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Old 08-09-2015, 10:21 AM   #1
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F250 Camper Shell Questions

We want to add a cab high camper shell to our 2016 F250 4x4 6'6" (with step). Very picky and will only buy a good quality shell with paint to match (White Diamond Tri-Coat); also must have roof rack on shell for hybrid canoe and/or additional bicycles (our "good" bikes will go in the shell).


1. Manufacturer -
Leer does not seem to have a cab high option for our truck; anyone have knowledge to the contrary?

ARE - does seem to have options; anyone have an opinion on their quality and fit?

Other high quality manufacturers with options for us?

2. Side windows -
Know we want some sort of sliding or other opening side window. Any experience with the ones that tilt open? Do they still seal well?

3. Locks -
Any real advantage to the remote locking system?
Have seen some that work with the truck remote system; that seems handy.
Any type of lock to avoid?

4. Misc - any other aspects we should consider?


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Old 08-10-2015, 12:18 PM   #2
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I'm looking too for my new Ram 2500.

I found this youTube video. The video shows some differences between Snugtop, Leer and ARE. It gives me some extra knowledge to ask specific questions when I start looking.


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Old 08-10-2015, 12:56 PM   #3
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We have a LEER 100 XR cap for our 8 foot bed F-250 with all the options you mention (except the remote lock.) Our cap was prepped for a roof rack (additional reinforcement although we have yet to install the rack.) We have side opening windows with screens and it came custom painted in our color with happens to be the same as yours. We just went to a local truck accessory place for it. We are very happy and would recommend it to you.
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Old 08-10-2015, 01:44 PM   #4
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We have a Leer, color matched, with "windoors" as side windows, for me they are a must for access. Electric sliding front window and also tilts back for easy cleaning. Also have the remote lock which again for me is a must have. Dealer included inside roof storage hooks which I think are great. Has the Thule roof rack with 65" bars. Been very happy with this cap.
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Old 08-10-2015, 01:52 PM   #5
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I selected the ARE with sliding windows but manual key lock. Very happy with fit and finish after 5 years. I chose sliding windows as they offer better cross ventilation/air flow when parked.
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Old 08-10-2015, 06:16 PM   #6
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Got the Leer cab high topper on our 12 F250 short bed with step. Sliding windows with screens on the side, hardly ever use them. Regular keyed locking handles on each side of the back window, would be more convenient with a single center handle. Color matched to the truck. Added a rack from a Ford Expedition for the rails and topped off with some Yakima bars. Best part is I gathered all of it off of Craigs list for under $800. Leer makes a good topper and I have not had any issues with this one. They should still make one for the step tail gate.
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Old 08-10-2015, 07:08 PM   #7
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We have a cab high Leer on our 2014 F350. Single center key, hinged vent windows, color matched. It's well made.
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Old 08-10-2015, 07:13 PM   #8
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We have the SnugTop shell on our F250. Looks good. Paint matched perfectly. Works well. Sliding windows. Best of all it doesnt leak! This is our third one (with three different vehicles) and it far and away the best. Also, look into getting the Bed Rug. Well worth the money. (see image)
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:27 AM   #9
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You most lkely will have to call a Leer dealer. On there website they do not list all of the available sizes. I am quite certain they do have a Cap for your truck. Planning on getting one for my F250 which is on order.
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:45 AM   #10
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I agree about the Leer Hightopper. 2011 F250 Crewcab and long bed. The week after I ordered the truck went to the Leer dealer told them what I needed and with Ford's color code ordered the topper. the afternoon I picked up the truck, drove to Leer and 2 hours later the topper was installed. Could not have made a better choice.
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:47 AM   #11
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Do you have a Century dealer nearby?
The cap you want will be close to $2,200 with the options you want.
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Old 08-11-2015, 11:21 AM   #12
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I've an ARE "Walk In Door" topper on the eight foot bed of my 99 GMC since I got it. The fit was perfect as was the color match and it has held up wonderfully over all these years. Like a previously poster said... I got the sliding side windows for better ventilation. There are numerous options for size, rear door configurations and topper rails. I wanted a bit more clearance on my top rails so I used a set of high top riser rails (artificial gutters) from Yakima. (I am not sure they make them anymore...)... this required drilling some holes on the sides of the ARE topper to mount them... I also used some wooden backings inside to further strengthen the weight and load distribution forces...depending on the trip, I sometimes carry both a canoe and a large Thule cargo box... If I had it to do all over again... I would make the same choices...
But... like anything else... assess your needs... pay your money and make your own choice...
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Old 08-14-2015, 01:45 PM   #13
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I have an ARE high cap with vista view style windows facing forward and same height windows down both sides with sliding windows on my '06 Tundra. The vista view reminds me of the old Olds wagons. Glad I took the salesman's advice on the height of the side windows. Purchased the cap in '07 so my info is old. Looked at all brands, settled on ARE due to local dealer, paint match, quality and warranty. Love the cap and the extra loading height the taller rear glass provides. Added the internal head liner for a nice finished appearance. Front cap window is side sliding. My cab window retracts fully so it's easy to clean the cap window. I wish the cap did the same. However, for cleaning, front cap window unlatches at the top and swings into the bed and down for cleaning the cab rear window. Only thing I wish I had done different was upgrade to the flush fit side and rear windows instead of lower cost aluminum frames. These might be standard now, haven't checked them out. You have to get into the bed to unlatch and slide the windows forward, which is a pain. The flip out windows on the flush type open easily from the rear. The opening isn't as large and I'm not sure they have the nice screens mine do. 60k miles and no crazing or fading of the finish. Keep in mind, going taller may limit your rack options. And, these caps are only held on with clamps so watch the loads and wind resistance. Some may bolt through bed, but it's only wood and 'glass to support the loads. Never any leaks with window or side glass. Have full gasket around lockable tail gate. Like the single handle/lock versus two separate. Hope this helps.
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Old 08-14-2015, 02:16 PM   #14
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I'm restricted into what brands are local to my area without going 70 miles away to check Snugtop. The three are ARE, ATC and Jason. There are two ARE dealers here. One dealer also sells ARE and ATC,second one sells only ARE, and third sells ATC and Jason.

My options are fold down front window; you need that to clean the rear cab window and an interior light. Many now have the LED strip lighting. I think that would be the best to light the interior. Las option is a Yakima roof rack system.

ATC is off my list because they don't offer Yakima or Thule roof rail/rack options. They have a generic option and calling ATC confirm they are not compatible with Yakima and Thule accessories for mounting kayaks, canoes, etc.

Jason is less expensive than ARE but I'm not sure I like the side window design. They offer half and 1/3 sliding on their mid trim level shells but they would be difficult to open and close without getting into the bed. Their high end model has the crank out 1/3 window which you could just reach in from the tailgate window and open/close.

ARE Z series comes standard with the frameless windows with crank out 1/3 panes, rear tailgate window that doesn't expose hinge hardware and the shell is lined in fabric. Jason frameless exposes the top hinge hardware and it looks like the sun could beat up the hinge caps

The midlevel ARE is the CX. You can optionally install the same side windows as the ARE Z series but you don't get the frameless rear hatch. Light and Yakima racks are optional.

I'm considering going with the ARE Series Z with Yakima racks, fold down front window (August special is a free upgrade to that window) and a single LED ceiling strip. I could save some money going with a CX, SV windows, front window, Yakima rack and led light. August CX special is free carpet shell lining.

I had an ARE on a S10 back in 2002 and didn't have any issues with it.


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