I have a 2009 Tacoma and need to replace my tonneau cover. I don’t really care if it is hard or soft—at least I don’t think I care. I want water tight and durable. I have a soft right now but after 10 yrs...it has died. Thoughts?
It's all in how you use your bed. A hard cover will last for years. It looks nice, and will keep water out, but limits your bed access. You should even be able to find a used one at a good price, but you aren't going to be able to move a fridge without taking off the cover. A soft cover is much easer to remove alowing you full access to you bed. Then there is looks and what you like. I have seen both in very nice setups.
I have a truxedo roll-up velcro cover for my Tundra and I'm happy with it, but I know that I can't keep anything really valuable in the bed if left out in the open because a simple knife will gain someone access into the bed.
It was just over $300 and took about an hour to install myself. Not sure why I did a 2-part video of this, but here you go.
I went to Leer dealer and employee recommended the Tuxedo cover. He has owned one a few years and it was the lowest prices cover the shop was pedalling. He pointed out the other brands would freeze at the seals in our climate making them a PIA to open. I was there looking for a handle for the hard tonneau cover i had just bought for $60. Cost me $55 for the handle
I scrapped the original Toyota cover because IT WAS NOT water tight, etc. I replaced it with the Undercover (had one before) and love it. Single center handle keyed to the truck with rods latching on both sides; removable light (battery) built into cover and rod for grabbing things deep in the bed. NO LEAKS, not even dust.