Useful Instructions on How to install a tonneau cover

A tonneau cover is an essential truck accessory which protects the items carried in the back of your truck. Tonneau covers have recently been dominant among truck accessories because of the benefits they give.

Investing in a tonneau cover is great because aside from beautifying your truck with a sleek appearance and style, they also improve your truck’s gas consumption by reducing drag.

Installing a tonneau cover is comfortable and hassle-free. The methods used to install tonneau covers vary depending on the brand or model you intend to install. Each type of tonneau covers comes with details and instructions on how to fix your cover.

How to Install a Tonneau Cover?

There are various methods of installing tonneau covers. It is advisable always to read the manual that comes in hand with each type of tonneau cover. Doing so ensures that you do your tonneau cover installation successfully.

a) Temporary Clamping

There are tonneau covers that attach through clamps and latches, and they require no tools. Below is a procedure for temporary clamping.

i. After purchase, you should have received a tonneau cover folded in one piece and the user manual. The first thing you should do is to read the manufacturers manual. Installing a tonneau cover using temporary clamping requires no additional tools.

ii. Place your truck bed cover delicately over the truck bed bulkhead. Ensure that it is as far as possible leaving no gaps between the cab and the bed.

iii. After lining up the tonneau cover in place, you should pull the laches below the furthest section of your cover on either side and move them to clamp the underneath of your truck bed rail’s lip. Ensure that the lid is tight to avoid a saggy tonneau cover.

iv. Afterwards, unroll your tonneau cover to the back of your truck. Open the tailgate and attach your cover like you connected the front.

v. Close the tailgate and check if it closes without any hindrance. Ensure that you tighten your tonneau cover.

b) Semi-Permanent Clamping

These tonneau covers connect through rails that attach clamps and must have bolts on them. Below is a procedure to install a semi-permanent tonneau cover.

i) Uncover your package and remove whatever is inside. Locate the user guide to get instructions on the installation process. When installing a semi-temporary tonneau cover, you will need some tools and essential clamps and shims required by your system.

ii) You can connect your shims or rubber pieces that cradle against the clamps to aid perfect sizing. After putting everything in place and your braces in proper constructions you can then fasten the bolts and connectors tightly.

iii) Now that your rails are connected put in position the tonneau cover on top of the tracks. Your cover should drop in place correctly. Afterwards, close the tailgate and unfold the whole sheet. Ensure that your cover fits well specifically if the locking clamps or snap buttons are in contact and perfectly placed.

iv) Test if the levers and handles are working well. Unroll your tonneau cover towards the front and backwards. You can then install any remaining rubber bumpers, tubes or drainers or any other cover component as laid in the instructions book.

v) Finally, test your tonneau cover once more. Ensure that everything is in place and is working correctly.

c)    Retractable Tonneau Covers

These covers are similar to the above regarding installation, other than the tonneau cover comes in a separate can that connects into the rails. The following is a procedure to install a retractable tonneau cover.

i. Open your package and retrieve the user manual that will provide guidelines.

ii. Place the rolling cover canister at the Centre of the truck bed. Ensure that there is no gap between the cab and your bed rail before embedding the cartridge. The most important consideration is to ensure that your can remains centrally placed.

iii. Rest the cover rails on top of your bed rails and bind them with the canister. Ensure that the sides of the retractable cover are appropriately positioned to aid smooth sliding after activation.

iv. Slither your binding clamps down the cover rails undersides till they are properly locked and in position. Create the braces as stipulated in the user guide. Once in place, bolt each of the clamps collectively. Doing this ensures that there is enough tension to tighten your cover rails.

v. You should ensure that you follow the measurements indicated in the user manual when placing the span. The sizes should be equal at the front of your bed and the tailgate. You can then tighten the bolts. Incline your rail up when stretching to make sure it goes directly out from your track.

vi. Consider installing the remaining devices such as pill straps, tubes, water canisters or electrical accessories.

vii. Finally, test your appliance and make adjustments where need be. A working and rigid system communicate the success of your work.

d) Hinged Lid Tonneau Covers

A hinged lid tonneau cover is solid and opens through shocks that connect to the interior rails. Here is the procedure of installing these covers.

i) Uncover your package and check if all materials and tools are present.

ii) Use a forklift or get manual labour to help you lift the heavy tonneau cover. Prepare your bed rail and the lower side of the sheet with alcohol. Take the rail tape and spread it on the underside of the lid to touch the truck bed directly along the rail. Ensure that the rail tape is straight and discard the white paper coat.

iii) Carefully lower the tonneau cover on the truck bed with all sides and edges at an appropriate level. Ensure that the gates of your tonneau cover open freely without hindrances.

iv) Attach the remaining c-clamps on the edges and corners as stipulated in the user manual then tighten the bolts.

v) Finally, check if your cover is fully operational and also tighten any loose bolts.

It is advisable always to lock your hard-top tonneau cover for it to last longer.


To sum it up, there are various types of tonneau covers, but each class has differing installation. Installing these covers is easy provided you have the skills and proper tools. You can follow the steps above to connect your tonneau cover successfully.

It is important to note that you should carefully read the instructions given to guide you when installing a tonneau cover.

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