Roll-N-Lock Retractable Tonneau Cover

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A lot of Toyota Tundra owners opt for a hard-shell bed cover for one simple reason: security. If you’ve got cargo to protect, then a soft top cover just isn’t going to cut it, and neither will many of the rollback tonneau covers that aren’t able to stand up to a determined attack from a tool-wielding thief.

Roll-N-Lock has been building truck accessories for close to 20 years, and their latest and greatest product is the Roll-N-Lock retractable tonneau cover. This special unit combines an aluminum structure with a vinyl laminate in order to provide the best balance between looks and protection for all of the gear that is stowed in your truck bed. Its special construction allows it to offer the versatility of a rollable cover that is stronger than most typical fiberglass options.

The Roll-N-Lock tonneau cover in action

The Roll-N-Lock cover comes in two flavors – M-Series and E-Series. Both feature the same retractable cover that automatically rolls up into a housing mounted at the front of the bed, and both feature a key lock that integrates with the tailgate to keep both the cover and the cargo bed’s rear opening secure. The housing itself is claimed to be the smallest in the industry, taking up a maximum of eight and a quarter inches of cargo bed depth on long box pickups (seven and a quarter on short beds).

Once retracted, the Roll-N-Lock Cover doesn't take up much space in the cargo bed.

The cover’s aluminum slats lock together when the cover is deployed, yet are completely hidden underneath the vinyl laminate. A system of clamps holds the cover to the truck bed, much like most other tonneau cover options, and the Roll-N-Lock can be locked in three different opening positions.

Note: There’s a quick YouTube video that demonstrates how the system works, but for some inexplicable reason we can’t embed it here.

The M-Series is the Manual edition of the Roll-N-Lock. The speed at which the housing retracts (the cover is spring loaded to aid in roll-up) can be controlled via the same strap that is used to pull the cover back into place. Simple stuff.

The E-Series is the Electric version that also adds the extra wrinkle of remote controlled access, which can be very useful when loading and unloading your truck with your arms full. The E-Series makes use of a 12-volt motor located in the housing to retract and deploy the tonneau cover as needed.

The Roll-N-Lock E-Series also comes with an automatic cargo light and an access lid so that you can get at the forward housing to clean it as needed. For those worried about being locked out of your truck bed should the motor fail, each electric Roll-N-Lock comes with a manual spring drive option for use in emergencies.

The Roll-N-Lock Cargo Manager

Roll-N-Lock also offers a product called the Cargo Manager, which is a bed divider designed to be used with its tonneau covers. The device can be moved up and down the cargo bed in three-inch increments, and can also be flipped up and out of the way to accommodate longer items.

There is no doubt that the Roll-N-Lock tonneau covers are strong. The company even features a video of someone banging on the cover with a hammer in an unsuccessful attempt to break in. That security comes with a price however, as the Roll-N-Lock retails for between $900 and $1,200 depending on the model (check both AutoAnything and StreetSideAuto for the best deal). This makes it a bit pricier than several standard fiberglass covers. The Cargo Manager comes in at around $240.

Despite its higher price, the Roll-N-Lock cover makes a strong case as a sound investment when it comes to protecting your cargo from theft. The convenience of the retractable tonneau cover is a major point in its favor, as it adds safety and security without sacrificing the versatility of your truck.

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  1. Danny says:

    I’ve looked at theses. They’re nice but i have 2 issues.
    1. they’re expensive
    2. if water freezes in the channel guides, the system is inoperable and un-openable.
    maybe they have a solution to number 2 that i don’t know about or maybe it’s not that important of a consideration, but it seriously concerns me if i can’t get my gear out at deer camp or on a job site.
    if any of you guys know a solution or think i’m overly concerned, let me know and i’ll give this item another consideration. i think with the bakflip, i can still beat it open hahaha.

  2. Jason (Admin) says:

    Danny – Good comment. Had no idea about the freezing water. Maybe someone from Roll-N-Lock will drop a comment here…

  3. steve says:

    I had one on a 2000 Silverado for 8 years. Ice in the channels was NOT a problem, whatsoever. However, ice in the lock was a problem. A small torch or hair dryer would take care of it, but was totally inconvenient.

    The lock may have a rubber cover over it now. With the E version, it shouldn’t be a problem.

    I might buy one for my new Tundra, if I can convince my wife.

  4. steve says:

    One more thing. They were one of the best companies I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. When I first bought my roll-n-lock for my Silverado, the aluminum cover that goes across the back, was damaged in shipping. They shipped me a new one without asking me to ship back the damaged one.

    Another time, the rods that actuate the lock, lost their screws and I had to break into the roll an lock with a hammer and screwdriver. They informed me that it was a design problem that caused it and sent me all new parts to take care of the issue. The technician that I spoke to said that the company believed they had caught all their stock with the problem, but would have to take another look at it.

    Never had any other problems after that, except the aforementioned freezing of the lock. I lived in Indiana, so it was subject to freezing, rather frequently.


  5. Danny says:

    Steve, wish you would have spoken 3 days earlier haha. thanks for the information, maybe this will be helpful to someone looking at one. i really liked the idea and design but they are really expensive. i wonder how they kept water from freezing in the channel guides but kudos to them for that accomplishment. i just bought the generation 2, G2 Bakflip. Generation 2 has aluminum panels instead of laminate. only time will tell if i made the right decision.

  6. Jason (Admin) says:

    Steve – Great info – thank you very much.

    Danny – Congrats!

  7. Danny says:

    this is so ironic. we just had a wintery mix blow through this area bring sleet, snow and freezing rain. My G2 Bakflip is frozen to the bed rails under one third inch of ice. i could probably beat it open but i think the rubber seals would be ruined. i’m sure the roll and lock system would be rendered useless too.

  8. Jason (Admin) says:

    Danny – Irony indeed. Hope you don’t need anything that’s inside the bed right now. 🙂

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