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Old 07-21-2014, 08:38 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the replies. Doc, you're correct that I pretty much want a cap as opposed to the tonneau. I am constanly hauling stuff on my truck and the tonneau would be folded up the majority of the time. I am even looking at the soft top caps now. I am driving the wife nuts.
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Old 07-23-2014, 06:56 AM   #12
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Have you looked at the Truck Covers USA American Roll top? I have one on both my trucks and they work great. Very sturdy and flexible. When I am towing my 5th wheel, I simply unlock the cover and let it retract. When I'm done, I pull the cover back into place and lock it. It covers the hitch and protects it from rain, dirt, theft, etc.

I've had toppers and tonneau covers and for me, this is the best solution.
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Old 07-23-2014, 09:44 AM   #13
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I have a Roll-N-Lock cover. Cap is not an option with a 5th wheel. I like the cover because I can lock it and keep everything safe and protected from the elements. I can also haul my ATV in the bed if needed. Caps limit how tall a load can be. The tonneau gives you the flexibility to use you truck bed for anything you need.
Pros and cons for each. It just depends what your truck needs are.
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Old 07-23-2014, 02:43 PM   #14
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Which do you have, if any, on your truck?
I have a tri-fold that I am returning because it looks like it has been used previously. I have found a deal on a used "topper" (camper shell, cap...seems different terms are used depending on where you're at) that matches my truck. on craigslist.
I am concerned about the tonneau because it limits the height to the top of the bed rails unless I roll, fold or retract. When we load up for camping, our stuff is always above the bed rails. The topper would solve this, but I am not crazy about the looks. Although I am more about practicality than looks. I have never had a topper on any of my trucks. I have read comments where people have said the topper makes the truck like an suv and you should get an suv if that is what you want. I agree with the looks part, but I want a separate truck bed to haul firewood with all the critters that can hide in the wood. Not to mention the things I haul during huntin season that I wouldn't want on the inside of a vehicle.
What are y'alls opinions on the pros/cons of both covers?
I've always had a cap on the PU. Anything back there, stays there if I have to tag the brakes. Bicycles, wood and just the general amount of stuff stays dry and easy access through lift up side windows. To each his own.
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:06 PM   #15
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I've always had a cap on the PU. Anything back there, stays there if I have to tag the brakes. Bicycles, wood and just the general amount of stuff stays dry and easy access through lift up side windows. To each his own.
Funny you mention bikes. Do you have a cab high cap? I am curious if our bikes would fit under the cap while standing upright.
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Old 07-27-2014, 08:06 PM   #16
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We have a Leer cap on our truck. Our bikes will stand up when seats are lowered. Also have the Leer factory installed Yakima Rails on top and use the round tubes for hauling two kayaks on top...like others have said, can't beat it when the dog has too go to the vet, or hauling whatever...works pretty well when traveling across county by myself w/out trailer and need a place to catch a night's sleep at any CG...I carry a air mattress and sleeping bag.
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I have a cap on my truck and will always have one. Get the highrise cap and as an added bonus it will deflect the wind over top of your trailer.. MIGHT give you better mileage but does keep the bug cleaning down...
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I have a Leer 100R cap on my truck. Just got it because we intend to start traveling more and wanted to be able to secure stuff like bikes and generator. The downside of a cap is that you have to crawl into the back of the truck to get stuff toward the front of the bed. Also put in a bed mat, which is kinder to your knees than the spray in bed liner.
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