BAKFlip Tonneau Cover; Here are some FAQ’s that you need to know!
We are proud to be an authorized online retailer of BAKFlip Tonneau Covers; which is America’s top selling line of tonneau covers. They truly are the highest quality and most durable line of tonneau covers on the market today. They have proven to be the most useful tonneau cover that will allow you to easily load and protect your items from the weather, while being a great theft deterrent. Here below are many FAQ’s in regards to this great product:
- How secure is the BAKFlip?
A. Out of sight, out of mind has a significant value in any truck bed cover, but you can lock your cargo secure by simply locking your tailgate the pull cables which release the cover become inaccessible and turn your truck bed into a lockable storage compartment.
- Does the BAKFlip really sit totally flush?
A. Yes. The BAKFlip fits inside the bed and follows the inner contours of your truck, allowing the cover to sit flush.
- Why does the BAKFlip lean forward & contact the cab?
A. This is done to prevent the cover from slamming forward in the event that your cargo makes contact with the cover, thus preventing damage and also helps provide added visibility to the CHMSL (Center High Mount Safety Light: aka Third Brake Light) which is a unique feature patented by BAK Industries.
- Will BAKFlip damage my cab if it’s flipped up against the cab?
A. No. BAK uses D-shaped bumpers to prevent any direct contact between the cab, the back window and your BAKFlip.
- How much weight can a BAKFlip hold?
A. BAKFlip rails have a load-baring flange, and folding panels with a solid ½” EPS core, allowing your BAKFlip to carry up to 400lbs of weight on the top depending on the model you choose.
- Can I stand on the BAKFlip?
A. Sure, but a little common sense also helps the product last longer. Rather than stand on the top surface, you can fold the cover over a couple times to make the folded top stronger. Then you are actually standing on the bottom of the cover where any scuffs will be unseen when closed.
- Can I drive with the BAKFlip in the flipped up position?
A. Yes. The ability to drive with the BAKFlip flipped up against the cab is apart of BAKFlip’s design. Locking prop rods will secure the cover open on each side allowing you to drive with the cover open at safe highway speeds.
- Can I drive with the BAKFlip folded open?
A. Yes, new straps and buckles have become standard on new BAKFlip models. Strapping the cover down flat on the rails behind the cab allows incremental access to the bed and improved rear window visibility.
- How do I lock the BakFlip if my truck does not have a tailgate lock?
A. Easy. Every new truck seems to have an OE tailgate lock, but if your truck does not have a locking tailgate, a Pop & Lock or similar lock can be added to your truck to complete the bed security.
- Can I see out the back window with my bed loaded?
A. Yes and no. If the BAKFlip is completely flipped up against the cab then no, the BAKFlip will block the window. But so will your refrigerator. You may also consider re-arranging your cargo and strap the BAKFlip down in the folded position, which will provide improved rear window visibility. Don’t forget to use your side view mirrors for added safety.
- Is my BAKFlip waterproof?
A. Ultimately no truck bed cover is 100% waterproof. However, if properly installed the BAKFlip in a leader in its class at keeping the bed dry. Although gaps at the tailgate and other areas of the bed can allow minimal water in, there are also special installation techniques to become the most watertight fit possible. Local BAK Authorized Dealers experts are standing by for a professional installation for you to ensure the best possible outcome to fit your needs.
- Is it easy to remove the BAKFlip truck bed covers?
A. BAKFlips are easy to remove with a simple pin on each side and a thumbscrew underneath, and without the use of tools.
- Can I tow a gooseneck trailer with a BAKFlip installed?
- Can my BakFlip be dented or damaged from hail?
A. If you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, such as hail, we highly recommend the FRP Fiberglass series, which is the most dent and ding resistant product we have available. The aluminum series product while provides outstanding UV protection for the sun belt areas but is more susceptible to dents and dings as a result of hail.
- Does the warranty provide a new cover if mine becomes defective?
A. It depends on the circumstances. Normal wear and tear items have simple service parts that help keep everything working 100%. Most local dealers will cover this service as part of the sale price if you buy the cover at a local dealer and have them install it.
- How can I get the side seals of my BAKFlip to lay flat?
A. Sometimes, your side seals of your BakFlip cover will appear to be wrinkled shortly after initially installing the cover. That’s because it’s been folded up in a box for an extended period of time. But not to worry, the rubber seals used on a BakFlip have a memory. That means they’ll revert back to their original shape when exposed to heat. You can leave your truck in the sun, or to expedite, just apply heat with a hair dryer or heat gun.
