Watch how we make our tonneau covers

how we make tonneau covers
Lola, left, helps Made For The Outdoors Host Lindsey Hayes sew the edge of an ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover while filming an episode about how our tonneau covers are manufactured.

Made For The Outdoors visited our factory last year to document the process of making ACCESS® Roll-Up Covers. Host Lindsey Hayes went behind the scenes and even tried out some of the steps herself. The episode shows her sewing a vinyl tonneau cover and preparing the hardware required to install the cover. Hayes also installed a tonneau cover on a pickup.

This video shares the company culture behind the truck bed covers. Hayes interviewed several employees and spent time exploring the facility on our company tricycles (She was particularly enamored with the trikes). Watch to the very end to see her riding with a big crew of Agri-Cover people.

Watch the episode here:

Made For The Outdoors airs on Fox Sports North, Fox Sports Wisconsin and the Sportsman Channel. Check local listings for air times.

How do I make my roll-up tonneau cover last as long as possible?

A good tonneau cover is an important investment for a truck owner. We want you to get as much out of that investment as possible, which is why we offer these tips to protect your cover and extend your truck bed cover’s life.

  1. Keep your tonneau cover closed when not in use. Roll-up covers are designed to be used in the closed position most of the time but can be rolled open to transport large cargo. Avoid storing your tonneau in the rolled-open position for long periods of time to decrease the possibility of the cover’s interior components being damaged by the sun.
  2. Keep your tonneau tight. Tension matters. A tight tonneau cover will last, but a loose cover will wear out prematurely. Most tonneau covers have tension adjusters for fine-tuning; the vinyl should sound drum-like when tapped on. Also, always finish securing the truck bed cover by sealing the sides with the hook-and-loop system.
  3. Protect your tonneau cover. We treat our vinyl covers against UV damage, but the sun’s rays are relentless. We recommend periodically treating the cover with ACCESS® COVER CARE® Cleaner. This water-based spray conditions, cleans and protects any vinyl, leather or rubber surface but won’t leave an oily mess. Just spray and wipe your vinyl as needed to preserve your tonneau cover’s function and appearance.

How to measure your truck bed for an ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover

Are you thinking about getting an ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover for your truck bed?

First, thank you for considering us. Second, let’s make sure we get the tonneau cover that will fit your truck.

Misjudging your bed length is surprisingly easy. I say this because we get a number of tonneau covers returned each year when customers order the wrong size. Many people make the easy mistake of ordering a standard-bed cover for a short-bed truck, or vice versa.

Also, different manufacturers measure their truck beds in different ways, which can lead to confusion. We recommend you get a tape measure to determine your bed size and make certain you only have to order once. Here’s a guide to getting the right length:

Sean’s truck was buried in several feet of heavy snow. This is what happened to his ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover.

There’s a truck under there. I promise!

Imagine coming outside and finding your truck like this. That’s just what happened to Sean T. in New York in late 2014. Pictured here is his Ford F150, which is equipped with an ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover. I’ll let him take the story from here.

“After getting over 7 feet of snow in 2 days back in November 2014 I thought my cover for sure would be shot and I would have to buy a new one. Snow drifts on my truck bed cover were as high as the snow in my yard.”

“The cross bar tubes that support the cover flexed and deflected to the max under the heavy load.”

“To my surprise when I finally got all the snow off the cover the bars flexed back into shape the the cover had not ripped or torn at all! Thanks ACCESS. I’m now looking at purchasing an ADARAC for my truck to haul canoes and kayaks.”

Sean later sent us these photos after he installed his new ADARAC™ Truck Bed Rack System.

As you can see, Sean’s tonneau cover is doing just fine.

Homesteaders enjoy our SNOWSPORT® HD Utility Plow

Last week, YouTuber Starry Hilder teased a little bit about getting our SNOWSPORT® HD Utility Plow for their homestead in the Pacific Northwest. Hilder promised a full review to come.

Over the weekend, Hilder uploaded this complete review of the plow with plenty of action by her husband, Mr. Hilder, on their 1/4-mile driveway. Watch and see what the homesteaders said.

Realtruck.com names ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover its MVP of the Year

We were honored to receive some great news today. The following is a press release sent out by RealTruck.com:

ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover is RealTruck.com’s MVP of the Year

Awarded 2014 RealTruck.com SEMA Vendor Award

RealTruck.com has chosen ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover as this year’s recipient of the Most Valuable Partner of the Year award. The award was presented at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Pictured, from left, are Shawn O’Neal, ACCESS director of sales, Bryan Miller, chief operating officer of Agri-Cover, Inc., Scott Bintz, RealTruck.com CEO, and Dustin Whitney, ACCESS national account manager.

