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Thread: Frozen Tonno

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    Default Frozen Tonno

    Alright so I know the solution is warm it up but where I live right now it is -45 celsius with the wind chill and will probably get colder. My tonno is a Roll-n-Lock and it is not the automatic one. When I try and open it it is not the gasket part that keeps the water out that is frozen but the locks that attach to my tailgate that is frozen (well I think, I have not got it open yet). Anyways I was just wondering if you guys had any tips so that this does not happen again, short of running two interior heaters into the bed of my truck. Thanks for any help!
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    it will freeze again, but warm water would be a quick fix....?


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    I don't know if it will help or make it worse, maybe saturate the mechanism with WD-40?

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    Cool frozen tonno

    Move to a warmer climate?

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    Try spraying the locks with silicone, it'll keep the parts lubricated better than WD-40 and make it harder for ice to stick.
    You might also try buying one of the small cans of door lock thaw sold at most auto parts stores.

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    This might seem really primitive, but did you try pounding on the cover with your fist? I used to have a pace edwards jackrabbit cover that would freeze up in winter, a couple hits was usually enough to break the ice in it loose so it would work.

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    haha!! I undertand fully what your going through. I washed my truck 2 days ago when the cold went full swing and my tonneau cover froze shut. I just left it at my girlfriend's work inside their shop for the night.
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    Even i am very much interested to know this......this is really very big issue........can anyone tell me the solution how to avoid this.......any information is highly welcomed...
    paulthomas2

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    We all have to know if this worked out!

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    Silicon spray, do not use warm or hot water. Warm and hot water create condensation that freezes VERY quick, use extremely cold water or rubbing alcohol, thus creating more time for the water to drain out of the locking area without it freezeing so quick, but at the same time use a can of compressed air to help blow the water out then get a good coat of silicon spray, keep us posted
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