Extang EnCore Hard Tonneau Cover Review

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Review of the Extang Encore Hard Tonneau Cover

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Extang Encore hard tonneau cover, part number EX62720. Now some special features that makes the Extang Encore stand above the rest is the ability to access gear from either the front or the rear of the truck bed. It is equipped with a bolt one-key lock technology that allows you to use your vehicle's ignition key to lock and unlock the tonneau. The top of the tonneau cover is a 1-inch thick, fiberglass-reinforced plastic that resists dents and harsh UV rays. The aluminum rails are coated with a black powder coat to resist rust and corrosion. At the rear of the tonneau cover, there is a release cord and special latch system, which you can pull on the cord to release the rear end of the panel, allowing you to gain access to the rear of your pickup truck.

And for the rain water that does get in, there are built-in channels and drain hoses to keep the bed dry and free of rain water. This is a no-drill installation, is made in the USA, and comes with a 3-year warranty. Now that we've gone over some of the special features of the Extang Encore trifold hard tonneau cover, we'll go ahead and show you how to install it. We're going to begin by placing the driver's side bed rail onto the vehicle. Next, we'll take the silver clamps, which the labels on the rail indicating where the clamps need to be at.

There's a rail that runs on the bed rail that is grooved, which the grooves from the clamp go on the inside, matching those grooves up, preventing the clamp from slipping down. And the other side of the clamp will be pinching up against the downward portion of the bed rail. Now before installing the clamps, you will need to make sure that there is 1" between the front cab rail and the front part of the driver's side tonneau rail. Now the clamps we will be using are 1" wide, so we can use the clamp to measure the 1" depth between the cab bed rail and the side rail of the tonneau cover. Now with our second set of hands helping us hold up the rail, we're going to install the clamps.

This part right here with the groove will need to go on the grooved part of the rail underside here, near the lip of the bed rail. This part will rest on the back side of the bed rail. We'll need to make sure that the downward portion of this bracket is in either one of these two slots. This will ensure and prevent the bracket from slipping downward. Now when you think that you've got the clamp in position, kind of tug down on it to make sure that both sets of grooves have been engaged.

Then we'll make sure that this clamp is on the bottom part, and we'll tighten it down loosely, keeping that one clamp in place. Then we'll move to the other locations. Once again, there are stickers indicating where the clamps need to be positioned on the bed rail. But don't tighten them too tight until you get all three of the clamps in position. This will give your extra set of hands a bit of a break. We'll now go ahead and place our rear clamp onto the rear of the rails. Now we'll need to make sure that the clamp is at least 1" away from the end of the rail, so right here where this sticker is. Now you want to make sure when you're tightening down your clamps that the side rail is not being pulled downward and twisting. If so, you will need to adjust the grooves on this bracket with the grooves on the underside of this rail. We'll go ahead and finish tightening them down, making any necessary adjustments so the rail is not being twisted downward. And then we'll just repeat the same process for the other side. Now with both rails on the bed of our truck, we're ready to code our tonneau lock to the vehicle key. We'll first need to pull back on this black plastic cover, and remove this adhesive film. We'll take our vehicle key and fully insert it into the lock. We'll then rotate the key clockwise, about 3/4 of a turn, until it stops. Once you've done that, the cylinder is now fully coded and ready for everyday use. It's important to go ahead and lock and unlock it a couple of times just to make sure the key is working. Keep in mind, if the vehicle key is changed, the lock cylinder will need to be replaced, because the lock can only be keyed one time. Now with both rails assembled and secured onto the bed rails of our pickup truck, we'll go ahead and install the drain tube. Now the drain tube will come out from this spot here, and go into the hole of the stake pocket. Take our tube, insert it into the hole of the stake pocket, bring it back up, and secure it onto the downward spout of the rail. And then we'll just repeat the same process for the other side. Now with both rails installed onto the truck, we're going to grab an extra set of hands to set the tonneau cover onto the bed rails of our pickup. Now with the tonneau cover up perpendicular to the bed rails of our pickup truck, I can point out the silver anchor points and these black hooks, which when we unfold the tonneau cover these hooks will wrap around these silver anchor points. So now with it in place, we can go ahead and set the tonneau cover down, making sure that the hooks for the front part of the fold engage. And now as you can see here, the black hook is connected around the silver cylinder so we know that we're hooked in place. Now with the tonneau cover on the front part of the bed rails near the cab, I'll unbuckle the straps here and unfold the remaining two pieces. Now as you can see, this black hook engaging on the silver cylinders. Now that we have the tonneau cover placed onto the bed rails of our pickup, I went ahead and unfolded the front part, and I'm standing in the bed, getting ready to clean off this rail here next to the cab to apply our soft padding. This padding will prevent a gap from the front part of the tonneau cover to this rail here by the cab. With a cleaning solution, we'll simply spray the dab rail and wipe it down, which will allow the adhesive to stick on the truck. We'll now take our adhesive tape and start over here on the driver's side, and we'll start sticking it on there. Then we'll take some scissors and trim off the excess. Now with our adhesive stripping attached, we'll go ahead and peel back this white layer of tape. This is the side that the front part of the tonneau cover will rest on. Now with our strip in place, we can go ahead and close the tonneau cover. As you can see, the stripping that we just placed onto the front rail of the cab is now flush and resting on this front part, which will create a nice seal and help to prevent rain water from getting in, from dripping down the cab. Now we'll finally take the last fold of the tonneau cover, close it, double checking to make sure the latches are engaged, and we can close the tailgate. And that will complete today's review of the Extang Encore trifold hard tonneau cover, part number EX62720.

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