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Best Tonneau Covers for Dodge Ram 1500

Best Tonneau Covers for Dodge Ram 1500

A tonneau cover serves more purposes than merely protecting your cargo from theft or elements. Depending on your choice, it might enhance your truck’s look or even help improve its fuel economy. Selecting the right tonneau cover for your older Dodge Ram 1500 or newer Ram 1500 might not be that simple. Our list of the best tonneau covers for the Dodge Ram 1500 should help provide some clarity as to which tonneau covers are the best for your truck.

 

Best Tonneau Covers for Dodge Ram 1500: Reviews & Recommendations

TruXedo TruXport – Roll-Up Tonneau Cover

Brand: TruXedo
Finish: Leather grain
Material: Vinyl
Warranty: 5-year
Weight capacity: N/A
Type: Soft roll-up cover
Price: Check Price

The TruXedo TruXport tonneau cover might not support the RAM 1500’s largest bed configuration, but it does support the RamBox cargo management system if you opt for a 5.7-foot bed. The longer 6.4-foot bed is incompatible with the RamBox system, but both configurations work with the multifunction tailgate.

The TruXedo TruXport does just about everything you’d expect from a quality soft tonneau cover. It’s easy to install and allows full access to the cab once set up. Meanwhile, its leather grain vinyl finish gives it an appealing aesthetic that you’ll appreciate.

Since it sits atop the bedsides, the TruXedo TruXport blocks the stake pocket holes, limiting the usage of other cab accessories. Another one of its potential shortcomings is that improper installation can lead to problems such as the cover letting water into the bed.

 

Tyger Auto T3 – Soft Folding Tonneau Cover

Brand: Tyger Auto
Finish: Dual-coated
Material: Vinyl
Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty (US only)
Weight capacity: 100 lbs
Type: Soft tri-fold cover
Price: Check Price

Tyger Auto’s soft folding tonneau cover works with all three Dodge Ram 1500 truck bed configurations, but won’t fit models equipped with the RamBox cargo management system.

The Tyger Auto T3 soft tri-fold tonneau cover is one of the easiest-to-install and simplest-to-use tonneau covers on the market. produced from marine-grade vinyl with aluminum rails, it’s quite sturdy for a soft cover, but flexible at the same time.

One of the Tyger Auto T3’s biggest shortcomings is that it leaves one-third of the bed inaccessible from the top. It also blocks the stake pocket holes. Finally, some buyers have found it can be hard to get that perfect fit, which can lead to improper seal or cover flapping at high speeds.

 

BAK BAKFlip MX4 – Hard Folding Tonneau Cover

Brand: BAK
Finish: Glossy or Matte
Material: Aluminum
Warranty: 5-year
Weight capacity: 400 lbs
Type: Hard folding cover
Price: Check Price

The BAKFlip MX4 is available for all versions of the Dodge Ram 1500 trucks regardless of chosen bed configuration. It also supports the RamBox system, albeit not with the 8-foot bed configuration.

Being a hard tonneau cover, the BAK BAKFlip MX4 tends to be more expensive and more structurally sound than its softer counterparts. It comes with a generous 5-year warranty and can withstand up to 400 pounds of evenly distributed weight. Since it can fold in an upright position next to the cab, it doesn’t impede access to the bed despite essentially being a fold-up cover.

The most immediate shortcoming of the MX4 is that you have to pick your poison between full bed access or rear window visibility. We have also found the opening cable latch system to be of poor quality and one of the most common pieces to give out early.

Update: for more details, read our Bakflip MX4 review

 

GatorTrax Tonneau Cover – Retractable Tonneau Cover

Brand: GatorTrax
Finish: Matte
Material: Aluminum-reinforced polycarbonate
Warranty: 1-year
Weight capacity: 175 lbs
Type: Hard sliding cover
Price: Check Price

The hard sliding cover from GatorTrax can’t be ordered with the 8-foot bed configuration, but offers plenty of versatility otherwise since you can have it with or without RamBox, with or without multifunction tailgate, and even with Silver Cargo Rails.

