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Subject:  Re: PU Bed Cover... Date:  6/27/2012  2:23 PM
Author:  wecoguy Number:  2275 of 2372

You can pick up a heavy duty canvas drop cloth at Home Depot or Lowes and cut it to size yourself. A grommet kit will allow you to out fasteners anywhere you want for another couple bucks. I wouldn't bother with the metal road along the front, just put one of the factory seamed edges there, and another down one side, machine sew the other two sides to your custom dimensions, then put grommets there as well. I'd use more grommets at the front edge than anywhere else, but otherwise those bungee-balls will hold it down tight.

Whole thing probably cost you $50, and be a lot easier to put on and take off than something made of wood. Folds up, too, when you have an oversize load to deal with.


Metal rod across the front might keep it from billowing up, lifting the back end off the road!! What I don't have is a heavy duty sewing machine... The grommets, yes, maybe have the tool somewhere, but might be easier to buy a new kit... My tiedowns aren't at the corners, so I'll have to add a loop or small eyebolt.. bigger headache is that I have a bed liner, but what I did for my tiedowns was slip a 1" square tube up under the lip of the bed, construction adhesive held the short pieces, then I used self drilling screws to secure the tiedowns.. very strong.. So something like that, close as I can get to the corners...

I do have some tarps in the garage, one is a bright yellow, really heavy, tho.. Another is old, very old, oiled canvas, likely from the '30s, hate to cut it as it was Dad's... I may have to look for someone that has a HD Sewing machine..

Wondering if it will flap at highway speeds...

just have to see what works I guess...

thanks...
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