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Frequently Asked Questions for BAK Flip Tonneau Cover Q: What's the difference between the BakFlip G2, HD and F1? The BakFlip G2, as of 2010 is an all aluminum tonneau cover. The BakFlip G2 is made to be America's toughest working, best looking, most practical and functional tonneau cover. It will stand up to most anything life can throw at it. From severe temperatures to everyday use, the BakFlip G2 will be there for you when you need it. Best of all, it will be there for you when you DON'T NEED IT! The BakFlip is the only tonneau cover that will allow you to use your complete bed of your truck. That's because it's patented "QUAD FOLD" feature that allows your cover to simply fold completely out of the way. The G2 is made from heavy duty EPS panels that are laminated with a powder coated aluminum finish. These panels are framed with rugged, aircraft grade aluminum extrusions. Rubber seals finish this incredible tonneau cover, rendering it outstanding in very rainy climates. Strong, automatically engaging slam latches adorn the underside of the BakFlip G2. Just one tug of the release cable will automatically operate the latches on either side of the truck at the same time. This allows you to flip your BakFlip panels forward. Flush fitting elevator bolts and glass filled nylon quick release knobs are included. The BakFlip G2 usually ships in 2 boxes. Part one containing the cover and part 2 containing the rails. As a rule of thumb, if your truck is less than 6 foot long, your BakFlip will ship in just one box. The G2 is equipped with a 1 year factory warranty which covers the tonneau from front to back and top to bottom against defects in materials and workmanship. The BakFlip HD is a step up from the G2. At first glance, the G2 and the HD are quite similar. Their finish on top of the cover is actually identical. They are both all aluminum tonneau covers and both operate the same way. The BakFlip HD has injection molded handles under the cover, giving it a more refined operational feel and appearance when it is opened. The HD has a core that is more rigid than the G2 as well, making it sound like a high end automobile when you open and close the panels. The distinctive sound is unmistakably HD! The HD also has newly designed rail (weather) seals, powder coated pivoting rods to keep the cover open while driving and is backed by a rock solid 2 year warranty. The BakFlip F1 is exactly the same as the HD, but has a top surface made from an FRP (fiberglass reinforced polymer). The FRP is extremely strong and impact resistant! This is the flagship of the BakFlip line and is perfect if you live in an area that is subject to heavy hail storms. If you're particularly rough on your cover, the F1 is your cover. It's elegant, top of the line and as tough as nails! The BakFlip F1 also has a 2 year warranty. Q: Do I need to drill my truck when I install my BakFlip? A: No, your BakFlip will easily clamp onto the rail of your truck with our specially designed, easy to use clamp system. All that’s required to install a typical BakFlip cover is one 15mm wrench. There are just 3 clamps to tighten on each side of the truck bed. There are generally 4 clamps on each side when installing a truck that has an 8’ bed (long bed pickup). Q: How long does it take to install a BakFlip cover? A: A typical BakFlip cover takes about 20 minutes to install. If you’ve installed one before it shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes or so. The BakFlip is extremely easy to install and since it fits inside the bed and follows the inner contours and lines of your truck, there is no guess work or issues of alignment with which to contend. Q: Can I drive with my BakFlip in the open position? A: Yes, the BakFlip can operated in your choice of 5 positions: Completely shut, ¼ open, half open, ¾ open and all the way open. Provision is built into the BakFlip panels so that they automatically secure when shut. Specially integrated D-rings on top and under the cover allow you to secure the panels down for additional safety when driving. Patented locking arm stays are integrated into the BakFlip’s rails that pivot forward and allow you to lock the panels when they are in their full upright position. Q: Is my vision blocked when I drive with the BakFlip in the full open position? A: The BakFlip is designed so that it can be operated in increments. This means that you can drive with the cover in the full open position or any of the other 4 incremental options, e.g. all the way shut, half open, 3/4 open etc. The full open position is generally reserved for those times when you’re hauling a full load such as a couch or a desk. It’s at these times where your rear view is blocked anyway. Naturally, you will need to make use of your side view mirrors