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Pace Edwards Switchblade Retractable Hard Tonneau Cover - Aluminum and Vinyl - Black
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Pace Edwards Switchblade Retractable Hard Tonneau Cover - Aluminum and Vinyl - Black

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You can install this retractable, hard tonneau cover on your vehicle in about 10 minutes, and you can completely remove it just as quickly for full bed access. Aluminum and vinyl deck has strength of a hard cover and seamless look of a soft cover. Lowest Prices for the best tonneau covers from Pace Edwards. Pace Edwards Switchblade Retractable Hard Tonneau Cover - Aluminum and Vinyl - Black part number 311-SWC0303 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Pace Edwards Tonneau Covers - 311-SWC0303

  • Retractable Tonneau - Manual
  • Pace Edwards
  • Hard Tonneau
  • Inside Bed Rails
  • Aluminum and Vinyl
  • Flush Profile
  • Gloss Black
  • Opens at Tailgate
  • Requires Tools for Removal

You can install this retractable, hard tonneau cover on your vehicle in about 10 minutes, and you can completely remove it just as quickly for full bed access. Aluminum and vinyl deck has strength of a hard cover and seamless look of a soft cover.


Features:

  • Custom-fit, retractable tonneau cover protects your cargo and your vehicle's bed from the elements
  • Cover can be installed or completely removed by 1 person in approximately 10 minutes
    • Requires only a wrench and screwdriver - no drilling
  • Retractable design offers easy access to your bed
    • Pinch grips underneath rear plate automatically retract cover when squeezed
    • Tension spring allows cover to open smoothly
    • Stored cover won't restrict rear window visibility
  • Integrated pull strap lets you deploy cover quickly
    • Closed cover secures truck bed when used in conjunction with locked tailgate
  • Space-saving canister protects retracted cover from the elements to extend life of cover
    • Compact, angled design allows for maximum useable cargo space in bed
    • Drain tubes funnel water from canister out through hole in truck bed floor
  • Low-profile cover sits inside truck bed rails for a flush look
    • Aerodynamic style reduces wind drag and helps to improve gas mileage
  • Black vinyl fabric bonded to rigid aluminum panels offers a seamless, stylish look
  • Weather-resistant materials keep water and debris from entering the truck bed
    • Foam seal installs under rails and canister at bulkhead
    • Large seal at the rear of the bed closes the gap between the cover and tailgate
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Canister dimensions: 9-1/4" tall x 9-3/4" deep
  • 1-Year warranty


The Switchblade retractable hard tonneau cover provides you with security and weather protection for your truck bed, easy accessibility to your cargo, and the flexibility to haul large items that require full bed capacity whenever needed. You can install the cover without assistance in approximately 10 minutes, and you can completely remove it from your vehicle's bed just as quickly. The tonneau deck is constructed of a vinyl fabric top sheet that is bonded to rigid aluminum panels, combining the seamless appearance of a soft cover with the security features of a hard cover.


Simple, 1-Person Installation

Installing Switchblade


To install the cover, set the canister on the bulkhead of your truck. Make sure that it's square with your bed. Bolt the side rails to the tabs on the canister.


Secure the rails to your truck bed side rails using 2 clamps per side. Slide the clamp onto the rail, flip the pivot arm up so it is under the bed rail lip, and tighten the clamp in place with the twist knob. Shims are included for trucks with tapered beds.


Installing kickstand


Each clamp at the tailgate end of the rails has a supplemental kickstand to help level the rails and prevent overtightening during installation. To install the kickstand, simply slide it into the grip handle at the bottom of the clamp. Rotate the kickstand so the foot rests squarely against the side wall of the truck bed, and tighten in place.


Installing top plate of Switchblade


Mount the top cover plate to the canister with the included hardware. Attach the drain tubes to the canister and route each tube out of the OEM drain holes in the floor of your bed.


To hold the pull strap off the floor of your truck bed, apply the adhesive hook-and-loop fastener strip onto the underside of a rail at your desired location.


Remove or Reinstall in 10 Minutes

After the initial installation, the tonneau cover can be completely removed or reinstalled in approximately 10 minutes. The Switchblade is great for whenever you need to haul large items that require full bed capacity from front to back and side to side. After your large haul is complete, you can easily reinstall the cover to protect your truck bed again.


Remove Switchblade for full bed access


To utilize your entire truck bed, detach the canister from the side rails by removing the bolts on either side with a wrench. Then take the side rails off your truck by removing the clamps with the same wrench. Wrap the pull-strap around the canister and use it to lift the canister off your vehicle.


Retractable Cover with Built-In Pull Strap

To retract the Switchblade, simply squeeze the pinch grips located underneath the cover near the center of the tailgate to activate a heavy-duty tension spring. The spring automatically retracts the cover into the canister at the bulkhead of your truck bed. This provides quicker, easier access to your truck bed when compared with manual retractable covers that have no spring-loaded assist.


