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Old 06-11-2009, 06:03 PM   #15
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Glasstite, Snugtop, A.R.E. are all excellent toppers. If you look at a few older Pickups with Leer toppers there paint/clearcoat seem to have a peeling/fading problems...just my observation. I purchased a Jason Topper because they offered to build the Topper with additional roof support. I carry as much as I can in our Yakima Pods so the extra strength makes me feel a little better.


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Old 06-11-2009, 08:19 PM   #16
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We have a Unicover Safari Series. We have sliding windows and also the main side windows open up so it is possible to reach things over much of the bed without crawling inside. But when I do, we have a "Bedrug" liner which is much easier on the knees.

It is a couple inches higher than the cab so has good head room and may be used for camping (sleeping in it) in Alaska next summer if we go into the back country and leave the trailer behind.


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Old 06-11-2009, 09:30 PM   #17
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I have a Leer 180 on my 2009 Tundra and I love it. Perfect color match, and I looked at ARE and Snugtop, but didn't want to spend that much more.
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Old 06-11-2009, 09:55 PM   #18
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To each his own, but I looked at A.R.E., Leer, etc when I was ready to pu a cap on my F-250 Super Duty. I ended up buying a cap from Century because it had a double thickness roof, tinted side glass, swing out windows on the rear sides, rods for hanging clothes, carpeted ceiling, painted to match the truck from the factory, and a curved back window. It also matched the shape of the cab. It was on the truck for 10 years and had no issues with paint fade, stuctural cracking, or hardware failures. In short a cap with a lot of features and trouble free for 10 years. Highly recommended.
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:06 PM   #19
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Does a shell have any appreciable affect on mpgs when towing? I have even heard it reduces mileage compared to an open bed.
My mileage dropped a couple MPG after adding the shell. I don't know if it because of the added weight or because the 180 leer is higher than the cab. i suspect the latter would have the most impact, but is probably a combo of both.
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:07 PM   #20
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Number one for me is opening, lockable side windows so you don't have to get in the bed for many things.

Number two would be a little extra height when you do get in the bed.

Number three is a slide out bed unit.
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:16 PM   #21
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Hi, I had a Snug-top on my Ford Ranger many years ago. I picked this one because it had sliding side windows with screens, no front window because I had an electric slider on my truck, a single rear window handle/latch instead of two latches, and the shape seemed to match my truck better than others at the time. But the paint faded very fast and the cost to repaint or gel-coat it was too much for me at the time. I think and hope they all use better paint now. If I were to buy another one now, I would make sure it has only one rear window handle/latch; That was a biggie for me.

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Old 06-12-2009, 04:24 AM   #22
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I have a Lear on my truck. I put it on when I bought the truck 9 years ago. It comes in handy on rainy days and lets us take a lot of things. Having been a carpenter for over 15 years it has come in handy. I can load a good deal of lumber on the rack. It does have two locks, but a crow bar in the center can pop it open easily. If you have say, all your tools in there. Well, someone could come along in the middle of the night and take every tool you own.
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:42 AM   #23
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I put a cap on our last truck - a half ton, and also on our new truck, a three quarter ton.

Prior to that I had no experience with truck caps.

The first one I bought was made by a company called "Hawk." I knew about Leer caps at the time, and heard good things about them, but the Hawk was a few hundred dollars cheaper and from the brochure, looked about the same.

I figured a cap is a cap, better the money in my pocket! It was a bad decision!

From the outset, I was unhappy with it. Should have taken it back for repair attention, but it was not convenient, and the problems were ones that I could live with - although annoying.

The window hardware and tailgate window latches were really poor quality - I had to "modify" the latches multiple times even to get them to catch.

The tailgate window leaked all the time and additional weatherstripping failed to stop it - we had to ensure that anything packed anywhere near the back of the bed had to be in closed rubbermaid boxes.

The fibreglass was of poor quality - it never cracked or anything but had visible ripples in it.

Soooooo..... needless to say, when we bought a new truck last Fall I opted for teh top of the line Leer cap.

Absolutely no regrets, a much better quality product, well designed and executed. I would highly recommend it. I guess you (usually) get what you pay for!


PS - since I had never had truck caps before, on my first one, I paid extra to have the front window (the one right behind your truck cab) hinged so I could open it to clean the glass at the back of the cab.

I never really needed it - and furthermore it leaked! I didn't order that feature with teh Leer!
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:50 AM   #24
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I looked at caps and ultimately decided on a solid, folding tonneau from Extang ... too many friends have had their caps broken into and generators, power tools, etc. stolen. Those easy-access windows pry open in seconds with just a large screwdriver. Downsides: less vertical room unless top is folded forward, less total volume, and no "sleeping space." Also, when large things are loaded, have to fold the top forward, so rain, dust, etc. can get into truck bed. Upsides: no windows for bad guys to peer into, and when folded, you can carry HUGE things (such as 55 gal. oil drums, my gigantic snow blower, etc.) that won't fit into / under a cap. Also, easy to climb into bed and walk around for loading - no sore knees from crawling. YMMV.

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Old 06-12-2009, 08:18 AM   #25
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Hello Airstreamers! We're total newbies with our 2005 International CCD. We're towing it with a 2008 Tundra SR5 which has been AMAZING so far. We're ready to put a cap on it so we have additional storage area. We're planning to put bike/kayak racks on the top of the cap. Additionally, we'll probably end up getting a generator and might want to store it inside the shell so might need to look into ventilation options.

There are some nice ones out there and we have an idea of the features we know we want but I wondered if anybody had any words of wisdom for us? Like DEFINITELY get one that has a such and such or DO NOT get one that is bladeebla. Or any favorite brands?

We're thinking of the LEER 180: LEER Truck Caps, Toppers and Camper Shells

As always your wisdom and advice is welcome and appreciated!

See you on the road!

I have had two ARE caps. The first one held my truck up from crushing me when I rolled it. I immediately ordered a second one for my new truck.
It is a Cab High. I have a built in rack mount system that is compatable with all Yakima rack systems. I carry my Kayak on top.
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:09 AM   #26
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A locking tailgate and double locked diamond-plate tonneau helps keep stuff secure.
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Old 06-14-2009, 01:13 PM   #27
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I have three suggestions that have worked for me, regardless which brand you end up with. First, get the roof rack attachment of your choice (Yakima, Thule, etc.) not only for carrying bikes, kayaks or whatever, but also as a way to store the cap when not on the truck. I installed 4 eye hooks in my garage joists and with four cables can back the truck in, hook up to the roof rack (lifting it about two inches) then pull out. Also, as some have mentioned, rear slider window in canopy is a must for cleaning truck window. ALso, the clothes hangers offered are well worth the cost if you want/need a little extra hanging storage for very little extra $$. To me, the big question is cab-high or elevated. Tough call. The added height is VERY helpful, but does impact mileage. I'm wrestling with this one now as I order a new 2010 F-250.
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Old 06-14-2009, 01:58 PM   #28
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if you ever have to park in a public garage, many areas have height limits of just over 6'. for you lucky folks not packed like sardines, it's not a problem.

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