View Poll Results: Does your tow pickup have a topper
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:19 PM   #1
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Camper shell or no?

For those of you towing with pickups, do you have a camper shell or not? How about you folks who take extended trips. If you have one what features do you like or wish you had?
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:28 PM   #2
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I got a camper shell specifically for towing. The slightly raised topper (camper shell) helps aerodynamics, and adds a relatively dry and relatively secure storage area. The 150 or so pounds of weight helps the heavy-duty suspension of my truck ride a little better when not towing, as well.
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:29 PM   #3
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Ditto.

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Old 08-29-2007, 09:32 PM   #4
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I used a topper with my previous truck and trailer for about six years. Sometimes I wish I had one on this truck but for me the advantages of not having one out-weigh having one. There is some benefit to having your stuff covered and out of the weather, but security isn't all that great since a topper latch and tailgate assembly is not very secure. Even if it is of a good quality it doesn't take much to break a window or cut the fiberglass if a thief wants in bad enough. With me what it really came down to is I didn't think I'd benefit enough to spend the dollars (I know, I'm a bit cheap).

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Old 08-29-2007, 09:34 PM   #5
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I do not have a camper shell on my current PU. I might get one for my next. My last PU had one and I loved it. It did mak getting things in and out a little harder, but it looked good and was very functional. The truck I had the cap on was a smaller Toyota PU and we sometimes would use it for one night trips with my fishing trip. I can't remember the brand name, but it was made in Salt Lake City and matched the truck paint.

It had a light wired the trucks battery - nice feature at night
It was taller in the rear and matched the cabs height in the front - Made it easier to load and unload the truck
It had a felt lining - Help prevent water from dripping on the inside (when sleeping in the bed)
It had two latches on the rear (two locks) - A better setup then one latch and the steel bar setup
It no window in the front and sealed against the cab - Made it easy to get stuff from the rear window in the truck's cab
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:36 PM   #6
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I got a camper shell specifically for towing. The slightly raised topper (camper shell) helps aerodynamics, and adds a relatively dry and relatively secure storage area. The 150 or so pounds of weight helps the heavy-duty suspension of my truck ride a little better when not towing, as well.
I was wondering how much the higher tops cut milage or effects towing
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Old 08-29-2007, 10:04 PM   #7
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I was wondering how much the higher tops cut mileage or effects towing
I wouldn't think by much. There's going to be some Bernouilli drag right behind the truck cap. I got the topper one step above the top of my truck cab (the highest don't look real great). I can fit both of our bikes with front wheels removed on skewers in the bed mat, a wheel ramp for changing flats, my genset, tool chests, and a large plastic wheeled bin for cables, ties, straps, lug wrench, bike pump, paddles, PFDs -- you name it. And my canoe still fits on top of the truck cap.

I do trips with and without all the above gear. A tonneau cover wouldn't work for me. I keep a trip log and the biggest variable I get is when I'm pulling with a full water load -- the center of gravity is low and it's very stable but it costs me nearly 2 mpg.
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Old 08-29-2007, 10:30 PM   #8
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I have the slightly elevated cap. I can fit my bikes in it standing up without taking off the front wheels or seats. Full size bed so we could sleep in it if we were to go where the trailer can not go but we also carry a tent and a canoe sometimes. Yakima rake just elevates the canoe high enough with the raised cap that canoe does not hit the cab. We did the Olympic circuit with the tent and left the Airstream at Lacey Airstream park several years ago. The battery powered 24 led hanging tent light from ACE for $9 works better than the original light which only worked if you had the truck lights on.
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Old 08-29-2007, 10:57 PM   #9
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Have a cab-high "Snug Top" camper shell, and it's a dandy addition to our camping needs (bikes, generator, wood, chairs, etc. etc.) and even works pretty well for the misc. tools and hauling for daily construction work...When we were camping in rainy conditions in Oregon we really appreciated the fact that everything stayed so dry--and secure.
At one point we thought we might be stashing the dogs in crates back there, but not a chance. They much prefer their cushy digs on a fleece mat in the back seat.
We kinda like it that way too...
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Old 08-29-2007, 10:57 PM   #10
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I originally thought I wanted a camper shell, mostly to keep things dry and a slight deterrent to thievery. But I've found having the PU bed open when I need it is a big plus and I don't carry as much stuff back there (yet) as some when camping. Then another friend with a Titan showed me this. If you're tailgate locks it makes it tougher for the thief to break in, it keeps things dry, it can be rolled back for an open truck bed, and I don't need two people to lift it off the truck. I'll be going this route eventually.
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I have a topper. It stores all my extras. Generator, Air compressor, fly fishing stuff. of course my tools. It is an ARE Cab high model. saved my bacon when I rolled my last truck.
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Our shell serves as our dog kennel while camping. The dogs ride in the back while we travel and are comfy-cozy in their dog beds. We have a power sliding rear window to keep in touch.

While at camp the dogs sleep inside the AS, but being swimming Labs, they can get pretty mucky so it's nice to have the option for them to sleep in the back of the truck.

I have a slightly raised shell and I noticed about a 2 mpg drop in fuel economy after it was installed. I was hoping there would be some improvement or at least no change but not so. My shell is a Leer and weighs about 250#s. Not sure what caused the fuel econonmy drop,,,was it the raised shell, the added weight, or a combo of both...

Here's a picture. I have the kayaks on it with the factory installed Thule racks.
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Then another friend with a Titan showed me this.
Having sold truck accessories in the past, I prefer the Roll n Lock.

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