Hi, I am wondering if anybody has ever seen a DIY tonneau cover kit/instructions? About 7 yrs ago I purchased a used Dakota R/T, and it had a very lightweight tonneau cover, vinyl with an aluminum frame and gas charged struts.
It was very easy to completely remove as 1 piece when I needed to use the bed for hauling. It had 2 simple hinges up front with pins, and a simple attachment in the rear near the tailgate. Worked very nicely, just lift up lightly and the gas charged struts would hold it easily. It wasn't completely waterproof, and I wouldn't keep valuables in there. But it was nice.
I wish I had some pics of it, I kinda remember it looking like it was pretty easy to build.
I really disliked the quality of all the bed covers i saw including their hinge assemblies. So I built my own....frame is 100% aircraft grade aluminum, made my own spring loaded latches & hinges out of aluminum as well.- 5 years and no issues