Your reading one mans heart breaking story and I will keep it short. I bought and A.R.E and it was not a good experience. Product quality was bad and dealer was giving me the run around of that's how truck caps go. The gate lines did not match up and the front seated to far back which made the vertical lines not match up with the truck cab. Anyway I was luck enough to get my money back after going up above the manufacture to there parent company in order to get the return.
Next story, I bought a Snugtop Xtra Vision. Problem with fit again. It sat to far forward and the lines did not match up. Also, I could get my finger between the cap and truck 2" vertical in spots. The overhang seemed excessive. Again, I was extremely lucky to get a refund on a "custom" truck cap. None were a custom fit worth $2800.
To date, I am shopping for another one. I guess LEER is my last chance at getting a truck cap. I believe the rest are all private labeled from one of those 3 mentioned.
Has anyone else ever had this kind of issue with a truck cap? Do you have recommendations? This is on a 2017 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab 5'8" short bed.