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Yumdinger 07-15-2013 05:12 PM

Holes through bed at weld spots
Hey all
First time Ram owner, 2013 big Horn pretty loaded up. Previously owned Ford and Chev. I ordered the Bakflip F1 and bedrug. As I was preparing to install the bedrug and I noticed light shining through my bed along each side at the seam where the wheel well panel meets the flat center panel of the bed. The "void or holes" were right near the weld marks towards the front and rear of the bed, 4 spots in total.
My last Dodge was a Durango, I told people I bought a 200,000 motor and drive train with a 50,000 mile body. It rusted out completely in 5 years.
As a result of that experience I am being particularly careful ( wife would call it ANAL) with this Ram. I love the truck and want to do what I can to preserve it.
Are these holes normal? I live in Minnesota, lots of rain and snow. With the bedrug I do not want a lot of moisture inside. I bought the best hard cover I could to go the extra mile in my efforts.
Any info would be appreciated.

tev9999 07-15-2013 05:22 PM

I'm having a hard time picturing where you are talking about - pictures would help. There are holes and slots intentionally in the bed to allow for water drainage. The Bed Rug is designed to allow water to flow through the zippers and then out those holes.

Yumdinger 07-15-2013 05:36 PM

The seam runs from front to back of the bed full length. It appears the center flat portion of the bed, about 44-46" wide is one panel. It is welded to a panel on the left and the right side of the truck that includes the wheel wells. It is the same on both side of the bed. In this seam about 6-10" forward of the tailgate and about6-10" back from the front wall of the bed are weld marks on each panel. In the seam there are 2 small slots that you can see the ground through. they are about 1/4" long and about 1/6" wide (the width of the seam).
I don't have the truck now but I will try to get pictures later.

UpToNoGood 07-15-2013 06:22 PM

My truck and all the others are like that.

zj4x4 07-15-2013 06:32 PM

I'd invest in a spray-on liner if you are worried about moisture. I have a Line-x liner and a Bakflip Fibermax. You are going to get a very small amount moisture in the bed even with a Bakflip. Your rug will stay pretty dry but from what I can tell so far after a couple weeks with an unusual amount of rain in Denver the moisture will be in the same place every time. Even in a heavy downpour it's very minimal but I'm curious to see what happens with a big snow melt.

GTyankee 07-15-2013 06:48 PM

Look at your Warranty paperwork
I believe that Ram trucks have a 5 year corrosion warranty,

this is from 2010
look at page 9

gonefishin776 07-15-2013 07:00 PM

sounds like drain holes to me

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