Best Tonneau Covers For Fifth Wheel Hitches

The number one question we get from customers who use 5th wheel hitches is "Can I use a tonneau cover with my 5th wheel hitch?". Choosing a truck bed cover that won't interfere with your 5th wheel trailer hitch is easy with a little bit of knowledge. We'll show you what kind of tonneau covers are compatible with 5th wheels, which ones aren't, and the features that determine compatibility.

Trucks With 8’ Beds

If your truck is equipped with an 8’ bed, which many 5th-wheel haulers are, most tonneau covers will be compatible with your bed and 5th wheel as long as the hitch doesn’t extend above the bedrails of your truck. This includes BAKFlip folding tonneau covers, whether partially open or folded up to the cab. You can also use:

  • Retractable tonneau covers such as those from Retrax and Gatortrax

  • Any soft roll-up, though low-profile designs like the TruXedo Lo Pro are recommended to avoid potential damage to the cover’s rails

  • Hard roll-ups including the Revolver X4, X4s, and TruXedo Sentry truck bed covers

  • Soft tri-folds if the 5th wheel components don’t extend to the rear third of the bed

BAKFlip MX4
BAKFlip MX4

Fold the panels into a stack or against your cab for bed access.

GatorTrax Retractable
GatorTrax Retractable

Glides back and forth on zero-maintenance ball bearings and locks in any position.

TruXedo Lo Pro
TruXedo Lo Pro

Keeps your cargo out of the elements without hindering your 5th wheel hitch.

Keep in mind that the clearance between your 5th wheel trailer or camper and the rails of your bed is an important factor in determining fitment. If you choose a high-profile tonneau cover, you increase the likelihood of the 5th wheel payload making contact with the tonneau rails while braking or turning on an uneven grade.

Trucks With Shorter Beds

For trucks equipped with a bed less than 8 feet long, there are still plenty of truck bed covers available that will work with a 5th wheel hitch. They include:

Roll-Up Tonneau Covers

Whether it's a soft vinyl roll-up or a hard cover like the Revolver X4s, a roll-up tonneau cover should be at the top of your list if you tow with a 5th wheel on a short-bed truck. The cover rolls back to expose the vast majority of your bed, preventing interference with the hitch. Low-profile designs are still recommended to maximize clearance between your bed and payload.

Gator SRX
Gator SRX
TruXedo Lo Pro
TruXedo Lo Pro

Folding Tonneau Covers

BAKFlips and UnderCover Flex covers will need to be fully opened to ensure that your 5th wheel can turn sufficiently when equipped on a truck with a 6’6”-6’9” bed. While you might get away with having the bed cover partially open on some short bed trucks, plan on having the cover fully open while using your 5th wheel to be on the safe side.

Retractable Tonneau Covers

Retrax, Gatortrax, and Pace Edwards covers are mostly compatible with 5th wheel hitches on 6’6”-6’9” beds. Exceptions can occur if you need to back up to a 90-degree angle, which can cause the 5th wheel pin box to hit the tonneau cover’s rails.

Gator Recoil
Gator Recoil
RetraxPRO MX
RetraxPRO MX
Pace Edwards Jackrabbit
Pace Edwards Jackrabbit