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Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com, and today we're taking a closer look at and installing the Rough Country Hard Tri-Fold Low Profile Tonneau Cover available for the 2019 and newer RAM 1500 with the 5.7 bed and without the MultiPro tailgate. Now this particular 19 RAM we have in the shop today has our low pro tonneau on and I got to say, this is one of my favorites in the category for price and practicality. If you're looking for a tonneau cover for your own truck, a hard tri-fold tonneau cover is one of the most popular options you can get out there because number one, it's gonna be great for theft protection with the hardtop, and it's gonna be great for weather protection against all of the weather elements you don't want getting in contact with your cargo in the bed.When it comes to theft protection, you have a couple of different options when it comes to styling and design. There's soft tonneau covers that can be easily into, not optimal if you're looking to protect against thieves. You have the hardcovers like this one, which cannot be knifed into. This is super secure and only opens when your tailgate opens. And then you have something like a shell top, which comes up with a hinge. So there are quite a few different options out there. In my opinion, this is one of the easiest ones to use and it's a little bit more on the affordable side.This is a tri-fold design as well, which means there are three individual panels all with hinges that fold up. This guy is made from aircraft-grade aluminum so it is extremely durable and the weatherstripping on both sides to make sure it's got that leak-free seal. Some moisture can build up in the weatherstrip seals here, but that all dumps out of the drain pipe that leads up at the front of the bulkhead. Now I'll show you guys what that looks like when it comes to the install.Now, as the title suggests, this is also a low profile tonneau cover, and that is really no joke. Low profile is just basically meaning it sits very flush with the top of the tailgate and the side factory bed rails. It's not noticeable whatsoever if you're eye level with the truck. Now, me being close up, it's very obvious it's a tonneau cover, but from a distance, it's extremely low profile as the title suggests, making it a pretty sleek professional look. Now the tri-fold design opens up in sections to give you easy access to different portions of your bed, and you can drive with it all the way folded open at the bulkhead at using it's snap closure, which means it's safe and secure even at highway speeds.This one is also super easy to use opening and closing it. When you open your tailgate there's two pull cords, one on each side. You just have to be on one side or the other, pull that cord and it unlocks. You can open it back once and then pull another cord and open it back a second time. It really cannot be any easier. There are some other tonneau covers out there that can be a little bit more affordable but they might not be as easy to use. You can find hard tri-folds out there that have locking latches on both sides that require you to go from one side to the other just to get it open. Not going to be the case here, one side or the other will get the job done.This one comes in right around 650 bucks. About middle of the way when it comes to pricing and the install gets one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter here. All you're gonna need is a ratchet or impact gun and a 1/2-inch socket and that's it. It's that simple. You can do it by yourself, but of course a helping hand goes a long way. It'll take you about 30 minutes from start to finish. What do you say I show you how it's done?Tools used in this install include an impact gun or a ratchet and a 1/2-inch socket. All right, first up here, we're gonna start at our bulkhead right under our rear windshield. Grab the weatherstrip sealant that's included in the kit. It's just big foam piece, it has 3M on the back. You're gonna place that on top of the bulkhead and run it all the way across. That way, your tonneau cover has a weatherstrip seal, a weatherproof seal on the backside. All right. If you get to the end and you have excess, you can just easily rip it right off.All right. So next up, we're gonna focus on our bed rails. Now they are side specific so you want to make sure you're grabbing your passenger side first. We're gonna start here by placing it up against our factory bed rail, just like this so that the weatherstrip side is flush up against it. You also want it flush up against the top there as well. Now on the front face, on the inside of the bed, you'll see little points with this hard plastic loops. There's one in the middle, one toward our tailgate, and then one toward our bulkhead. That's where your clamp is going to go. Grab the powder coated clamp. You're gonna hook that around that plastic piece just like this and while holding the clamp and the bed rail in place, you kind of put your thumb