Originally Posted by Gogators93
Congrats Hubster! That looks sweet! I missed you posting this until right now so glad you finally came to a decision. Now if I can do the same. How was the installation? Does it fit well and install easy?
Sometimes you make a decision and then aren't sure if you made the right one or not - while I like the BedTred I bought and installed, I'm still not sure I shouldn't have gotten the Bed Rug instead. But then again, I'm not sure I shouldn't have gotten the BedTred. I'm just undecided.
This is not the case with the Retrax Pro. After doing a tons of research and after buying it, I am totally happy with the decision and can't think back to any cover I researched as possibly being better for me and my needs.
As far as the installation goes, the written instructions and an online Youtube video I found made the instruction look VERY easy. Having said that, there are no drain holes in the bed of the 2011 F150 Platinum so two holes had to be drilled for the drain tubes. The two holes have to be drilled through your bedliner and through the two plastic caps just above your bed floor. The good news is that if you screw up the holes the plastic caps are replaceable at a very low cost.
Having said all that, I just didn't trust myself to drill the holes. My fear was that I would end up drilling holes that were too large and that the drain tubes would be too loose. So I broke-down and had it professionally installed by my local shop. I figured it was worth the $200 to make sure the holes were drilled correctly and the tubes fit tight. The guys at the shop did a great job. By the way, this particular shop only sales the RollNlock series so I had to buy the Retrax Pro and take it to them to install. The owner/operator of the shop was so impressed with the Retrax Pro that he told me he had gone online and completed the application process to become a Retrax dealer. He said it was a better cover and easier to install. He said that if I had gotten the RollNlock he would have had to trim the BedTred on my tailgate because it was slightly thicker than 1/8 inch. When I asked him why that mattered he said the RollNlock will only latch if you have a perfect 1/8 inch gap between the cover and the tailgate, whereas the Retrax Pro will latch in any position so the the thickness of your bed liner doesn't matter.
Only time will tell, but thus far I really, really like it. At the end of the day, it's only a truck cover, so I guess I shouldn't have stressed about the buying decision. But I really love my F150 and I think this cover is perfect for my particular truck and my particular needs.