View Poll Results: Does your tow pickup have a topper
Yes, I wouldnt do without it 48 57.14%
Yes, I dont like it 0 0%
No, but I wish it did 13 15.48%
No, thank goodness 17 20.24%
I'm pouting because I dont tow with a PU 6 7.14%
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:13 AM   #15
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Having sold truck accessories in the past, I prefer the Roll n Lock.

Steve
We use one of those at work, they are nice for concealing/locking gear in the back.

I've debated the camper shell idea.
One would be nice for security and weather protection reasons.
I haven't done it because I occasionally put a kayak or other larger item in the bed.
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:14 AM   #16
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Yep, I've always had one on every truck. I like the look and it keeps things covered and from blowing around. On any given day the bed has about 200-400 lbs of construction crap in it. If I recall correctly, the MPG I got prior to the cap (also running the bed empty) was about the same as with.

When we go on trips, the bed is chocked full, so it's nice to have the semi-secure and weather secure-ish enclosure.

It's nice just to be able to toss stuff in there and go. I once saw a lawn mower fly out of the back of a truck bed on the freeway. I couldn't believe it -- it just caught some air and then hit the pavement going 65 mph.

My topper is a Snug Top cab-hi. I've had two trucks with that top. They make the nicest styling...but they don't do a great job of color matching. I had them repaint it twice before I would accept it, and it is still off color.

The best mod back there is a 12volt cig lighter plug that I can plug a halogen spot into or a 12volt fan ( I sleep back there on rare occasions ).

It does improve the ride slightly in my HD truck.
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Old 08-30-2007, 03:36 AM   #17
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We have a hard shell tonneau cover on our truck bed that lifts up from the back and locks...we love it because we can haul all our camping stuff and still secure it...

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Old 08-30-2007, 06:25 AM   #18
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I haven't noticed a significant decrease in fuel mileage. Our fiberglass topper starts just above the cab roof, and angles up slightly toward the back. It is about 4 feet tall inside, from floor of bed to peak of roof at the rear. This angle helps get the air flowing over the front of the trailer. Any fuel cost not towing would be negated by fuel savings towing.
I get nearly 17 not towing, air off, etc, and 12 towing, air off, etc. The topper weighs about 150 pounds.
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Old 08-30-2007, 07:55 AM   #19
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I have a SnugTop hard tonneau painted to match. Water proof and very easy to remove. I have a bunch of HD containers with various stuff that I put in depending on the destination and needs. I use the same system in my Jeep for off-roading.

Also gives you the opportunity to say, "Sorry honey, that thing just won't fit under the tonneau".
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Old 08-30-2007, 08:53 AM   #20
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There's a Suburban. Very secure rear storage.

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Old 08-30-2007, 10:28 AM   #21
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There's a Suburban. Very secure rear storage.

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Try putting a yard of compost in there...
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:07 PM   #22
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Hi Rodney,


I have a Fold-a-Cover on my F150.


http://www.foldacover.com/


It is 4 segments, and can be folded onto the front segment to carry something tall. I like the improved rear vision vs. a topper.


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Old 08-30-2007, 12:15 PM   #23
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Cool Rodney,

There is no reason to hesitate. Get a camper shell. It sure helps in storing the BQ and spare for it. It is also a great place to put your tools and spare for the AS. I know that any one can break in put no locks ever detered a crook only honest people respect locks.
Regards from Russell in hot and sunny Tucson Az.
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:20 PM   #24
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No...don't need one on our Yukon.

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I'm with Vaughn. I put the 'fold-a-cover' on my F350. Great for storing extra equipment out of the weather, out of sight and locked!
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Right now we are towing with a Tahoe and a Suburban. When it's time to replace the Tahoe we are going with a PU crewcab with a matching topper. I would like to be able to bring extra gas for the gen and stuff like that which I refuse to put in the back of the Tahoe. Three things I feel are needed to make a topper work well for us; Must have flip-up side windows to gain access to items packed towards the cab, strong roof for a rack, and good power outlets.
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Must have flip-up side windows to gain access to items packed towards the cab, strong roof for a rack, and good power outlets.
Rick, the power outlets are for 12v, right? Some may think you are talking 120v outlets.
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just like a hermit crab....

my next bed topper/shell will be a new better bottom'r...

The Royal Summit/Sport Utility Truck Body

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