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Retractable Tonneau - who has used them in snowy climates?

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I finally pulled the trigger on a 2021 Denali 2500 Duramax , upgraded from a 2010 Silverado LTZ. A lot has changed in 10 years! I am researching the retractable covers which seem pretty good. I like that they are more secure than a soft roll up and I am specifically considering one of the power units to make life a little easier. I live in CT which can be snowy and icey and that is where my concern comes in. Who has these units and uses them in snowy climates? How do they perform? Will they freeze up? My other option will be going with one of the higher end soft roll up covers. I have used Truxedo in the past - any other recommendations?

Thanks for any help!



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Hey SpeedyD,  Nice Rig, looks amazing!  I live in Oregon and we get snow once and a while with ice and I do use my truck for winter fishing and hunting so I decided to not go with the retractable cover on my truck for that reason.  I have a Bakflip G2 cover which works great and is sturdy enough for a little weight if it snows.  I cant really comment on the reliability of the retractable style in the snow and ice but they sure do look awesome and easy to use.




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I have used both bakflip for 3 years (15/16/17) and retrax MX for 3 years (18/18/20) in a snow/ice area.  


Both have pluses and minuses.


Neither was opened every day.

Both always lived outside. 

Both were the 6.5 ft bed size. 

Both at times had lots of ice/snow frozen to top requiring removal to open. 


Tailgate needs to be open to unlatch bakflip for opening, retrax does not. 

Bakflip also requires cover/tailgate to be closed in specific order. 

If bakflip is closed it is locked.

Retrax is locked with a key.  OTOH, it can be locked in any position. 



GM has changed the dimensions of the 'standard' bed -- so new cover required. 


It's another retrax







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