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RetraxPRO XR Hard Tonneau Cover Installation - 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

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How to Install the RetraxPRO XR Hard Tonneau Cover on a 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 3500


Hi, everyone, Aiden, here with etrailer.com. Today, we're gonna be taking a look at the RetraxPRO XR hard tonneau cover here on our 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. Now, this is going to be a hard tonneau cover giving us a solid covering for our bed. It's gonna be really secure with that aluminum construction. And it's gonna retract into this canister when it's not used to be nice and condensed, really clean install. But what really sets this apart is the T-Track up top.

So if you want to add something like a ladder rack or other accessories up here, we absolutely can. We're retaining that functionality of our truck, getting that above bed storage while still having a nice lockable cover here over the bed. Now for me, a hard tonneau cover is the best way to go because you get that nice solid covering, but it's also gonna be more secure. With a soft tonneau cover, someone can come up and cut a hole in it and get to your stuff inside. But with this, we've got these thick aluminum panels, which are gonna be really strong and durable, paired with the lock and the locking tailgate, it's gonna keep everything inside as secure as possible.

That aluminum's also going to give a really good weight capacity. We've got a 500 pound weight capacity evenly distributed across the top here. So if we're getting ready to load up, maybe set a heavy tool bag up top, we need to open our bed, we can. Or if we're using those rails to mount accessories, we're gonna have a good strong capacity. Now, that lock is gonna be right on the end here.

We've got it unlocked right now, so we can just push that button in the center. That'll lift up the handle and then we can start to just push it back. I can walk it from either side and it's gonna be pretty darn smooth too. It doesn't take much effort to do. And then at the end there, it just kind of rolls up into the canister and you can see how clean this is gonna be.