Pull strap to deploy Switchblade


A built-in pull strap helps you extend the cover over your bed. As you pull, the tonneau will glide smoothly along tracks in the side rails until it reaches the tailgate and secures in place. You can also use the rear plate of the tonneau cover to pull it closed.


Compact, Angled Canister

Switchblade compact canister


The cover retracts into a canister located at the front of your truck bed, giving you unrestricted visibility out of your rear window. The canister also protects the stored cover from the elements. And the compact, angled design allows for maximum clearance for your tools and cargo.


Water Management System

Switchblade drain tube


The Switchblade rails feature a water management system that channels excess water into the canister. This prevents water from getting into your bed or freezing in your tonneau cover rails during cold temperatures. Drain tubes attached to the bottom of the canister remove water through the OE drain holes in the floor of your truck bed.


Flush-Mount Design

Switchblade flush-mount design


The black powder-coated side rails sit 1/8" above your truck bed rails for a flush appearance. This low-profile design is aerodynamic to reduce wind drag, and it helps to improve gas mileage when the cover is closed.


Stylish and Heavy-Duty Construction

Switchblade stylish construction


The Switchblade deck is constructed of a vinyl top layer bonded to heavy-duty aluminum slats. This ArmorTek deck looks like a soft tonneau cover with no visible seams, but has the strength and security of a hard tonneau cover. A large seal at the rear of the bed closes the gap between the cover and tailgate to create a barrier to prevent water from entering the truck bed.


Security

Switchblade cargo security


The Switchblade provides excellent protection for your cargo when used in conjunction with a closed and locked tailgate. Both the pinch grips and pull strap are located underneath the rear plate, which makes them inaccessible when your truck bed is closed. The heavy-gauge aluminum panels are better at preventing theft when compared with soft covers that can be cut or punctured with a knife. The panels are also more effective at preventing theft than tri-fold hard tonneau covers because the panels cannot be pried open at any point along the rails.




SWC0303 Pace Edwards Switchblade Retractable Hard Truck Cover - Aluminum and Vinyl - Black

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Customer Reviews

Pace Edwards Switchblade Retractable Hard Tonneau Cover - Aluminum and Vinyl - Black - 311-SWC0303

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (45 Customer Reviews)

You can install this retractable, hard tonneau cover on your vehicle in about 10 minutes, and you can completely remove it just as quickly for full bed access. Aluminum and vinyl deck has strength of a hard cover and seamless look of a soft cover.

- 311-SWC0303
by:
2007 GMC Sierra New Body

Very easy to install. It took about an hour and half. I did have a second person to help.All the parts where ship with the top. Only drawback is the rope to pull closed the top. If I had a do over, I would purchase the motorized Top. 650347



- 311-SWC0303
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2007 Chevrolet Silverado Classic

I purchased this cover as a replacement of a 16 year old switchblade cover. Which held up extremely well for the amount of sun exposure it gets in Southern California. I like the new style of bed rails which I believe are powder coated and not painted. Installation was a breeze. Six bolts and it is installed. I also like the lip that comes up to cover the gap over the tailgate. I'm going to miss the key locking feature on my old cover, so I did upgrade my tailgate lock to a power one so the tailgate locks all the time. 573335



- 311-SWD7833
by:

Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


This is a great cover! 725961



- 311-SWD7833
by:

Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


Pace Edwards Switchblade is a great truck topper. Installed on a new 2019 Ram 3500 Laramie. Fit perfectly and installed easily. Etrailer is a great company who provides excellent service, delivery and products at great prices. Highly recommend this product and Etrailer for all your shopping needs. 722711



- 311-SWD77A01
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Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


I installed this on my 2017 RAM without any issues. The instructions manual is a little difficult to follow but I found an installation video specifically for my truck and it made the whole process easy. I added the extra shim per the video and it works smoothly. I took my time and it was maybe an hour to install. I'm sure I could remove it in 10 minutes or less. etrailer had my cover here in about a week. The website made it easy to find the one that fits my vehicle and with the [sale] price I was able to get the retractable instead of the roll up I had been looking at. 669822



- 311-SWFA18A44
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Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


Easy install and Quick to install anyone with a little mechanical ability will be able to do it. Best with a locking tailgate my truck bed is secure. 2017 F250 6 3/4 bed 652491



- 311-SWFA19A45
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Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


Came with no instructions for installation. The instructions I found online for this product was different But similar enough to get it together. Closes hard takes quite a bit of pulling power to get it closed But I think it will loosen up some after some use (Hopefully) Very happy with etrailer.com 610336


Comments
We do have the instructions linked above. The tonneau cover will initially be pretty tight, but as you mentioned, will loosen up a bit over time.
-- Mike L - 03/05/2019

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- 311-SWCA27A58
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Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


Received my bed cover in 3 days and it took me less than 30 minutes to install. It was very easy to install and was my first bed cover ever. I did go to youtube and watch a short video before I started installation.. The freight was free. Thanks etrailer. 677595



- 311-SWD7833
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Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


