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Old 12-04-2016, 07:00 PM   #1
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Best truck bed topper ?

If you were buying one which brand would you choose?
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Old 12-04-2016, 07:02 PM   #2
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Truxedo soft roll up top. Find it on Amazon.
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Bed cover or topper? Roll n Lock is what I have had for the past 14 yrs. (3 trucks and 3 covers) only complaint is during winter when it freezes up for a couple of months.


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Old 12-04-2016, 07:20 PM   #4
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I have the SE model and love it. http://www.diamondbackcovers.com
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Old 12-04-2016, 07:26 PM   #5
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I bought an inexpensive one for my last truck and lived to regret it.

Hardware was not good, ripples in the fibreglass (although admittedly just cosmetic).

With the present truck, I opted for a "Leer" cap it was a couple hundred $ more but I feel well worth it.

Not much of an extra cost when amortised over the truck life - we have already had the truck 8 years and it, and the cap, are like new!


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Old 12-04-2016, 08:17 PM   #6
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Best truck bed topper ?

I use a Bak-Flip hard tonneau cover. Its very good and seems like it will hold up a long time. I got mine on Craigslist via garage sale add.
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Old 12-04-2016, 08:40 PM   #7
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Subscribed! Great question, I'm looking intently at the Peragon system but am interested to hear from others as well.
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Old 12-04-2016, 08:50 PM   #8
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Both of my F-150s had hard tonneau covers. I wanted the capability to carry tall items occasionally so for my Ram I bought an Extang SolidFold tonneau cover which I really liked, but it did leak a little at the hinges as I'm told folding covers do. But mostly I found I needed more room. I bought a Century Ultra Sport topper. It is very well made like a Lear or ARE, but substantially less expensive.

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Old 12-04-2016, 10:03 PM   #9
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I did not do my homework when I bought the cap for my Toyota truck in 2008. I had always wanted a Leer cap and that is what I bought. I got their top of the line model. The fit of the cap is really not very good. After a few months I saw a Tundra with an ARE cap. The fit was outstanding, much better than my Leer cap fit. So learn from my mistake. Look at all the caps, particularly the ARE cap.

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I've had almost every brand of canopy except ARE. They all leak sooner or later. My recommendation would to be not go on the cheap and buy one with the best warranty and a local dealer with a great reputation.
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Mines had a Leer topper on it since new. 13-years. No complaints. Recommend the brand.

Some older threads around here. Leer and ARE both well regarded.

Can't think of who it is, but one of the Dodge owners has a Highway Products Pickup Pack with Bed slide. That's a real top of the line set up.
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We have a Leer topper on a Tundra. No complaints.

Because we often travel with a roof rack and a canoe, we had to get a bit of extra hardware mounted on it. Speaking of which, with a canoe on the roof, we need extra space for paddles, life jackets, and a waterproof blue barrel for extra stuff on a day's outing. A topper is a great way to expand our otherwise limited storage space.
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Old 12-05-2016, 01:57 AM   #13
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I bought an inexpensive one for my last truck and lived to regret it.

Hardware was not good, ripples in the fibreglass (although admittedly just cosmetic).

With the present truck, I opted for a "Leer" cap it was a couple hundred $ more but I feel well worth it.

Not much of an extra cost when amortised over the truck life - we have already had the truck 8 years and it, and the cap, are like new!


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Old 12-05-2016, 04:42 AM   #14
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Mine is a tonneaupro (I think). It's a tri fold aluminum, with a vinyl cover. It's great. It's the first cover I've had that is completely dry. It's very easy to remove and put back on. If you have a pick up, you haul stuff. I haul a dirt bike, that would not fit with a shell. I have separate racks to hold bikes or kayaks. I can fold forward two sections and leave it in place and still fit taller items in back. With the tail gate locked, the bed area is as secured as any bed cover, shell. I can easily carry it around by myself. Everyone has different needs. I found this one works great for me. (It might just be the cheapest option too.
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I installed the Diamondback cover so I can occasionally bring my toys. I also like the front and rear access and locking capabilities. I used to have to have someone bring my toys on a separate pull trailer. Now I'm free from that issue and can go it alone. Click image for larger version

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Old 12-05-2016, 08:37 AM   #16
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If your talking cab high caps my experience is that my ARE fits great and the LEER I had on my 2008 didn't fit very well at the rear/ tailgate. A friend has the same problem on a LEER. Also I wouldn't buy a cap without getting the optional flip up side windows. They make access to your stuff so much easier. Also consider getting the roof rails that allow you to attach cross bars. So much easier than adding them later.
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If your talking cab high caps my experience is that my ARE fits great and the LEER I had on my 2008 didn't fit very well at the rear/ tailgate. A friend has the same problem on a LEER. Also I wouldn't buy a cap without getting the optional flip up side windows. They make access to your stuff so much easier. Also consider getting the roof rails that allow you to attach cross bars. So much easier than adding them later.
I tried to order the flip-up windows and my dealer talked me out of them. Might be useful on a 1/2T truck or non-4WD but I would need a step stool to get anything out of my Ram 2500 4WD. I have a home-made bed slide anyway, so I decided not to get the windows and carry a stool.

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Hi Paula - what specifically do you want to accomplish? That will help filter all these recommendations. If you want a full cap vs. a tonneau, racks for kayaks/bikes or not, etc.

I wanted lockable storage in my truck bed. Originally put a Bak rolling hard tonneau on it (it's aluminum segments that roll like a roll top desk) covered with vinyl. I like it but in time, it fell apart. I recently saw two tonneaus on friends' trucks at a rally a one was the Diamond Back (multi segment diamond plate aluminum) and the other was the Undercover (one piece hard, braced plastic). I opted for the Undercover. I may attach bike and kayak racks to it (voids the warranty but it can handle over 450# so why not? &#128512.

I like the locking "trunk" feel and the solid construction. Right at the edges of the tailgate is a vacuum draft so I want to put some rubber strips there to keep the water from coming in - dry as a bone elsewhere.

I miss the flexibility of the Bak roll up because you could pretty much expose the entire bed for loading and even travel with tall stuff by locking the roll top in place up front (exposing the rest of the bed). But I have no problems loading with the new cover, just have to think differently than before.

Depending on what you want to do, there are lots of good options.
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I have been shopping for a pick-up truck topper for about a year now. I currently have an Outfitter truck camper in the bed of my truck. We have had the truck camper for a little over five years now, and are planning to head in a different direction. We plan to sell the truck camper in the spring, and go with a bed topper, but still keep the same truck to tow Lucy.

After looking at virtually every truck topper out there, we've about decided to go with a Swiss Cap. We visited the Swiss cap Factory in Patriot, Indiana this past August. We were very impressed with their product. We plan to go with one of their aluminum commercial caps. They will custom build it with the exact features that we want. For instance, we want glass on the right side, and tool box on the left side. We also want a roof vent with a powered fan so that we can run our Honda 3000 secured inside the truck bed. We also want a welded aluminum roof rack to accommodate our kayak and maybe some other items. They will also paint it to match our truck.

Here are a few pictures of a cap close to what we want on the factory floor.

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I have had a century royal topper on my truck for about 9 years now. It's held up great and I added removable roof racks if I wanted to bring along a paddle board. I used it this weekend to carry the Christmas tree home.

I've liked having a lockable bed that keeps things dry. Next truck I think I will go with a diamond back cover instead though. My century topper has held up great though.


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