It doesn't take up too much space in our bed here, leaving all this room open for any other things that we wanna put in, whether it be something oversized like a kayak or maybe moving furniture or lumber. We have that bed still accessible even with this in place. And if we decide that we want this to be partially covered, you can pull this out, stop it anywhere along the track, and just latch that down. And it's gonna be nice and secure in that place. So maybe if we have something like ladders propped up against the tailgate, but we want the bed mostly covered for that extra fuel economy, we can get that. The cover's gonna come with two keys. And when we lock this up, we can see that button to pop the latch open can't be pushed, which means we can't get it open. Now, something we consider with our Silverado here is the tailgate. We've got this really nice step in here and a handle, that's gonna help us kind of get up into the bed. And it's nice because this isn't gonna actually conflict with the rails of our tunnel cover. We've got plenty of clearance here between the handle and the rail here. So we don't have to worry about making contact or losing that functionality of our vehicle. Underneath the canister here, you will notice that there's gonna be two drain tubes heading outside the truck bed. So any sort of water that rains down and builds up in the canister will drain out. And you might be thinking looking at this, that the canister is gonna take up some of your bedroom and you are correct with that. That is one downside of the canister style covers. The other options there are a soft roll-up cover, which we've covered earlier as not the most secure, not my favorite personally. And there will also be trifold design, which are big panels. When those fold up to give you full bed access, it's actually gonna block the back window here. So that's the trade off you're making with this canister style. Personally, it's my favorite. And the good thing is you still have room underneath it to actually get some lumber or something in here. That whole space underneath isn't being utilized by the canister. Just sitting above the bed, so that's really nice to see. Speaking of weather resistance, we do have weather stripping all throughout on the back, the sides, and that will be covering the tailgate when we close it. So that is gonna help with our weather resistance and it doesn't sit too high up off the bed rails here either. Everything's really low profile. We're only adding about an inch to the top of the bed rails here. So it looks very much like it belongs on this truck and doesn't stick out like a sore thumb. So if you're looking at a tonneau cover that has this T-Track compatibility for a ladder rack, you do have some options. There's this and then there's also gonna be the Pace Edwards UltraGroove. Now, personally, I like the RetraxPRO a lot better. I think it's gonna give you a much cleaner look, particularly with these end rails here. I like the more angular design. I think it just looks a little bit cleaner. And there's gonna be less bulkiness throughout. The other thing to consider is that this one can be stopped at any sort of interval. So if I want to partially open this, even just a little bit right there, and just stop it right at the end, I can. The Pace Edwards can be stopped at certain intervals, but only in 12-inch intervals. So we can't just stop at anywhere we want. We're limited by that. So I like having the extra options this has and I like the better look. As far as installation goes, it's gonna be really straightforward. You probably will want extra set of hands to lift the assembly up and into the bed once you get it assembled on the ground. But once you get that done, it's easy to do on your own and it shouldn't take you more than an hour or two. Let's check out how we did it. Starting off for installation. I like to set the actual canister box down, completely unroll it so it's a nice flat surface. It's gonna kind of serve as some protection for the canister while it's on the ground here. And you wanna remove the shipping materials. So on either side, we're gonna have this white tube that we will remove. It's gonna be pretty long. And then we can get this sticker off eventually too. But I'm actually first going to come to this Phillips head screw on the side and remove that with our screwdriver. This is gonna release this white shipping bracket here. And you actually wanna save that for use later in the install. It's actually gonna serve as a spacer block for us so we can get the right alignment for the tonneau cover. So once that is unscrewed, you can just get that popped out and set it to the side and repeat this process on the other side. Now, to attach the rails to the canister here, we first wanna grab the keys and actually unlock the cover because there is going to be a portion of that latch that will make contact with the rails. So if you try to actually install that into the rails, this piece here is gonna make contact. You won't be able to attach them. So once we've got that unlocked, we can take our rail, pull out the canister a little bit, and just slide those rollers into that slotted hole we saw before. Then on the canister, there's gonna be a little portion back here with a cutout on the inside. That's gonna line up with the mounting tab that we showed you earlier on the rail. So we'll have two attachment points on the side of our canister. One where that packing shim was located that we just removed in the beginning. And then one where that alignment tab is, that we showed you on the rail. Your kit's gonna come with these Phillips head screws, and we're just gonna attach those in both mounting locations on both sides of the canister. Now we're gonna repeat this for the other side, just making sure that we do everything for the proper orientation on this rail. And the final piece of our puzzle on the ground here is gonna be this top cover. So we're gonna lay this down on top of the rails, actually underneath the rails on top of the canister. And the holes on top are gonna line up with the holes on top of the rails. And the weather stripping is gonna be facing the back towards where the cab is gonna be. So once you've got that lined up, we can take our provided Allen screws and just pop those into the holes, feel them kind of thread in. Now, if you're having trouble getting these holes to align, it does help, I've found, to make sure that this top plate is fully seated on both sides where it's naturally gonna rest. And you have these rails lifted up a little bit. I've just got mine setting on my lunch box and my water bottle to just bring it up more level. So that is putting in a much better position for us to attach the screw. And then once you get that secured down on one side, you can repeat that on the other. At this point, it's a good idea to grab some friends and we can lift the whole assembly into place on the truck, resting it on the bed rails. Just walk it slowly to the front here. And then set it down towards the cab of the truck. Now, it's a good idea before anything's clamped down and secured to come into this very front edge where that weather stripping is and just make sure it's all pulled out. You can see it's fine right here, but it starts to kind of get curled underneath itself towards the middle. So we're just gonna pull that out, make sure it's all laying flat to make sure we have a good water seal. If you need to, you can kind of go to the bottom of the canister and push up a bit just to get that out from underneath. Again, having extra set of hands could help with that, but just work your way down and make sure it's all sitting flat. We're gonna close our tailgate and take our plastic packing shims that we saved from earlier. And if you look closely up here, there's a slightly thinner portion towards the top. That is going to be our spacer. There's a gap. I can fit my finger in there right now. What we want is that thinner portion to fit snugly between the two, that's the proper spacing. So I'm gonna also make sure to not line this up where it's sitting on the bed liner here. So right above there. And then I can just push the side