Month: May 2022

Flat Bed Tonneau Cover

Professional Grade Cover

Transforming your truck bed into a flat bed is a professional move, even if you’re a DIYer. But not just any truck bed cover will do the job. You need a flat bed tonneau cover that is easy to use and durable, but also has a high weight-bearing capacity.

Flat Bed Tonneau Cover

Whether you’re a contractor or just handy enough to get yourself in trouble, a flat bed tonneau cover will change the game. After all, you can keep your tools or other gear safe underneath the cover, while utilizing the top like a flat bed. 

hard truck bed cover

The Renegade Cover has a professional-grade top that’s designed to be used and abused by all kinds of building materials. That means you’ll be able to easily slide sheets of plywood and sheetrock across the smooth cover, rather than running into hinges, like on the DiamondBack

weight bearing tonneau cover

Work Smarter, not Harder

In addition to providing a smooth runway for all your construction materials, the Renegade Cover has a a convenient trifold feature. When you don’t need it to function as a flat bed, it can fold up without blocking the view out your back window.

fast removable tonneau cover
Heavy Duty Folding Truck Bed Cover
GMC Tonneau Cover

Taking it a step further, Renegade has created a tonneau cover that can transport heavy loads, in fact, it can carry heavier loads than any other truck bed cover on the market. 

Ready for 2,000 pounds, the Renegade Cover will bear the weight of your new washer and dryer, or that pallet of flagstone Costco brings out every spring. 

Contractor Work Truck Flat Bed Cover

Another option is pairing your new cover with Headache/Stop Racks. That way, you’ll be sure your load stays where it belongs. No need to worry about losing anything on the way home!

This is just one of the accessories Renegade offers, but our tonneau cover also works with just about any accessory – whether you want a quick way to transport your mountain bike, kayak, or skis. If you have any questions about our specs, just reach out and we’d be happy to jump into the nerdy, dirty details.

Get Back to Work

Whatever you need a flat bed tonneau cover for, we’ve got your back. The Renegade is sleek, yet rugged, and promises to maximize your premium truck bed space. And you don’t even need to drill into your truck to install it!

Order yours today, or contact us for more information about why this is the right tonneau cover for you. 

Fast Removable Tonneau Cover

Easy and Quick to Remove

If you’re in the market for a truck bed cover that’s easy and quick to remove…Congratulations! You’ve found it! The Renegade Cover is a fast removable tonneau cover that removes in seconds and requires no tools. Make sure you’ll have full bed access when comparing features for your new tonneau cover. Learn more about the Renegade difference below. 

tonneau cover for ram 2500

Fast Removable Tonneau Cover

Before we get too ahead of ourselves, the truth is this: you probably aren’t going to want to take your Renegade Cover off. It’s just too good-looking and too much fun to use. 

Besides, Renegade offers a “Fold Up Leash” that will pop into the L-track and hook onto the cover when it’s folded up. That means, you really don’t need to take it off in order to utilize the majority of the truck bed, and it will stay stable in transit.

Fold up tonneau cover while driving

But, you do you. If you want to remove your tonneau cover fast, choose Renegade. After all, no tools are required to install it or remove it. So leave the power tools in the garage; with Renegade, there’s no drilling involved.

GMC Tonneau Cover

User-Friendly Truck Bed Cover

We believe truck bed covers should be simple super user-friendly and highly functional. This means they should be easy to open and close, so you can easily access cargo or load and unload it. 

fast removable tonneau cover
Heavy Duty Folding Truck Bed Cover
trifold tonneau cover
Trifold Tonneau Cover

Building on its unique, patented design, Renegade maximizes the security of its locked truck bed cover without compromising usability. As a tri-fold tonneau cover, it gives you quick access without exposing your whole truck bed to the elements.

The Renegade Revolution

The benefits of the Renegade Cover can be overwhelming. But, put simply, it’s the strongest truck bed cover on the market and is built to support you in work and play. After all, the two shouldn’t be incompatible. 

With the Renegade Cover, you can check off your honey-do list, then get back to the outdoor activities you love. For example, you can slide plywood across the smooth top or haul a new appliance, while still protecting your expensive climbing gear under the secure cover.

Renegade Tonneau Cover the strongest tonneau cover

It also works with just about any accessory, so whether you’re headed out to kayak, bike, or ski, you’ll be able to spend more time enjoying the outdoors and less time getting your gear in order. 

bike on truck bed

Stop Shopping for Removable Tonneau Covers, Start Living

Whatever life has ahead of you, a Renegade Cover will help you take advantage of every opportunity. Order your American-made tonneau cover today!

