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Old 02-26-2013, 10:45 PM   #15
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I have an A.R.E canopy on my truck. I love it. Stuff is secure but thoroughly accessable. I've even camped under it before I bought my trailer. Insulated with lights. What's not to like?
ARE tops are definitely the way to go.

Personally, I prefer the aluminum models. They're stronger, more secure and easier to modify. (Insulating/finishing the interior, etc)

Oh, and the built in ladder racks are awesome for kayaks or loading sheets of plywood without disturbing the crap in the bed.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:12 AM   #16
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Personally, I prefer the aluminum models. They're stronger, more secure and easier to modify. (Insulating/finishing the interior, etc)
We have to be careful, we'll end up having the same discussion concerns about all molded trailers versus stickies!

Love the one you're with!
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:56 AM   #17
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:37 AM   #18
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If you have pets, the cap is almost a necessity, particularly if you have passengers. While enroute we keep our labs in the back seat area with the seats down. But I also carry metal cages in the bed with the cap. If there is an emergency of if there is an animal that may need to be rescued, I have that option. Also when we go out to eat, they go in their cages in the bed.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:47 AM   #19
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I have always had a topper on any pickup truck I have owned. Great for storage and stowing of gear. On one work truck I had operating side windows, which opened up. This was great for getting at things in the front without climbing over other stuff.

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Old 02-27-2013, 10:46 AM   #20
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I choose to purchase the Extang Classic Platinum Tonneau Cover from Auto-AnythingExtang Classic Platinum Tonneau Covers - Best Prices & Reviews on Extang Classic Platinum Truck Bed Covers for several reasons -

1) It was cheap.

2)I have the best excuse to never loan out my vehicle. "Sorry, but the cover is on and it's really hard to snap back on in the winter," or, "Sorry, but the cover is on and the back end is full of camping gear." (Side note: Why do friends always feel like borrowing your truck is no big deal? I'd never call them and ask if I could borrow their husband. )

3) It's totally removable (roll-able) whenever I want to haul something.

4) Typically, when you install a cap it is a permanent installation.

4) It looks real purdy after I Armour-All it on wash day.

All kidding aside, I'm sorry I waited so long to buy one. I feel a nice sense of security in the campground because I know no one can walk by and look at my stuff. I'm not a big person and routinely scoot under it to retrieve whatever ends up in the front of the truck bed. However, I had to buy a new ice chest because my old one was too tall and wouldn't fit under the cover..


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I used to go around and give talks or speeches at various functions. I always liked to tell the story of a fellow that was always wanting to borrow things from his neighbor. One day he wanted to borrow his neighbors axe. The neighbor told him no. And of course the fellow wanted to know why not. The neighbor said, "I can't loan you my axe because I'm going to make soup."
The fellow was bewildered. Again he wanted to borrow it. Again he got the same reason. And on it went. Finally the fellow asked his neighbor what did making soup have to do with his axe. "Nothing!" he said, "I just don't want you to use my axe."

I've always liked that so much that there are still times people ask me to borrow something, and I say, No, I'm going to make soup.

There's already been hints about my Snoozy being "community property" from some of my church members. Funny thing will happen though, when they go on vacation, I'll be going on vacation.............lol.
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We have to be careful, we'll end up having the same discussion concerns about all molded trailers versus stickies!

Love the one you're with!
That truck was the first one I purchased after starting my business. I don't miss having to fit my 6'4" frame in a standard cab Ranger.
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I have had both cover & cap, and I really like the extra storage space with the cap, and it helps protect the trailer from bugs & rocks. Mileage was the same with either when not towing, but with the cap pulling the Scamp I got one mile per gallon better. Less wind drag I guess.
I would like to add that I purchased my fiberglass cap used for $75.00, cleaned it up and used Redmax-pro to make it look like new again.
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:03 AM   #23
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But my Taco is a V-6 and I'm not real familiar with it yet.
OMG! You have a Taco? How is that working out? You really should have V-8 juice with that.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:46 PM   #24
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Caps don't have to be mounted permanently. I bought a used aluminum cap to put on my '86 D150 and kept it on with 4 C-clamps. Easy to remove when desired.

Carl, I'd like to borrow your trailer next weekend, ok? LOL
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Caps don't have to be mounted permanently. I bought a used aluminum cap to put on my '86 D150 and kept it on with 4 C-clamps. Easy to remove when desired.

Carl, I'd like to borrow your trailer next weekend, ok? LOL
As soon as I'm through making soup.......lol
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:49 PM   #26
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We have a cap similar to the 122 on our Ranger. We love it! Lots of room to keep things dry and when we go to the drive-in we just turn the truck around and put an air mattress in the back even if it's raining! =D

The windows are tinted, so if we are backing our trailer up and it's getting dark, I just lift open the back window as we reverse to get more of a clear view. No biggee.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:32 PM   #27
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Ii have had both and each has it's purpose. Our trifold tonneau was the handiest.it could be removed for storage in a minute. Remember as someone stated here "S### expands to fill the available space" .
A cap looks great and covers a lot. A tonneau looks cool and gives great visibility. The final choice for your purpose is yours alone.
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"The windows are tinted, so if we are backing our trailer up and it's getting dark, I just lift open the back window as we reverse to get more of a clear view. No biggee."

I'm confused, but that's easily done. Wouldn't the trailer be all you see if you were backing it up? And isn't that what side mirrors are for?
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