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Old 11-15-2006, 04:49 AM   #1
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Pickup caps what to look for & what brands are good/bad

I'm just getting '07 2500 pickup this week and I'm starting to shop for a cap.

Any brands to avoid?

Also any considerations as to the areodynamics of these with the A/S?
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Old 11-15-2006, 07:56 AM   #2
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I'm just getting '07 2500 pickup this week and I'm starting to shop for a cap. Any brands to avoid? Also any considerations as to the areodynamics of these with the A/S?
Hi Bob:

Take a serious look at utility type caps, also called workman caps, that have two vertically hinged swing out doors (with windows) on the rear instead of a lift up top gate, and also have lift up side panels with a window on the passenger side for "what's over there" visibility while driving. These provide better access to the stuff in the pickup bed without you having to crawl into the bed on your knees to retrieve things beyond your arm reach over a lowered tailgate.
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Old 11-15-2006, 08:31 AM   #3
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I saw those but they want $700 extra for the back door option, it isn't worth that to me.
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Old 11-15-2006, 09:23 AM   #4
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I'm just getting '07 2500 pickup this week and I'm starting to shop for a cap.

Any brands to avoid?

Also any considerations as to the areodynamics of these with the A/S?
I have an A.R.E. fiberglass cap (my second one) and am very satisfied with it.

I've also owned a Lear cap, and never had any problems with it either, however one of my friends has a Lear and has had some problems with the door latch/rear window coming apart, and had to have it in for repairs several times.

My cap is cab high and I've never had any aerodynamics issues (that I know of) towing my Airstream. I would have gotten one that was higher in the back except it wouldn't fit under my garage door.

I also have a removable aluminum ladder rack that's over the cap and extends over my truck cab. I keep it on during the summer when we're in Montana, and use it to transport my inflatable cataraft. It works fine, even when towing the Airstream.

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Old 11-15-2006, 09:33 AM   #5
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Hey, Bob.
I have a Leer 100XQ on my Sierra 2500HD CC. It's really pretty nice. I like the clean lines....no exposed hinges, etc.

I like that the front window flips down from the inside -- so you can easily clean the rear window of the cab.

The rear latch is a bit snug...in part from the added thickness on the tailgate from the Line-X. But I guess I prefer snug over loose and rattle-y.

It has been solid as a rock otherwise. I have the flip-down clothes hangers on the ceiling - I've only used them a couple of times, but if you have something that MUST hang, it's convenient. Only a couple of bucks.

I also have the locking box - it's long, technically a gun box, I suppose...it's fairly flat, up against the underside of the roof on the left. Essentially, it's a nice, long shelf (over 3 feet long) with a locking door - good for flares, cables, light...the usual stuff, so it doesn't roll around in the back of the truck. It all stays up there, out of the way - and it's not visible if you look in the windows. For that matter, people barely notice it if they're looking in from the open window.

Make sure you have a light inside.

Having a cap on the truck will actually help wind buffeting - so it theoreticlly helps aerodynamics a bit...especially with a trailer (I'm not a physics major, but this is what I've come to understand). The Leer Model 122 (or similar) - with the roof that is raised toward the back - would give you a bit more headroom and even more wind buffeting - at the expense of different visual lines and a taller truck. I do like that I can fit my truck into most parking garages.

If you don't want an actual utility cap - you can get many of the standard ones with flip - up side windows (or panels that replace standard side windows) on one or both sides. Gives easy access to what's in the bed.

What brands have you been looking at? Most retailers seem to sell more than one brand...and if you feel they're being honest, they can often steer you toward (or away from) certain brands that they sell. 'Course, they'll ALWAYS steer you away from the brands their competitors sell.

I was on the fence between ARE and Leer after much consideration. The biggest thing that steered me toward Leer was that I found more people with complaints about ARE - usually regarding paint matches. I'm sure there are TONS of pleople with perfect ARE caps that have PERFECT paint matches (I don't mean to start a flame waR), but that was what I found, and helped me make my decision. I REALLY will stop by your place soon, so you can see the truck - I'm VERY happy with the cap color. That, and I REALLY want to check your trailer out!

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Old 11-15-2006, 09:35 AM   #6
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I think the caps by "Jason" are the best in quality after researching and shopping for some time. "Jason" produces a full line of campers and caps, but I purchased a bed cap. The unit I purchased came painted in matching paint to that of the truck. You supply the paint code when ordering and they apply an exact match. It is hinged in the front of the bed and operates with a single locking latch positioned in the center at the rear of the cap above the tail gate latch. The model we purchased is styled to complement the lines of our truck via a raised section in the center of the cap which complements the lines of the hood up front and probably also strengthens the cap considerably. It looks like it is part of the truck when installed.

To get around limited access toward the front of the bed, especially for my wife, I bought a bed slide. We have really enjoyed this combination. The bed cap retains the pickup look of my truck and has sufficient space to store our chairs, patio rug, grill, and other camping gear without interfering with lines of sight in any way. The bed slide allows my wife to easily reach anything that is in the front of the bed when I'm not around to get it for her. We've enjoyed both of these accessories for over a year and have found both to be top notch.
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Old 11-15-2006, 10:02 AM   #7
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I priced a ARE Mod#MX at 1270 with a $100 rebate.

Standard is Fold dn window
Carpet
tape, clamps & brake lite.

The same in Leer mod#180 at Trailer city in Riverhead was 1415 and they won't budge to match the price.

That's where I'm at at this point.

They both want 3 weeks to order one in.
I'm not leaving until after Xmas so that's fine.
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Bob,
I just purchased my second ARE CH cap with Tool Boxes both sides and privacy windows. My first one gave its life in my accident. I balked at the price a little when I bought the first one. However it paid off in protecting me in the rollover accident buy hold the weight of the truck. It kept the rear of the cab from collapsing.
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Bob,
I just purchased my second ARE CH cap with Tool Boxes both sides and privacy windows. My first one gave its life in my accident. I balked at the price a little when I bought the first one. However it paid off in protecting me in the rollover accident buy hold the weight of the truck. It kept the rear of the cab from collapsing.
Just curious - was it fiberglass or metal?
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Fiberglass, thick fiberglass.
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New problem, I need to carry a box that is 27" high 4' wide 6' long and need access into the top of it.

I tried to place that box in a truck and it is not workable at all with a solid cap like this.

This is not simple, I have to look for something else, some one told me that a canvas top is made that can be folded down.

Anyone ever see these?
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hi lipets

i have seen the collapsible cloth tops....
at the auto vendors trade show...
skip.

i opted for the a.r.e. z series shell...

http://www.4are.com/product/z/


it's nice with a fold down front window for cleaning, fuzzy lining and so on...
had the side windows tinted to 99% block...very dark looking in but visability out is still good.

it's a good cap...
all the top line ones are...
mine started peeling paint at 1 year...
and was returned to the factory for a repaint...

lifetime warranty on the paint is a good thing.

if you want a hard tonneau cover that lifts up....
a.r.e now has one that lifts straight up....pretty cool...


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I found this company

It is called the Soft topper

It is only 40 lbs
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I like that Soft Topper!
Try to find someone that has one and get some feedback...!

You do have a problem, obviously, with a solid cap.

But hey - the Bedslide idea is a good one, too - you'd be able to slide your big box out to get to the top of it...that is, as long as you don't need to do so when you have a trailer attached!

I almost bought a Z series- it IS a very nice cap.

I would love to know if you find someone with experience with the Soft Topper....
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