LED Lights on Truck Bed

Light up the Night

Whether a truck bed light kit is a high priority, or a fixture on your wishlist, the options may seem never-ending. If you want to tailgate in style, decorative options are limitless. But LED lights on a truck bed can also be incredibly functional as part of your overloading set up or on your tonneau cover. 

LED Lights on Truck Bed

Practically speaking, custom LED lights can be installed in your truck bed to drive better nighttime visibility. These are an obvious choice over traditional lights which easily overheat and bun out quickly. But more to the point, tonneau lighting can supplement the cargo lights in the bed, flooding it with light. 

overlanding racks

Plus, it can provide added security, as some LED truck bed lights are even motion activated. Whether you want to check on your cargo, or simply scare off passerby or raccoons, a DIY kit may be the way to go. 

heavy duty tie down

The Renegade Cover has an incorporated L-Track so you can attach many accessories right onto the cover as well.

LED Lights on Overland Rig

An after-market truck bed lighting system is even more crucial if you decide to get into overloading. The adventures you’ll have during the day lose their charm if you can’t relive them each night over dinner. While a campfire sets a certain mood, the increasing fire restrictions due to drought can be a real bummer. 

Full size truck with a camping tent an overlanding setup with the renegade racks rotopax and led lights
A Truck that is set up for Overlanding. Featuring a 23 zero rooftop tent supported by the Renegade Racks. A perfect truck camping experience.

Also, if you get up to use the bathroom or because you hear a noise, being able to light up your campsite is going to be crucial. No more stumbling around in the dark? Sold. It just may be that adding LED lights to your overland rig will make the whole experience that much more enjoyable. 

Considerations for LED Lights on Truck Bed

DIY truck bed cargo lights may seem like a simple accessory, but there are actually a lot of considerations. Do they come with a warranty? How easy will they be to install? What will the power draw be on the truck battery (and do you know how to hardwire them)? What’s their brightness and is there a halo effect? 

You might also consider color options, whether or not they have a remote, features (strobe, blinking, chasing), and sound (some synchronize with music!). Beyond their durability and the price you’re willing to pay, it’s also important to be aware of any restrictions which may vary from state to state. For example, you don’t want to get confused with the flashing lights of emergency vehicles. 

Shine Bright

The Renegade Cover and Renegade Racks are the start to the tricked out truck bed of your dreams. Place your order today, and get back to work — that way you’ll have time (and money) to play when your cover arrives. Don’t stay in the dark, learn more about Renegade today!

How to Waterproof a Tonneau Cover

Water vs. Truck Bed Cover

In your search for how to waterproof tonneau cover, you’ve seen other terms like water-resistant, weather-tight, water-repellant, and more. But it starts to seem like brands are trying to trick you into purchasing a low-performing product. When it comes to a tonneau cover, is it waterproof or bust?

While a waterproof truck bed cover might seem like the ultimate goal, this would simply mean it’s possible to submerge it. Unless you’re not planning on going deep sea diving in your truck, this feature is pretty irrelevant. So what type of protection from the weather is appropriate for your truck bed cover? 

What’s the Difference? 

At first, a cover that is water-repellant might seem just right. After all, this brings to mind a finish that will cause water to bead on it. Before you get too excited, consider this: truck bed covers that claim to be water-repellant may have a special finish, with no special attention paid to the seal at all. This leaves whatever you’re transporting vulnerable to falling rain or splashing mud. 

Wanting to protect bounty, you might be inclined to overcorrect, looking for a product that’s watertight. However, this is a feature focused on ensuring no water could get in (or out). It’s almost too focused on the seal, potential neglecting the durability of the cover itself. 

how to Water Proof tonneau Cover

This brings up the idea of weathertight truck bed covers. While this may sound promising, it is simply highlighting their ability to withstand the pressure of rain and wind. But how much pressure? They never really get around to saying. What’s more, despite having “tight” in common with watertight, something that is weathertight does not have a watertight seal. 

This leaves us with water-resistant, which, in the case of Renegade, describes the tonneau cover’s finish and its seal. Here, water is generally unable to get in, but it’s not a 100% guarantee. When it comes to the Renegade Cover, let us say this: While some small leaks are possible in theory, our users do not report noticing it happening in practice. But still, we want to be honest with you! Our tonneau cover is about 90% there. If that’s not enough for you, don’t fret, we have some ideas for how to make up that last 10%.

