The JackRabbit cover slides along rails mounted to the sides of the truck bed into a canister at the front of the truck bed. The JackRabbit blanket rolls around a reel inside the canister with the help of a coil spring which maintains tension on the cover at all times making it easy to open. The canister measures 9.75” wide by 11” high.
The JackRabbit blanket consists of interlocking aluminum panels bonded to a polymer composite material. This special blend of textured polymer material will provide a long life while maintaining flexibility at sub-freezing temperatures.
The JackRabbit is designed so that water collected on the top is carried to the canister. Drain tubes located at the base of the canister then take the water outside the truck, to help keep your truck bed dry. Water cannot pass through the one-piece polymer top, however water may intrude into the bed via components that are not part of the JackRabbit such as the tailgate, stake pockets, etc. These components require proper sealing during installation. We do not claim that our covers are 100% waterproof and have never heard of a competitors cover that is either. Be very cautious if a manufacturer says that their retractable cover is 100% waterproof.
Snow should be swept off of the cover with a broom before operating the cover otherwise you will end up with the snow in the truck bed. Ice can be removed by taking your hand and smacking the cover as close to the middle as possible this will cause a vibration in the cover that breaks up the ice making it easy to remove. Do not use anything but your hand for this.
How long will installation take? Installation is easy. All parts are an exact match to your truck – no cutting necessary! JackRabbit covers are installed with our patented SpeedClamp™ system on most applications. Installation should take under 1 hour for the professional and 1½ -2 hours for a first time installer.
The JackRabbit locks with a key Offset to the driver’s side near the tailgate. The key turns arms that lock into the side rails mounted on the sides of the truck bed. The JackRabbit can be locked in place at 12 inch intervals along the truck bed.
Your gas mileage should improve between 7% and 10% on the highway, with the cover closed on the bed (except when towing). A university study shows substantial gas mileage improvement whenever the box of a pickup is covered. Input from customers and our own experience bear out the accuracy of this claim.
The rails on our cover are designed to fasten directly on the sill of the truck bed. If you have a bed liner that covers the sill, modification will be required. Most under-the-rail bed liners are more easily fitted with our cover, but may also require modification near the front corners.