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A.R.E. hard tonneau cover leak help

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by zeus7625, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. Jun 25, 2011 at 4:37 PM
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    zeus7625

    zeus7625 [OP] Member

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    A.R.E. LSII tonneau cover
    Had to drive 35 miles (one way) to the Authorized Dealer to order the cover. Again to install the cover, and then again to deal with leaks. The cover is only 6 months old and has been leaking since install.

    The leaks are at the very front corner on both sides. I can see where they were generous with the sealant (looks like RTV) but it still leaks.

    Can anybody help with an at home fix, instead of driving 35 miles and dropping 3 hours in a customer lounge?

    All I can get from the website is installation instructions.
     
  2. Jun 25, 2011 at 4:58 PM
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    redezman

    redezman Well-Known Member

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    All Factory for now, LOVE it that way
    mine does same thing, tho mnot bad, BUT still i can notice it.
    first time it happened they pulled the cover off and put thicker rubber BUT still leaked.
    Most of ones i see have a little seepage to them.
     
  3. Jun 25, 2011 at 8:59 PM
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    joes06tacoma

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    LEER Shell with dome lights operated with 3 way switches, aux backup lights with relay and 3 position switch, modified wiring to compass/temp display and clock to include switch that disables dimming function (poor man's DRL solution), Scan Gauge 2
    When I had my shell installed, the dealer used some kind of putty between the plastic bed rails and the front panel of the bed. The shell then sits directly on top of the putty. It leaked. What I finally had to do is apply rtv silicone to the leading edge of the plastic bed rails where they meet the bed sides. The water was traveling under the plastic rails and into the bed. No leaks since I added the silicone.
     
  4. Jun 26, 2011 at 3:56 AM
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    zeus7625

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    A.R.E. LSII tonneau cover
    Thanks for the replies. I can see now that my problem is not uncommon.

    I'll try the rtv idea.
     
  5. Jun 26, 2011 at 3:59 AM
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    zeus7625

    zeus7625 [OP] Member

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    Where was the water entering the bed? Along the bed rails or at the front corners of the bed?
     
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