a long way from being ready to buy as the truck is still in a million pieces, so there is time to find another if it exists.
__________________

Rusty: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4 w/a 351M, RV cam, Performer carb & intake, C6, & 3.50's
Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads, Weiand intake, Street Demon 750/ZF5/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Big Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Web site: http://www.garysgaragemahal.com
Reply With Quote
 
 
 
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Extang Encore Tonneau Cover 6'9"bed rhoag Ford Truck Parts for Sale 0 05-01-2015 09:08 AM
Tailgate lock? And tonneau? brokersteve 1973 - 1979 F-100 & Larger F-Series Trucks 1 04-13-2014 02:17 AM
HELP!! Leer 700 Tonneau cover lock will not unlock Ragzz Bed Covers, Tonneau covers, Toppers/Canopies & Bed liners 2 07-27-2013 10:32 PM
Access Lorado vs Truxedo Lo Profile Tonneau Cover TXHillCountry Super Duty & Heavy Duty 10 08-17-2011 05:27 PM
X5 Supra Swanolck Bed Covers, Tonneau covers, Toppers/Canopies & Bed liners 5 06-17-2011 11:41 PM


Go Back   Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums > Misc. > Bed Covers, Tonneau covers, Toppers/Canopies & Bed liners

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Forum Jump



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:04 AM.

 

Advertising - Terms of Use - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Jobs
This forum is owned and operated by Internet Brands, Inc., a Delaware corporation. It is not authorized or endorsed by the Ford Motor Company and is not affiliated with the Ford Motor Company or its related companies in any way. FordŽ is a registered trademark of the Ford Motor Company.

vbulletin Admin Backup