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Old 07-18-2016, 11:29 PM   #43
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We came up with something completely different. I wanted to use the TV as the main "hauling" vehicle to keep the weight off the AS; but I also wanted better security than a camper top. I am also getting too old and fat to crawl in and out of long-beds with caps. Our solution was a Highway Products "Pickup Pack" and bed roller. It does everything you ask, and can be changed to your new truck if you upgrade, provided that they are the same size bed. We've had and used it for the last 3 trips on the new truck and love it - very secure and very easy to access everything! You can also customize it any way you want.

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Old 07-19-2016, 12:37 AM   #44
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Hi, I bought a Retrax Pro for my F-150. In my opinion, putting a shell on the bed is like making your truck into an SUV. I already have an SUV and wanted a truck. I had a Ranger with a camper shell and like people have said, getting to things and visibility was bad. Poor visibility with a trailer connected is even worse.
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Old 07-19-2016, 10:44 AM   #45
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We came up with something completely different. I wanted to use the TV as the main "hauling" vehicle to keep the weight off the AS; but I also wanted better security than a camper top. I am also getting too old and fat to crawl in and out of long-beds with caps. Our solution was a Highway Products "Pickup Pack" and bed roller. It does everything you ask, and can be changed to your new truck if you upgrade, provided that they are the same size bed. We've had and used it for the last 3 trips on the new truck and love it - very secure and very easy to access everything! You can also customize it any way you want.

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Ya know, I've seen these things and like it for sure... how much does that thing weigh?
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Old 07-21-2016, 11:10 PM   #46
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I have the shipping invoice around here somewhere (I put things in a safe place and find them several years later). Since every configuration is different, i.e. short bed, long bed, gull wing, side box, etc. I would suggest coming up with a combo you like and call them - they were very helpful. Running a Ram 3500 with a 4200 lb payload, I didn't give it much thought - maybe 600 lbs? I'm just guessing. They are made of good heavy duty aluminum diamondplate, and I put probably 300 lbs of tools and parts in the tool boxes and usually run with around 500 - 750 lbs worth of stuff in the bed. We love the load carrying capacity and easy access. I get lots of comments and curiosity seekers at fuel stops and campgrounds. In VA a couple weeks ago, and another Airstreamer was looking at everything until his wife jokingly pulled him away, saying that she could see that he was already spending too much money in his head looking at my "upgrades"... ;-)
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We too have a DianmondBaxk tonneau that we love (just like NWRVR). After 2,500 miles this year it is still just what I want: items very secure inside, it looks nice (aluminum to match the AS), good access (with front and rear fold-ups), I believe the tonneau gives a bit better mileage and better rear vision than a topper/camper top plus no leaks (we live in the Pacific NW so it has been rain tested!)
Admittedly packing space is a bit less than with a topper but it does keep me from overloading the bed of my F-150. Also the DiamondBack is rated at 400# "on top", nice feature for around home but yet to put things on top when towing the AS.
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