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Old 03-19-2019, 01:42 AM   #71
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Do you loose a lot of space when the Retrax is rolled up? Does it leak in heavy rains? Did you carpet the truck bed?

I use my truck to haul things from time to time and to move things the wife often purchases (furniture etc..), to put cap on would limit my ability to easily do so.
Hi, I lose about 10"s in the front from the roll box, but there is enough room for my two tool boxes to fit under the roll box. Also with my tailgate down, I can carry 8' boards including several sheets of plywood with about a few inches sticking beyond my tailgate. Note: I only have the 5.5' bed. Very little if any water gets in from normal rain and car washes. My generator and containers stay dry. I have a spray-in bed liner, no carpet. I can carry some furniture and even a few loads of rocks without removing the cover. For 14' boards, I load them through my back window and pull them down against my tailgate with ratchet straps.

As you can see, I bought my truck for towing my trailer and to have my generator set up in the bed, but my wife had projects, so my truck was used as a truck when needed.
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Old 03-19-2019, 10:48 AM   #72
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I’ve done the topper thing in the past but won’t be doing it this time around. The topper was great for the dog and hauling a bunch of gear out of the elements and made a natural translation from the way I used my Tahoe. It was such a pain to deal with it almost never left my truck despite the lift I purchased to hoist it up to the ceiling in the garage.

The topper wasn’t great for all the uses that made me get a truck this time around over an SUV. Namely any kind of shoveling or hauling heavy stuff, loading and unloading, etc. A topper is just in the way at that point.

I am going with a Peragon hard aluminum tonneau this time around. I haven’t used it enough to know if it will be worth recommending but it is very light weight ~40lbs and removes easily.
Not sure about the Peragon, but have you checked out the Xtang Tri-Fold? I have had on my last 2 TV's, and love it. Easy to install/remove, 1 person, folds up and locks if you need to ride with it open, very strong on top, and provides good weather protection. For my use, the only complaint I have is when I want to use my kayak and need to install a Thule rack in the back along with my roof rack; I need to use a tarp if raining and stretch netting to secure to the tie downs when folded open for this. This combo works fine for us.
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Old 03-20-2019, 10:11 AM   #73
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We are planning to go with either the RetraxPro or Pace Edwards rollup. This is largely due to the fact we can’t carry our heavy eBikes on the TT rack. With batteries removed from the bikes were right about 45lbs which will work with the Yakama High Road rack. Here’s a video you might want to see by Long Long Honeymoon that reviews the ReTraxPro:

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Old 03-20-2019, 10:20 AM   #74
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topper vs tonneau

I, like most of the respondees, prefer the topper for room, and security. Depending on state of registration, it can also be a huge registration fee saver. In California, I have always had a Leer Shell on all my trucks. My truck is therefore registered as a passenger vehicle, thus avoiding the commercial tag requirement here on all trucks. My DMV fees are about 60% or maybe a little less for passenger vs commercial. Added bonus, I think the aerodynamics are better.
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Old 03-20-2019, 10:34 AM   #75
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I finally found and purchased my future full time TT, an Avion. 34w(10.6 meter), now all I need to complete my rig is a bed cover/topper. Any and all pros and cons of tonneau covers, fiberglass toppers, etc. , and why and what you use would be appreciated. Thanks JT
I have a GMC Canyon. I feel I have the best of both worlds. An aluminum cover from diamondback. I can carry virtually anything on top including an atv. It’s lockable and waterproof. Looks great too. Kind of expensive though $1700.
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Old 03-20-2019, 10:44 AM   #76
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I finally found and purchased my future full time TT, an Avion. 34w(10.6 meter), now all I need to complete my rig is a bed cover/topper. Any and all pros and cons of tonneau covers, fiberglass toppers, etc. , and why and what you use would be appreciated. Thanks JT
Sung top with opening side windows, front slider, full truck rack is what we use on our F150 supercrew 4x4 eco boost. We have a full rack with welded wire top (800# + capacity) that goes from the front of the cab to the back of the camper. We haul anything on the roof using the amp side steps and built in tailgate step. We’ve hauled furniture, lumber, kayaks, skiis, bikes, you name it. The rack sits 6” over the shell and we have solar panels mounted under the welded wire keeping the rack top flush. 100W solar panels lose about 20W but we have room for 600W, currently just using one and that one with a Renogy Charge controller keeps the trucks dual batteries charged. We also put lights and an awing on the rack for night/day trip use. The rack/shell versatility is amazing.