This cover was easy to install and fit well on our 2017 Ram 2500. Quality seems to be very good and the cover retracts easily and needs only a light effort to extend it again. The latches engage on each side rail near the tailgate which has to be open to disengage the latches and extend the cover. Thanks etrailer for another great product 665746



- 311-SWFA19A45
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Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


Everything I was looking for, easy to assemble. Just make sure you get the cover in the track correctly or it won't retract right. 653989



- 311-SWTA10A38
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Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


Nice cover; installation was fairly easy but not because the instructions were good. I watched several videos first and that definitely helped. I even had a nice little rain shower come through right after I finished up and could check for leaks in the bed. There weren't any but I live in a desert so it wasn't a downpour by any means. 658204



- 311-SWD7833
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Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


Looks great and works great 1 year later! Keeps the weather out and secures everything I haul in the bed of my truck. I open the cover 3 or 4 times a day so I have learned that with that amount of use, I do have to lube the rails with lithium grease 2-3 times a month. My only complaint is some of the rubber gaskets are starting to deteriorate which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 stars. 739817



- 311-SWCA27A58
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Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


Easy product to put together only to 30 minutes awesome look on my 2019 Silverado 694760



- 311-SWD7833
by:

Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


Quality is excellent but installation was a lot more difficult than I expected after watching a video of the installation process as well as reading and re-reading the instruction manual. I have a 2018 Ram 2500 where the pivot arms and clamps didn't quite fit the truck bed lip. I had to force the clamp under the lip to install each of the 4 clamps. I also had trouble closing the cover as the cover begins to bind in the track a few feet from the tailgate even after lubricating the tracks. I removed all the shims and pushed the rails as far as I could against the truck bed sides to no avail. I contacted and spoke with a service rep who said that the next easiest fix would be to remove the aluminum stops on the rail to push the rails further against the truck bed sides. He also said I could trim the edges of the cover with a razor blade or utility knife about 1/8" on each side. I have not done anything yet because I want to see if the cover loosens a bit after some use. Otherwise, it handled well in a rainstorm with no leaks and is a very tough cover for the snow load I expect next winter in MN. 647836



- 311-SWFA18A44
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Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


Just installed this afternoon, so not a lot of experience yet. I installed by myself in about 1 1/2 hours. The instructions were clear and brief. I had a little trouble getting the front clamps in place, but that was due to the thickness of a brand new spray-in bed liner, it was pretty thick. Once everything was in and adjusted the cover works good and looks like it will keep most of the weather out. 718285



- 311-SWC95A17
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Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


After searching for a bed cover I came back to etrailer because of the service and quality of my 5th wheel hitch that I purchased from them when I bought my new truck. I received my new bed cover and it is awesome just as described and fit perfect and took about 30 min to install it. etrailer is the place to buy all your truck or trailer needs . As you can see from the pictures it covers up my diesel tank and the 5th wheel hitch when not in use and when you pull the 5th wheel then just roll in into the canaster. 761809



- 311-SWFA18A44
by:

Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


LOVE IT! Easy to install in about an hour. Looks awesome on my 2019 F250. Highly recommend it and etrailer. 724777



- 311-SWD7833
by:

Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


I can confirm the cover fits the 2019 2500 perfect. The cover functions correctly, looks good, and was fairly simple to install. I had to add 2 shims on the cab side. The bed rail paint scratches very easily! I have several scratches on one side where I set it down on the spray in bed liner with the plastic still on and one small scratch on the other side. I tried to be careful but still ended up with scratches on the bed rail paint. 671889



- 311-SWD7833
by:

Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


Excellent product, easy installation, good directions, less than 2 hours. Covers/locks bed when closed. Easy access for large items without requiring removal of cover. Ships in 2 boxes, get 2 tracking numbers. 1 box had bad shipping label and got lost for a day. etrailer is a good retailer. 605640



- 311-SWD7833
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Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


I like the SwitchBlade bed cover.It was easy for me to install.So far it's kept the water out.It's easy to open,and secure to protect things underneath the cover.I know there are more expensive bed covers;but this works just fine for me. 645218



- 311-SWC3250
by:

Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


Delivery was fast! My Son actually ordered the wrong size for his 2018 GMC truck. So I told him to give it to me because I have a 2018 GMC to, but a long bed! So i bought the right size for his truck...We both luv the product. Installation was fast and easy if you follow the instructions at first! LoL! 646856



- 311-SWFA18A44
by:

Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


I had the opportunity to work with Courtney on this order and I couldn't be happier with how she helped me expedite my order after a running into a bit of a delay. This was not my first order with etrailer and certainly wouldn't be the last. I highly recommend this to anybody looking to buy high quality products at a highly competitive price. 821673



- 311-SWC3250
by:

Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


Works and looks great. The install directions were not the best. However YouTube videos made it very easy to install. Well made. First road trip is today. 820117



- 311-SWD7833
by:

Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


Everything was good to go. So far I am very satisfied with my purchase. Everything looks good. I even have a Colleague that I work with who is envious of what I have done. 818720



- 311-SWD7833
by:

Review from a similar SwitchBlade in Tonneau Covers


Easy to install, looks great! 818633


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