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Old 05-30-2013, 04:29 PM   #1
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Lost Tonneau Cover While Driving

Has anyone lost their Tonneau Cover while driving their 2010-2013 Camaro Convertible? I have and I am trying to get it covered as a warranty item... I had installed as instructed, as always and about the 20th time putting it on It apparently flew off at some point while I was on the highway. Really dont feel like paying for something that was not my fault. Please let me know if you too have lost one of these covers. Thanks
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:31 PM   #2
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My tonneau cover has never blow off. You must attach those TWO bungee cords & if you've got them attached in the right place IT WILL NEVER COME OFF. I've had my car since 4/11/12 & its my first convertible and I love the car and rarely drive without the tonneau cover. It may take a few extra minutes but if you just go slow and make sure you've got the bungee cords attached right IT WILL NOT COME OFF. Michael in Virginia
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:43 PM   #3
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How about the little clips on the 2011s? Are they good enought to prevent the cover from coming off?
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:05 AM   #4
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This has been covered in another thread here previously. Where I don't know because there are a gazillion threads per category, which is great if the search feature worked...

Anyways, I heard tell the bungee cords for 2012 and guessing for 2013, but not sure, were an improvement over the clips of 2010-11, and the dealership may redo them for those owners, but don't quote me on that. Seems the ones with the clips would fly off on the highway.

Someone much better versed on the internet will link the original thread I remember seeing.

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Old 05-31-2013, 03:36 AM   #5
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My tonneau almost came off twice last year on my 2011 RS. It had the lousy clips that held it on. I really had to fight GM to have it replaced. My dealership first tried to have my cover altered by cutting off the clips and having something similar to the bungee style sewn on but the company that did it did a really poor job and ruined the cover with the sewing. It was visible from the exterior so my Service Manager finally got GM Canada to come up with a new one with the bungee cords. Since then I've had no problems, but just to be sure the cords didn't come off the posts, I removed the posts and installed a larger washer by the screw head then put them back on. I've read in previous posts that some guys in the US had no problem getting them replaced. The part number for the 2010/11 supersedes to the 2012/13 number due to the design flaw I believe. In Canada the price is double from the US price. Go figure.

ps does that rear deflector work well in reducing wind blowback? I've been thinking about getting one only if it really works.

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Old 05-31-2013, 11:24 AM   #6
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Has anyone lost their Tonneau Cover while driving their 2010-2013 Camaro Convertible? I have and I am trying to get it covered as a warranty item... I had installed as instructed, as always and about the 20th time putting it on It apparently flew off at some point while I was on the highway. Really dont feel like paying for something that was not my fault. Please let me know if you too have lost one of these covers. Thanks
Hello Danimal,

Sorry you're having some issues here with your Tonneau Cover. Have you had the opportunity to speak to your dealer yet about this issue? Please private message me your VIN and current mileage and I will look into your situation further.

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Old 06-01-2013, 04:39 PM   #7
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Windscreen

I like my factory windscreen. With the windows and the windscreen up the reduction in turbulence is noticeable and a pleasurable driving experience on the freeway. Drove 80 miles top down with my wife at 72mph and we were impressed by how quiet it was. I would not go without one. Easy install and removal, although I leave mine in most of the time.
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Old 06-01-2013, 04:44 PM   #8
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My tonneau almost came off twice last year on my 2011 RS. It had the lousy clips that held it on. I really had to fight GM to have it replaced. My dealership first tried to have my cover altered by cutting off the clips and having something similar to the bungee style sewn on but the company that did it did a really poor job and ruined the cover with the sewing. It was visible from the exterior so my Service Manager finally got GM Canada to come up with a new one with the bungee cords. Since then I've had no problems, but just to be sure the cords didn't come off the posts, I removed the posts and installed a larger washer by the screw head then put them back on. I've read in previous posts that some guys in the US had no problem getting them replaced. The part number for the 2010/11 supersedes to the 2012/13 number due to the design flaw I believe. In Canada the price is double from the US price. Go figure.

ps does that rear deflector work well in reducing wind blowback? I've been thinking about getting one only if it really works.