The GatorTrax tonneau cover for Ram 1500 is a sliding hard cover that offers the highest level of versatility of all listed covers. Made from polycarbonate combined with aluminum beams, the GatorTrax might not be able to withstand more than 175 pounds of weight, but it can be locked in any position along the rails. It also provides a tight seal and great protection from the elements.

The downsides are mostly related to the cover’s longevity as several owners have reported it tends to start cracking after only a few years. That shouldn’t be happening with premium products with such a high price point.

 

UnderCover Elite LX – One-Piece Tonneau Cover

Brand: UnderCover 
Finish: Factory-matching color
Material: ABS composite
Warranty: 1-year on parts and lifetime on paint and structure
Weight capacity: 500 lbs
Type: Hard one-piece cover
Price: Check Price

The Elite LX can’t be ordered with the longest of three bed configurations and it doesn’t work with neither the RamBox system nor the multifunction tailgate.

The UnderCover Elite LX tonneau cover is the most stylish option listed here, as it offers factory-matching color. It’s constructed from a sturdy ABS composite material and provides a tight seal and superb protection from both theft and elements. A premium them carries under the cover as well where the Elite LX boasts a plush carpet-lined underside, a removable LED lighting, and a cargo retrieval tool.

Sadly, it opens under an angle that always leaves one part of the cargo bed inaccessible alongside blocking the stake pocket holes. It’s also quite pricey and its weight adds to that of the truck itself.

Update: for more details, read our UnderCover Elite LX review.

 

BAK Revolver X4s – Hard Roll-up Tonneau Cover

Brand: BAK 
Finish: Matte
Material: Industrial-grade vinyl
Warranty: 5-year
Weight capacity: 400 lbs
Type: Hard roll-up cover
Price: Check Price

The BAK Revolver X4s works with all three Ram 1500 cargo bed configurations, as well as with the RamBox cargo management system. The 8-foot bed, however, can’t be optioned with the RamBox.

Being a hard roll-up tonneau cover, the BAK Revolver X4s offers a practicality of a roll-up and the sturdiness of a hard cover. It manages to do so by having an industrial-grade vinyl top and aluminum underbody. A full access to stake pocket holes makes this tonneau cover an ideal choice for buyers looking to combine it with other accessories.

Despite being one of the most well-rounded covers around, the BAK Revolver X4s still features an issue or two. Some owners have found it to be of subpar build quality, and it was even noted that it sometimes comes shipped with a manufacturing defect.

Update: for more details, read our BAK Revolver X4S review.

 

DIAMONDBACK HD – Heavy Duty Tonneau Cover

DIAMONDBACK HD

Brand: DIAMONDBACK
Finish: Diamond-plate
Material: Heavy-duty aluminum
Warranty: 3 years on the finish and limited lifetime on structure
Weight capacity: 1,600 lbs
Type: Hard heavy-duty cover

Depending on a model of choice, the heavy-duty DIAMONDBACK HD tonneau cover can be ordered with all three-bed configurations and with or without the RamBox system. There are certain limitations, though. The RamBox doesn’t support the longest bed length.

The DIAMONDBACK HD is the toughest of all listed tonneau covers, designed for the heavy-duty workload of up to 1,600 pounds. It’s also scratch and dent resistant and features a neoprene perimeter gasket to keep water away from the bed and a two-key lock system to do the same with thieves.

DIAMONDBACK HD’s biggest disadvantage is its locked mid-segment, which always remains closed and severely limits access to the bed. It also covers the bed rails and impedes the stake pocket holes. Not to mention that it weighs quite a lot.

 

Our Verdict

Our pick for the best tonneau cover for the Dodge Ram 1500 would be the BAK BAKFlip MX4. It’s rigid enough, supports all bed configurations as well as Ram’s new and classic body styles, and features a convenient folding design. If this one’s out of your price range, you can’t go wrong with the TruXedo TruXport, which is also a well-rounded truck bed cover, albeit less structurally sound.

 

Dodge Ram 1500 bed and cab combinations

Here is a list of the available Dodge Ram 1500 bed and cab combinations and bed dimensions.

