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Pace Edwards Switchblade Retractable Hard Tonneau Cover - Aluminum and Vinyl - Black

Pace Edwards Switchblade Retractable Hard Tonneau Cover - Aluminum and Vinyl - Black

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You can install this retractable, hard tonneau cover on your vehicle in about 10 minutes, and you can completely remove it just as quickly for full bed access. Aluminum and vinyl deck has strength of a hard cover and seamless look of a soft cover. Lowest Prices for the best tonneau covers from Pace Edwards. Pace Edwards Switchblade Retractable Hard Tonneau Cover - Aluminum and Vinyl - Black part number 311-SWFA18A44 can be ordered online at or call 1-636-306-4830 for expert service.
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Pace Edwards Tonneau Covers - 311-SWFA18A44

  • Retractable Tonneau
  • Hard Tonneau
  • Pace Edwards
  • Rack Compatible
  • Flush Profile - Inside Bed Rails
  • Gloss Black
  • Manual Tonneau
  • Aluminum and Vinyl
  • Opens at Tailgate

You can install this retractable, hard tonneau cover on your vehicle in about 10 minutes, and you can completely remove it just as quickly for full bed access. Aluminum and vinyl deck has strength of a hard cover and seamless look of a soft cover.


  • Custom-fit, retractable tonneau cover protects your cargo and your vehicle's bed from the elements
  • Cover can be installed or completely removed by 1 person in approximately 10 minutes
    • Requires only a wrench and screwdriver - no drilling
  • Retractable design offers easy access to your bed
    • Pinch grips underneath rear plate automatically retract cover when squeezed
    • Tension spring allows cover to open smoothly
    • Stored cover won't restrict rear window visibility
  • Integrated pull strap lets you deploy cover quickly
    • Closed cover secures truck bed when used in conjunction with locked tailgate
  • Space-saving canister protects retracted cover from the elements to extend life of cover
    • Compact, angled design allows for maximum useable cargo space in bed
    • Drain tubes funnel water from canister out through hole in truck bed floor
  • Low-profile cover sits inside truck bed rails for a flush look
    • Aerodynamic style reduces wind drag and helps to improve gas mileage
  • Black vinyl fabric bonded to rigid aluminum panels offers a seamless, stylish look
  • Weather-resistant materials keep water and debris from entering the truck bed
    • Foam seal installs under rails and canister at bulkhead
    • Large seal at the rear of the bed closes the gap between the cover and tailgate
  • Made in the USA


  • Canister dimensions: 9-1/4" tall x 9-3/4" deep
  • 1-Year warranty

The Switchblade retractable hard tonneau cover provides you with security and weather protection for your truck bed, easy accessibility to your cargo, and the flexibility to haul large items that require full bed capacity whenever needed. You can install the cover without assistance in approximately 10 minutes, and you can completely remove it from your vehicle's bed just as quickly. The tonneau deck is constructed of a vinyl fabric top sheet that is bonded to rigid aluminum panels, combining the seamless appearance of a soft cover with the security features of a hard cover.

Simple, 1-Person Installation

Installing Switchblade

To install the cover, set the canister on the bulkhead of your truck. Make sure that it's square with your bed. Bolt the side rails to the tabs on the canister.

Secure the rails to your truck bed side rails using 2 clamps per side. Slide the clamp onto the rail, flip the pivot arm up so it is under the bed rail lip, and tighten the clamp in place with the twist knob. Shims are included for trucks with tapered beds.

Installing kickstand

Each clamp at the tailgate end of the rails has a supplemental kickstand to help level the rails and prevent overtightening during installation. To install the kickstand, simply slide it into the grip handle at the bottom of the clamp. Rotate the kickstand so the foot rests squarely against the side wall of the truck bed, and tighten in place.

Installing top plate of Switchblade

Mount the top cover plate to the canister with the included hardware. Attach the drain tubes to the canister and route each tube out of the OEM drain holes in the floor of your bed.

To hold the pull strap off the floor of your truck bed, apply the adhesive hook-and-loop fastener strip onto the underside of a rail at your desired location.