there, grab your 1/2-inch socket and your impact gun and tighten it down. Just like that. Now we can repeat that for the other two while this is holding it up.Now that plastic piece can slide. You'll see at the top, there's a little logo that says clamp. Want to put that right underneath so that they line up. All right, repeat the same thing on the other side.All right, next up, take your entire tonneau cover assembly and lay it across the bulkhead. All right, there's a flap underneath that's more of a weatherstrip seal. That's gonna sit up against the foam that we laid on top of the bulkhead. All right. So next up we crawled under our tonneau cover here. We want to make sure it's seated properly. You want to grab the little twist knobs along with the little bracket. That's gonna slot into this little slot here. There's a T slot bolt up at the top. You're gonna push that bolt up, slot it in and slide it until the teeth on the bracket with the twist knob hook onto the tonneau cover bed rails and then you can just tighten it down. All right, that helps secure it in place. Now there's four of these have, one in each corner so let's tackle them.Out of the box it has little snaps that are keeping it shut. I already took care of the one on that side, but from here, just unsnap that. Gonna fold it back once, and then one more time, and you can click it into place and shut your tailgate. And it's as easy as that. Now it'll settle over time. The weatherstrips on the side might be a little stiff at first but after sitting out in the sun a little bit, they start to form to your sides of the bed. That's gonna make a perfect seal. Now also what we can do is show you guys how it works going the other way.Pull cord here on either side to make it easy. It unlatches both sides. You can fold it back once for easy access. Pull the cord again on either side and it comes back for the final fold. And then if you want to drive with it open like this, grab that snap, click it right into place and tighten it down, and the same thing on the other side.All right, last step here is our drain plug. So moisture can collect in the channels in your bed rails. So they added this little nipple here for a water trap. So they include the tube. You're just gonna basically pop that over the hose fitting there and that'll stay on, and that way the water will collect through this tube.Now you have the option. You can feed it right into that hole there, but I'd like to come to the bottom and take off this rubber grommet and feed the hose through that hole, and that way the water will collect and dump right out the side of the bed there and then you can repeat that on the other side.That's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Rough Country Hard Tri-Fold Low Profile Tonneau Cover available for the '19 and newer RAM 1500. You can get yours right here at americantrucks.com.
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Impressive Tonneau Cover. Give your RAM 1500 a powerful presence by installing Rough Country’s Low Profile Hard Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover. The cover’s sleek low profile and texture black color add a more aggressive touch to your truck’s rugged good looks, making your RAM 1500 more noticeable from the rest of the vehicle’s on- and off-road. What’s more, it features a durable locking system to protect your items from the harsh driving environments and thieves.
Fully Access the Truck Bed with Ease. Accessing your truck bed will be a breeze with this tonneau cover. With its convenient, tri-fold design, the cover can be opened with a pull on its easy-open cable latches. Then unfold the cover to your desired section to gain partial or full access to the bed.
Heavy-Duty Tonneau Cover. Even when this cover is constantly pelted by rain, snow, hail, and flying trail debris, it won’t dent, crack, or break so easily. Thanks to its superior quality, aircraft-grade aluminum construction, it has the strength and longevity to stand up to the elements. In addition, it’s covered with a high-quality, textured black, powder-coated finish, making the cover resistant against rust and corrosion.
Installation Is a Breeze. Installing this cover is easy and will only take 30 minutes to complete. The cover, as well as its hardware, is constructed to complement the truck bed’s specifications and doesn’t need to be cut or drilled to ensure a perfect fit.
Rough Country’s Limited Lifetime Warranty. This tonneau cover is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. For more details on the warranty’s terms, conditions, and exclusions, visit Rough Country’s website or contact customer services.
Application. The Rough Country Low Profile Hard Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover fits all 2019-2022 RAM 1500 models with 5.70-foot Box, 6.40-foot Box & without Multifunction Tailgate.
Technical Note. Not sure of your bed size? Click here for an instructional video explaining how to measure your bed length.
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