- First Name
- Jan 21, 2020
- Reaction score
- 2018 Model 3 LR, 2019 Model 3 SR+
- Software Engineer
I am curious what you were being tested for?I am NOT an engineer, but I have exceptional 3-D abilities/imagination. I actually can do 3-D visualizations from 2-D diagrams so well I was tested, and then retested twice.
The Pace Edwards rolltop tonneau cover on my Dodge rolled up into a 9" x 9" ( x 5 footish) box - took up that much space in the bed. And that was for an 8 foot bed. So this one would be smaller. I think having it stay flat would really add complexity in having a large flat cavity under the bed floor for it go into, but also from a mechanical motor perspective, where you'd need a way to push/push the cover over a larger distance without binding. Although could be that the gear drive wheels to accomplish that are right under the rear window, which means that they're just moving the the cover along from that point (in which case the moving gears are traveling along the length of the cover as it moves).
If it rolls up into a box like a commercial garage door, then the motors driving that would on that one central shaft that it rolls up onto. That actually may cause some binding issues when being rolled out.
Not sure I'm explaining this well, I'm better at 3D visualization then I am at words.
However, Sandy Munro has addressed this topic and said that he was well familiar with these types of covers in the aircraft industry (he couldn't go into details because it was classified), but that they were very reliable.