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Old 12-03-2013, 07:19 PM
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So I've noticed a problem the past couple weeks with my bakflip tonneau cover. As soon as the temp dropped below freezing, the bakflip weatherstripping freezes to the tailgate. It's nearly impossible to open my tailgate in the morning without ripping the handle off.

I'm curious if this is a Ram only problem because of the slope on the top of the tailgate. Anyway, I've been sliding a screwdriver in between to loosen it up enough but I don't want to damage anything. Anyone else running into this problem? Any suggestions?
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I believe that just last week several members asked the same question

you could buy some 3M food grade dry silicone
there are also several other ways to open the cover when freezing closed
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Maybe try spraying the bottom of the cover weatherstripping with a light coat of WD-40 the afternoon before. That should create a moisture barrier and keep it from freezing to the tailgate.
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A little off topic, but how do you like the Bacflip cover? I just ordered mine this week. Any install problems or issues I should watch for before I start mine?
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I had the same problem with my Leer cap. Moisture collects on the rear window ... runs down ... and when it gets cold all that water would freeze the rear window to the tailgate. So I oiled the rubber seal of the rear window and that does the trick ...
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A little off topic, but how do you like the Bacflip cover? I just ordered mine this week. Any install problems or issues I should watch for before I start mine?
Love it. I had a solid leer cap on my old truck and hated how it took away the functionality of the bed. Backflip is the way to go.

I only have 3 complaints about the backflip.

1 - the little arms that hold the backflip up against the back window are always getting banged around when I toss material in the bed. I wish the arms and clips holding the arms were much stronger.

2 - freezing issue I addressed above

3 - not very secure. It can EASILY be opened with a coat hanger.
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Maybe try spraying the bottom of the cover weatherstripping with a light coat of WD-40 the afternoon before. That should create a moisture barrier and keep it from freezing to the tailgate.
I have a different approach to solve this problem, I use a cotter pin puller tool. I run the hook under the weather seal and walla, I have an opening tail gate.

I found it interesting that only the BF to tailgate weather seal freezes and not the side weather strips.

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1 - the little arms that hold the backflip up against the back window are always getting banged around when I toss material in the bed. I wish the arms and clips holding the arms were much stronger.

2 - freezing issue I addressed above

3 - not very secure. It can EASILY be opened with a coat hanger.
1 - Yeah, the re-purposed hold-down clamps to hold the two rods just don't hold up.

2 - No easy fix for those of us that live in the freezing rain climates. My door seals freeze also as do my door window travel.

3 - Locks only keep honest folks honest.
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Thanks for the feedback. The reason I like the BAK covers is how low profile they look compared to others. I don't really do a lot of hauling, so the security is not that important to me. And like Monster5601 said, locks only keep the honest people out.
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I've had a BakFlip F1 on 3 trucks now. Two F150's and my current RAM and have never had the freezing issue yet. I can imagine this can happen when there's a lot of moisture in the air or someone just got through washing the truck.


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I've had this problem lately too but it's been below 0 the past two days here, so that might be the problem. It hasn't been an inconvenience yet because I haven't needed to get into my bed, but I'm afraid of damaging the seals if I need to open it. I'm also curious why only the rear seal freezes, so I'll be watching to see if anyone knows.
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