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Old 10-03-2014, 08:16 PM   #29
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Dealer put on the Access Lorado tonneau today, brought home groceries under it, then rolled it back to take brush out to the dump. Next week we hit the road with our stuff covered. Looks good, I like this thing.
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Old 10-03-2014, 08:43 PM   #30
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We also pull a 25' with a Dodge 2500. We have and like one of the fiberglass low covers. The main reasons we like it are that we drive the truck everyday and like the visbility the low cover provides and we like the solid locking and waterproofness of it. We do not carry a lot of stuff and I have never strongly felt the need of more space in the truck bed. Another advantage is we can get into the bed along the sides of the truck too and do not often have to climb in to get something.
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Old 10-04-2014, 11:08 AM   #31
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We've been boondocking the past couple of weeks with this new hard, aluminum three section folding tonneau cover. We went to town for supplies day before yesterday. It's working out well. I liked looking at the truck across a grocery store parking lot and not being able to tell there was about $ 5,000 worth of good stuff in it. Looked like any other pickup truck in the lot.

I would have felt more fidgetty about it if that was all sitting in view in a plastic truck cap with crummy window and door locks. And covering it up with a tarp inside a cap just says " there's something in here I don't want you to see so I tried to disguise it with a tarp".
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Old 10-04-2014, 12:05 PM   #32
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Problem with reaching stuff in front of pickup bed

This is my solution to reaching "stuff" in the front of the pickup bed with the camper cover. Built out of an old broom handle, and a bicycle storage hook. I call it my S#!t hook. I almost never have to crawl into the pickup bed.
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Old 10-04-2014, 12:22 PM   #33
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Steve, good idea. I have used the Airstream awning hook many times to reach toward front of the pickup.
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Old 10-04-2014, 03:54 PM   #34
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I have had both, also. For many years I had a shell with windows on the sides that swung up like the rear window. When I started launching boats with my PU i sometimes needed to get into the bed of the PU over the side, so I got rid of the shell.

Now I have a hard tonneau cover that folds in three sections. I can expose 1/3 or 2/3 of the bed, or take it off to expose the whole bed. This works for me.

Also, I like that the contents of the bed cannot be seen without opening it up as I carry some pretty expensive stuff back there.

I use an old garden rake with half of the tines broken off to reach things at the front.
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Old 10-05-2014, 03:39 PM   #35
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We have a cap on ours. It doesn't make any difference for towing/backing that I've noticed. Actually in one case it would have been nice to have clear windows in the cap - it was dark, pouring rain, and heavily wooded, so I couldn't see anything. The clear window might (emphasis on might) have helped in that one situation - but it's worth having the cap the rest of the time with its tinted windows so it's harder to see what I have in there.
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Old 10-07-2014, 12:07 AM   #36
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This is my solution to reaching "stuff" in the front of the pickup bed with the camper cover. Built out of an old broom handle, and a bicycle storage hook. I call it my S#!t hook. I almost never have to crawl into the pickup bed.
We use an extendable boat hook left from sailing days ... perfect when needed.
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Old 10-07-2014, 05:34 AM   #37
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I been driving with camper shell for a long time. My inside rearview mirror is useless and is blocked by my CB. I only back up with my exterior mirrors and i am usually right on. If you drive only with your exterior mirrors, you learn after a while, how to be centered..
if you really need to see the hitch, get one of those remote cameras.. and once hitched, move the camera to the back of the trailer

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Old 10-09-2014, 06:54 PM   #38
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Thanks everyone. I think that based on all of your replies I am going to go with the camper top.
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Old 10-09-2014, 07:12 PM   #39
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Old 10-09-2014, 07:48 PM   #40
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I have the cap that is taller toward the back.6 1/2ft bed. maybe it helps with aero maybe not. Good space to carry all the "stuff" and keep it out of the rain.Being an old boater i keep a 6ft boat hook back there to snag "stuff" from the front.as i am new to this backing up the trailer i do think it does reduce rear visability some,but overall i am glad i have it,very usefull
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I'm biased.

When I worked construction I used to drive a truck with a cap. I remember what a pain it was crawling over things to get to things. Seeing out the back, forget it. Sure more dry room, just equals more room to pile stuff up.

I decided from the get-go no camper shell. And ended up getting a Dodge Ram with the side cargo box setup. VERY COVENIENT.

Then I slapped a Bakflip Tonneau cover on the rear. I load light and still have room for all the stuff we haul. Stroller, generator, two gas tanks, grille and my tools.



And yes, the Honda fits under the Tonneau fine. I'm thinking of building a slide out tray perhaps.

I use the bed divider that came with my truck to keep things that come out the least towards the front.

Just my two cents.

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Old 10-13-2014, 02:17 PM   #42
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I'm biased.

And yes, the Honda fits under the Tonneau fine. I'm thinking of building a slide out tray perhaps.

I use the bed divider that came with my truck to keep things that come out the least towards the front.

Just my two cents.

You got a bed divider with your truck? That sounds nice. I use 2x4's which always slip out of the bedcover slots.
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