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Old 11-03-2015, 06:03 PM   #1
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Toppers vs Tonneau Covers - A Discussion

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Why would I want a tonneau cover when I can, (and do,) have a cab-high canopy.
For roughly the same price, you get twice the storage capacity and much more physical security.
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Old 11-03-2015, 06:13 PM   #2
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My cousin has one of these tonneau covers on his truck and he loves it. Less weight than a fiberglass cap.
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Old 11-03-2015, 06:21 PM   #3
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The reason that I have a tonneau rather than a topper is that it is easier to get out of the way for hitching my fifth wheel.
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Toppers can have a good advantage, but tonneau covers can do the job too, especially if you don't need to carry a lot.

Besides, it would be pretty tough to hook up a 5th wheel with a topper, no problem with my tonneau cover. edit: Oops, I see Dennis beat me to this reasoning.
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Old 11-03-2015, 07:29 PM   #5
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I love my tonneau cover. Used to have a canopy and hated it in the winter with all the snow and ice, always really blocked my vision.
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I'm another tonneau cover lover - have one on my Taco and it hides all my camping goodies (including the generator when I pack it.) When I run the generator I leave the tailgate down and the closed tonneau helps contain the noise.
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I have a Thule rack mounted to sides, thus leaving equipment stored in bed of truck vulnerable. Are there any covers that would work short of removing the Thule rack?
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I have a Thule rack mounted to sides, thus leaving equipment stored in bed of truck vulnerable. Are there any covers that would work short of removing the Thule rack?
Depends on your Thule and usage - racks and carriers are often mounted on the brand I have. You might have to shorten some crossbars to narrow things up a tad:

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You must sell these things, right?
Why would I want a tonneau cover when I can, (and do,) have a cab-high canopy.
For roughly the same price, you get twice the storage capacity and much more physical security.
I also chose a fiberglass topper and for the same reasons (storage and security)
A tonneau cover is a less expensive choice . My fiberglass Unicover Safari II was over $1500
which included sliding windows with screen all around and painted to match my truck.
Most locked toneau covers can be opened with a knife so the added security of a topper was worth the additional cost IMHO
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$300 bucks and keeps the frost out.
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I use a Roll & Lock. Let's me lock up the tailgate, and rolled up I can haul a refrigerator.

So, the question is, what are your needs and what fits those needs best.
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I'm getting an extended height cap, carpet lined. More secure, more room, easier access to the bed of the truck, and it will be my spare bedroom for the Scamp 13.
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I have a fiberglass tonneau & it works great in keeping items safe and secure and it keeps me from loading up to much stuff in the rear. My truck has a fairly limited pay load so with the trailer connected and two adults and dog in the truck it does not have a lot left over for large heavy items in the rear. I went to the local rack shop and they said they would have no problems mounting some Thule mounts onto the tonneau if I decided I want to carry the bikes on top of it. I have seen a few trucks in the area with the bikes riding ono the fiberglass tonneau covers. I also prefer a tonneau to a topper as it does not interfere with the rearview at all.

What I don't like about my current tonneau is that fact its impossible for me to remove on my own if I want to carry something large in the back of the truck when not towing. For that reason the next truck will have a BakFlip Tonneau installed instead. Have a few friends with them and they are real easy to flip back as far as one needs to allow space for taller items.
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Most locked toneau covers can be opened with a knife so the added security of a topper was worth the additional cost IMHO
If its a soft tonneau that is very true but with a fiberglass one or some of the aluminum or ABS ones it would be a bit harder to do with a knife.
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