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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-SWC95A17 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Pace Edwards Tonneau Covers - 311-SWC95A17

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

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.




SWC95A17 Pace Edwards Switchblade Retractable Hard Truck Cover - Aluminum and Vinyl - Black

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Pace Edwards Switchblade Retractable Hard Tonneau Cover - Aluminum and Vinyl - Black - 311-SWC95A17

Average Customer Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars   (161 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-SWC95A17
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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.



- 311-SWC95A17
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2019 GMC Sierra 2500

I had thought about buying this exact tanhoe cover when I purchased my truck last November but didn't. A month later I wished that I had! I looked all over for this cover and couldn't find it. Then a about a week ago etrailer sent me a message saying that I might be interested in this tanhoe cover! I purchased it immediately and got it exactly when they said I would. It's the BEST purchase I've made! 15 minutes to install and works perfectly! Love it! Thank you so much for the recommendation!



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Love it! It takes the hassle out of loading large objects and features security for the things in the bed.



- 311-SWC95A17
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Pros: The looks and operation are great. I don’t think there is a better looking cover. Cons: It leaks like crazy. It is not designed for a bed with plastic rail covers. My Denali HD comes with plastic rails as do most trucks. So you have to use some foam weather stripping in an attempt to seal. The foam helps however it appears it leaks from multiple places. The rubber flange seal on the cover split within a month of installing.



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2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

Very easy directions to follow. It didn't take long to install. It works very well.



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2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

HIGH QUALITY!



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Cover has held up well after a year of use. However it gets tricky in the winter months when it can freeze.



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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500



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- 311-SWFA30A61
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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


Dear Ranger owners. This product is one inch short. Be aware. If you got a one inch thick liner, this is perfect. If not, this product will not be flush with the front bed. If you make it flush, then it is one inch short. etrailer tells me to return it with xxx return fee. And they would charge me for restocking fee. Haha what an amazing policy. Now that customer received it, they know customers wont return with heavy return fee. STAY AWAY.


Comments
After market products such as a bed liner may need some modifications to achieve the best fitment, especially with the thicker plastic in liners. After reviewing your photos it appears that there was possibly a step in the instructions that was missed. There should be about a 1 sixteenth inch gap between the tailgate and the Tonneau rail end cap foam. To achieve this, you will need to loosen the Tonneau rail clamps and pull everything back towards the tailgate end of the truck and then tighten the clamps. Then you can shift the tailgate seal over to the other side to center it. If the seal is too long, you can cut it to length and then reinstall it.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 10/18/2021


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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


The bad: 1. The product showed up with damage. Box looked to be taped to fix it being dropped. 2. The metal parts that rest on the bed rail were bent. 3. They talk about shims in the instructions and the video but do not show where the shims are. I did have to remove them to help even out the distance the rails are between the front and back. The good: 1. All parts were still in the box. 2. I was able to straighten the metal parts and install the product. 3. The installation video was very helpful.


Comments
The photo of the shims are located in step 3 of the instructions as a metal piece on top of the frame rail brackets. Customer Service will reach out to you about the damage.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 10/25/2021


- 311-SWD7936
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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


Received my bed cover last night in a wore out beat up box. parts hanging out of it. When I opened it it was full of returned items from other customers. When I asked to discount and speed up shipment on the replacement I was told nothing he could do. I have been a loyal customer and I'm not happy with the way this has been handled.


Comments
I will have our customer service team reach out to you.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 10/25/2021


- 311-SWD7936
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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


The cover looks great and DOES work on a 2020 Ram 3500 8'bed. It was easy to install. It was missing 2 hex bolts to connect the rails to the canister but a few dollars at the local hardware store fixed that. The only concern I have is the canister cover is a little warped, either from shipping or manufacturing, allowing the cover to retract in the canister without touching the brush on the canister cover. This could allow dirt and dust into the canister later as well. All in all great looking cover that does what its intended to do.


Comments
Great!!
Dennis - 07/21/2021


- 311-SWD7833
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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


Cover was very easily to install. However wasn’t pleased with how the cover of box was bowed and never sealed to truck bed, or the cover didn’t fit up to top cap. Wasn’t impressed with how quick the seals on the end caps tore off.



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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover 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.


Comments
Im having a little trouble with the self retracting feature. Im not sure if I have the rails mis-aligned a little or there is dirt in the system. It still works but I have to push it forward the entire track length to get it to roll up.
Larry - 10/18/2020


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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


The cover arrived on time, I was really impressed by the tracking seeing where in the shipping it was. We my wife and I opened the box pull out the instructions we read through them took a good inventory of parts. Putting in the "canister" was pretty easy the only part we had issues with was attaching the rails to the canister then attaching them to the body of the truck. The first clamps went on pretty easy the others not so we tried and tried eventually we go them on . We had little issue leveling the rails at the back. we put on the cover the easiest way for us to put the cover on was to look through one of the screw hole and look seeing light coming up through the speed nut once one was in place it was pretty easy. We need to take some items to my son's home so the loaded the truck with the cover open we noticed no problems. On the trip home we had it closed we saw some wind movement rippling I guess you could call it. Didn't notice any noise or flapping sounds and one area of freeway had a speed limit of 80. I think this cover is what we wanted, we use large job site boxes (totes) to put items for our travel trailer on that with a tri-fold cover wouldn't work. We have a lot of cargo space with it open. The only complaint we have is the drain tubes we not long enough to reach the drain holes in the bed they tubes are too big as well and since this is a brand new truck with a spay in bed liner I don't want to enlarge them. I have an idea how to change that problem but each person will need to decide how to handle it.