Remove or Reinstall in 10 Minutes

After the initial installation, the tonneau cover can be completely removed or reinstalled in approximately 10 minutes. The Switchblade is great for whenever you need to haul large items that require full bed capacity from front to back and side to side. After your large haul is complete, you can easily reinstall the cover to protect your truck bed again.

Remove Switchblade for full bed access

To utilize your entire truck bed, detach the canister from the side rails by removing the bolts on either side with a wrench. Then take the side rails off your truck by removing the clamps with the same wrench. Wrap the pull-strap around the canister and use it to lift the canister off your vehicle.

Retractable Cover with Built-In Pull Strap

To retract the Switchblade, simply squeeze the pinch grips located underneath the cover near the center of the tailgate to activate a heavy-duty tension spring. The spring automatically retracts the cover into the canister at the bulkhead of your truck bed. This provides quicker, easier access to your truck bed when compared with manual retractable covers that have no spring-loaded assist.

Pull strap to deploy Switchblade

A built-in pull strap helps you extend the cover over your bed. As you pull, the tonneau will glide smoothly along tracks in the side rails until it reaches the tailgate and secures in place. You can also use the rear plate of the tonneau cover to pull it closed.

Compact, Angled Canister

Switchblade compact canister

The cover retracts into a canister located at the front of your truck bed, giving you unrestricted visibility out of your rear window. The canister also protects the stored cover from the elements. And the compact, angled design allows for maximum clearance for your tools and cargo.

Water Management System

Switchblade drain tube

The Switchblade rails feature a water management system that channels excess water into the canister. This prevents water from getting into your bed or freezing in your tonneau cover rails during cold temperatures. Drain tubes attached to the bottom of the canister remove water through the OE drain holes in the floor of your truck bed.

Flush-Mount Design

Switchblade flush-mount design

The black powder-coated side rails sit 1/8" above your truck bed rails for a flush appearance. This low-profile design is aerodynamic to reduce wind drag, and it helps to improve gas mileage when the cover is closed.

Stylish and Heavy-Duty Construction

Switchblade stylish construction

The Switchblade deck is constructed of a vinyl top layer bonded to heavy-duty aluminum slats. This ArmorTek deck looks like a soft tonneau cover with no visible seams, but has the strength and security of a hard tonneau cover. A large seal at the rear of the bed closes the gap between the cover and tailgate to create a barrier to prevent water from entering the truck bed.


Switchblade cargo security

The Switchblade provides excellent protection for your cargo when used in conjunction with a closed and locked tailgate. Both the pinch grips and pull strap are located underneath the rear plate, which makes them inaccessible when your truck bed is closed. The heavy-gauge aluminum panels are better at preventing theft when compared with soft covers that can be cut or punctured with a knife. The panels are also more effective at preventing theft than tri-fold hard tonneau covers because the panels cannot be pried open at any point along the rails.

SWFA18A44 Pace Edwards Switchblade Retractable Hard Truck Cover - Aluminum and Vinyl - Black

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Customer Reviews

Pace Edwards Switchblade Retractable Hard Tonneau Cover - Aluminum and Vinyl - Black - 311-SWFA18A44

Average Customer Rating:  4.4 out of 5 stars   (203 Customer Reviews)

You can install this retractable, hard tonneau cover on your vehicle in about 10 minutes, and you can completely remove it just as quickly for full bed access. Aluminum and vinyl deck has strength of a hard cover and seamless look of a soft cover.


Just received today and installed recently. Minor damage from shipping, but since this is my work truck, so what! Operates smoothly, appears to be of good quality. I only gave it 4 stars because I have never owned one and can’t make a comparison judgement. However it shipped quick and was relatively easy to install,thx Etrailer!


