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Old 12-05-2016, 07:31 AM   #15
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I installed the Diamondback cover so I can occasionally bring my toys. I also like the front and rear access and locking capabilities. I used to have to have someone bring my toys on a separate pull trailer. Now I'm free from that issue and can go it alone. Click image for larger version

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Old 12-05-2016, 08:37 AM   #16
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If your talking cab high caps my experience is that my ARE fits great and the LEER I had on my 2008 didn't fit very well at the rear/ tailgate. A friend has the same problem on a LEER. Also I wouldn't buy a cap without getting the optional flip up side windows. They make access to your stuff so much easier. Also consider getting the roof rails that allow you to attach cross bars. So much easier than adding them later.
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Old 12-05-2016, 08:56 AM   #17
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If your talking cab high caps my experience is that my ARE fits great and the LEER I had on my 2008 didn't fit very well at the rear/ tailgate. A friend has the same problem on a LEER. Also I wouldn't buy a cap without getting the optional flip up side windows. They make access to your stuff so much easier. Also consider getting the roof rails that allow you to attach cross bars. So much easier than adding them later.
I tried to order the flip-up windows and my dealer talked me out of them. Might be useful on a 1/2T truck or non-4WD but I would need a step stool to get anything out of my Ram 2500 4WD. I have a home-made bed slide anyway, so I decided not to get the windows and carry a stool.

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Old 12-05-2016, 10:44 AM   #18
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Hi Paula - what specifically do you want to accomplish? That will help filter all these recommendations. If you want a full cap vs. a tonneau, racks for kayaks/bikes or not, etc.

I wanted lockable storage in my truck bed. Originally put a Bak rolling hard tonneau on it (it's aluminum segments that roll like a roll top desk) covered with vinyl. I like it but in time, it fell apart. I recently saw two tonneaus on friends' trucks at a rally a one was the Diamond Back (multi segment diamond plate aluminum) and the other was the Undercover (one piece hard, braced plastic). I opted for the Undercover. I may attach bike and kayak racks to it (voids the warranty but it can handle over 450# so why not? &#128512.

I like the locking "trunk" feel and the solid construction. Right at the edges of the tailgate is a vacuum draft so I want to put some rubber strips there to keep the water from coming in - dry as a bone elsewhere.

I miss the flexibility of the Bak roll up because you could pretty much expose the entire bed for loading and even travel with tall stuff by locking the roll top in place up front (exposing the rest of the bed). But I have no problems loading with the new cover, just have to think differently than before.

Depending on what you want to do, there are lots of good options.
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Old 12-05-2016, 11:48 AM   #19
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I have been shopping for a pick-up truck topper for about a year now. I currently have an Outfitter truck camper in the bed of my truck. We have had the truck camper for a little over five years now, and are planning to head in a different direction. We plan to sell the truck camper in the spring, and go with a bed topper, but still keep the same truck to tow Lucy.

After looking at virtually every truck topper out there, we've about decided to go with a Swiss Cap. We visited the Swiss cap Factory in Patriot, Indiana this past August. We were very impressed with their product. We plan to go with one of their aluminum commercial caps. They will custom build it with the exact features that we want. For instance, we want glass on the right side, and tool box on the left side. We also want a roof vent with a powered fan so that we can run our Honda 3000 secured inside the truck bed. We also want a welded aluminum roof rack to accommodate our kayak and maybe some other items. They will also paint it to match our truck.

Here are a few pictures of a cap close to what we want on the factory floor.

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Old 12-05-2016, 04:24 PM   #20
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I have had a century royal topper on my truck for about 9 years now. It's held up great and I added removable roof racks if I wanted to bring along a paddle board. I used it this weekend to carry the Christmas tree home.

I've liked having a lockable bed that keeps things dry. Next truck I think I will go with a diamond back cover instead though. My century topper has held up great though.


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Old 12-05-2016, 04:51 PM   #21
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I have a Z series ARE on my Silverado. Bought it because I liked the SUV style windows. Have only had it a year, so not much help on durability/longevity.

http://www.4are.com/product/z/

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Old 12-05-2016, 07:14 PM   #22
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Having a GMC 2014 1500 quad cab saw in the GMC dealer showroom the
Fold-a-Cover brand which GMC Chevy was to offer as a factory touneau.

Three sections and separate locking forward section for tools behind window.

When closing rear section, solid THUD as a factory door closing which REALLY impressed.

Ordered and self installed with the optional
"Tool Caddy" elevated storage box. Super nice and very solid. No leaks.
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Old 12-05-2016, 07:34 PM   #23
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Just traded a 2015 1500 Silverado with a Leer 100XR, hated the look of the side windows (frame with rubber) from the day I bought it. I know have a 2016 2500 Denali with a Leer 100XQ. I love the look of the XQ. Both caps fit well. I added roof rails (for a rack) on the XR and carpet on the inside, this kicked the price up to an XQ with no added options (really close). The XQ came std with carpet and I did not add the roof rails. To both I had a fold down front window (so I could clean it and the cab rear window) and rear window actuated dome light. A good friend has the top line ARE cap on an F250. I like it just as well as my Leer.

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Old 12-06-2016, 07:14 PM   #24
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Post #23 by Adiredneck in thread titled

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Old 12-06-2016, 10:33 PM   #25
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I went with an A.R.E. with high top, Windoors, tip down front window for easy cleaning of the cab and topper windows, Led light strips inside, headliner and roof rack rails .

The Windoors make it easy to reach stuff deep in the bed by allowing access from the sides.

I also added a Bed Rug .

This set up just clears my 8' garage door.
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Old 12-06-2016, 11:23 PM   #26
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2008 GMC with ARE. Had it for 8 years and the only issue has been with the crank out vent window seals. Have to keep reseting them. Other than that, the remote lock on the tailgate and the built in Thule' racks have worked great. Would buy another one.
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Old 12-11-2016, 05:00 AM   #27
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Take a look at the Advantage Hard Hat. We've had ours for six years and it's worked well. Looks like a normal vinyl cover but has solid panels underneath.
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Is that a brand name? If not, who makes/sells it? I copied/pasted and got nothing when I did a search just now.
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