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I'm getting a new tacoma in the next few weeks and it'll have a tonneau cover. Does anyone think it's a bad idea to transport a pontoon boat (I have a skykomish sunrise) on top of the cover strapped down? I can't imagine it is, but thought I'd ask around. The cover is the kind that folds up (by thirds), so it's not a stretched piece of vinyl and has a little heft to it. My intention is to pack the bed with all my camping stuff.

The car I'm replacing has a roof rack and I always took off the pontoons and strapped the frame down.
 

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I've a Pace Industries tonneau, and I just strap down my southfork to the eyebolts in the bed pockets. Or if I go with my neighbor, I strap down 3. No problem.
 

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Tonneau, no problem if you've got some anchor points to tie down.
 

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I had the same question a few days ago. I loaded a Freestone on the back of a truck tonneau cover and took if for a road test this weekend while scouting a Yakima hatch. I drove the back road to Cle Elum so I never did more than about 55 or 60 mph and I noticed it did slide back but it seemed secure. For the picture I slid it ahead a foot or so (you can see the angle of the straps is slightly towards the back).

Because my cover is fiberglass and goes around the rail, finding tie down points was a little tricky. I took it to a professional place in Wenatchee to see if they had any advice. They thought with a big enough plate on the inside, you could drill holes for an eye bolt. I literally had Ken fabricate some backing plates but right before we drilled the holes, I decided to try using some brackets for mounting on the inside. It seemed to work okay except you have to be a little careful and plan the right length of strap in advance because you can't really adjust it once everything is in place.

As long as you strapped it down well and didn't go crazy with your speed or drive to the Skeena, I think you'd be okay hauling it this way. I plan to anyway.
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Don't forget to check and adjust the air pressure as you gain and lose elevation going over mountains. Cary my Scadden on top of my cab high shell on Yakima racks and have found about every 2500' elevation change requires releasing or adding air.
 
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