Comments
So far so good, as for the drain hoses its a truck and a cover, I wasnt expecting it to be water tight more weatherwater resisitant. The end caps at times slide out a little but I think that is more of a problem of needing to lubricate the channels rather than any thing else. I would recommend this cover, and would buy again if needed.
David - 09/28/2021


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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


Actually I really like my tonneau. I wanted one for years and was so excited to finally get one. I searched for a while before deciding on this Switchblade Retractable. Initially, it snapped back perfectly when released. It no longer does. I have to push it back to expose the bed. Also a part of the track on the driver’s side pulls out of its housing as I pull the cord to close the cover. I am finding that it doesn’t do the best job of keeping the bed dry. It can get pretty wet in there depending on the amount of rainfall. That’s probably the biggest disappointment. If I am overlooking a mere maintenance issue on my part, I’m happy to consider that and rectify if it is in fact something I have neglected. Bottom line, I still really like the tonneau cover. It looks great and works well enough to do the job of covering the bed. It feels secure enough that I don’t worry about the bed contents when the cover is pulled and the gate is not locked.


Comments
I apologize for the annoyances. It sounds like a screw ped out of the rail and just needs to be replaced adding some loktite to the screw threads to prevent it from ping out again. The manufacturer will replace this screw for you. The manual covers are spring assisted but they will need some manual pulling and pushing. No tonneau cover is 100 water proof. I would make sure your rails are on correctly and that your seals are smooth and not wavy which could cause excess water to seep in.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 09/23/2021


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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


First off l would like to say that etrailer customer service is outstanding. Now for the Tonneau cover, the quality is very good and the install was quick and easy. I would definitely recommend this cover.



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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


Looks great. Should be durable enough for me and my application. Appears to be well made and was fairly easy to install. I was replacing an older well used cover for my truck that was a dealer installed after market cover that was merely worn out. My brother and I installed this Slingshot in a little less than an hour. A person with with average skills should be able to install this cover with minimal issue. Certainly is easier with two people but not difficult.



- 311-SWD7936
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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


mostly what I expected. quality is fine, but does not seem like $xxxx worth of quality. install was fairly easy and getting the cover to slide smoothly was not a problem. as a note to others with "new style" (2019 or 2020 can be either new or classic style as I understand it) Ram 3500 DRW, the inside of the bed is tapered from front to rear. this means that the front clamps will not work properly. while this tonneau does fit the DRW Ram 3500 (it doesn't fall into the bed LOL), you will need to modify the front clamps, modify the underside of the bed rails, or find another solution to anchoring the front of the tonneau side rails. the reason it got 3 instead of 4 stars wasn't just the lack of clarity on the fit or the clamps that I had to re-engineer, but also because the drain tubes are a joke. they do not resemble what's described in the instructions (which would have been a good solution, IMO), but instead are just junky plastic electrical connectors that are suppose to plug in to the bottom of the cover storage box. you basically have three choices on these: try to install them with the foam seal ring they come with and have them fall out immediately over and over, install them without the foam ring in which case they stay in but don't seal against water running out into your truck bed, or install them with some silicone or other sealant that you provide. for over $xxxx, the above issues make for a 3-star experience. hopefully it lasts a long time, at least!


Comments
Thank you for the information! I just want to make sure that you put the longer clamps in the front while the shorter ones are by the tail gate. To see this part of the installation you can visit the attached video at the 7:20 mark.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 08/31/2021


- 311-SWFA18A44
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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


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


Comments
Good, lost a screw however.
Brian - 11/10/2020


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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


I don't feel like this product is well built for a 2021 ford ranger. There are fit issues like the cap which overlays the rales which makes it very hard to screw in. Very frustrating when you pay this kind of money and it feels like they used another model to make it work for the Ford Ranger. The rails stop a good 2 inches before it hits the tailgate. I've installed other models before and they all can be dificult but I haven't had the fit issue like I've had with this one. The retactable cover doesn't retract completely either but sticks out a few inches past the cartridge. I followed the instructions in every detail. They are a little vague so perhaps thats the issue. I wouldn't buy this product again.


Comments
The installation sounds a bit wrong. There should not be 2 inches of a gap between the tailgate and the Tonneau rail end cap foam. This gap should only be one sixteenth of an inch. It sounds like you will need to loosen all of the clamps and pull everything back. Also, please check your end caps to see if they are on the wrong sides.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 08/31/2021


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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


Not a big fan of this cover as there is a gap on the corners where the tailgate meets so water enters there. Called the mfg and they said that was expected. I owned bakflip cover before and those never had water issues.



- 311-SWC96A18
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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


I only received the side rails and one has deep scratches on it. I did not receive the tonneau cover nor the hardware I'm having trouble uploading pics from my phone to my computer


Comments
Sorry about this. I see in your account that we have already reshipped your missing items.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 10/20/2021

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