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Old 01-27-2015, 05:10 PM   #1
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Truck Camper Shells

I'm looking into camper shells for my truck. Trying to decide between ARE, Snug Top, and Leer. Does anyone have a brand preference or experience with the quality of each? I have to say, I'm kind of shocked on the prices of these.
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Old 01-27-2015, 05:31 PM   #2
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I got my snug top from A1 trailer on valley view. And I felt the same way-ouch! Had found one about half price on Craigslist but by the time I went to get it then had it painted I would be at the same price.


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Old 01-27-2015, 05:32 PM   #3
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My last 2 company trucks were equipped with ARE toppers. One lasted 8 years and the other 12 years. Neither ever had a problem. My last 2 personal trucks had ARE toppers and the first I had for 5 years, and this one's just 6 months old... but still no problems. Sorry, but I can't speak to the other brands. My newest one was only $1800, which was more reasonable than the last one which was about $500- more. The newest one has a front window that folds down for cleaning between the topper and the truck.


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Today I went to every shop in town that sells them LoL. Do you notice a difference in mpg and when pulling the trailer?
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I got mine before I pulled... I got it and step rails about 2 weeks after buying the truck new. I am getting 13 - 14 mpg pulling about 7K pounds. Much better than 7 - 9.5 pulling with the 5.0 F-150.
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Old 01-27-2015, 05:38 PM   #6
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The prices have become ridiculous!!! The exact same cap I bought in 1998, is more than DOUBLE the cost today! Anyway, I have had all three. I have a bad taste left in my mouth from Leer because of when I owned the last Leer, it was one of the ones plagued with the paint and gelcoat problems. As such, I personally will never buy another Leer.

When I had a SnugTop, I loved it. It was the best made, best fitting cap I ever owned! Had a problem with the door and it had to be factory replaced. I had the cap back in 8 days and they even polished the whole cap for me! Unfortunately, no dealers on the East Coast.

I have had great experience with ARE. I had their top-of-the-line cap on my 98 Chevy. I had a pretty serious problem with it after 8 years of ownership and they took care of me completely! Even did some upgrades for me at the cost of materials. I would buy and recommend ARE, but a big component is making sure you buy from an established dealer. The cap I mentioned isn't the first ARE cap or tonneau I've had, and I've used the same dealer and that connection helps when any issues arrive.

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Leer has been the cheapest I've priced so far, but I'm afraid of the old saying "You get what you pay for".
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Wow I am out of the loop Never heard of the brands other than Leer (they have been around a long time. My favorite brand was Glasstite but I understand they stopped making them (or at least the fitted non commercial type)

Also called: Toppers, Caps, Covers, Shells depending on where you live

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Check out.
http://www.centurycaps.com/

http://www.unicovercaps.com/
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When we added the topper, we also added the TRD dual exhaust and ARE intake. Mpg dropped by one to 7.


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