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Old 07-13-2015, 03:38 PM   #57
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I am still on the fence.
A Century Ultra cab high cap weighs 200#.
A Bakflip G2 hard folding tonneau weighs 55#.
This is a consideration on an already maxed out 1/2 ton truck.
Should I worry about it?
The cap would hold more stuff (further overloading the truck) in the truck bed and kayaks/canoe on the roof. Bikes might can be stored upright in the cap.
The tonneau would hold less stuff in the truck bed. It is possible to still haul canoes/kayaks with a ladder rack type apparatus.
The cap with roof rack and the tonneau with a ladder rack cost about the same money.
The tonneau alone costs less than a cap.
Hmm...
The truck doesn't seem to know or care if it is overloaded. I know. I know the numbers.
Either option will hide/secure/protect stuff in the truck bed.
1/2 ton towers please chime in.
My boss has had the cab high cap with roof rack on all of his trucks- 1 half ton and several 3/4 tons- but he doesn't tow a travel trailer- he has a Tiffin Phaeton Class A diesel pusher.
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Old 07-13-2015, 03:49 PM   #58
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Hmm...
A post above makes me think I should get a cap.
The Bakflip leaks apparently.
Also, at one of the local truck accesory shops, a hard tonneau has been returned that leaked and got full of water and got really heavy. I guess a leak developed around the edge and filled the cardboard honeycomb stuff between the 2 layers of ABS plastic with water.
That adds a third option: A Century Cargolid hard solid one-piece matching paint tonneau which weighs 100#.
Hmm...
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Old 07-13-2015, 04:01 PM   #59
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Yet another option-
Undercover black plastic one piece tonneau cover- 58# or so.
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Old 07-13-2015, 04:23 PM   #60
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We have a Diamondback cover and really like it. Seals, locks, removes in seconds, allows partial open, allows for tie-downs for "on-top" storage, etc.

Just a thought -
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Old 07-13-2015, 05:01 PM   #61
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My vote ... shell, one that mimicks the profile of the truck like in the photo of the newer brown Ford 4dr above.

Mine is similar and after installing it my highway fuel mileage increased ever so slightly (2 mpg).
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Old 07-13-2015, 05:01 PM   #62
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The Diamondback is pretty cool, but it is as expensive as a cap- within $200 of the price of a cap. How much does it weigh?
Bike racks could be installed right on top of it, but the bikes would be out of the weather in a cap.
The silvery color one is too much bling! It would blind people.
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:25 AM   #63
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A cab height topper is hard to beat. Painted body color and without side glass it is akin to a garage on the one hand and doesn't exert too much of a mpg penalty on the other. It DOES increase truck sail area, so the rear suspension is occasionally more strained. I added a rear anti roll bar and up sized the front on my 2500 RWD truck. A Panhard Rod is next.

The topper and a plastic bedliner came with the truck. Plastic tubs and big truck Load Locks make it easy to use (except the front three feet on this 8' bed).
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Old 07-14-2015, 10:11 AM   #64
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have had both on various trucks. the shell, if you get one with extended side windows, can be pretty handy but you will soon get tired of crawling around on your hands and knees putting stuff in and out. they also limit vision to the sides so be aware. a tonneau works well so long as you don't get a solid one that just lifts up from the back end. one that folds or rolls is far more useful and will allow you to walk into the truck bed and put stuff where you want it. get yourself some load separators as well to keep stuff from sliding around. spray in bed liner will also help to keep the sliding to a minimum.
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Old 07-14-2015, 11:26 AM   #65
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the shell, if you get one with extended side windows, can be pretty handy but you will soon get tired of crawling around on your hands and knees putting stuff in and out.

Considering a truck, and ARE Z cap, saw these online. Looks like a great way to access gear in the truck bed. Several manufacturers with load ratings from 1-2k lbs. Pretty slick.

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Old 07-14-2015, 11:50 AM   #66
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If I had to do it again I would purchase a cap as it allows yu to carry larger pieces in the bed and/or standup bikes. Also I have become the prime mover for when our children move and if I had the cap I could carry larger pieces under cover. The down side is one cannot carry refrigerators or other large appliances without taking the cap off. So I quess the bottom line is to purchase what you think will fit your long term needs.
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Old 07-14-2015, 03:35 PM   #67
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Century Cargolid tonneau $1,000+
Century Ultra cab high cap $1,300+
Century High C mid rise cap $1,400+
Looks like the mid rise is way more "bang for the buck".
add a Thule roof rack $300
add "windoors" $200
Have a coupon for free flip down front window for easy cleaning.
add 3 AMP Research steps, 1 on each side between cab and rear wheel well and 1 at the driver side rear corner, $200 each, $600-
Whew!
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Old 07-15-2015, 11:28 AM   #68
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I have the BakFlip VP tonneau since 2013. I've noticed some of the rubber gaskets between the panels start to peel off. I tried to repair one of them, about 3" long, using 3m double sided tape last year but the heat has caused that repair to fail. The rubber gaskets must be shrinking over time. I'm going to attempt to use some Adseal on that same peel off to see if that holds.

Based on this problem I can't recommend the BakFlip VP. I remember emailing BakFlip about this issue and a recommended adhesive but got no reply.

If anyone has had this issue with their BakFlip can you suggest a way to adhere the rubber gaskets if they start to peel?

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Old 07-15-2015, 12:22 PM   #69
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I have a cheap, light American tonneau folding cover. So far, it keeps the rainout. Can be folded and strapped back to allow full access to the bed without crawling in, and can be totally removed in about five minutes. The rubber membrane is guaranteed for a long time. It will not deter a curious thief with a knife, but I understand that.
The bikes go on the back of the trailer.
Just another alternative.
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Old 07-15-2015, 12:57 PM   #70
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I have pretty much ruled out the Bakflip.
I am probably going with a Century High C mid rise cap with Thule roof rack and "windoors", and 3 AMP Research folding steps.
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