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Old 11-14-2011, 06:16 PM
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hello this will be my first winter with my truck, i have an extang tri-fold tonneau cover and not sure if i should leave it on or off for the snowy months ahead . i was told i should some snow in the back for better tracktion but havent tried for myself any advice thanks
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ive had tonneau covers on my last couple trucks and left them on for the winter but also added a few bags of sand and salt in the back for better traction. the salt may come in handy
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hey that sounds good and yea i amalways picking up salt but the cover will hold snow and snowice with no prob thanks for the help
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This will be my first winter with a soft folding tonneau cover (I have the TonnoPro cover). I usually leave mine off if I'm not carrying anything that needs to stay dry. I figured ice/snow would drastically decrease the life of the cover.

What (if anything) do you guys put on the vinyl fabric to keep it looking good? I've been using '303 Protectant', but even if I carefully monitor how much I put on the fabric, it ends up leaving stains on my truck bed if it rains.
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This will be my first winter with a soft folding tonneau cover (I have the TonnoPro cover). I usually leave mine off if I'm not carrying anything that needs to stay dry. I figured ice/snow would drastically decrease the life of the cover.

What (if anything) do you guys put on the vinyl fabric to keep it looking good? I've been using '303 Protectant', but even if I carefully monitor how much I put on the fabric, it ends up leaving stains on my truck bed if it rains.
You should not use cleaners or protectants containing silicone on vinyl tonneau covers.
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I always wondered what the ice does to the rollups & fold up covers in winter weather
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I have the bakflip myself, this is my second winter with it ( we also run various 3 fold ones at work as well...) the only advice i can offer is to make sure there is no snow or ice on top of the cover when you open it. one of the work trucks just destroyed the hinges on it when they did.
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I have a soft Tri-Fold. I've had it for 4 years and have not had a problem with snow load. The sand bags are a great for extra weight and your stuff stays dry rather than using snow in the bed for weight.
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You should not use cleaners or protectants containing silicone on vinyl tonneau covers.
Actually, 303 Protectant does not contain silicone:

http://www.303products.com/shop303/i...rotectants.cfm

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