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Old 04-09-2014, 07:49 PM   #1
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Topper or not...

I've been thinking about getting a cab high topper. I found one for a real good price..like 30% of normal price. But, I can't make up my mind to get it or not. I already have a flush folding rigid bed cover now but it leaks anytime it rains.

Pros....more storage out of the weather. Our bikes are $$$, Generator, tools, etc. When we go on side trips, don't have to worry about dogs trashing the truck interior. more secure. Looks good.

Cons....can't easily get mulch, gravel, etc. Fuel economy will drop a bit. Tough to get to items inside...especially in the front of the bed. Likely max out my payload when hauling the camper.

Anyone have comments or something else I haven't thought of? How about opinions?

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Old 04-09-2014, 08:19 PM   #2
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I have a besttop supertopper on my Silverado. It is a soft canvass top that folds down when the bed is needed. I'll get a pic tomorrow when the sun comes up. -Pat
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:00 AM   #3
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Here is the Bestop supper topper..


I have had it for a few years without complaint. It is made just like a jeep top so it is fairy water proof. The only spot I sometimes get a bit of water is along the tailgate seal. If it is a heavy rain it will get damp. It either folds to the front of the bed(like a jeep roof) or with four cotter pins completely removes. I do it by myself so it is not hard.
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:11 AM   #4
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I put my topper on in the fall after I remove the hitch and remove it in the spring when the hitch goes in. I have a trailer if I need gravel or anything that will not fit in my bed. When we had the tt the bed had bunch of stuff in it and it could be locked . With the 5er I lock stuff in the basement if needed.. plus I saw a measurable mileage increases with the topper on.
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:27 AM   #5
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Here is the Bestop supper topper..


I have had it for a few years without complaint. It is made just like a jeep top so it is fairy water proof. The only spot I sometimes get a bit of water is along the tailgate seal. If it is a heavy rain it will get damp. It either folds to the front of the bed(like a jeep roof) or with four cotter pins completely removes. I do it by myself so it is not hard.
I saw those, but they are more than this fiberglass one. Plus, I want something a bit more secure. I do like the flexibility of that though.

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Old 04-10-2014, 11:28 AM   #6
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Get the topper, in the long run you will be glad that you have it. Most can be put on and taken off fairly easily in a manner of minutes. When we go on trips, I want my 'stuff' locked up in the back of the bed. Firewood, table, chairs, bikes, propane tank, oil, gas can (full), tools, fishing eq. etc... all stuff that can easily 'walk away' by reaching over the bed side when parked somewhere or it can 'blow out' with no cover. And keeping everything DRY in bad weather.

All of your 'cons' can be over ruled by taking it off when not needed.
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:32 AM   #7
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Was actually looking for one ourselves so we can put the dogs in back in kennels and bring more campers. Which one are you looking at?
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I had one (still have) for my 2500 and it went on when the 5er was winterized and parked for the winter and came off when it was time to pull again. Having a TT, it may help mpg when pulling, mine did when I had a TT, helped push the air up and over. Mine was raised at the rear though.
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Old 04-10-2014, 01:37 PM   #9
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If you can afford to give up the 200 lbs of payload, they are worth it. I had one on my last truck and really liked it. Going to the new truck and fiver, I am using a RollX cover for now. In Texas we camp year round, so I did not want to do the on/off thing every 3 weeks.

As far as fuel mileage, in the real world it will make very little difference vs your current cover. It will also have no real affect on towing MPGs either.

One thing I will mention is to check your bikes to see if they will fit. The kids bikes, and the wife's 24" wheel mountain bike all fit upright, but with mine I always had to lower the seat and handle bars, and even then it was going in at angles. It was a real pain to haul it in the back if I left the front tire on. Take the tire off, and no issues.
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I've been thinking about getting a cab high topper. I found one for a real good price..like 30% of normal price. But, I can't make up my mind to get it or not. I already have a flush folding rigid bed cover now but it leaks anytime it rains.

Pros....more storage out of the weather. Our bikes are $$$, Generator, tools, etc. When we go on side trips, don't have to worry about dogs trashing the truck interior. more secure. Looks good.

Cons....can't easily get mulch, gravel, etc. Fuel economy will drop a bit. Tough to get to items inside...especially in the front of the bed. Likely max out my payload when hauling the camper.

Anyone have comments or something else I haven't thought of? How about opinions?

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Dad has had one for years and love them. The downside for me are; windows fog making it hard to see when backing up. As far as taking it off is easy. When we was still farming and had to remove it a few times a year this is what he did. Had 4 posts in yard about 4 inches about the bed of the truck( two on each side) planted in the ground. Then attached a board between two of them and the same on the other two. With this done back truck between the post ( post on ether side of back bumper then the other two beside rear of cab, board running along side of beds) Unbolt the cab lift a little in front, insert board under cab and let it reat on the board between the post. Repeat with rear of cab. Drive truck out from under cab. Place clamps on the cab to boards and another set to hold the boards to each other, or you could use tie down ratchet straps.

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