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Old 01-31-2015, 09:45 AM   #29
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This posting reminded me to check Craig's list again for a bed slide. Scored again. Used Joey brand slide in great shape for $100. Will dress it up with tie downs and fresh paint. Repurpose, recycle, being cheap whatever you want to call it. Previous posting on the camper shell I mentioned Linux lining. It is Line-X. Local shop in Austin Texas did it. Looks great and tough as nails. Still hard on the knees though. Now on the hunt for a front replacement bumper for a winch install.....

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Old 01-31-2015, 11:27 AM   #30
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btw, if you get a quote on an ARE shell, ask the dealer about the factory-installed Yakima rack. I paid $250 for the rooftop rails, brackets with locks, and round crossbars. The rails were installed at the factory. If priced separately from a Yakima rack dealer, the same pieces would cost about $450. Great deal. I don't know if it was a promotion at the time I ordered my shell, but it's worth asking about if you're gonna need a roof rack.

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Old 01-31-2015, 11:35 AM   #31
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Oh yeah, another btw - because our Tundra is a Crewmax with a 5.5 ft bed, I decided to add a shelf under the cap to maximize my storage space. Cut a piece of 1/2" plywood to fit on the side rails, notched it for the clamps that hold the shell to the bed, screwed a strip of 1x2 along the rear edge to stiffen it, cut a piece of scrap carpet to fit, and shoved it in there, up against the front. The truck has an electric roll-down back window, and the cap has a slider in the front window, so we can reach right through from the cab to the shelf. Very handy!
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Old 01-31-2015, 12:04 PM   #32
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I bought a new ARE 12 years ago and have never regretted it. It matches the shape of the hood on my Silverado. It is a cover, only increases the bed height 3-4 inches, and gives a little more height for hauling thing.
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Old 01-31-2015, 12:35 PM   #33
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I bought a Leer for my F250 last year based on my good experience years ago with a Leer cap. The new one did not fit well. The rear hatch glass did not sit all of the way down on the gasket and the cap did not fit evenly on the sides. The dealer gave me a runaround, arguing the fit problem was due to the Ford truck bed not being square. Off to the Ford dealer who took measurements and demonstrated the bed was within 1/8" of being perfectly square. After two weeks of haggling I forced the dealer to take it back and give me a full refund.

Neither of the ARE dealers in town would discount ARE tops so I went to a town 90 miles away to make the purchase. The cap had a small leak and a small scratch when delivered. The dealer fixed the leak and sent the cap back to the factory to be repainted. After six months of use I'm happy with the cap and the dealer service. I particularly like the LED light strip that stretches from front to back and fully illuminates the bed.

I also installed a BedRug to completely line the bed. It is easy to clean and easy on the knees when working under the cap.

The paint match for both the Leer and ARE was excellent.
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Old 01-31-2015, 01:26 PM   #34
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Had an ARE on my last truck. So I went to the same dealer to buy an ARE for my new Dodge Ram 2500. Some small issues and the color did not match. ARE customer service was not helpful and difficult to deal with. Finally sent it back to the factory to be repainted and this time the color matched. It still had some other issues that my dealer is fixing, but they damaged the Yakima rack and are claiming I did the damage and thus far have refused to send me the replacement damaged piece. My dealer tells me, he used to be a Leer Dealer, and all the Camper Shell Dealers are difficult to deal with.??
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Old 02-01-2015, 10:17 AM   #35
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I've dropped the local dealer (Havasu) and contacted a dealer in Boulder NV (closer than Phoenix). Got shunted to a junior salesman that insisted that a taller cap will have the same size rear door as a standard, cab high model. ??? really ??
ARE has a online chat feature, I asked about the hinge hight on taller shells,"he will check with the engineers, and get back to me on Monday".
And YES, buying a shell IS an exercise in frustration!!!!
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Old 02-01-2015, 11:06 AM   #36
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We bought a SNUGtop for our 2010 F250. No leaks. Only problem was with the latch which was promptly fixed. We had a Leer on our previous vehicle which leaked when it rained, Living in the pacific northwest, this was problematic as you can imagine. We have the Line-X spray in liner and it has held up well. Previous vehicle was Rhino liner with no problems at all. We also bout something called the BedRug to put in the back. Worth every penny with potential wear and tear on the knees.
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Old 05-17-2015, 10:28 AM   #37
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Store stuff in plastic tubs purchased at Home Depot. Drilled holes in the rubs, put rope in and now can pull tubs to the tailgate to unload and just push them back in place. Trying to decide on a cap or not, have vinyl roll up cover now - no security - no height, so can't take all we want with us. Decision time coming soon.

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Old 05-17-2015, 11:06 AM   #38
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Leer now has an option called "Leer Locker" which I ordered with my new Cap. It is a slide out locker that is mounted inside roof of the cap. Nice place to store all of those little things. Check out the Leer website and you can get a look see and/or go to YouTube and search for Leer Locker.
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Old 05-17-2015, 06:04 PM   #39
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I like my Snugtop

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Old 06-29-2015, 06:24 PM   #40
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ARE Z. Loving it so far!

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