The shell is a snug top (who custom made the rack) with side opening windows making accessing “stuff” simple. We have a bed rug kit, easy access swing boxes, and an ARB fridge in the shell and carry a tailgate tent and air mattress in the shell as well for emergency or overflow sleeping use. This combo is the best setup I’ve yet had on a truck, and this is my 5th.

The combination looks like this:
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Old 03-20-2019, 10:46 AM   #77
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I have a Bak-Flip. Hard cover 4 fold ( I have s 6’ bed). Doesn’t leak. good security features. Google Back Flip if you want to see more.
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Old 03-20-2019, 10:56 AM   #78
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I have a hard fiberglass tri-fold tonneau cover. It is secure with the locking tailgate, and (I measured first!) clears a Honda EU3000iS by ¾" in my F150. Looks nice, impervious to hail damage unlike aluminum, cost $400 from eBay. I like the look, the access, and the unimpaired visibility.
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Old 03-20-2019, 11:18 AM   #79
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Im a Grandpa with a full size 3500 Savanna. Pros: security, passengers, a ton of cargo and full plywood sheets even with seats, good visibility😃 Did I say good mileage with AS 23 ft. Rides like a champ
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Old 03-20-2019, 11:22 AM   #80
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I finally found and purchased my future full time TT, an Avion. 34w(10.6 meter), now all I need to complete my rig is a bed cover/topper. Any and all pros and cons of tonneau covers, fiberglass toppers, etc. , and why and what you use would be appreciated. Thanks JT
I am new to this also, but went with a soft roll up instead of a flip flop, due to the ease of rolling it up out of the way, and cost. I had a cap and removed it for weight saving
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Old 03-20-2019, 11:50 AM   #81
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Sung top with opening side windows, front slider, full truck rack is what we use on our F150 supercrew 4x4 eco boost. We have a full rack with welded wire top (800# + capacity) that goes from the front of the cab to the back of the camper. We haul anything on the roof using the amp side steps and built in tailgate step. We’ve hauled furniture, lumber, kayaks, skiis, bikes, you name it. The rack sits 6” over the shell and we have solar panels mounted under the welded wire keeping the rack top flush. 100W solar panels lose about 20W but we have room for 600W, currently just using one and that one with a Renogy Charge controller keeps the trucks dual batteries charged. We also put lights and an awing on the rack for night/day trip use. The rack/shell versatility is amazing.

The shell is a snug top (who custom made the rack) with side opening windows making accessing “stuff” simple. We have a bed rug kit, easy access swing boxes, and an ARB fridge in the shell and carry a tailgate tent and air mattress in the shell as well for emergency or overflow sleeping use. This combo is the best setup I’ve yet had on a truck, and this is my 5th.

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What is your max-payload in your drivers side door jam? Also, do you know what this extra topper and rack weigh? With my F150 EB 4x4 Platinum few years ago, it only was 1039lbs. The topper you show with your AS tongue weight, passengers, and what ever you carry in the bed likely would be quite a bit on the F150? Share your sticker payload if you can...just curious.
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Old 03-20-2019, 11:51 AM   #82
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ID:	336134 my .02, we went hard top camper because we have bikes, solar, grill, etc all in there and desired security. Wouldn’t do it any other way. Some people mentioned visibility on truck blind spot. We use tow mirrors 100% of the time and never look over shoulders or in rear view mirror both when towing or just driving. Fish eye mirror on bottom covers the entire side of your toe vehicle and big mirror covers entire side of trailer.

If you have no bikes, you can probably get away with roll top or just cover for your bed
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Old 03-20-2019, 12:02 PM   #83
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I use the Pace Edwards Ultragroove. My criteria was that I wanted a hard/secure cover that allowed and was usable with a bike rack mounted. I lose about a foot of bed space for the rollup box but there's enough room under the box to fit tools, wheel chocks, tire chains, inflator, hitch balls, etc. which are always with me anyway, so I don't think I lose much usable space.
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I like the Diamondback covers. They are all aluminum and hold 1500 lbs on top of them. I carry our bikes and kayak on top of the cover. They lock closed and open from the front or back.
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