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Old 01-29-2015, 09:13 AM   #1
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New Camper Shell for Ford F-250?

Hi guys!

We are looking to buy a truck topper for our new Ford F-250 and are not having a lot of luck researching online. It seems like you can't get a price without requesting a quote... and so far there are only two companies I've found (Leer and Hawk). I just want to get some advice from someone who has actually purchased and/or owned one. How much should I be budgeting if I want it painted to match the truck? Are their any other manufacturers to look into? We don't really need anything fancy, we'll just be putting the generator and other equipment we want protected in the bed.

We are also looking to get a spray in bed liner, and even though there is plenty of info on those when we google feel free to weigh in on that too if you have experience.

Thank you SO SO much for your help.
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Old 01-29-2015, 09:29 AM   #2
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Just had this Leer put on my new truck. It's a 100XR with side Windoors and fold down sliding front window. About $2300.
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Old 01-29-2015, 09:32 AM   #3
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I have had good luck with Leer caps. I have had two and just ordered a third for my new pick up. Just call your nearest dealer and they can go over all the options. They fit well and mine have never leaked. Of course if you order one which I suggest it will be color coded to match your truck if that is what you wish. Go online and look at all the options and kind of get an idea what you must have and go from there. The dealer that is ordering mine is doing many other things to my truck so I can't really give you an idea what the cap itself is going to cost but I believe they are around $1500.00 for the basic model.
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Old 01-29-2015, 09:36 AM   #4
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I have Caravan camper top on F150, and someday I will put one on a F250. They are made in Reno out of steel. They are the best camper tops made, and the State of Nevada is now using them, for Highway Patrol and Fish and Game.

I have seen trucks that rolled and the camper top looked better than the truck. All custom made, and painted to match you vehicle..Caravan Camper Tops | Camper Tops and Canopy Tops in Reno | Custom Made Steel Weather Proof Truck Tops
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Old 01-29-2015, 09:41 AM   #5
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We ran into this same problem last year with the topper/shell. What I finally did was call a Leer dealer near us and just asked the sales guy. The dealers appear to be networked to some degree. He found us a shell that is perfect for us at another dealer nearby. We were looking for something to fit our "Newsed" 2002 F250, so we got kind of "deal" on one that had been sitting around for a while on the dealer lot. As far as painting goes...can't help you there much, we were looking for basic white.

Prices seem to be all over the place with these things. Our shell "originally retailed at about $3000" but we got it for less that $900. Sure, Sure. Let me climb back up on that turnip truck.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out. Check out A.R.E as well, another big name in the biz.

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Old 01-29-2015, 09:55 AM   #6
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I've had an A.R.E. for over a year now and am very pleased with it. No leaks.



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Old 01-29-2015, 10:00 AM   #7
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I have the Leonard 100XQ. I chose this model because I like the sleek, one piece side windows. You said you don't need anything fancy, so I would think the 100R or 100XR would be all that you need. DO get the remote key fob to open the rear door. Worth the 100 bucks, and you definitely need a light back there. Mine was painted to match my TV. If I remember correctly, painted to match, taxes, tags, title, out-the-door price was right in the $1625 ballpark. Your price will be lower for the lesser model. Stick with a fiberglass top with a lined ceiling. The metal ones get hotter n Hades in the summer. Mine took 11 days to be delivered to my dealer after I ordered it. Just give them the VIN number and their factory will match your paint.
I have been pretty happy with mine.
As to the liner, I bought a used Cheby, and it came with the plastic liner. As I have large dogs, that wasn't going to cut it. I added a very thick rubber mat so they weren't flyin' all around the bed when I went into a curve or stopped quickly. I paid almost 200 for it, but it's a very nice one. Check e-bay for sure.

Don't try and find a used top like I did with the hopes of being able to re-paint it to my vehicle color. I looked for almost two months for a used one. Seems like there is every used top imaginable on the market, BUT the one that fits your truck. IDK, Fords are more popular than the Cheby's. You might get lucky.
Good luck in your search, and welcome to the forums. PM if you have specific ?'s or would like to speak over the horn.
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:30 AM   #8
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I have Caravan camper top on F150, and someday I will put one on a F250. They are made in Reno out of steel. They are the best camper tops made, and the State of Nevada is now using them, for Highway Patrol and Fish and Game.

I have seen trucks that rolled and the camper top looked better than the truck. All custom made, and painted to match you vehicle..Caravan Camper Tops | Camper Tops and Canopy Tops in Reno | Custom Made Steel Weather Proof Truck Tops
What is the average weight of these compared to fiberglass? I think an ARE 6.5' shell is slightly under 200lbs. Do you have to travel to Reno to get one?

Do you have the swing out doors and do they clear the trailer tongue jack?

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Old 01-29-2015, 10:33 AM   #9
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Just had this Leer put on my new truck. It's a 100XR with side Windoors and fold down sliding front window. About $2300.
How useful are the opening side windows. Can you reach in there to pull anything out? I would need a step ladder.

Do you find the folding front window useful?

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Old 01-29-2015, 10:47 AM   #10
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There is also Century Caps which are made in the same factory as Leer, but hundreds less in cost. We are on our fourth and find them to be an excellent product.
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:56 AM   #11
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Hi from AZ. . . I've had both ARE & Leer, but this time picked a Snugtop. Nice top, NOT cheap with awning windows on sides. (about $2k, same as everybody) The side windows are fine, but I rarely use them (5 1/2' bed) My ARE leaked like a sieve, & dealer was terrible to work with. Finally got it sealed myself. Both Leer & Snugtop had/have rack on top, & and no leaks. Regards, Craig
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I'm struggling to get a price too, I had to play the order sheet/quote online yesterday from Leer, awaiting a reply.
Lifetime and ARE, two others I considered, but Leer will build to 40" high. I'm looking to carry a motorcycle, and need the extra hight, the others build to 36", 23" is cab high.
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Old 01-29-2015, 12:36 PM   #13
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We have a Leer Browning Special on the wife's Lincoln LT since 2007 and it has been perfect. Comes with a locked ceiling safe and Tule rail setup with wind deflector on top. Great looking and very functional.
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Old 01-29-2015, 01:11 PM   #14
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Bought a Century last fall to go on our 2002 2500HD (painted to match the truck). It is a cab high profile and we have had no problems. Looked for a few months for a used bed slide and found one about a month ago used for $200. It makes all the difference in the world. I think the topper was around 2K. We also got the Thule racks for a canoe/kayak.
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