when you drive with the cover locked in the fully upright position, much like you would if you had a camper shell or were towing a 5th wheel. Please note that you DO NOT NEED to drive with the cover full open. Incremental operation is a luxury of the BakFlip as well. Q: Does the BakFlip lock? A: The BakFlip is an incredibly secure tonneau cover. As you close the panels of the BakFlip they will automatically latch down shut and be secured under the rails of the tonneau cover. The panels CANNOT be opened unless you’re able to access the release cables underneath the panels. This can easily be done from either the driver or passenger side of the truck. This unique locking system means that there are no keyholes or locks exposed to the elements or potential thieves. All securing mechanisms are neatly concealed under the cover where it is safest. This is a patented design, unique to BakFlip covers. In order to gain access to your truck and fold the BakFlip panels forward, you will first have to access to the open tailgate of your truck. For absolute security, you will need to lock your tailgate. In most instances, the key you drive with is the key you’ll lock your tailgate and (therefore your cover) with. Q: What if my tailgate doesn’t lock? A: BAK Industries provides tailgate locks for most pickup trucks and will work with you on multiple alternatives if your truck is a custom rig or a unique model that is old or produced outside of the USA. Q: Will the BakFlip damage my paint or glass when I drive with it in the full upright position? A: Absolutely not! The BakFlip is equipped with solid rubber bumpers under the cover. When the BakFlip is folded all the way forward, these solid rubber bumpers protect the cab and the rear window from being scuffed or damaged. There is no movement at all when the cover is propped against your cab. Also, the third brake light is always visible which means driving with the cover open is street legal in all states. Q: Will the BakFlip work with my factory track / rail system? A: Yes! The BakFlip is custom designed to work with your specific truck. Whether you drive a Nissan, Toyota, Chevy, Dodge or Ford, the BakFlip is designed to integrate with your factory equipped cargo management system. Q: Will my BakFlip work with bed extenders? A: Yes, the BakFlip rails are very low profile and will always allow you to use your bed-extender without modification. Q: Can I stand on my BakFlip? A: Yes, however we do not recommend standing on the top (visible surface of the cover). The BakFlip is designed to fold. Each time you fold it, it gains in strength and the amount of weight it can handle. More importantly, when you fold it, the underside is exposed, rather than the top surface. If you’re going to stand on your cover, flip it over first and then stand on it. It will handle 300 lbs of weight on top of it and will not show any damage, should you damage the texture of the cover by standing on it. The BakFlip can be used as a true scaffold when it is flipped. Q: How much does the BakFlip weigh? A: BakFlip covers vary in size, depending on whether it fits a short bed or a long bed truck. A typical cover, together with its rails will weight approximately 55 lbs. Q: What is the warranty on the BakFlip? A: There are three models of BakFlip covers: G2, HD and CS. The warranty on the BakFlip G2 is 1 year and 2 years on the HD and CS and F1. Q: What are the BakFlip panels made from? A: BakFlip panels are actually sandwich panels. Although they are relatively light in weight, they are extremely strong. The exterior is either an impact resistant fiberglass polymer or aircraft grade aluminum. The inner core of the BakFlip is a super dense, EPS (polystyrene). This allows the BakFlip panels to be insulated and impact resistant. Most importantly the panels are completely watertight. Q: Can I color match or paint my BakFlip panles? A: Yes, the BakFlip HD can be painted as the panels are made from aluminum. We do not paint at our factory, however your local body shop can paint the cover as easily as painting your truck. Q: Can I use my BakFlip with a bedliner? A: Yes, the BakFlip is designed to work with any spray on, carpet or under the rail bedliner. It will also work with bed rail caps such as ProCaps. Q: Can I use the BakFlip with my bed extender? A: Yes, the BakFlip is very low profile. The rails extend into the bed by a mere ¾ inch on each side. Tilting your bed extender is no problem at all. Q: Can I use the BakFlip with a rack? A: Yes, the BakFlip will work with certain kinds of racks. BAK Industries has produced the BakFlip CS which has an integrated sliding rack. This combination is the perfect union between rack and tonneau cover and gives you the ultimate set up for your truck. The rack slides and locks into any position along the side rails of your truck