How Do You Remove a Truck Bed Cover?

Removing a truck bed cover is an important part of protecting your truck bed and ensuring its longevity. A truck bed cover can help keep the elements out and maintain the value of your pickup truck.

There are several different types of truck bed covers available, including soft roll-up covers, tonneau covers, hinged hard covers, and retractable covers. Each type has its own unique method for removal.

Soft Roll-Up Covers

Soft roll-up covers are easy to remove as they typically have quick release clips on either side. Open the tailgate and locate the clips on either side of the bed rails near where the cab meets the bed.

Pull up on each clip to unlatch them from their locked position. Then remove both sides of the cover from the truck bed by rolling it up in a large loop until all of it is removed.

Tonneau Covers

Tonneau covers are usually made from vinyl fabric or plastic and come in several different styles. Most tonneau covers require a tool to unlock them before being removed from the truck bed. Depending on the type, you may need an Allen wrench, screwdriver or other small tool to unlock and remove it from your truck.

Hinged Hard Covers

Hinged hard covers will require two people to safely lift off due to their weight. First, open up both sides of the tailgate so that you have access to both sides of the hinges on either side of the cover. Have one person hold onto each hinge while you lift up on both ends simultaneously until they are completely removed.

Retractable Covers

Retractable covers are perhaps one of the most convenient types since they can be opened and closed with ease when needed. To remove retractable covers, open up both sides of the tailgate fully and locate two nuts underneath each rail that secure it in place. Unscrew each nut with an appropriate size wrench or socket set and then slide out each rail until it is completely removed.

Removing a truck bed cover is essential for proper maintenance and upkeep for your pickup truck. Depending on which type you have, there may be different methods for removal such as quick release clips for soft roll-up covers, tools for tonneau covers, two people for hinged hard covers or unscrewing nuts for retractable covers. Regardless of which type you have, proper removal is key to keeping your pickup in great condition!

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Stephen Dunn