JAMESTOWN, ND (Nov. 18, 2014) – RealTruck.com is excited to announce that ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover is this year’s recipient of the Most Valuable Partner of the Year award, presented at the 2014 SEMA show.

In it’s second year, the RealTruck Vendor Awards series was created to honor partner companies that demonstrate a commitment to excellence in the areas of communication, problem solving, and support, while providing high-quality products and top-notch customer service. RealTruck.com is fortunate to partner with a number of vendors that strive for and exemplify excellence, and selecting a winner in each category was a challenging task. Ultimately, only one company per category won, and the winners represent the partners that stood out during the September 2013 to August 2014 period.

In order to receive serious consideration in the Most Valuable Partner of the Year category, companies had to meet the following criteria:

  • Be known for consistency – constantly delivers high-quality products to RealTruck customers
  • Has a strong working relationship with all RealTruck internal departments
  • Is a top-tier revenue partner for RealTruck

Aside from giving ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover the highest scores in this category, the judges noted that Access is a well-known name throughout RealTruck due to the close working relationship the company maintains with each of RealTruck’s internal departments.

Hit us with your questions about this GMC Canyon.

Thoughts?

I’ve seen folks asking online if anyone has a Chevrolet Colorado or GMC Canyon, and what the new mid-size trucks are like.

Well, we have one. We also have tonneau covers for them.

If you want to know anything about our GMC Canyon, ask us in the comments section. We’ll do our best to get you an answer.

Truck news: The Colorados and Canyons are coming!

Let’s get to it.

Chevrolet/GMC

General Motors is getting strong demand for the new mid-size Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. So much, that it added a new shift to the plant that makes them.

Fuel economy numbers have been released for these trucks, ranging from 27 mpg on the highway for an extended-cab version with 2WD and the inline-4 engine to 17 in the city with the V6 and 4WD.

Here’s a video that shows a lot of the underside of the trucks:

Initial reviews are coming from all directions, and you can expect plenty more as these trucks get out into the world. Chevrolet also made an off-road kitted version for folks to consider.

I actually was able to see a GMC Canyon in person earlier this month at the Big Iron Farm Show in Fargo, North Dakota. Here are some more photos.

The bed, tailgate down.
The view from the driver’s seat. This was a well-optioned model with lots of bells and whistles. The fellow from GMC said this particular truck’s sticker price would be close to $40,000.
It wasn’t until I saw this truck in person that I noticed how much slope there is to the back of the cab. Look how much it drops.
I took a selfie to show how much space there is in the cab. It’s definitely a lot more snug than in a full-size truck, but there was room to stretch my legs.

Ford Motor Co.

Ford is converting its Dearborn, Mich., plant first to produce the new aluminum-tubbed F-150s. The company is making a huge bet on its new trucks, and making plenty of news with the trucks’ features.

You can expect the interiors to have many luxuries offered, and automatic parking is even available. Capability-wise, the truck is rated to tow up to 12,200 pounds and carry up to  3,300 pounds of payload in the bed.

Also, Ford is still tinkering with its next-generation Super Duty. This alleged test mule, sporting a bed topper under the cladding, was spotted recently.

EDIT: After I posted this, Mike Levine, Ford Trucks communications manager, said the next Super Duty will have an aluminum body.

 

Ram

Don’t think Ford and GM have all the big news. Ram is also doing decent for itself, and has increased production at its Warren Truck Assembly Plant to make another 100 trucks per day.

Also interesting is the little back-and-forth Ford and Ram have been having lately over which company has the truck with best-in-class towing.

Toyota

If you live in a state near the Gulf of Mexico, you can go to your local Toyota dealer to get the new Toyota Tundra Bass Pro Shops Off-Road Edition. What does that get you?

This stuff:

  • 20” Milled-Matte Black Wheels and All Terrain Upgrade
  • Custom Bass Pro Shops Carpeted Floor Mats
  • Bass Pro Shops Off-Road Bed Decals
  • 5” Oval Black Step Tubes
  • Spray-On Bedliner
  • Pocketed Fender Flares
  • Stainless Steel Exhaust Tip

Klein: Try leadcore trolling to find walleye

This is Josh Klein. He is a professional angler in the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit, and he is sponsored by ROCKSTAR™ Hitch Mounted Mud Flaps and uses them to protect his fishing boat.

We asked Josh to share some tips on fishing with us. Today, he’s got this primer on leadcore trolling for walleye:

I’m gonna talk about a technique in the walleye world known as leadcore trolling or pulling lead as many call it. It is a very effective way to trigger walleyes at a certain depth.

