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Old 07-17-2016, 02:40 PM   #1
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POLL: Camper Shell Yes / No

I'm considering whether or not to put a camper shell on my truck for the long, multi week trips...

What's your thoughts? Camper Shell Yes or No?
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Old 07-17-2016, 02:49 PM   #2
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Had one on my last truck. Plus's are security, more storage, look sleek on truck, can carry long things on top like kayaks. Minus's are weight, limits rear driving visibility, makes getting to stuff in the bed harder.

I had a carpet kit too and used it to camp and carry dogs. Took it off when I need to use the truck like a truck for construction. Getting it on and off is a two person job.
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We'll have a camper shell for our truck for sure when we hit the road full time again - keeps bins of gear and clothes (change outs for winter/summer), etc safe & dry. We had been contemplating a slide out floor but decided the weight would "compete" with gear.

Had thought about a tonneau cover but for us, the topper makes more sense. They can be ordered (ARE), with side windows that slide open as well as flip up to access stuff inside easily. Also a safe place to store a generator
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Truck cap or truck bed camper?
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Old 07-17-2016, 02:59 PM   #5
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Well one consideration I'm having is I'm not 100% positive I'll be keeping this truck... i've been considering moving to a diesel in the next two years....
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We'll have a camper shell for our truck for sure when we hit the road full time again - keeps bins of gear and clothes (change outs for winter/summer), etc safe & dry. We had been contemplating a slide out floor but decided the weight would "compete" with gear.

Had thought about a tonneau cover but for us, the topper makes more sense. They can be ordered (ARE), with side windows that slide open as well as flip up to access stuff inside easily. Also a safe place to store a generator...
ARE would be my choice, and possibly a fishing rod tube on top... lord knows I'm going to fish anywhere I can, and as often as I can...
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Old 07-17-2016, 03:08 PM   #7
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lord knows I'm going to fish anywhere I can, and as often as I can...
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Amen to that!
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lol.... looky what I scared up last night...

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I have the ARE Z series. Very nice topper. Make sure you get a LED light string for lighting the inside, and at least a tilt down window between the topper and the cab so you can clean the back window on the cab.
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Money well spent

IMHO, the topper is a must have for serious traveling. I went with the Lear high rise (aerodynamics, headroom) with flip out windoors ( full length running boards let me reach in), removable front window ( for cleaning), and the reinforced roof with Tule Roof Rack (haul the long stuff).

Took it one step farther, built in shelving down each side of the bed to store the essentials, still leave room in the bed.

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Had cab height shell on prior TV, this one has tonneau. Liked the shell better. More storage, better coverage. Tonneau is ok, but limits height of stuff in the truck. Have to select ice chests, etc very carefully.


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I have had two hard tonneaus, and now a 3-segment hard folding Tonneau. For a Tonneau I like the folder, but I'm seriously considering a shell. The folder leaks a little at the back fold and I'm feeling storage-limited due to height.

I'm looking at a Century Ultra or Ultra Sport. Does anyone have experience with them?

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I've had a Century Ultra for just over two years, no problems to date. Did go to the dealer for a latch adjustment. Also bought a roll out bed. Been a good thing for a senior rv'er. Makes things more accessible and saves the knees, IMHO.
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