Main benefit of a retractable cover, manual or remote, is the easy access to the cargo. Roll the cover forward and you get instant access to every area of the truck bed. You can haul any size or shape of cargo too. Retract the cover into it’s storage tube and you have a completely open bed.
These covers are made for rough weather use too. It won’t freeze or buckle from snow. The frame and panels are powder coated aluminum. Keeping water out is a challenge for any tonneau cover. The best cover uses unique rubber seals to keep the bed dry auch as the most watertight retractable tonneau cover for Ford F150. The cover includes a cargo light too. Now the covers are custom made for each truck, so the most popular later model trucks are covered. Often older trucks have no model available.
Manufacturers say it takes about an hour to install a cover. Customers say better plan on for more than that… maybe a couple of hours. Depends on how many breaks you take and how much of this kind of stuff you’ve done. It helps to have a helper too.
Installation is with clamps, so you don’t have to drill any holes. Don’t you just hate drilling holes in perfect painted surfaces? Once installed, you can open the cover just as much as you need and no more. Then it locks in place where you want it.
A retractable tonneau cover is the ultimate bed cover if you need access to your entire bed for hauling cargo. No other covers are more versatile and useful. A fiberglass tonneau cover is a great choice for looks, but doesn’t work well for tall cargo. The retractable liner has great looks and works for any load. The remote open option is a great feature too. It’s a little like power windows and door locks. It’s not really necessary, but surely comes in handy sometimes.