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I like my factory windscreen. With the windows and the windscreen up the reduction in turbulence is noticeable and a pleasurable driving experience on the freeway. Drove 80 miles top down with my wife at 72mph and we were impressed by how quiet it was. I would not go without one. Easy install and removal, although I leave mine in most of the time. New to the forum forgot to quote you the first time David.
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:21 PM   #9
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Here is the link to the Tonneau Cover Bungie fix:

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...ight=cover+fix
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:50 PM   #10
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Rumor has the tonneau cover on my 12 can handle TDD ( triple digit driving)
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Old 06-02-2013, 02:30 AM   #11
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Old 06-02-2013, 02:24 PM   #12
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Here is the link to the Tonneau Cover Bungie fix:

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...ight=cover+fix
This - I almost lost my 2011 cover the first time I put it on. I made these changes in 30 min and it doesn't move. Looks great from any view too as the changes are hidden when it's on.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:50 PM   #13
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Update: I just heard back from my dealer and he was able to get it covered as a warranty issue and here's why.

1. The car is a 2012 but it was assembled early on in that model year's run and was given a cover that many of you are claiming is from the 2011 model year i.e. clips and not bungee.

2. I only had 4, 237 miles on it.

I'm hopeful that the new one has the bungee straps or otherwise I'm seeing this become a repetitive issue. Although now I'm concerned that I have the old top that has all of the water bag issues...

Still gotta love the car man!
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:26 PM   #14
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Update: I just heard back from my dealer and he was able to get it covered as a warranty issue and here's why.

1. The car is a 2012 but it was assembled early on in that model year's run and was given a cover that many of you are claiming is from the 2011 model year i.e. clips and not bungee.

2. I only had 4, 237 miles on it.

I'm hopeful that the new one has the bungee straps or otherwise I'm seeing this become a repetitive issue. Although now I'm concerned that I have the old top that has all of the water bag issues...

Still gotta love the car man!
Hello Danimal,

Glad to hear everything was taken care of for you. Now you're good to get back out there to enjoy your Camaro. Find new roads!

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Old 06-04-2013, 03:49 PM   #15
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Update: I just heard back from my dealer and he was able to get it covered as a warranty issue and here's why.

1. The car is a 2012 but it was assembled early on in that model year's run and was given a cover that many of you are claiming is from the 2011 model year i.e. clips and not bungee.

2. I only had 4, 237 miles on it.

I'm hopeful that the new one has the bungee straps or otherwise I'm seeing this become a repetitive issue. Although now I'm concerned that I have the old top that has all of the water bag issues...

Still gotta love the car man!
My 2011 vert had the plastic clips, and I never had a problem with it even trying to pop off while I was driving.
as long as you tuck in BOTH the front flap and the trailing edge, it should be fine.

My 2013 ZL1 Vert has the bungee loops. While I'm sure they are more secure, they're also more of a pain to get the dang loops over the post.

Just because you got the older style cover you think your top is the old style as well???

You should be able to tell from your VIN if you have an early model or a later model.

Also the dealer can look up your particular VIN and see if there are any TSB's for it including anything for the top or the water bag.

So far I have 6,600 miles on the 2013 ZL1 Vert and the top is still perfect.
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:51 PM   #16
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Rumor has the tonneau cover on my 12 can handle TDD ( triple digit driving)
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:53 PM   #17
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Still on break-in mileage..................so far good to 80mph.
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:35 PM   #18
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My '12 (w/bungee cords) is good for triple digit driving....
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:05 PM   #19
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Lost my cover about a year ago on the highway at 75 mph. I had the old style clips. I know it was installed correctly at the time, and survived the 2 hour trip down to the track that morning. Luckily, I recovered it in the median with no damage. I then designed "keyhole" clips so they slip over the post and slide up. I've since had it over 113mph with no movement at all.
I also used spray adhesive to line the underside with heavy felt material. I've had no rub marks on the top since doing that.
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:38 PM   #20
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Bodih, Can you share a picture of your keyhold clip?
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:47 PM   #21
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got the clips on my 11 and it flew off once at 105mph but didnt hirt anything i think if factory set speed to 155mph it should stay on to that
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Old 06-22-2013, 05:49 AM   #22
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got the clips on my 11 and it flew off once at 105mph but didnt hirt anything i think if factory set speed to 155mph it should stay on to that
Mine flew off at 35mph on aggressive acceleration. No way it is lasting to 155mph.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:38 AM   #23
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Bodih, Can you share a picture of your keyhold clip?
Pics at the top of this page. I sent someone a drawing of them several months ago so they could try making them. Haven't heard from them since...

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...66#post5114866
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:20 PM   #24
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Here was my solution to keep the tonneau cover from flying off and it works great!!
This is for the style of cover that has the bungie cords underneath.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showpo...4&postcount=39
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:52 PM   #25
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My buddy lost his cover on the way to Camaro fest last summer, to bad I was behind him and ran it over.
He ended up getting a new one under warranty.
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