while the cover operates independently, offering security and function. Q: Can I use the BakFlip with bed rails or tie downs? A: Yes, the BakFlip’s patented design ensures that you always have full access to stake pockets. The cover sits a mere 1/8 of an inch over the edge of your trucks rails. Using all sorts of tie downs or bed rails in conjunction with the BakFlip is not a problem at all. Q: Where is the BakFlip made? A: In the good old USA! And that’s the way it will always stay! BAk Industries produces all of its tonneau covers at its plant in San Fernando, California. Q: How far above or below the rail or above the rail does the BakFlip sit? A: The BakFlip sits FLUSH with the top edge of your rails. It has a patented “NO PROFILE” appearance and fit. It follows the interior contours of your truck for an absolutely unparalleled fit. The panels extend 5/8 of an inch below the top edge of your truck rails. Q: Is my BakFlip waterproof? A: No truck bed covers are completely waterproof. That said, the BakFlip is designed to keep in excess of 98% of water out of your truck bed. A tiny drip close to the tailgate is not uncommon. This is largely due to airflow that allows moisture to be sucked back into the truck through the gaps around your tailgate. There are patented drain tubes that are designed to drain all water that’s collected in your rails, out of the truck bed. When water falls on top of your hinges on the the BakFlip it is directed towards the BakFlip rails. These rails have an integrated gutter in them which will carry the water down toward the front corners of your truck bed and then drain out of the tubes in each corner . The natural tendency is for your truck to be higher at the tailgate and lower at the front end. As such, water will generally be driven toward the front corners of your bed when it gets into your rails. If your truck is parked UP a hill, then water will flow backwards towards your tailgate and then out of the truck accordingly. BakFlip covers are very watertight, but not guaranteed against very minor drips here or there. Q: Will my hinges or my seals of my BakFlip ever wear out? A: Absolutely not! The rubber hinges and seals are made form an synthetic EPDM which can withstand any UV light over long periods of time and severe temperatures that cannot even be reached on earth. Q: How is the BakFlip packaged: A: The BakFlip is cocooned in an expandable foam with fills every nook and cranny of the box so that you can abuse the box to the extreme and still find that the BakFlip arrives at it’s final destination in stellar condition. Frequently Asked Questions for Roll BAK Tonneau Cover
Q: Do I need to drill my truck when I install my RollBak tonneau cover? A: No. The RollBak G2 tonneau cover is designed to clamp onto the trucks rails. It consists of a canister as well as a set of rails. Each rail mounts independently of one another with simple c lamps that are easy to use. The canister is usually mounted with a couple of self tapping screws on each side as we find this to be the most secure and strongest method of installing it, but the RollBak canister can just as easily be clamped onto the rail. Q: How long does it take to install a RollBak cover? A: A typical RollBak cover takes about an hour to install. If you've installed one before it shouldn't take more than 30 to 45 minutes or so. The RollBak G2 tonneau cover has been completely redesigned from the ground up and is far easier to install than most retractable tonneau covers. The canister spring is pre-wound and the tension of the tonneau cover is pre-set at factory level. The rails are adjustable, but are also pre-set at factory level, making for a much faster install that one might expect. Q: Can I drive with my RollBak tonneau cover in the open position? A:Yes, the RollBak retractable cover is designed lock into position in multiple areas, anywhere along the side rail of your truck. This means that you can drive with it in ANY open position. The RollBak G2 tonneau cover has a uniquely designed dual latching system that automatically latches the cover in any desired incremental position. This makes it the choice of all folks that haul 5th wheels, boats or other toys that need hauling. Q: Is my vision blocked when I drive with the RollBak in any position? A:No. The RollBak is extremely low profile and will not block your vision at all. Q: Does the RollBak lock? A: The RollBak G2 is an incredibly secure tonneau cover. As you close the RollBak, it automatically latches against the side rails of your truck. When you get to the final position, the RollBak is locked securely and can only be opened by accessing the underside of the cover. With the tailgate closed and locked, the RollBak G2 tonneau is without question, the most secure tonneau cover in the industry. Best of all, there are no