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Old 07-07-2016, 06:25 AM   #1
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Cap or tonneau cover advice

New tow vehicle arrives today. A 2013 F350 Lariat long bed with the 6.2l gas engine (bought online at Carvana) Traded in a 2004 Suburban 2500 that gave us 200k miles. Never owned a pick-up so wondering if I need a cap or tonneau cover. Loved having the inside and protected space in the suburban to store chairs and bikes and other knick knacks. But if I don't need to spend more money that is fine too. What do you pick up owners out there have/recommend?

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Old 07-07-2016, 06:41 AM   #2
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I dont have either on my current truck. I am looking to upgrade trucks within the next 2 years and my new truck will get a roll-n-lock tonneau cover. I do have a 5th wheel so I need a way to access it. This will serve my needs well when the hitch is not in the truck.


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Old 07-07-2016, 06:51 AM   #3
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That's a nice truck....even though it's a Ford

I've always had caps on my pick up trucks for may of the reasons you cite with the Suburban. You double up on your dry storage space as the cap is double the height of a tonneau cover.

I have a Lear cap (100XL) and like it. great quality. Truck Caps, Toppers and Camper Shells by LEER

A tonneau cover doesn't obstruct your view if that's a concern.

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Old 07-07-2016, 06:56 AM   #4
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I have a rollup cover and works greats. I keep bikes and other gear back there when we go camping. Caps are heavy and bulky looking today. I have a GMC 2600 6.5 bed and got the cover for 250 shipped to my door from here: Tonneau Covers | Tonneau Cover Dealers
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Old 07-07-2016, 07:01 AM   #5
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I just moved from an F350 Dually to an F250. I had a cap on my Dually during camping season and in the late Fall I would take it off and put it on milk crates on my patio. For the winter I always switched back to my Extang Tri-fecta tonneau cover.
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Old 07-07-2016, 07:05 AM   #6
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With a Roll up you can haul oversize items if needed,a Cap will have to be removed,not good if far away from home! If you were happy with the Suburban storage a Cap will do fine! Youroo!! PS with the Newer trucks Tailgate height,be sure to put a Step of some sort regardless which cover you put on,or you will NOT be able to reach Anything!
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Old 07-07-2016, 07:10 AM   #7
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Depends on what you haul while camping or at other times. I tried a tonneau cover but with fire wood, chairs, pop-up canopy, cooler, 5-gallon water jug, fold-up table, corn-hole boards, and seemingly the kitchen sink, I couldn't fit everything under the cover. I went with the topper (or cap) and racks on the topper for my canoe.
The topper also comes in handy during huntin' season for me and while fishing. Allows me to keep some gear in there out of sight and the weather.
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Old 07-07-2016, 07:16 AM   #8
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I've always had caps on my TV. As added accessory, the lift up side windows to access all the stuff at the rear of the bed, i.e. firewood, wouldn't have a cap that the side windows wouldn't lift up. Just me.
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Old 07-07-2016, 08:03 AM   #9
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I'va had both...tough to say for me. Many times I got stuck taking the cap off because I was hauling something too tall. Taking that thing off is a pain and if you are alone and need to do it now you have to phone a friend.

Now that was rare but happened enough it was a reason I did not get one this time.

The tonneau is a compromise. Definitely nice when it rains and you need to keep stuff dry verses an open bed. But down side is it obviously now everything has to be below the bedrails. On the other hand it rolls out of the way if I move my daughters furniture....yet again.

So kind of six of one and half dozen of the other I guess. Probably really matters if you expect to need the cap off ever and if so how often. Once a year..yah no big deal but sometimes mine was off once a month.

If I can leave em on I like caps best though....especially a nice color matched.
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Using a BAK Revolver rolling aluminum cover so far it's worked out great.
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