Dodge Ram 1500 bed and cab combinations
Make / ModelYear RangeManufacturer's Cab Size TermUniversal Cab Size TermManufacturer's Bed Style / Size TermUniversal Bed Style / Size TermApprox Inside Bed LengthInside bed width (at cab)Inside bed width (at tailgate)
Dodge Ram 15002006 2008RegularRegularShortShort74.5"65.5"62.19"
Dodge Ram 15002006 2008RegularRegularLongLong96.5"65.5"62.19"
Dodge Ram 15002006 2008QuadExtendedShortShort74.5"65.5"62.19"
Dodge Ram 15002006 2008QuadExtendedLongLong96.5"65.5"62.19"
Dodge Ram 15002006 2008MegaMegaShortShort74.5"65.5"62.19"
Dodge Ram 15002009 2014RegularRegularMidShort74.25"65.38"62.06"
Dodge Ram 15002009 2014RegularRegularLongLong96.38"65.5"62.06"
Dodge Ram 15002009 2014QuadExtendedMidShort74.25"65.38"62.06"
Dodge Ram 15002009 2014CrewCrewShortExtrashort65.5"62.0"62.06"
Dodge Ram 1500 Rambox2009 2014AnyAnyAnyAnyStd Length52.625"52.625"
Dodge Ram 15001994 2001SweptlineRegularShortShort76.5"65.5"62.88"
Dodge Ram 15001994 2001SweptlineRegularLongLong96.5"65.5"62.88"
Dodge Ram 15001994 2001Club/QuadExtendedShortShort76.5"65.5"62.88"
Dodge Ram 15001994 2001Club/QuadExtendedLongLong96.5"65.5"62.88"
Dodge Ram 15002002 2005RegularRegularShortShort74.5"65.5"62.19"
Dodge Ram 15002002 2005RegularRegularLongLong96.5"65.5"62.19"
Dodge Ram 15002002 2005QuadExtendedShortShort74.5"65.5"62.19"
Dodge Ram 15002002 2005QuadExtendedLongLong96.5"65.5"62.19"
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David Patterson

Our editor, who brings a wealth of experience in tonneau covers and truck accessories sales to our editorial team. With over a decade in the industry, David has a deep understanding of the products and a knack for helping customers find the perfect fit for their trucks.

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  • I’m considering tonneau covers for my 2020 Dodge Ram 1500 and I need one that’s easy to remove or fold when I have larger cargo. Can you recommend any options?

    • There are various tonneau covers designed for versatility, offering folding, rolling, and retractable options. These covers can be conveniently removed or folded without the need to remove the rails, typically taking just a few minutes. This flexibility allows you to create extra space for larger cargo as needed.

      If you’re specifically interested in tonneau covers that can be removed without the need for tools, here are a few examples:

      Truxedo Sentry (Hard Rolling): This cover is equipped with two clips at the cab side, making removal a straightforward process.

      TruXedo Lo Pro (Soft Cover): The TruXedo Lo Pro features a quick-release system that simplifies the removal process.

      Tonnopro Covers (Hard Folding): These covers can be entirely removed within minutes without the need for any tools, offering added convenience.

      These options should help you find the perfect tonneau cover for your Dodge Ram 1500.

  • I’ve been looking into tonneau covers and noticed they come with different types of locks. Can you provide more information about these locking options and their advantages and disadvantages?

    • Tonneau covers come with a range of locking mechanisms, including manual latches, key-operated locks, and remote-controlled systems. Each option has its own set of strengths and weaknesses, especially in terms of security and convenience. To assist you in making a well-informed choice, we suggest identifying the specific type of cover you’re interested in. We’ll publish a detailed overview of these locking options in an upcoming article.

  • I’m going to buy a tonneau cover for my 2019 Ram 1500, but I already have a toolbox installed. Can you suggest tonneau covers that are compatible with toolboxes or provide some recommendations?

    • There are several tonneau covers designed to work seamlessly with toolboxes, making them a great fit for your situation. Here are a few options to consider:
      Extang Trifecta Toolbox 2.0 Tonneau Cover: This soft tri-fold cover is designed to work harmoniously with toolboxes.
      Extang Solid Fold Toolbox 2.0 Tonneau Cover: Similar to the Trifecta, this cover features a solid folding design
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