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 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:

Can I install a tonneau cover on a Ram truck with the RamBox package?

Ram Trucks has offered its RamBox Cargo Management System with its trucks since the 2009 model year. This package turns the area over the wheelwells into locking storage for smaller items. The system also adds a cargo rail system and bed divider to the main portion of the bed.

Many truck buyers will want to add a tonneau cover to protect larger pieces of cargo in the main bed, and there’s no reason they can’t have it.

We make versions of the ACCESS® Original, LITERIDER, LORADO and LIMITED Roll-Up Covers for RamBox beds (both 5’7” and 6’4” beds). Because of the cargo rail system, installing one of these covers on a RamBox-equipped Ram truck requires some special steps. This is why we have special instructions for these trucks. You’ll want to use these instructions in conjunction with the owner’s manual to your cover (All our owner’s manuals and special instructions are available for download on this page).

As you can see in this video, the installation isn’t too complicated.

You just remove the cargo rails and replace the bolts with longer ones that also add clamps and nylon spacers in certain locations. You can see each step in detail in this video.

The cover in this particular video is our ACCESS® Limited Roll-Up Cover, but the steps work for any cover made for trucks with the RamBox system.

There are many other truck bed accessories you can add to a truck with the RamBox system. For example, this truck was also outfitted with our ACCESS™ Truck Bed Mat. It also has our ACCESS™ AA Battery LED Light, which comes included for free with the Limited Roll-Up Cover.

For more information or to find a dealer near you, go to

Q&A: Can I install a SnowSport® Snow Plow on my own?

Some plows require professional installation for all the hydraulics and electrical work, not to mention suspension modifications or adding ballast to the rear of the vehicle.

SnowSport® Snow Plows, however, work without any hydraulics or electrical connections, so installing one is simple and the instructions are clear-cut so you can install your new plow at home.

To install the front mount hitch for the SNOWSPORT® HD Utility Plow, plan about 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on your level of experience. From there the blade attaches in minutes. Here is a video that details the assembly steps for the HD Utility Plow:

The SNOWSPORT® 180 Utility Plow simply plugs into an existing 2” rear receiver. Here is a video that shows its assembly in detail:

Most SNOWSPORT® ATV Plow mounts quickly attached by pins, no drilling or bolting is required.

If you do need assistance, call 1-866-414-5422 between 7:30am – 5:30pm CST.



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.