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

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-SWD77A01 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Pace Edwards Tonneau Covers

  • 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.




SWD77A01 Pace Edwards Switchblade Retractable Hard Truck Cover - Aluminum and Vinyl - Black

Item # 311-SWD77A01

Installation Details 311-SWD77A01 Installation instructions

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Customer Reviews

Pace Edwards Switchblade Retractable Hard Tonneau Cover - Aluminum and Vinyl - Black - 311-SWD77A01

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (143 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-SWD77A01
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2017 Dodge Ram Pickup

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.


Comments
I still like this cover. It is super easy to use and I like that it locks. I especially like that you close it before the tailgate. Im not sure the gasket under the endcaps will last long as it is cracking.
David - 07/24/2020


- 311-SWD77A01
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The cover came very quickly and I got installed the next day. Works great and hope to have many good years use out of it.



- 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-SWFA18A44
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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


- 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.



- 311-SWFA30A61
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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


- 311-SWFA05A28
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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-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


- 311-SWTA10A38
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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


Great aesthetic design with some issues. Overall fits my Taco great and looks good - professional and high end. Not the simplest to install, but easy enough with a couple of hours and a cold beverage. Biggest issue is that the top cover, rubber gaskets for the roller mechanism have split. It happened immediately after install. Seems to be a design or quality issue. Also Advice: 303 protectant (included) is required on the remaining rubber seals that guide the cover back into the roller, otherwise the cover will stick after a month or two in the sun and rain. Not completely water tight, but good enough. I all fairness, I have not asked about any warranty on the rubber roller cover gaskets.



- 311-SWD7936
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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.



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


Comments
Still looking good and working good too.
William - 06/21/2021


- 311-SWC95A17
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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover 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.



- PE63CV
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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


Loving this cover so far. My teenage son and I were able to install it in about an hour. Looks really good on my truck and fits well. Operates smoothly and appears to seal well.



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


This is an amazing tonneau cover , works so smoothly and very easy to install. Fits my ranger like a glove and looks great ! Potential for water between rails and tailgate , easily remedied with some foam packing material and double sticky tape. Just took her through the car wash and not a drop in the bed ! As always I buy with complete confidence from etrailer ! You guys rock ! Also my gas mileage is increasing , yay



- 311-SWCA27A58
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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


Everything arrived well packed and in perfect condition. Installation and adjustments were really easy. Install was about 30 minutes after watching the video. Looks great and very easy to use. Only complaint, I wish the seal along the tailgate was about an inch longer.



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


Comments
GreatLove the cover. The ease of operation is terrific. Easy to open and close and it protects my 5th wheel hitch. Several neighbors purchased after looking at mine
Joseph - 11/08/2020


- 311-SWC95A17
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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


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!



- 311-SWDA24A55
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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


The package arrived in a timely manner and Installation was quick and easy ( I watched a video on how to install). Everything about the experience of shopping and buying from etrailer.com was top notch. the only down side to this was the price. I know it costs alot but it was still high.



- 311-SWF2843
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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


It looks and works perfect! Easy install, fit like a glove Thank you



- 311-SWC0303
by:

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


Easy to install (even solo) took me about an hour with lots of pet the dog breaks. Shipping was fast too!



- 311-SWFA06A29
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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


My new to me 2016 Ford F-150 had a spray in liner. Looks OK, but it seemed like it would scuff and scar easily. I've had bed mats before on other trucks and decided to order one of these from etrailer.com. Ordered last Saturday and arrived on Good Friday. Fit was perfect. Great value and excellent customer service. I will buy from etrailer.com again.


Comments
The bed mat was a great choice. Ive carried quite a bit of cargo in my truck and it keeps things from sliding around and protects the bed. I would recommend it to anyone who has a truck.
Thomas - 04/12/2021

Comments
My pace edwards tonneau cover has worked out well. After a year it still looks great. Ive had a couple of bolts loosen up, but that is normal I think. It is not 100 water proof, but that is OK. I take it drive through car washes and it does pretty good, some leakage in the corners. Not a big issue for me. You need to open and close it weekly like they recommend and keep the track lubed with some special stuff. Ive had numerous guys asking about the cover as it really does look great and works as described.
Thomas - 04/12/2021


- 311-SWC3250
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Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers


Love the cover, the way it looks and the way it keep my tools and other stuff secured.



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


Very happy with the product and etrailer always provides awesome service. The larger box arrived with some damage and the shipping company had to add extra tape at some point. But none of the parts were missing or damaged. Install went well but it helped that I watched an etrailer install video specific to our truck that I found on YouTube. Overall, very happy with the whole experience.



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


I LOVE this cover. I was worried that it would be difficult to open but this is extremely easy. Just a pinch and the tip rolls back. Grab the strap and it closes. It took about an hour to install. I highly recommend this product.



- 311-SWTA10A38
by:

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


Awesome, fits my 2019 toyota tacoma trd pro perfect


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