exposed key holes, no aftermarket keys to contend with, no visible locks to pick or damage and in most instances the key you drive with is the key you'll secure the cover with. Q: What if my tailgate doesn't lock? A: BAK Industries provides tailgate locks for most pickup trucks and will work with you on multiple alternatives if your truck is a custom rig or a unique model that is old or produced outside of the USA. Q: Will the RollBak work with my factory track / rail system? A: Yes! The RollBak tonneau cover is custom designed to work with your specific truck. Whether you drive a Nissan, Toyota, Chevy, Dodge or Ford, the RollBak G2 tonneau cover is designed to integrate with your factory equipped cargo management system. Q: Can I stand on my RollBak tonneau cover? A: Yes, The new RollBak G2 is designed to handle of 400 LBS of weight on top of it. Q: How much does the RollBak weigh? A: RollBak covers vary in size, depending on whether it fits a short bed or a long bed truck. A typical RollBak tonneau cover, together with its rails will weigh approximately 100 to 120 lbs. Q: What is the warranty on the RollBak tonneau cover? A: 2 years. Q: What is the RollBak G2 tonneau cover made from? A: RollBak tonneau covers are made of super heavy duty, aircraft grade aluminum slats that are water tight and attached to each other by way of a patented extrusion, which allows the RollBak slats to link to each other like tongue and groove. The slats are powder coated with a virtually indestructible baked on finish. The finish is designed to be rugged, not show sratches and can absorb massive amounts of impact. The underside of the RollBak slats are felt lined with a mildew protected, marine grade felt that deadens sound, insulates the cover and protects the slats when they are rolled up inside the canister. The RollBak tonneau's canister is made from an impact resistant ABS and designed to absorb shock and impact. It cannot dent and is rounded to expel unwanted water quickly and more efficiently than other types of retractable tonneau covers. Q: Can I color match or paint my RollBak? A: RollBak tonneau covers can be powder coated to match various colors, but are made factory black as a general rule of thumb. Q: Can I use my RollBak with a bedliner? A: Yes, The RollBak tonneau cover is designed to work with most bedliners. Spray on liners and carpet liners are generally of no consequence, however some drop in bedliners need to be slightly modified to accommodate the canister portion of the rollBak tonneau cover. Q: Can I use the RollBak with my bed extender? A: Yes, The RollBak has lower profile rails than all retractable tonneau covers and as such do not pose a problem with most bed extenders. In some instances bed extenders need to be narrowed or modified. Q: Can I use the RollBak tonneau cover with a rack? A: Yes, as long as the rack is a stake pocket mounted rack and does not hang over the inside edge of your truck bed rails. Q: Can I use the RollBak tonneau cover with bed rails or tie downs? A: Yes, the RollBak G2 tonneau covers patented design ensures that you always have full access to stake pockets. The RollBak rests just 1/8 of an inch over the edge of your trucks rails. Using all sorts of tie downs or bed rails in conjunction with the RollBak tonneau cover is easy. Q: Where is the RollBak tonneau cover made? A: In the good old USA! And that's the way it will always stay! BAK Industries produces all of its tonneau covers at its plant in San Fernando, California. Q: How far above or below the rail will the RollBak tonneau sit? A: The RollBak sits FLUSH with the top edge of your rails. It has a patented "NO PROFILE" appearance and fit. It follows the interior contours of your truck for an absolutely unparalleled fit. The thickness of the slats measure about an inch. Q: Is my RollBak tonneau cover waterproof? A: No truck bed covers are completely waterproof. The RollBak tonneau is however extremely well designed to keep most if not all water out of your truck bed. The RollBak canister is designed to collect water which is then funneled out of the truck through tubes which pass through holes that exist in the truck bed or behind your bedliner. A good installation is oftentimes the difference between a tonneau cover that leaks and one that is water tight. Q: Will my spring of my RollBak tonneau cover ever wear out? A: Absolutely not! The spring is stainless steel and is very strong indeed. It is designed to outlast your truck. Replacement springs are readily available in the very rare instance that this will ever happen. Q: How is the RollBak cover packaged? A: The RollBak is cocooned in an expandable foam with fills every nook and cranny of the box so that you can abuse the box to the extreme and still find that the RollBak arrives at it's final destination in stellar condition.