Q&A: Can an ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover handle heavy loads of snow?

ACCESS® Roll-Up Covers  have been tested under all weather conditions and can endure even heavy mountain region snowfalls.

We’re often asked how well our tonneau covers handle snow. As we make these products in North Dakota, we know a thing or two about heavy snow. Our covers have been tested under all weather conditions and can endure even heavy mountain region snowfalls.

We also hear from our customers from time to time about how well our products handle extreme weather. Here is a review from Rich Z. of New York, about what happened when his 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 and its ACCESS® Roll-Up Cover got a heavy dose of snow:

In October of 06 we had a freak snow storm in this area. There was about 6 feet of heavy wet snow (not exagerating). My truck looked like it had a bed mount camper. I’m guessing that there must of been 4 tons of wet snow on the cover, my back springs were bottomed out !!!! I was expecting the cover to be torn to shreds and sitting in the truck bed. The cover stood tough and is still going strong 7 years later. I’m giving access a 5 star rating but would easily give it a 10 rating. You will not be disapointed if you purchase this company’s covers. I am in the process of buying a new truck and unfortunately my existing cover won’t fit the new vehicle so I will be ordering a new cover. Thanks for an amazing product !!!

Q&A: How to have an ACCESS® Roll-Up Tonneau Cover and ladder rack on your pickup

Many truck owners find themselves torn between installing a tonneau cover or a rack for ladders and other long pieces of cargo. But the ADARAC™ Truck Bed Rack System can let them have both.

Tonneau Cover and Ladder Rack

This adjustable and sturdy rack system is made model specific for the best fit on most Ford, GM, Chevy and Dodge pickup trucks. The ADARAC™ rack sits neatly behind the cab with no obstruction of view, and is capable of carrying a 500 lb. load with ease.

The ADARAC™ is compatible with ACCESS® Roll-Up Covers and other inside-the-rail tonneau covers. For example, here is a review by a pickup owner who installed the ADARAC™ with his hard folding cover. Also, here’s a pickup owner who installed an ADARAC™  even though his tonneau cover went partially outside the rails (See posts 8-10).

The rails on the ADARAC™ system feature tie-down holes running their whole lengths, and the optional load dividers mount to the top bars to help keep loads secure.

Installation is simple and the sturdy stake pocket inserts make attaching and removing the rack easy. It bolts on and unbolts just as easily.

Here is a video detailing the steps involved in installing an ADARAC™ Truck Bed Rack System:


Q&A: How does a SnowSport® plow work without any hydraulics or wiring?

People used to working with other plows often ask us how the SnowSport® Snow Plows can get the job done without any hydraulics or electrical connections to control the plow.

As you push snow, the blade travels up and down as needed by gravity. The rubber cutting edge is designed to cut through the snow but pass over the harder ground surfaces below and be gentle on grass. When you back up, the blade automatically lies back, skimming over the surface. Then you drive forward and the blade re-engages for plowing.

Here’s a video that details how it works:

Want to see more video evidence of how effective this plow can be? Check out this YouTube playlist that features a collection of customers’ videos of their SnowSport® plows in action.

Also, check out our SnowSport® Frequently Asked Questions page to find more answers about our plows.



An old-fashioned look at installing an ACCESS™ Roll-Up Cover

The folks over at Radco Truck Accessory Center had a bit of fun with this video in which they channel Buster Keaton and the Three Stooges while installing one of our roll-up covers.

Here’s the video:

We should note that while our roll-up tonneau covers are built strong to give you years of service, we state in our owner’s manual: “Never stand, sit or ride on the cover or allow others to do so.”

We also recommend against striking your coworkers with long pieces of metal. It likely won’t affect your roll-up cover, but it might affect your employment status.

Put your game face on. It’s tailgating time

It’s football season again. The weather is cooling down and the competition is starting to heat up. Whether you like to root for your favorite college or professional team, or just support the town’s high school, the season has finally arrived. But football season doesn’t just mean sitting in the stands. Some fans prefer to put on their lucky jerseys and make a feast at home, while many prefer to head out to the parking lot and tailgate with all the other diehards, no matter how cold it gets.

Before you chow down on barbecue, enjoy some of your favorite brews and talk football with your neighbors, you will want to make sure that you have all your tailgating essentials. Whether you are a veteran tailgater or are making it out for the first time, don’t forget the basics.

  • Do all the preparation for the food — such as cutting portions, marinating meat and adding seasoning and spices — in advance. When you get to your tailgating spot you will just want to be able to throw the food on the grill and be done.
  • Line your grill with aluminum foil so it is easy to clean when you are done.
  • Bring water. Although beer may be your tailgating beverage of choice, you will want to stay hydrated as well. It’s an all-day event.
  • Use a flag or canopy to identify your location to friends who are trying to find your spot.
  • Get there early to find a good parking spot. If you want to set up an elaborate spread or plan on tossing a ball around you’ll need more room, so try to park on the end of an aisle or near grass.

As game time rolls around, you can close up your truck and cover all of your tailgating tools with a tonneau cover for your truck bed. This is an easy way to speed up the cleaning process. Just be sure your grill has cooled completely before you put it into the bed or you risk starting a fire.

Some tailgaters don’t even go into the stadium — they will watch on a TV or listen on a radio as they continue the festivities. Since the party doesn’t end just because you left, you will want to make sure you put away all your belongings in your truck when you leave. A tonneau cover will also help to protect all the food and tailgating essentials as you are driving to and from the parking lot.

For the heavier items that are hard to remove from the bed — like the grill — you will want to make sure that you have a tailgate protector installed on your truck. If you frequent tailgate parties during the season, preventing the impending scratches and dings that come with hosting a party out of the back of your truck is important.

Bowhunting seasons opening in U.S.

Across the U.S., bowhunters are gearing up for the season. Each state regulates their opening day but some states in the Midwest, like North Dakota, have already had their season opener.  Read on to learn more about the unique and exciting challenges bowhunting offers.

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