who drives a Chevrolet Silverado Pickup 2013-07-23
I bought a Bakflip Fibermax for my 2013 Chevy Silverado 1500 (Extended Cab, Standard Box). It was delivered within a week of the date I ordered it (a day late, but thats Federal Express for ya!) It was well packed in molded Styrofoam. No damage. No complaints from me.
But heres a complaint: nearly all the reviews of this product state that the instructions are poor. It's an understatement. They are truly terrible - and out of date too. The best thing to do is watch an installation video at the manufacturer's website.
My truck has a GM bed liner. I had to cut notches in the corners of the bed liner wall next to the cab. I needed the cut because the bed liner was in the way of the tonneau cover's side rails. I cut the notches about 1 1/2 inches wide and about 2 1/2 inches deep and used them for the drain tubes on the rails of the Bakflip. I also had to cut about a 1 inch square notch out of the tailgate liner.
I installed it by myself. It took a few hours. Way too much of that time was trying to figure out whether I needed extra stuff (wedges and top rail liners) sent with tonneau. It was smooth sailing after I watched the manufacturers video. (PS. Yes, you need the wedges on the 2013 Silverado 1500 even the "instructions" would lead you to believe you don't.) If I had to do another one, I'd estimate about 2 hours including the notching. It would be much faster without the bedliner.
I've only had it for a couple of weeks so I can't comment on its durability. It looks great, however, and works as advertised. My wife, who is about 5'5" and 125 lbs can make the first two flips. The 3rd and 4th sections are too heavy for her. Its not water proof. Water manages to find its way into the box, probably through the corners near the cab. It might require a little sealant of some kind. The rest of the cover seals pretty tight. Anyway, the leakage is minimal. Im not worried about it.
Overall, I think this is a great product. If it holds up well I'll get another one for my other truck.