How to Waterproof a Tonneau Cover

As you’ll see in the video review below, in intense environments, like a pressurized car wash, water may get in at each of the corners of the truck bed; even so, this is only a few drops. We recommend storing any items that are particularly sensitive away from the corners. 

Water Proof Truck Bed Cover
Water tight Truck Bed Cover

The other place that may leave your truck bed vulnerable is not due to the cover, but the gap where the tailgate meets the bed on the bottom. Adding a gasket sealer here is a great way to keep water and dust from getting into to your truck bed.

A product we love is called truXedo’s truXseal. Not only is it easy to install, but it works with all makes and models of trucks. 

how to waterproof a tonneau cover

Another good option is Storystore’s Self-Adhesive Foam Insulation Tape. Most people just call it weatherstripping, and are used to seeing it around windows or doors. But this product in particular is made of the same material as a surfer’s wetsuit, Neoprene.

Renegade Tonneau Cover or Bust 

At the end of the day, we aren’t going to come out and say the Renegade Cover is perfect, or that it will keep every last drop of water out in every scenario…but it’s pretty darn close. So if you’re looking for an aluminum water-resistant tonneau cover that’s simple to install and highly durable, your search is complete. 

The Renegade Cover can also carry up to 2,000 pounds on top, while protecting whatever you store below, making it one of the most versatile covers on the market. Plus, with a tri-fold design, you can easily access your truck bed without exposing it to the elements.

With Renegade, you’ll find the ultimate tonneau cover, and one that’s ready to take on life’s storms. Plus, thanks to the L-Track system on Renegade’s Tonneau Cover, you will be able to mount most any kind of truck bed accessory to it. So order your cover today, and get back to planning your next great adventure.

Roof Cargo Box on Truck

Raise the Roof…Box

Rooftop cargo carriers can be a great way to give you some extra capacity. You can choose between hard shell and soft, and between roof cargo baskets, bags, and boxes. But perhaps the most important consideration of all is making sure you have a secure base for your cargo carrier. We have the cover for you, that lets you attach a roof cargo box on a truck bed.

Roof Cargo Box on Truck

The first step is selecting a high quality tonneau cover that will coordinate easily with low-profile racks. Ensuring a simple installation is the first step. On the flip side, it also needs to be easy to remove; after all, there are those annoying trips to the dump or to pick up gravel, wood, or a new couch.

Renegade’s Aero Bars create a roof bar on your truck bed. This may be an option for you, if you have lot’s of accessories that are compatible with roof racks!

bike rack for tonneau cover

Most of all, you have to make sure your new truck bed cover and racks will handle your cargo well! When you have expensive gear or meaningful items loaded up, you don’t want to feel anything less than confident. But finding a low profile truck bed cover and racks that are highly durable is no easy feat.

roof cargo box on truck

Rather than spending your time comparing Renegade with lesser models, we’ll cut to the chase. Not only is it easy to mount most any kind of truck bed accessory to the L-Track system on Renegade’s Tonneau Cover, we also offer Renegade Racks.

Renegade Racks to the Rescue

Renegade’s versatile, high quality rack system is perfect for overlanding, construction, power sports, hunting, camping, rooftop cargo carriers, and more. We could brag on it all day, after all, it’s the most durable rack system in the industry, holding up to 1,600 pounds! 

But more to the point, this rack system is also super light, just 30-33lbs depending on the model. Plus, with multiple mounting points, our Renegade Racks make accessory combinations not only endless, but reliable.

Renegade Racks are the perfect compliment to a Renegade Cover, which is as heavy-duty as they come. Made with military-grade aluminum, using friction stir welding with no external welds. The sturdy construction ensures that the cover can withstand a tough climate and is resistant to mud, water, and dust.

overlanding racks

Able to carry up to 2,000 pounds on top, while protecting whatever you store below, The Renegade Cover is one of the most versatile covers on the market. With a smooth top, you can easily slide construction materials across it, or place large appliances on top. When it’s time to play, it will hold your ATV or snowmobile, or can coordinate with a variety of accessories, like ski racks or surf board mounts.

Rely on Renegade – for Roof Cargo Box Carrier

Don’t let your truck bed cover or racks hold you back. Be ready to work or play when you outfit your truck with Renegade. Throw your favorite roof cargo carrier on top and you’ll be on the road in no time.

With Renegade, you’ll find a load bearing tonneau cover and racks that won’t be beat. Join the Renegade revolution today; you won’t regret it. 

Diamond Plated Truck Bed Cover

Diamond Plated Tactical Tonneau Cover

If a diamond is a girl’s best friend, is a diamond plate truck bed cover a man’s best friend? Let’s consider the benefits and tradeoffs of a diamond plated truck bed cover. 

