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Compatibility of Pickup Truck Ladder Racks with Tonneau Covers  


I want to know if you have a ladder rack that I can put under my cover on my 1998 ford short bed truck


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Tonneau covers and ladder racks can be compatible with each other when they do not use the same mounting points on the truck bed rails. Both tonneau covers and ladder racks can mount either inside the bed rails or on top of them.

As an example, the TracRac SR sliding ladder racks like # TH43002XT-501 mount on top of the bed rails so they will work with tonneau covers like Tonno Pro soft roll-up cover # TPLR-3080 which installs inside the bed rails.

Please feel free to email me back with your truck details (F-150, F250 or F350) and the brand and style of cover and I will be glad to assist.

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Mike K.


What are my options for a ladder rack that will be primarily used to haul kayaks? 2019 Ford F-350 Supercab with BakFlip MX4 hard cover, 8' bed. Thanks.

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Jon G.


You can use either the Adarac Pro Series # A4000958 or the Thule TracRac SR # TH43003XT-000 with the BAKFlip cover on your '19 F-350. The Adarac is a little more cost effective but the Thule has a higher weight rating and will be easier to adjust along the rails as needed.



2019 F-150, 6' 5" bed

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Jon G.


My favorite combination is the Thule TracRac SR # TH43002XT-501 and the BAK Revolver X4s # BAK27ZR.



@JonG Thanks!

Ruth B.


I have a 2016 Chevy Colorado crew cab. I would like to install a Hulivtor lift asst. on a rack over the cab. I have laddler racks over the bed, but have trouble getting my boat up and tied down. There is a rubber /vinyl strip on the cab roof but no rack or rails . What do you suggest?

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Chris R.


All you need is a crossbar system for the roof and since the Thule Hullavator # TH898 requires a few inches of bar extension past the roof, I recommend the Yakima 60" JetStream setup that consists of parts # Y00426, # Y00146, and # Y06110.

Dustin S.


2016 f150 6.5 bed. Does a hard flip style tonneau work with the tracrac? I would prefer to stay away from the roll up.

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Chris R.


We do have hard folding covers that are compatible with the Thule TracRac. Basically any cover that installs completely inside the truck's bed rails will work, but with hard covers you'll have to slide the TracRac uprights as you fold up the cover (since the uprights angle in towards the middle of the truck). Just as an example, the BAKFLip G2 Hard Cover # BAK26327 would work well with the TracRac # TH43002XT-501 on your 2016 F-150.

Bill P.


So I have a 2019 F250. I'm hoping to have the best of both worlds. A rack that would fit with a tonneau cover. Thoughts? The cover is a factory trip fold.

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Chris R.


In order for this combo to be possible, the factory tonneau on your 2019 F-250 has to install completely inside the bed rails (with no hardware or tarp extending to the tops of the rails). If this is the case, then we do have a few options that will work well. I specifically recommend the Thule TracRac SR - part # TH43003XT-785 if you have the 6-3/4 foot bed or part # TH43003XT-000 if you have the 8 foot bed.

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