Review & Install Video
Hey, what's going on guys? Adam here with americanmuscle.com, and today I'm bringing you my detailed review of the TruXmart Smart-Fold Tonneau cover fitting all '09 to '14 F-150s with a six-and-a-half foot bed. So if you're the owner of an '09 to '14 F-150 and you're looking for an extremely easy to use, reliable way to protect the cargo in the bed of your truck, then you might wanna check out the TruXmart Smart-Fold Tonneau cover I have here. So for those of you who don't know, a tonneau cover is expected to protect the cargo in the bed of your truck from all the outside elements like rain, snow, sleet and hail, and even if you're offroading, dirt and mud. Now, this Smart-Fold system from TruXmart is redesigning the whole latching system, making it extremely easy to use for you guys.
So this particular option from TruXmart makes it extremely easy to use. Like I said, they redesigned the latching system to where all you would have to do is pull a cable directly in the middle to release it and fold it over, and when you wanna close it, it would snap right back into place. So the Smart-Fold technique that TruXmart uses in this tonneau cover, basically like I mentioned, you pull the cable, and it releases two latches on both corners of the tailgate, allowing it to pop up for you to fold over. Now with that said, that tailgate there makes it a lot easier to use. Because in other circumstances like traditional tonneau covers, you would have to unscrew or unlatch both ends which definitely, it makes a little more time consuming, so this makes it easier for you as the user.
So at the time of this video, TruXmart is the first company that uses a soft, tri-folding tonneau cover with a Smart Folding system that we have here. It's definitely a one-of-a-kind tonneau cover that combines accessibility and security, giving you a very reliable cover to protect your cargo. So this tonneau cover from TruXmart offers a 24 ounce, double-coated, UV-protected vinyl tarp to keep out all of the elements, and to keep it from warping and fading. All of the hardware is included such as weather-tight Q seals, an epoxy-coated aluminum subframe, you also get hinge seals and folding pads on each corner, obviously to protect it from weather. So this cover also offers front-adjustable latch positioning tracks, which as I mentioned before, this is really what makes the cover stand out. The simple pull of a cable that runs through nylon rollers releases the first fold of a tri-fold cover, allowing you to open it up. Closing the cover is as simple as just snapping both corners shut whether the tailgate is opened or closed.
Price-wise, you can expect to be spending just south of $300 on this kit, which is definitely a relatively affordable option compared to the other options that can range up to about $500, and sometimes even more. This option is definitely an affordable way to get some reliability to protect the cargo in the bed of your truck. So the insulation for this piece is extremely straightforward, which is great to hear when you're talking about a tonneau cover, and I'll jump into it in just a second. All you'll need is a couple of basic hand tools and some time in your driveway at home. I'd say give it about 30 minutes to an hour to get the whole thing installed. You'll definitely wanna have a ratchet or wrench and a 17-millimeter socket on hand. So to kick things off, you wanna start putting the folded up tonneau cover on the side of the bed closest to the windshield, making sure it's squared away. Once you get the tonneau cover put in place by the bed's windshield, what you can do is start by unfolding it. And taking the plastic latch systems that are on each side of the bed, pulling them down and placing them under the lip of the bed rail and tightening them in a counter-clockwise motion until snug. And just repeat it for the exact opposite side.
At this point, you can unfold the cover completely and get it down to the Smart Latching system by the tailgate. Now once you do that, you can locate the actual Smart Latching brackets, because this is where you'll be installing the L-brackets and clamps, and you'll wanna mark this location on the side of your bed with a finger or maybe even a piece of tape. Now just a quick tip, when you're installing these L-brackets for the latch system, it might be easy to use the adhesive-backed shims to make sure that the brackets are leveled, and not angled up or down when you're using them, so they're properly in place. Now when you're installing the L-brackets in the position that you marked with a piece of tape or your finger, you wanna put one on the top of the bed and one on the inside of the bed, and for the inside, you wanna use two clamps and tighten them down using the center bolt. Now once you get those in place, you wanna make sure they're snug against each other and not leaving any gaps or angled differently.
At this point, you can completely unfold the tonneau cover and snap it shut. Now if it doesn't shut properly or the latching system doesn't work properly, you may need to revisit some of the bracketing jobs you did on each side of the bedrail, just to make sure they're adjusted properly, and do the adjustments you may need to do. Now with that said, if it doesn't work properly, you can fix it there, but if it does, it should snap shut and protect it against all types of elements and should easily release with a pull of that cable.
Now just to wrap up the install, you're looking at spending about a half hour to an hour, like I said, and I would definitely give this a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It's definitely something you can do at home, guys, with a this few simple hand tools and some time in your driveway. Now before I close out this video, I do wanna point out that this particular option I have here on the table is for the six-and-a-half-foot bed guys, for the '09 to '14 F-150s. But if you have a five-and-a-half-foot bed, you're not completely out of the picture just yet. TruXmart does offer this exact same product to fit your particular bed size, whether it be six-and-a-half or five-and-a-half, so you can check that out on the site as well. And also, if you're not really interested in the Smart-Fold with the tri-fold, you can check out any of the Smart Rolls, the Quattxmarro Fold, the regular tri-fold, or any of the other cover options on the site as well.
So just to quickly wrap things up, guys, if you're the owner of an '09 to '14 F-150 with a six-and-a-half foot bed, then you might be interested in protecting your cargo in the bed of your truck from any of the elements by also making it extremely easy to access. You might wanna check out the TruXmart Smart-Fold tonneau cover I have here, and it's available right here at americanmuscle.com.
The TruXmart Smart Fold Tonneau Cover is the easy way to gain added security and improve your truck's fuel economy. It features a weather tight, Smart Fold design that incorporates an easy to use cable pull open mechanism, as well as an automatic latching closure. No other brackets or latches need to be addressed for use, simply open your tailgate, pull a cable and the Tonneau disengages so you can fold it back for cargo access. When you're ready to hit the road, simply push it down into place, with or without the tailgate down, to secure. This Truck Bed Cover will make protecting your cargo from weather and the prying eyes of thieves simple and easy! Improved Fuel Economy.
Covering your truck's bed is an easy way to stream line your vehicle and improve fuel economy. Thanks to the Smart Fold's sleek design, you can ensure improved fuel economy without sacrificing fit, function or ease of use. Durable Construction.
Engineered for durability, the Smart Fold Tonneau Cover is crafted from 24 oz. dual coated UV protected vinyl and features marine grade, triple layer stitching for long lasting performance. It comes equipped with a black powder coated aluminum frame and cross bar, as well as stainless steel hardware to prevent devastating corrosive wear.Easy Installation.
The Smart Fold Cover is designed for a quick and easy installation. No drilling is required and the included hardware and clamp system makes installations and removal a painless process to get you back on the road faster.5 Year Warranty.
To ensure quality craftsmanship, TruXmart backs the Smart Fold Tonneau with a 5 Year Warranty. Product registration is required to qualify and some exclusions may apply; Please see manufacturer's warranty for complete details.Application.
The TruXmart Smart Fold Tonneau Cover is designed for 2009 to 2014 Styleside F-150s equipped with a 5.5 ft., 6.5 ft. or 8 ft. Bed. Does not
fit Flareside Beds.Please Note.
The Tonneau Cover is not
intended to be used on F-150s equipped with the Utility Track System.
- What's in the Box
- (1) Smart Fold Tonneau
- (2) Smart Latch Brackets
- (4) Clamps
- (2) Front Clamp Pads
- (2) Shims
- (1)Tailgate Seal
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 15 Minutes
Difficulty Level:Simple installation for anyone
- Will it fit my F-150?
- 09-14 - 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 09