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OCTOBER 2017 THE SHOP 65 RESTYLING/AFTERMARKET ACCESSORIES Some came with locks and others utilized the OE locking tailgate for security. These are currently the most popular tonneau cover option that we stock and sell. There are many good brands to choose from that offer quality products. These ABS tonneaus withstand a good amount of weight and usually deter thieves from even investigating what might be underneath. Still, when these ABS tonneaus first came out, there was the issue of water leaking underneath. Most did an OK job of keeping moisture out, but with the hard surface it seemed customers expected to put things in the bed without worrying if they'd ever get wet. This is when some manufacturers decided to offer an ABS hard plastic folding tonneau cover with a water management system built in. These systems allow you to install drain tubes that collect water and drain it out of the bed. They do a really good job of keeping things nice and dry. Of course, with all the additional features available for today's tonneau covers, the prices have gone up. A customer can easily come into the shop looking at a $400 ton- neau cover and end up buying a, $1,100 model to get the features they really want. We usually don't see a lot of pushback when this happens, because these are prod- ucts customers plan on using every day, so the extra money spent on features they want seems justified. It's also another reason why selling these products is attractive to restylers and truck centers. Versatile tri-fold vinyl tonneau covers offer drivers options, depending on their cargo- hauling needs.

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