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Old 04-05-2010, 07:05 PM   #29
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As I follow my thread diligently and review the options you have all provided for consideration, I have been forced to step back and absorb everything. This is a great thing and I am very appreciative! We will be using our AS on some short trips in the coming months to decide how/what works best for us. Currently, we are still leaning toward a camper shell for the security and available height for bikes, but I will say the Soft Topper (security is an issue) is something we are considering with its stowability (when not in use) and light weight.

Yes, I did mention I was not interested in tonneau covers, but the Roll-N-Lock has also peaked my interest because of its versatility. It’s pretty wide open for us at this time so who knows where we’ll end up.
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:30 PM   #30
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In addition to the Roll-n-Lock, I have a running board that extends clear to the rear wheels, which, for us shorter guys, facilitates getting to items near the cab. I store some items, rivet kits, hook-up items and other stuff in plastic boxes with lids which slide under the roll -n-Lock canister at the cab end of the bed. Other items, such as our kites ( we are sport kite fliers) are in water proof containers. Folding chairs, BBQ, and other items are put in the center of the bed and stay dry. In the rain or when the truck is washed, some water does get into the corners.
As far a freezing in the winter, we stay away from places that freeze in the winter. That's why we have an Airstream.
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:08 PM   #31
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Well our vote also goes for the camper shell...just had one put on our truck last week.....Our purpose was for keeping our things dry and also have dogs that we can have travel in the back with the windows open. Really happy that we did the camper top! Pic of the back of our camper top.
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:41 PM   #32
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The '06 Silverado 2500 I just got has a Jack Rabbit spring-loaded retractable tonneau that is pretty slick. The Pace-Edwards JackRabbit Spring-Action Retractable Tonneau Cover It locks, tailgate has a lock as well and the cover seals pretty good. Was surprised how dry the bed was after the heavy rains we have experienced here on the East Coast. I have had caps on other trucks and they certainly do have their pluses and minuses as mentioned. This seems like a pretty good compromise; will have a better opinion of it in a year or so!

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Old 04-05-2010, 09:49 PM   #33
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The '06 Silverado 2500 I just got has a Jack Rabbit spring-loaded retractable tonneau that is pretty slick. The Pace-Edwards JackRabbit Spring-Action Retractable Tonneau Cover It locks, tailgate has a lock as well and the cover seals pretty good. Was surprised how dry the bed was after the heavy rains we have experienced here on the East Coast. I have had caps on other trucks and they certainly do have their pluses and minuses as mentioned. This seems like a pretty good compromise; will have a better opinion of it in a year or so!

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Looks just like the Roll-n-Lock.
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Old 04-06-2010, 07:16 AM   #34
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I have had;
retractable soft covers- Not secure, and they are a pain, it also limits the height of what you store to the height of the bed,
Hard retractable cover from Pace Edwards- really liked it, electric open/close but again it leaks water in a hard rain, never had any trouble with freezing, Storage height limited to the height of the bed.
Shells- This is the best of all that I have had, more secure than anything else, no leaks, I have only had 1 with windows and done away with the windows to make it solid, drawback is the crawling up to get to the stuff in the front which can be eliminated in 2 ways; A) hing mounted at front/side with lift shocks to open it upwards for easy access, B) roll rails mounted to the side of the bed which allows you to roll it back a foot or so to access the front.
I currently have a Ford Excursion so many of these problems are eliminated, but because Ford does not make this vehicle any more I will evenually be forced to buy another pickup in which case it will have a shell either mounted with slides or doors for access to front.

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Old 04-06-2010, 10:22 PM   #35
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170 cubic feet-plus. The bed shell and bed liner make it easy to slide any and all equipment around. Tie-downs and load-locks make any configuration of cargo possible . . and an 8' bed make it easy to load and forget. Fuel mileage is improved over an empty bed (with a close-fitting shell that follows cab and bed contours). Additional weight over stock is probably 300-lbs for both pieces.

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