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Old 05-13-2011, 10:40 AM
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That's exactly what I'm worried about Brad. I looked for the long slits down the sides like Razorbass was talking about and it looks like the spray in bedliner has sealed them up so that just leaves two tiny slits in the front that are easily clogged by hay and debris. Since the bedliner came with the truck, should I take it to them to have them "fix" it? and what would that entail...drilling holes in the bed? yikes!!! Not sure what to do about it, but definitely a problem with all the water constantly in it.
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The easy answer is a bed cover but since you are driving a 3500 dually, I have to assume that is a work/farm vehicle and would guess a cover is out of the question. So, taking it back to your dealer and showing them the problem might be the first step. See if they have other 3500 trucks on the lot with bedliners and compare yours to theirs.

I would find it hard to believe this has not happened before so they may have a solution for you. If they do have a way to "cut" the slits back in, I would ask for something in writing that says you are covered against future rusting issues unless that comes as part of your standard warranty.

Hope it works out for ya. Keep us posted on the results as inevitably someone else on this forum will have the same issue one day.
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My apologies for not noticing this is a brand new truck.

Take it to the dealer. Their body shop likely has a solution for this; but make sure they are aware of your concerns of premature rusting should the 'cure' result in damage to the paint/primer on the box metal at the worked on area.
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i just used a drill bit & opened the holes back to stock size & gave it a shot of black primer
i would think that drilling them back out & giving them a shot of undercoating would take care of rust
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I'm gonna go in a completely different direction here.....

I would look underneath the truck... check the corners of the bed up near the cab on either side... see if there are already holes there for where the bed is designed to drain when it has no bedliner.... if there is I'd use a small drill bit to make a hole in the liner material (going from the bottom) in the center of the factory drain hole... then once the small hole marks the spot... enlarge the hole to about a 3/8" hole (go slightly smaller than the factory hole).

This is what I did on a former truck after getting a Rhino Liner installed. The drain holes were not large enough to handle drainage. Once I drilled 'em out I had no issues. If you don't have the factory drain holes let the dealer deal with the problem

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Thanks Excoastie, that sounds like a good idea. I will check underneath and see if there are adequate holes there. What type of drill bit would work best and what size do you think? If I can't figure it out, I think I will take it back to the dealer and let them deal with it, but definitely get something in writing about the rust problem. Razorbass, you are right, it is a farm truck, so a cover won't work. I also haul hay around and with standing water even leaking from my cooler, it makes a huge mess, not to mention ruins the hay for the horses.
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I know this thread is old but I'm bringing it back rather then start a new one on the same topic.

Anyways, here goes ... I'm looking at the front of the bed to run my drain lines and all I see is a hole up towards the bed rail. When I look down by the tie down hook it looks like the hole is covered by the spray-in liner.

My question, is it cool to drill through ? or is the higher location just as good ?

It seems I can't find the hole
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I know this thread is old but I'm bringing it back rather then start a new one on the same topic.

Anyways, here goes ... I'm looking at the front of the bed to run my drain lines and all I see is a hole up towards the bed rail. When I look down by the tie down hook it looks like the hole is covered by the spray-in liner.

My question, is it cool to drill through ? or is the higher location just as good ?

It seems I can't find the hole
Drain tubes for a cover? As long as you can get them into the upper holes without kinking them, I'd go there. You may need to add a couple of fittings (right angle) to make the bend but I think you'll like the result better than drilling through your new bed and nice clean bedliner.
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