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Retractable bed covers?

What do you guys think about electric, retractable covers? Are they any good? I like the idea of a metal, retractable cover, but want to ensure it's reliable. The one I'm looking at is from "Pace Edwards" (http://www.pace-edwards.com/bedlocker.html). Any experience or thoughts?
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Never had an electric cover but have owned several "manual" Roll-N-Locks and think they are the best.

I put one on my first F250 (2001) and used it over the next 5 years on six other F250s and F350s. (I like to trade a lot)

When I tried out the Dodge Mega Cab (lost my mind!), I sold my original Roll-N-Lock to a friend for his F250 and he still has it. No problems in all these years and constant use in the construction industry. I should have kept it for when I went back to a Ford Super Duty. The Roll-N-Lock plant was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina and when they got up and running again, the cost of their covers went up significantly since the time I bought the cover for the 2001 F250.

I put a Roll-N-Lock on the 2006 Mega Cab and sold it to a friend when I sold the truck and he is still using his with zero problems.

I put one on a new 2008 Tundra that I sold my son-in-law (truck and cover) and he loves it. He doesn't love the recall on his truck!

I put one on a 2007 Ford F150, then removed it and put it on my Insurance Agents truck and he wouldn't take for it.

Unless you just have to have an electric cover, I'd go with the easy to operate, bullet-proof Roll-N-Lock. I've got one coming for my 2010 F250.

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i just noticed on vendor's site that the tailgate step won't work with roll'n'lock cover.

edit: or is it just the locking mech that doesn't work...?

edit: it's the tailgate locking mech that doesn't work. from the website: "If equipped w/OE tailgate step, cover must be converted to an "NT" (no tailgate lock) installation. Necessary components are included."

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I would check where the motor stuf mounts. 1st heavy load you move might bend or bust it. I agree with the manual type. More dependable, less stuff to break. Same look, same function.

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I give one vote for the Pace Edwards Bedlocker. I installed in on my 1997 F150, then with only different rails on my 2002, 2004, and 2008 superduties. It has held up great and locks in any position. It does work with the step.

One word of advice though, it comes with key fobs to open and close the cover. They don't have a very good range, inside the cab it sometimes doesn't work! Spend the extra $45 and get the additional hardwired button, you'll be glad you did. It works flawlessly with the button.

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