Post-Punk Power

Do you ever wonder why Talking Heads chose a diamond plate pattern for their 1979 album “Fear of Music”? Characterized by maximum velocity, this album has a steady beat that reflects the alternating bumpy and smooth cover. 

As a design, the diamond plate feels tough. However, it’s important to note, there aren’t any actual diamonds in a diamond plated truck bed cover, just a diamond pattern. This might also be called a checker plate or tread plate, which is definitely less sexy. 

Lomax Pro Cover

A diamond plate pattern is generally intended to provide traction underfoot — which is why it’s found in industrial environments, particularly stairs and ramps. As useful as it can be for a nonskid or nonslip surface, it may also simply be a decorative touch. 

Diamond Plated Truck Bed Cover

A diamond plate is typically manufactured in plastic or metal. In the case of a truck bed cover, let’s hope it’s aluminum. As David Byrne sings in “Life During Wartime,” “This ain’t no party / This ain’t no disco / This ain’t no fooling around / No time for dancing, or lovey dovey.”

When it comes to diamond plate truck bed covers, DiamondBack is definitely what comes to mind. With a rugged look, DiamondBack models include locks and hinges on top of the cover, and might even include cleats. 

DiamondBack Cover
DiamondBack Cover

Unfortunately this exterior attached functionality keeps you from being able to utilize your cover as a flatbed. This might not seem like a big deal…until you want to smoothly slide an item onto your tonneau cover (like a sheet of plywood) or when you drop a pallet on it and it doesn’t sit flush on top. These are issues you won’t run into with your Renegade Cover’s smooth surface.

diamond plated truck bed cover
Renegade Tonneau Cover

Also, before you invest in a DiamondBack, it’s important to consider their load-bearing capacity. You may be surprised to know that, while the HD Tonneau Cover can hold 1,600 pounds, DiamondBack’s other covers can only bear 400 distributed pounds. 

Alternatives to DiamondBack

“Hold on, because it’s been taken care of” is another Talking Heads lyric, and it’s music to your ears when you’re exhausted by the search for the best truck bed cover. 

Though DiamondBack is the industry standard for weight-bearing tonneau covers, it is not the leader. Rather, Renegade’s Tonneau Cover hauls up to 2,000 pounds on top! This not only removes any doubt you had about your cover’s strength, but opens the door to a variety of additional activities and uses.

Turning to DiamondBackSE, Diamondback270, and Diamondback180, for those truck owners ok with a low weight-bearing capacity, you’ll find a slight variation in access panels, but none provide full access to the entire truck bed. You only get this with Renegade’s tri-fold design.

Trifold Hard Top Tonneau Cover
Trifold fully from the back

Additionally, when you’re installing or removing your new cover, if it’s a Renegade, you won’t need any tools. Relatedly, don’t forget the DiamondBack design is higher profile than Renegade’s. It also has less locking pins, making it less secure than the Renegade Cover. 

Join the Renegade Revolution

As Byrne sings, “High on a hillside, the trucks are loading / Everything’s ready to roll.” While we could go on and on about the differences between DiamondBack and Renegade, we’d rather leave you to plan your next great adventure. Order your Renegade Cover today! After all, “Memories can’t wait.” 

Rooftop Tent on Truck Bed

Overlanding is an Undertaking

Whether you’ve got a hardshell rooftop tent like the Roofnest Condor XL, or are starting out with the Smittybilt Overlander, your truck bed set up is the first step to a good night’s rest. 

IOverlander and Your Rooftop Tent Too 

If you have a rooftop tent, you get to avoid the rigamarole of staking out and assembling your tent once you arrive. Just pop up or fold out your off-road truck tent and get those Z’s. 

overlanding racks for truck

These designs range from affordable softshells to top-of-the-line hardshell and overlanding models. But the basis is, of course, your truck. The top of the bed is the perfect base to build a rig! But there are two key accessories you’ll need: a tonneau cover and racks. 

Your Mt. Hood by Cascadia Vehicle Tents, iKamper Skycap 3.0, or 23ZERO Walkabout 56 is sure to be content on top of a Renegade Cover and Renegade Racks.

Or maybe you have your sights set on a AutoHome Maggiolina AirLand Plus. Whatever set-up is right for you, we have the right base. 

Rooftop Tent on Truck Bed 

A new or seasoned overlander knows the most important truck accessory is the base for your shelter: a durable, low-profile tonneau cover. Not just any truck bed cover will do, if for no other reason than that most don’t have a very high weight-bearing capacity. But with a Renegade Cover, which can hold up to 2,000lbs, you can sleep securely. 