It isn’t a great fit for the 21 f250 short bed. At the front of the bed it is too loose and back of the bed by the tailgate it’s too tight. And there isn’t enough shims to take off or put on to get a good fit. So the cover is hard to open and close.
The clamps to hold it on to the bed come lose constantly no matter what.
And it should keep weather out just a little bit but there is still tons of water or snow that gets in somehow despite my efforts to seal it.
It also takes up a ton of room in the bed of the truck.
The good… it keeps the sun off things and keeps some weather out if you aren’t near the edges.

I got information from the manufacturer stating that if it’s too loose at the front and tight at the back then you would need to remove shims at the back and add some to the front of the bed. I will be sending this information over to our customer service team to better assist you.
-- Etrailer Expert Katrina B - 04/26/2022

2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty

Just installed this afternoon, so not a lot of experience yet. I installed by myself in about 1 1/2 hours. The instructions were clear and brief. I had a little trouble getting the front clamps in place, but that was due to the thickness of a brand new spray-in bed liner, it was pretty thick. Once everything was in and adjusted the cover works good and looks like it will keep most of the weather out.

Im having a little trouble with the self retracting feature. Im not sure if I have the rails mis-aligned a little or there is dirt in the system. It still works but I have to push it forward the entire track length to get it to roll up.
Larry - 10/18/2020


I like it but it has flaws. it gets hard to open and close over time. I try to keep the dust rinsed out but hasn't helped. it has had some screws come out that stop it near the tailgate. There is also a big gap on top of the box it rolls up in, that can get leaves and other debris inside the unit, I called about this problem and was told that's how it is,(could've been an easy factory fix) what I do like is it ability to roll up exposing 90% of my bed space . Would I buy this one again? probably not

I do have an alternate cover to recommend for your 2020 Ford 250 6 foot bed. It is part # BAK99ZR
BAK Revolver X4s Hard Tonneau Cover - Roll Up - Aluminum and Vinyl - Matte Black
which is also a roll up hard tonneau cover.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 02/15/2022

2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Easy to install in about an
Looks awesome on my 2019 F250.
Highly recommend it and etrailer.

Good, lost a screw however.
Brian - 11/10/2020


Overall very happy with this product. Very fuctional and convenient. Had a trifold before and much prefer this slide type cover..wish it had a more secure way of attaching the 2 drain hoses, because to keep them unclogged I either have to remove them or take top metal cover off which should be done . If you choose the vinyl version use a good protecant on the vinyl . Good product and the price is for fair you won't regret the purchase..

Still very happy with this product, I’m pretty careful to take good care of it by often treating the vinyl with 303 protectant to preserve it from the suns effects. It rolls up nice and functions as it should
Terry - 01/05/2022


great fit of the product great service thanks Lori B with etrailer


Over all it’s nice but sometimes I’ll leak little water into the trunk .

You mentioned that sometimes it leaks water into the trunk and I wanted to ask a few follow up questions. Do you recall if it always leaked water? It is during hard, moderate, or light rain?
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 02/22/2022

2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty

Very happy with the product and etrailer always provides awesome service. The larger box arrived with some damage and the shipping company had to add extra tape at some point. But none of the parts were missing or damaged. Install went well but it helped that I watched an etrailer install video specific to our truck that I found on YouTube. Overall, very happy with the whole experience.

2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Delivered damaged, not Etrailers fault though. Excellent customer service and responsiveness from etrailer reps. Installation instructions from leer sucked, just figure it out it’s pretty easy. Had to use cover immediately traveled 7 hours through rain and all luggage and presents were dry on arrival! Pleasantly surprised

Ford F-350 Super Duty

Installed on my 2020 F350 today. Took about an hour. Fit was excellent, rails required no shims or adjustment. Instructions were good. The rail clamps and kickstand pieces all worked as designed. Deployment and retraction both work easily as does my auto tailgate. I have decided to leave the water drain tubes dangling in the bed till I can evaluate how much water comes in. I have factory spray in liner and not wanting to put holes in knock out plugs. Will see if gaps in bed are sufficient to let water out.