- Where is BAKFlip made?
A. BAK Industries is proud to produce all of truck bed covers in the USA at our manufacturing facility in Springfield, Missouri.
- Do I need a dealer to install my BAKFlip?
A. No. If you are a weekend mechanic and have some basic tools, BAKFlip is an easy install. If you don’t have spare time a Local BAK Authorized Dealer can make it simple to have the best experience with the cover. You may want to talk to your local dealers before ordering if you want to go the easy route.
- Is my new BakFlip going to be easy to install?
A. Yes. If you can twist a 9/16 wrench, all it takes is a little time, and the step-by-step installation guide that’s included in the box. There are also video’s on the BAK website that can walk you through an install, and show you how to bolt on the BAKFlip with ease. It typically takes about 30 minutes to install a BAKFlip.
- Do I need to drill my truck to install my BakFlip?
A. No. Your BAKFlip will simply clamp on to 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 9/16 wrench. There are three clamps to tighten on each side to secure the cover. For long bed trucks, there are generally four clamps on each side.
- 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.
- What are the BAKFlip panels made from?
A. BAKFlip panels are sandwich panels. Although they are relatively light in weight, they are extremely strong. Depending on which cover you choose, the exterior will either be made of impact resistant fiberglass polymer, or aircraft grade aluminum. The inner core of the BAKFlip is a high density EPS (polystyrene). This allows the BAKFlip panels to be insulated and impact resistant. Most importantly, the panels are completely watertight.
- Can I use my BAKFlip with a bedliner?
A. Yes, the BAKFlip is designed to work with any spray on liner, BedRug, or under the rail bedliner. It will also work with many aftermarket bed rail caps that did not come equipped from the factory.
- Does BAKFlip work with an overhead rack?
A. Yes, you should look into the BAKFlip CS Series. This is a 500lb lifestyle rack that is integrated with the BAKFlip and offers a special rail design.
- Can I add a rack to my BAKFlip?
A. Yes, you can buy the specialty BAKFlip CS rail and rack separately, however it is less expensive if you buy it as a complete kit, rather than add it later. TracRac SR can work with a BAKFlip with some effort and custom installation. The TracRac SR is rated to 1000lbs on most applications. However, the folding cover will have some interference if the racks are anywhere other than at the far ends at the front and back of the bed. The BAKFlip Prop Rods will need to be modified and cut shorter. Other rack options are under investigation as to what does and does not work. You may want to check with a local BAK Authorized Dealer for more options.
- Does BAKFlip work with headache racks?
A. Yes Back Rack Headache Racks integrate perfectly with BAKFlips, as long as you order the “Tonneau Cover Accessory Mounting Kit” from Back Rack. Other brands of headache racks may also work as long as they do not mount to or interfere with the vertical surface of the bed rail at the opening where the BAKFlip Rail clamps into place. They need to mount to the top horizontal surface only. BAKFlip provides access to stake pocket holes for this type of mounting hardware, or a bolt can be drilled through the bedrail if other bolt-on options do not exist.
- Does BAKFlip work with a toolbox?
A. Yes, BAK offers the BAKBox2 – a convenient, fold away toolbox that is concealed underneath the BAKFlip cover and clamps into the BAKFlip rails to hold over 200lbs of assorted small cargo. The BAKBox2 provides the organization of a toolbox, while the BAKFlip secures the contents of your entire truck bed when the cover is closed.
- Does BAKFlip work with a bed extender?
A. Yes. The OE Ford Bed Extender works perfectly. Aftermarket bed extenders are adjustable to work with the BAKFlip. An adapter may be required.
- Does BAKFlip work with bed rail bars and stake pocket tie downs?
A. Yes, most Bed Rail Bars mount to the stake pocket holes or drill through the top of the truck bed rail. In some cases they will need to be adjusted. If there is a large plastic foot that interferes, some trimming of the plastic may be necessary.
America’s #1 selling hard folding cover, the BAKFlip MX4, has new features including matte-finished cab corner caps, rail-end caps, clamps, and elevator bolts for a more streamlined look and feel. Other MX4 features include an enhanced functionality with pre-molded, die-cut, shock-absorbent bumpers and secure prop rod clips.
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