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Old 07-17-2016, 07:52 PM   #15
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Buy USED for less than 50% of the retail price.

Get yourself a USED shell for less than 50% of retail... even less on Craigs List. Our Snug Top was in excellent, garaged vehicle condition!

The Topper company will usually get the topper for $300 from a dealership when one is traded in on a vehicle. We got $600 credit on our Snug Top from our 2012 Tundra Crew Max, which might have cost $1750 when new. We negotiated with the Ford dealership and the Snug Top dealer while at Ford. The Ford dealership sold them all of the toppers that were traded in.

I asked WHY? The dealership said that anyone driving by would think the pickup was a SUV with the topper. So... stupid people exist everywhere!

Used: Blue is cheaper as fewer people have blue trucks. Silver and white are most popular. Color DOES make a difference in used shells. The topper sales company will deal with you... so act mildly interested, one of you be the 'bad person' while the other the mildly interested one. If that does not work... you at least tried.

Our SNUG tops never leaked. The window by the cab folded down so you could clean windows. Side windows with screen. A secure closing mechanism for the rear entry.

Ordered a new Snug Top for our 2016 F350 Ford. Should be here next week. Will always have one as you can travel with confidence your stuff in back will not blow out onto the highway, and makes a great temporary camp when in need.

Buy USED. You cannot wear it out. If it looks good in the back lot... and same color code for you vehicle... it is worth at least $300 when you no longer need it.

Just some advice: Everyone knows a cheap top from an expensive top. More buyers for the best... and leave the rest. So listen to those posting on this Thread. Only an owner knows what leaks and what served them well. I have had no Snug Top issues, so keep coming back for more.
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Old 07-17-2016, 08:10 PM   #16
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Had a tonneau (BakFlip VP) on my Tundra. My Ram 2500 has an ARE Z shell, color coordinated with Thule rack, LED center light strip (one is all you need), folding front window, shell is lined and has swing out windows. Bed has full Bedrug. Like the camper shell better. Only downside it was about 4x expensive as the tonneau ($750). If we weren't close to retiring and traveling extensively I'd probably just have gone with another tonneau (not Bakflip).

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Old 07-17-2016, 08:57 PM   #17
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We're happy with our ARE Z-series cap. Matches the truck and keeps what little stuff we carry in the truck bed dry & clean. You may want to check the load capacity of your truck to be sure you have enough "headroom" there to add a cap and still put stuff in the bed without overloading the vehicle while towing.
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Old 07-18-2016, 11:41 AM   #18
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If you can afford it, go for it.
I got a hard folding tonneau cover because I didn't have the money to buy a shell.
I wanted a mid-rise with "windoors" on the sides.
The shell I wanted would have been about $2,200.
The tonneau was $800.
The mid-rise cap would allow for much more storage and you could almost stand upright and walk around inside.
More stuff-
Easier to get to your stuff-
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Old 07-18-2016, 11:52 AM   #19
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I would never again order a topper without hing up side windows. Makes packing so much easier!
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Old 07-18-2016, 12:05 PM   #20
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"Windoors" rule!
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Old 07-18-2016, 12:08 PM   #21
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Tonneau cover. Three piece folding aluminum. Keeps everything bone dry back there. Very easy to take off and put on alum racks for kayak, or remove everything and haul a motorcycle. I had a shell on last pick up. I wanted to take it off way too many times, but couldn't.
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Old 07-18-2016, 12:09 PM   #22
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Definitely yes. We are on the road for months at a time and the cap keeps things safe, secure and dry. The rack on the top of the cap is currently holding 2 bikes, but for short trips they can hold our two kayaks.
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Old 07-18-2016, 12:11 PM   #23
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I have the BakFlip G2(?) 3 part hard folding tonneau.
The Century Ultra is exactly the shell I want- mid-rise with "windoors".
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Old 07-18-2016, 12:30 PM   #24
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We love our DiamondBack bed cover.
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Old 07-18-2016, 12:32 PM   #25
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I don't have a P/U and don't really want one but - if I had one - definitely a shell for all the obvious reasons - security, shelter for my "stuff" from weather, etc..
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Old 07-18-2016, 12:38 PM   #26
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I had a hard shell cover first and finally got tired of the limited height. Moving furniture was out of the question. Finally bought a Century shell with LED lights and very happy with the extra space. I drive a F250 diesel and would towing the Airstream visibility through rear window is a mute point . The side mirrors on the F250 are great and the extended position makes them even better
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We have a ARE cap on our Tundra. The cap was first used on the 07--now on the 12. Had it painted as the trucks had the same body. Have the side opening windows and the rack adapter on the roof for kayaks. Like keeping things like generator and gasoline as well as up to four bikes, grill and propane tanks and propane fire pit with us in addition to chairs etc all locked and under cover. Made a mistake not getting the fold down window between the cab of the truck and the shell. Won't make that mistake next truck. Found the inside cap carpet a waste of money. With the kayaks on the cap with the hully rollers we're ready for most everything.
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Nope, I like a roll up taneau cover by Access. That way I can use it like a truck, but keep my stuff out of sight and weather proof.
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