Plus, it’s important to make sure your belongings are safe underneath the cover. After all, with your roof-top tent in place, your truck bed is freed up for other necessities: water, food, equipment, and other essential gear. 

tacoma tonneau cover
Rooftop Tent on Tonneau Cover

Make sure your new truck bed cover meets your high standards of security. This not only means that it’s secure against intruders, but that it’s protected against water, snow, dust, and mud. Don’t let your trip be ruined by unexpected weather, or a greedy passerby. Invest in Renegade, and we’ll protect you. 

Reliable as Renegade

Renegade Covers have weather-tight covers and highly modular accessories for your overlanding needs. Common accessories include Renegade Racks, TSlot Frame Rails, and the Riptide pressurized water system. But there’s no shortage of possibilities when using a Renegade Cover for your next overlanding adventure.

Overlanding truck bed cover
Renegade Racks with Roof Tent

The transamerica trip of your dreams – or just a getaway to somewhere with no cell reception – can be a reality thanks to Renegade.  Whether you’re a travel junkie, looking for more self-reliant trips to unknown destinations, or you’re looking for an easy way to get away each weekend, Renegade has what you need. 

With Renegade, your overland rig is just a few clicks away. We’ve got the best truck bed cover and racks for your rooftop-tent set-up. Make your order today, and get back to planning your next adventure.

Dirt Bike on Tonneau Cover

Whether you’re loyal to Yamaha or Suzuki, Beta or Honda, you need a reliable way to get your dirt bike from home to the gnar. Consider hauling your dirt bike on a tonneau cover for your truck. Don’t be a goon, make sure your tonneau cover is everything it needs to be for your bike. 

Mudslinger 

Is your truck bed cover clapped out? Or has your dirt bike been rolling around in your truck bed like some kind of bro? When it comes to upgrading your dirt bike set up, a heavy-duty tonneau cover is definitely a strong starting point. 

After all, you’re not some kind of plastic princess. You’re ready to take on any race, any time. But your truck has to get you and your bike their first. Plus, as opposed to the Richie Rich who can pick up new gear constantly, you need a champion truck bed cover that’s ready to win a fight against wind, rain, dirt, and mud. 

dirt bike on tonneau cover
Dirt Bike Mounted on a Renegade Bed Cover

Protect your tried and true riding gear under an aluminum water-resistant tonneau cover. With a tri-fold design, easily access what you need without exposing the rest of the truck bed to the elements. Or add an overlanding set-up on top for a truly turn-key approach. With Renegade, you’ll have a cover made of Military-Grade aluminum, built to withstand any challenge. 

Dirt Bike on Tonneau Cover

It’s time to get dialed in. Whether you’re ready for a motocross or supercross event, or wanting to take on a 24-hour race, a tonneau cover is the way to go. Plus, if you choose the right tonneau cover, you’ll have a few options for hauling your bike. If you want to dedicate space underneath the tonneau cover for your gear, you can secure your bike on top of the cover. Otherwise, you can fold your Renegade Cover up and have plenty of room to spare to secure your bike standing up in the bed.

Before you get too excited about putting your bike on top of your cover, be sure to consider how much your dirt bike weighs and if your tonneau cover is strong enough to bear it; many aren’t. For example, when it comes to trail dirt bikes, the Honda Trail 125 ABS weighs 259lbs, Yamaha TT-R230 weighs 251lbs, and Kawasaki KLX300R weighs 282lbs. But that gets dangerously close to the Paragon’s weight limit. Dual sport bikes tend toward 300lbs and enduro bikes, like the Husqvarna TE 300i, come in around 235lbs. An adventure bike takes things to another level; the Suzuki V-STROM 1050XT Adventure comes in at 545lbs. 

dirt bike on a truck cover
BMX Bike on the Renegade Cover.JPG

Lucky for you, the Renegade Cover holds up to 2,000lbs, so load up a few bikes on top and you’ll still drive easy. Plus, be sure to consider the length of your bike and the size of your folding tonneau cover when it’s folded up. Many of Renegade’s competitors have much more bulky covers, keeping you from being able to close your tailgate.

Attack Position

Don’t bottom out or come in last. Get a truck bed cover to haul your dirt bike today. As you shop, think about a cover that’s going to make your life easy – that way you can spend more time carving the inside line than dreaming about it.

Now leave hauling your dirt bike to Renegade, and get back to practicing a No-Footed Can-Can or Nac Nac. 

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