I bought the Truxedo in June from http://www.tonneau-covers-etc.com I love it so far, but have not had it through a winter yet. It was easy to install and is easy to use. I priced them at the local truck accessories place and they wanted $475 (long bed). I found it at the above link for $400 with free shipping and no tax. Plus, I would have had to wait for the local shop to order it anyway.
I was impressed with tonneau-covers-ect. Great customer service
Does the cover look flush with the top of the frame or do the bows stick up like some of the snap covers? From the catalogs the things look absolutely flush. My truck is a short bed and I just got a price of $348 here in Michigan so that sounds like a good deal.
[updated:LAST EDITED ON 15-Aug-02 AT 10:34 PM (EST)]For the heck of it, you might take a look at these Access Roll-Up Covers. They look good and I've had one on my truck for 8 years and it is holding up well. The sides of the cover are Velcroed down - I did have to re-glue the Velcro to the aluminum frame once.
One thing I don't like about it is that when you roll it up, the ends of the support rods, which are covered by plastic caps, put some light marks on the cover. When you ArmourAll it, they are basically gone, but still there.
[link:www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=access+roll+up+covers&btnG=Google+Search|Acces s Roll-Up Covers]
(This is a Google Search Link because I couldn't get the direct link to the company's page to work.)
Edit: I guess the Access Covers are shown at the "tonneau-covers-etc" site above, they are high priced.
Both covers claim to be the best. I forgot to mention the one other selling point for me. The Truxedo has a spring loaded plunger at each front corner to keep tension on the cover. The access has to be mannually adjusted.
I will say that I see a lot of the Access covers (or at least the slanted style) on the road around here and have not seen another Truxedo yet.
Sounds good to me. You answered the only question I had about the way that the cover looked. I also looked at Truck Hyde which is very similar to Truxedo except their warranty is for 2 years as opposed to Truxedo's limited life time warranty and Truck Hyde uses a manual plunger to maintain tension rather than the automatic system on the Truxedo. Looks like I need look no further.
I have had the Access Cover on my truck for 2 1/2 years, and have no complaints. It is easy to roll up from one side of the truck. I removed the hidden lock release pin, so that you have to unlock the tailgate before you can get into the cover. Also, I don't know about the Truxedo cover, but, the Access Cover has a ripstop in the material to make it harder to cut with a knife. I would never have the old style covers again.
F-250 SD XLT CC 4x4 Shortbed; MAAP nerf bars, Rally/Lightbar combo, PIAA 1300 driving lights, Lund bugshield, Lund SunVisor, tinted windows, K&N airfilter, Access tonneau cover, Rhino Liner, remote starter/security system, custom built console, Cobra 29 ST/WX CB with a Wilson 1000 magnet mount antenna, Realistic 500 channel police scanner, Kenwood 10 disk CD changer, Compaq laptop, SVP 100 Watt siren, and 24 Strobe lights.
Upgrades for the near future include: Warn Rio Grande pushbar with a 12,000# winch, 4" lift kit, fender flares, and 35" BF Goodrich T/A KO tires.