Leadcore line is a continuous string of lead covered in a Dacron layer, usually finished with a mono or fireline leader.

All lead line is multicolored with every color being 25 feet of line. This allows some anglers to count colors instead  of relying on a line counter reel that more than likely is not calibrated to the others in the boat, meaning depth and consistency is the key. Once you find fish at a certain depth or on a particular piece of structure duplicating all other lines is key.

Essentially, lead allows anglers to put a variety of crankbaits and in some cases spoons or bass-style spinnerbaits at any depth depending on amount of line let out and boat speed. The slower you troll, the more your gear falls, and the faster you troll, the more your gear rises.

Leadcore trolling is a very versatile tactic and often overlooked when the dog days of summer are upon us.

Pre-rigged combo rods are usually available at a fair price, so I urge anglers who haven’t tried leadcore trolling to go for it, I think it will become another weapon in your arsenal.

Check out the ACI Off-Road LED Lights lineup

These are the new ACI Off-Road LED Lights from Agri-Cover, Inc. If you need more light for nighttime work or travel off the beaten path, these lights are the solution.

All our LED lights are super-bright, are waterproof and feature aluminum housings and stainless-steel mounting brackets. They can be mounted on all sorts of vehicles, including ATVs, trucks, Jeeps, skid-steers and tractors.

LEDs are great for putting more light around a work or off-road vehicle for several reasons. They are more efficient than other lights, using a fraction of the power needed by incandescent lights. LEDs are also far more shock-resistant because they don’t use the fragile materials used in other lighting systems. Also, they last for a very long time, so you don’t have to worry about a bulb fizzling out when you’re a long way from home.

Before I start going into detail about these lights, there are a few terms  you’ll need to know:

Lumen: This gives you an objective number for just how much light something produces so you can compare it to other products.  For comparison, a 60-watt incandescent bulb puts out roughly 800 lumens of light, while your average basic car headlight puts out about 1,200 lumens.

Heatsink: LEDs do not like heat. That’s why any high-powered LED system will have metal fins and ridges on the back to pull the waste heat out of the LEDs and release it to the air.

Spot and Flood beams: These terms describe the shape of the beam formed by a light. A spot beam will focus the light tightly into a narrow shape for lighting things farther away, while a flood beam spreads the light out into a wide shape to light an area closer to you.

Now, let’s look at these lights.

 18-watt LED Lights

These lights have six 3-watt LEDs in a single row. They produce 1,200 lumens per light. You can get them with a 90-degree flood beam or a 25-degree spot beam.

The narrow shape makes it easy to install these lights in tight spaces. See how well they fit the front of this ATV, for example:

We put a pair of the 18-watt lights on this Polaris Ace and went for a drive. Take a look and see how much of a difference there is between the stock headlights and when we turn on the LEDs:

 

24-watt LED Lights

These lights have eight 3-watt LEDS arranged in a circle. They produce 1,600 lumens per light. You can get them with a 60-degree flood beam or a 30-degree spot beam.

These LED lights work great for lighting the way ahead, or for doing work around your vehicle. Here are a set of them mounted in a truck’s headache rack, pointed backward, to light up the area behind the truck for working after dark.

 

42-watt LED Lights

These lights are slightly larger than the 24-watt lights, and you’ll notice they have an even thicker heatsink. These lights have 14 3-watt LEDs in a circle and produce 2,800 lumens per light. They come with either a 60-degree flood beam or an 8-degree spot beam.

These lights are considerably more powerful than your average vehicle’s headlights, and a set of them would easily light the way for a trail ride. Check out how well they fit on this Jeep’s bumper.

 

90-watt LED Lights

These lights feature nine 10-watt LEDs in a 3×3 grid, and they produce 8,100 lumens per light.

Let’s put that number in perspective:  If you put two of these lights on your vehicle, they’ll draw as much power as three 60-watt bulbs, but they’ll put out more light than if you had twenty 60-watt bulbs.

You can order these lights with a 90-degree flood beam or a 10-degree spot beam. You’ll also notice they have huge heatsinks, and the mounting brackets have built-in rubber shock absorbers to handle rough travel.

These lights perform well when you need to get work done at night. They come in really handy on skid-steers and on agricultural equipment.

Here are the 90-watt lights on a skid-steer, for example.

And here is the view from the cab of an agricultural sprayer that has the 90-watt lights pointed at the ground and the boom.

For more information, check out our website. We have technical specifications, wiring information and more.