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Old 03-20-2019, 01:12 PM   #85
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I have Snug Top with Bedslide that slides out for hard to reach inside items towards the front of bed.
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Old 03-20-2019, 05:14 PM   #86
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I bought an inexpensive roll up tonneau made by Tyger for my Tundra for under $200. I installed myself. I like having the option to use the bed of the truck for hauling stuff. I am in hurricane country and sometimes my bed is filled with tree debris which needs to be hauled to the landfill. The cover does lock into place but could be easily cut by someone intent on stealing something from you. Of course, they could also pry open a window or break it.
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Old 03-20-2019, 05:44 PM   #87
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Having had caps on my pickups for 30 years I decided to set this truck up for my trips to The south with the Bambi. I bought a roll n lock tonneau cover and my first reaction was I missed my cap. Now that Iíve used it Iíd never go back to a cap. You do have less space but nobody sees your items in the back and your not crawling in the cap all the time. I can reach most everything without jumping in the bed. I love the fact that I can see better without that cap in the way and also when Iím hauling wood no need to remove cap or jump in and out. I went with the roll and lock because it locks securely. Yes Iím sure someone could jump on the cover and break in but unlike a cap nobody knows whatís in there and itís much more secure.
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Old 03-20-2019, 06:46 PM   #88
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As a grandpa, I fail to see any problem with looking like one. The deciding factor is what is best for protecting your stuff. Then go out and cut your best deal.
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Old 03-20-2019, 07:44 PM   #89
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We chose a cap, ARE Z model. Just got put on yesterday. We have a 1994 f250 with no cap as we have a gooseneck horse trailer/farm truck. We also when we were kids had a Ford Ranger with a cap and loved it. We camped with the Ranger then when we got horses we camped in the horse trailer. This truck and cap will allow us to haul all the fun extras plus our dog.

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Old 03-20-2019, 10:17 PM   #90
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I must admit that part of my reason for a cap over the tonneau cover I have now is that my old Tacoma looked a lot better with a matching cap.
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:19 AM   #91
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We chose a cap, ARE Z model. Just got put on yesterday. We have a 1994 f250 with no cap as we have a gooseneck horse trailer/farm truck. We also when we were kids had a Ford Ranger with a cap and loved it. We camped with the Ranger then when we got horses we camped in the horse trailer. This truck and cap will allow us to haul all the fun extras plus our dog.

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Very nice looking rig! Do you haul canoe or kayak on top? I was looking last year at Lear but have not looked at ARE that close. Expensive?
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:33 AM   #92
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Okay, it comes down to two choices.
A hard Tonneau.
Pro: Looks great, good security, doesn't interfere with your vision.
Con: Hard to reach things in the front. Limited headroom, hard to remove to move a sofa or 30 bags of mulch!

Cap:
Pro: Lots of room. Easy to store large items, even room for a bed slide and bicycles!!
Con: Blocks your side view. Lets strangers see inside or break window. Looks like Grandpa's truck.

Optional:
Soft tonneau or rollup.
Less security, less headroom for large generators, leaks.

P.S. I have a hard Tonneau, a Leer 700. I love it except if I need to carry a sofa or washing machine.
I currently have a "extang" Solid Fold. It's 3/16" aluminum, it's rated for 250 lbs. I weigh 160 lbs and walk on it to place my magnetic base CB antennae on cab roof when traveling. I also have a 45 gallon collapsible (bladder-type) water tank that I've haul water ( slowly 5 mph) when dry camping for a week from source back to camper so as not to have to move camper. Water 45 ◊ 8.33= 375 lbs. BTW. I can see out my rear window. Con: the #3 & #2 panels fold up onto the #1 panel. I have 2015 Ram 1500 ecodiesel with the "cargo management system ". I call them saddle bags. The next Ram I get I will get a Bak Flip Solid Fold. All of it's panels fold up and pin-secure behind the cab giving you access to the entire bed for mulch, etc. As far as access to what is toward the cab end of bed. I got a collapsible , folds up flat 2 step, step from C.W. $20 something. I use it to step up onto tailgate and from side of truck to reach over into area at front. The "extang" (brand) weighs approximately 55 lbs.
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:36 AM   #93
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I currently have a "extang" Solid Fold. It's 3/16" aluminum, it's rated for 250 lbs. I weigh 160 lbs and walk on it to place my magnetic base CB antennae on cab roof when traveling. I also have a 45 gallon collapsible (bladder-type) water tank that I've haul water ( slowly 5 mph) when dry camping for a week from source back to camper so as not to have to move camper. Water 45 ◊ 8.33= 375 lbs. BTW. I can see out my rear window. Con: the #3 & #2 panels fold up onto the #1 panel. I have 2015 Ram 1500 ecodiesel with the "cargo management system ". I call them saddle bags. The next Ram I get I will get a Bak Flip Solid Fold. All of it's panels fold up and pin-secure behind the cab giving you access to the entire bed for mulch, etc. As far as access to what is toward the cab end of bed. I got a collapsible , folds up flat 2 step, step from C.W. $20 something. I use it to step up onto tailgate and from side of truck to reach over into area at front. The "extang" (brand) weighs approximately 55 lbs.
Forgot to mention, it has spring loaded latch handles inside at the rear #3 panel to secure it. When truck and tail gate locked just as secure as vehicle.
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Old 03-21-2019, 12:52 PM   #94
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Gypsydad, thanks. My wife picked out the color Silver Spruce. We have a 17í Colman canoe but thinking of getting a smaller canoe or maybe a tandem kayak or two singles. Not sure which. We will be going local renting canoeing/kayaking this spring to try out kayaks.

That cap was expensive I think...itís the z model with fold down front sliding window,side sliding windows instead of crank out,and pet screening. Also the Yakima racks, $3500.

Hey I see you have a Blue Ox hitch too. Do you have the 2 1/2Ē stinger?
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Old 03-21-2019, 02:10 PM   #95
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Gypsydad, thanks. My wife picked out the color Silver Spruce. We have a 17’ Colman canoe but thinking of getting a smaller canoe or maybe a tandem kayak or two singles. Not sure which. We will be going local renting canoeing/kayaking this spring to try out kayaks.

That cap was expensive I think...it’s the z model with fold down front sliding window,side sliding windows instead of crank out,and pet screening. Also the Yakima racks, $3500.

Hey I see you have a Blue Ox hitch too. Do you have the 2 1/2” stinger?
Thanks for the info. Your question on Stinger/shank- no, the 2" with the shank sleeve works fine...opinions on this for sure! I confirmed with BO with my 28' and my F250 before I purchased and was told 2" works fine for my load. Some folks went to the 2.5" and point to issues with the pin hole elongating, or they don't like the "slop" sound; I am fine with no issues. This is my 3rd BO over past 4 AS's. (3 25'AS prior to the 28'); No issues with 2" shank after 2 years towing to/from MT and 15k miles.

Canoe-We have a 17' Old Town canoe; 87 lbs...a bear to load up, especially in wind. We purchased a couple of Old Town Kayaks few years back, 45lbs/each. I can load them by myself now without the wife; much easier. Wife drove that decision on Kayaks...said she was "tired of following me" around in the back of the Canoe! Wanted to "break out" and explore on he own...not sure what that means!
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Old 03-21-2019, 02:41 PM   #96
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Thanks Iíll try the two inch stinger this year, yes Iíve seen others opinions and are valid too.

I think my wife is thinking different...she will have to paddle her self.
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