Posted: February 08, 2013
Installing An Extang Encore Tonneau Cover
How to install Extang's Encore tri-folding tonneau coverBy Dan Sanchez
In the past, it took lots of measuring and drilling to get a hard tonneau onto a pickup. Getting the hinges in the right position was key so that you wouldn’t have to re-drill and make holes in your customer’s vehicle. Today, installing a tonneau cover like Extang’s new Encore low-profile unit, takes only minutes, and can provide a solution for a variety of your customers with different applications and needs to protect their cargo.
The Encore is a tri-fold, tonneau that’s self positioning, self latching, and incorporates one-inch thick panels. These UV resistant panels are hinged to allow access to the front or rear of the bed. Yet, when closed, it locks up tight to provide excellent weather protection and security. It easily folds up and lifts out of the way, when the full truck bed is needed for large cargo, or when towing with a fifth-wheel trailer.
The Encore uses aluminum rails that clamp onto the underside of the truck’s bedrails. The tonneau is then lifted into position, unfolded, and lays on the rails, and automatically latches into place. The forward panel features a key and rotary lock to prevent it from being opened, while the rear panel can only be opened once the tailgate is down.
We installed the Encore onto a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup in just under 20-minutes with a single 1/2-inch socket. Other applications may require a 3/4-inch holesaw to create a hole in the bed for the drain tube. Once the installation was done, the truck looked great with the tonneau’s textured surface and rubber corners. Furthermore, it’s made in the U.S.A. and your customers will like how it can provide extra security and weather protection for their cargo.
This 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab was ready for a low-profile tonneau cover, and came from the factory with a spray-on bedliner.
The clamps that come with the Encore installation kit is used to provide the correct distance to set the position of the aluminum rails to the front of the bed.
Using a 1/2-inch socket wrench the clamps secure the tonneau rails to the truck’s bedrails. Three are attached on each side.
In this application, the kit also came with a foam seal that attaches to the top of the bed behind the cab.
A drain tube attaches to the Extang aluminum rails to divert any water away from cargo.
This Ram had a plug in the bed that we easily removed and routed the drain tube through. On other applications, a 3/4-inch holesaw can be used to make a drain hole.
With the aluminum rails secured into position it was time to install the Encore tonneau.
The Encore comes out of the box folded together. It is lifted and placed on the bed rails so that the hook at the center of the cover is aligned with the two aluminum hinge pins.
The cover is then unfolded and lays flat on the truck bed.