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Old 01-12-2011, 08:16 AM   #57
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I like the GM tri-fold tonneau cover after a year of use. Everything stays dry and secure. I havenít missed the additional height of a cap. Instead of climbing into the bed all of the time, I slide boxes around with an extending boat hook. Itís easy to get at the back boxes, even if hitched up. It's like the sliding numbers game (http://www.matchbookart.com/puzzle/puzzle1.htm). And when I want to climb into the truck bed, Iím standing instead of crawling under the cap. It's working so far.
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:19 PM   #58
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We decided that the Snugtop was the best choice for us. It just seemed to be constructed a little better. You do pay a premium for it though. My neighbor purchased the Leer at about the same time. The paint job didn't match and it was a big hassle to get the problem fixed. He did say that he wished he had paid the extra buck for the Snugtop.
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:48 PM   #59
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How is SnugTop comparied to A.R.E.?
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Old 01-12-2011, 06:00 PM   #60
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i can't speak to the quality of the a.r.e. but i got the snug-top and am very pleased with the quality and ease of use. really matched the style of the truck and AS and pulls it alltogether.

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single, center lock, dual gas-struts and inside light.
opens high enough so i can get what i need.
exact color match to my f-150
absolutely no leaks - and i've gone through some heavy rains.

the fiberglas will chip but there's no way to avoid rocks, etc.
you can always get a little touch-up paint.

i would definitely but another snug-top if i needed one.

to tell the truth - i am now looking for a cab-high shell so i can
haul more stuff.

it's either that or get a bigger AS.

Hmmm!!
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Old 01-12-2011, 06:10 PM   #61
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I've had two Lear caps, One Snugtop and have the second Snugtop on order.

The seal between the truck and cap on the Lear was leak tight. Not so with the Snugtop however the Lear was on an 87 F150 which had a smooth side. The tape made a mess but I only had the top off once so no big deal. Also the top was attached by drilling holes thru the truck bed. I think most of the new ones are clamped. The Lear was also a couple of inches higher than the roof of the 150 which I loved because I used it to camp in. The front window was fixed. I did that for economy purposes. Bad idea because the windows get so dirty you can hardly see out.

On my 2002 Tundra I bought a cab hi snugtop and loved it since I used it to camp in also. What attracted me to it was the lock which can be opened from the inside while staying locked from the outside. I also had a sliding drop front window to be able to clean it and also to blow some cool air in for the dogs. I didn't ever use the air conditioning feature because just having the access to the bed when the slides were opened caused my dog to think he should be able to join the family up front, so don't know if it would work or not. I also had the inside carpet on the shell wall for insulation purposes. In a really hard rain I had a very small leak on one corner and tried to tighten the factory J clamps used to secure the top but after serveral tightenings, decided to add a C clamp in lieu of breaking the J clamp. That stopped the leak. Also, the snugtop handle has a cover to keep the dirt out. The lear didn't and after several years was so corroded, I couldn't lock it. The cab hi feature was more limiting than the Lear which could be a disadvantage. The snugtop paint was perfectly matched to the truck and seemed just as durable.

I just purchased an F250 and ordered another cab hi snugtop just like the previous one except I didn't opt for the lining because don't plan on using it as a camper but to store equipment and have a place for the dogs.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:42 AM   #62
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I was considering the purchase of a cap sometime this year. I haven't talked to any dealers about this yet but I was thinking about getting a toolbox for the driver side and an access window that would open on the passenger side. I figured the toolbox would be good for fishing/hunting gear, tools or extra stuff for trailer leveling etc.....
1.) What do you think of this idea?
2.)Those of you who have roof racks, can they be removed? Currently I can get my pickup in the garage - like squeezing an elephant into a shoe box but it does fit - minimal roof clearance.

This is the setup I was thinking about.

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Old 01-14-2011, 09:06 AM   #63
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It takes very little to break into a cap. Check securement devices. There are differences.
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Old 01-15-2011, 01:30 PM   #64
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Roof racks come in many versions. I opted for the quick-detach Thule that come as part of the Leer "Adventure Package" which also includes a ceiling cargo net (love this) a 12V outlet,dome lights, etc., etc. The roof rack cross bars have key-locks in their base so they can be secured, but the latch on and off easily. Another small thing to think about: one handle opening vs. two. I like a single handle/knob because I almost always have something in my hand(s) when I want to get into the back.
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:32 PM   #65
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Unicover=Bad, Leer=Good

We have a Unicover Safari on our Tundra. It is a complete disaster...mechanically and customer service related. The rear hatch tore off at the hinge after 13 months of normal use. It had a one year warranty, and when I contacted Unicover to ask about a replacement they told me, "Oh yeah, we stopped using that supplier for those hinges, they were never meant to be used for our intended purpose." They then told me that it wasn't their problem anymore, but they'd be more than happy to sell me another glass door at retail plus shipping. Okay.

On the other hand...we had a Leer on our Tacoma, and it was great. We were constantly using and abusing it (much more than the Unicover), and it never had any of the issues the Unicover did.

My one piece of advice, whichever brand you choose, make sure the front window of the cap folds down into the cap so it can be cleaned. That makes life much easier.

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Old 04-29-2011, 02:20 PM   #66
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new truck cap

We finally decided to buy a cap for the pickup I bought last fall.
Here are the specs:
  • Brand: ARE
  • Carpeted interior
  • single tee handle (ARE is the only brand that still offers this option in their middle of the line caps - I hate two tee handles).
  • win-doors on the side - dog needs ventilation and easy access to stuff
  • sliding/fold down front window
  • tinted windows
  • clothes rod
  • Yakima roof rack system
I opted for no interior lights from ARE. I can get these cheaper that what ARE would supply them and I didn't want the hacks at the truck cap dealer messing with the wiring on the truck - I'll do it myself. I am going to tap the interior lights into the cargo light switch so that the interior will be lighted when you unlock the doors and I can check on the dog when driving at night. I also plan to put a 12v power point back their too.
It was good to find out that Dodge supplied a wire at the rear of the truck for tapping into brake light circuit for the third brake light.
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Looks like the right purchase . . and the right plan.
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Old 06-05-2011, 11:42 AM   #68
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We finally decided to buy a cap for the pickup I bought last fall.
Here are the specs:
  • Brand: ARE
  • Carpeted interior
  • single tee handle (ARE is the only brand that still offers this option in their middle of the line caps - I hate two tee handles).
  • win-doors on the side - dog needs ventilation and easy access to stuff
  • sliding/fold down front window
  • tinted windows
  • clothes rod
  • Yakima roof rack system
Sounds like we have almost the same cap, but I did not order the clothes rod.

I also found a pair of lightly used Yakima SproketRocket bike mounts on Craigslist for the bikes. The cap with the bike racks now fits in my garage since I adjusted the open limit switch on the opener.
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Old 06-05-2011, 08:19 PM   #69
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We have the Lear Browning Special on our 2007 Lincoln LT and it has been fantastic since it was installed in Jan. 2007. We also added the carpet/seat kit as it added the storage behind the seats. We can also use it as a camper if needed in an emergency. We have had no problems with the Browning Lear which also comes standard with the Thule setup and wind flume.

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