rail into place against that. That's our proper spacing right there. It's sitting on its own so I don't have to worry about it. For our clamps, we wanna start with the rearmost and the frontmost. We're gonna know where they go by these plastic screws right here. These are just kind of adjustment screws to help us out later on to make sure everything's even. But the thinner portion of the clamp will go right between those. And with this, because this is the set ready to go for the rails up top, we wanna make sure everything's set properly. So I've got this opened up pretty much all the way. And on the backside here, you'll notice two Phillips head screws. We can loosen those up to raise this rounded portion up and down. And I'm just gonna actually test this out real quick in place. Put it up as high as you can. The teeth on this thinner portion, we'll kind of lock in and act like it's clamped down. So I'm kind of pushing inward on that rounded portion. And I want to feel up on the inside to make sure it's wedged perfectly in that corner. And if it is, and doesn't rock back and forth, we know it's at the correct height. If there's a little bit of rocking back and forth or I have to tilt it to get it up in that corner, that's when we know that that rounded portion needs to be raised up to meet that corner. So if that rounded portion isn't meeting the corner all the way, we have to kind of tilt the clamp to reach, that's when we know we need to loosen those Phillips head screws, raise this portion up, and tighten it back down. So with it right now, I think we're pretty good right here. So what I'm gonna do is take our really long bolts right here and thread them through the bottom portion of our brackets. I'm gonna thread that down most of the way. Okay, so I'm gonna stop about there. We'll adjust this later on. I'm going to put this nut on the other end, just a little bit. That's gonna keep it locked in place. And then we've got this rubber stopper that just kind of sits on the end. Make sure that nut is ran down enough so that we can get that fully on. Feel underneath here. There's gonna be a small gap between the rail of the tonneau cover and the bed rail of your truck. You can kind of feel that ridge right there. And you can see when I kind of put my finger in there, I can move the rail a bit. So that gap is gonna be taken up by this rubber spacer block right here. We're just gonna slide that up in between the two rails there, getting it to fit as best we can. And that's just gonna make sure that nothing gets crushed in there and that everything sits nice and flat. It does have a bit of adhesive on the other side. So once it's kind of clamped in, it'll hold tight. Once all that's been done though, we can take our clamp, put that up into place, remembering to go as high up with it as we can. And I'll just run down this main bolt right here first by hand. And we can kind of finish that off with our socket and ratchet until it's nice and snug. Now, I'm not gonna snug it down all the way. I'm gonna wait until all the other clamps are in place. But I'm also going to extend this little spacer bolt down here that we installed until that rubber pad touches the bed. Once that nut is ran up to the other side of the plate there by hand, we can take our wrench and just snug it down like that. Basically, what this bolt is doing is acting as a support. When we've got something on top of the tracks and the rails here, like a ladder rack, this is gonna be that support that is making this whole capable of holding that extra weight. So you gotta make sure it's seated properly as well as the clamp up top. So we ran into on the frontmost clamps closest to our cab. We actually did have to adjust this rounded portion here, even though we didn't at the rear. So to do that, just loosen up these screws enough to be able to freely move this. We've got teeth that'll lock in. And I found, for our application, about two teeth up is where we are getting the right contact. So just get it there, tighten it down, just like this. And then we're good to go and use this clamp on the front spot. With all the clamps in place around the cover, I'm just gonna go back through and tighten everything down fully. We don't need to torque it down to anything crazy. Just snug it up and make sure everything is nice and secure. At this point, we're ready to roll out our cover, but first we wanna make sure that the rails are running parallel. We're gonna take some measurements starting with above the front cover here. This is gonna kind of be our baseline measurement and we're gonna measure between each rail. So I'm getting about 58 and five eighths of an inch right about there. And then I'm gonna proceed to measure that same measurement at each clamp location. So this one is measuring 58 and seven eights. And we'll just continue down the line here checking to make sure those are all the same. If they're not the same, like ours are right now, we can actually make some adjustments. We want them to be plus or minus 1/16th of an inch. So what we can do is we can actually take the included Allen wrench and go to those white screws that we we're talking about earlier and make some adjustments to ensure that everything's running parallel. So essentially, these are gonna be 1/16th of an inch for a complete turn. So I'll just turn that around one like that and do the same thing on the other side. Just like that. And that's gonna actually bring it in. So if you wanna loosen it, tighten it, make those adjustments, and figure out how many turns you need to do to get everything running parallel and retake those measurements. Once we've made those adjustments to those white screws, I'm just gonna go ahead and test out the cover here. Everything felt really smooth right there. I didn't feel any sort of odd resistance. I'm gonna close up the tailgate here just to make sure everything latches properly like that. That looks good. And then we can, of course, open it up and make sure everything is smooth there. Very nice. I think that's a perfect fit so we're good to go. With the cover closed, let's take the opportunity to remove these cork shipping pieces here, just like that. And I'm gonna actually unroll the cover here and we're gonna finish up our install of the drain tubes. The kit's gonna come with two of these drain tubes, one for either side of the canister. And what we're gonna do is make sure we've got a good place to run these. I'm gonna be shooting to drill through the back wall right there along one of those ridges in the bed. So I'm just gonna check behind here in this gap between the cab and the bed to make sure that there's nothing important back there. And it looks like we actually have a lot of room on this side and on the passenger side. So I know I'm clear to drill my holes and run those tubes through. For the holes, I'm gonna be using a step bit, going slowly to make sure I don't get it too wide, but we have enough room to get that tube through. So I'm actually gonna start this hole off with a regular drill bit here, just to give us a clean start. And check our fitment with the drain tube here. We can see right about there is just a little too small. So I'm just gonna come back through, widen it out a little bit more, and check again. And right about there looks like we're getting perfect snug fitment, which is great. It's what we want, it's gonna stay in place. And we can take the other end of the drain tube and just pop it up into the canister where there's a pre-drill hole ready to go. Once those drain tubes have been installed, we can close up the cover and we're done. Overall, that install was pretty straightforward. After we made those adjustments, everything worked really smoothly. You might notice that things are a little bit stiff at first, let it sit closed for at least 48 hours. Things will kind of settle in and you'll start to get that nice smooth fitment. If you are still having some issues, go back and maybe check your adjustments. But overall, it's going to be a really solid fit here on our 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. Thanks for watching..


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