2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Easy install and Quick to install anyone with a little mechanical ability will be able to do it. Best with a locking tailgate my truck bed is secure. 2017 F250 6 3/4 bed


I had the opportunity to work with Courtney on this order and I couldn't be happier with how she helped me expedite my order after a running into a bit of a delay. This was not my first order with etrailer and certainly wouldn't be the last. I highly recommend this to anybody looking to buy high quality products at a highly competitive price.

2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty

The installation was easy enough for 1 person, took about an hour. Everything arrived when promised and in great condition. It fit my truck perfectly, looks good and operates smoothly.

Ford F-250 Super Duty

Great product, Easy to install on my Ford F-250 super duty. Fit perfectly. But Do need longer screws for the cover.


Great cover!


2021 Ford F-350 Super Duty


Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers

Looks great. Should be durable enough for me and my application. Appears to be well made and was fairly easy to install. I was replacing an older well used cover for my truck that was a dealer installed after market cover that was merely worn out. My brother and I installed this Slingshot in a little less than an hour. A person with with average skills should be able to install this cover with minimal issue. Certainly is easier with two people but not difficult.

Its great!
Terryl B - 01/30/2022


Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers

Dear Ranger owners. This product is one inch short. Be aware. If you got a one inch thick liner, this is perfect. If not, this product will not be flush with the front bed. If you make it flush, then it is one inch short. etrailer tells me to return it with xxx return fee. And they would charge me for restocking fee. Haha what an amazing policy. Now that customer received it, they know customers wont return with heavy return fee. STAY AWAY.

After market products such as a bed liner may need some modifications to achieve the best fitment, especially with the thicker plastic in liners. After reviewing your photos it appears that there was possibly a step in the instructions that was missed. There should be about a 1 sixteenth inch gap between the tailgate and the Tonneau rail end cap foam. To achieve this, you will need to loosen the Tonneau rail clamps and pull everything back towards the tailgate end of the truck and then tighten the clamps. Then you can shift the tailgate seal over to the other side to center it. If the seal is too long, you can cut it to length and then reinstall it.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 10/18/2021


Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers

Received my bed cover last night in a wore out beat up box. parts hanging out of it. When I opened it it was full of returned items from other customers. When I asked to discount and speed up shipment on the replacement I was told nothing he could do. I have been a loyal customer and I'm not happy with the way this has been handled.

I will have our customer service team reach out to you.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 10/25/2021


Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers

The bad:
1. The product showed up with
damage. Box looked to be taped to fix it being dropped.
2. The metal parts that rest on the bed rail were bent.
3. They talk about shims in the instructions and the video but do not show where the shims are. I did have to remove them to help even out the distance the rails are between the front and back.
The good:
1. All parts were still in the box.
2. I was able to straighten the metal parts and install the product.
3. The installation video was very helpful.

The photo of the shims are located in step 3 of the instructions as a metal piece on top of the frame rail brackets. Customer Service will reach out to you about the damage.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 10/25/2021


Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers

Rather than order a truck bed cap and wait 3 months for delivery, I decided on a hard tonneau cover at about one third the cost and available immediately. I viewed several you tube and decided on Pace Edwards. I am able to follow instructions and handy with tools so this installation was straight forward and the end result is just as I had hoped for. The look is nice, the quality of the item is very good and the final function is just as I had wanted. The items in the bed are safe, out of view and secure as the tail gate can be locked. I am very pleased with the quality, ease of installation and overall function. The installation took a bit longer to complete as I was working alone.

Very pleased with the product and the ability to be able to open the cover part way while covering most of the bed. This is not possible with a solid cover. The vehicle is used frequently to transport various items of different size . The product works very well and allows me to leave equipment in the bed the locked tailgate. I would purchase this item for a different truck in the future.
David - 04/14/2022


Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers

The installation of the Pace Edward switchblade took about 30 minutes by my self. So far I’ll give the product 5 stars. It was very easy to install and looks great to.


Review from a similar Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Tonneau Cover in Tonneau Covers

Cover was very easily to install. However wasn’t pleased with how the cover of box was bowed and never sealed to truck bed, or the cover didn’t fit up to top cap. Wasn’t impressed with how quick the seals on the end caps tore off.

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