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    Slightly OT: Truck topper

    Let me apologize ahead of time if this is the wrong forum for such things (still kind of a newb here). Anyway, just wondering if anyone has one of these?



    https://www.softopper.com/index.html

    I am seriously considering one of these so i can camp/keep stuff dry/etc when it is up and put it down when i want to haul a bike upright in the bed. Does anyone have any experience? How do you like it? Pros and cons would be appreciated as well as how it compares to a traditional topper (aside from foldability that is).

    Thanks much for the input

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    I looked at those and went with a traditional shell instead.
    I mainly wanted it for security and that didn't seem to cut it for me.

    I have a couple of fork mounts on a 2x6 in the bed of my truck and can put the bikes in there and lock it up. I've also slept in my truck when it's raining and the fiberglass is more weather-tight than those appeared to be.

    Just my .02

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeleMang
    Let me apologize ahead of time if this is the wrong forum for such things (still kind of a newb here). Anyway, just wondering if anyone has one of these?



    https://www.softopper.com/index.html

    I am seriously considering one of these so i can camp/keep stuff dry/etc when it is up and put it down when i want to haul a bike upright in the bed. Does anyone have any experience? How do you like it? Pros and cons would be appreciated as well as how it compares to a traditional topper (aside from foldability that is).

    Thanks much for the input
    I had a custom AL topper so I could get sides of both full open and crank out windows with screens and I made a roof rack on the cross beams with hardwood reinforced wtih stainless steel. Not as clean and aero looking as a fiberglass top, but it could be locked, could carry stuff and could have people and dog within and be vented with screens to keep skeeters out.

    This type of top seems to be out of style compared to glass, but they are superior if you want function over form. It was also lighter than same maker's fiberglass offerings.

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    ... and if we just ... I love mine!

    I bought one of those a few years back and have never regretted it. It is so nice to just flip the canopy open to load bikes or any other gear you want into the back and then flip it closed again. I didn't like the hardshell because it was a PITA to get in and out of to load bikes, and then if I wanted to use my truck to haul oversize stuff (which is fairly often) I would have to get at least one or two people over to lift the canopy off, haul whatever, and then put it back on. Now, I can just flip it open by myself or take the whole thing off in around two minutes. Here are a few shots of it in use:
    Here I am getting ready to unload three days worth of gear and bikes for a long weekend at Barbie Camp outside of Sisters, Oregon
    <img src="https://lh4.google.com/karlmarx1917/RPZDumqrABI/AAAAAAAAA2A/uBMFfjrx49U/dsc00415.jpg">



    With the Top folded down and bikes loaded:

    <img src="https://lh4.google.com/karlmarx1917/RPZD1kMTABI/AAAAAAAAA2Q/f_3RWSw9ruA/IMG_3654.JPG">



    Another shot of it folded down after unloading bikes at a ride outside of Longview, WA

    <img src="https://lh4.google.com/karlmarx1917/RPZD5Sv5ABI/AAAAAAAAA2Y/022ueC-pVds/IMG_3140.JPG">


    And a final shot of it all closed up and going down the road:

    <img src="https://lh4.google.com/karlmarx1917/RPZDyCIJABI/AAAAAAAAA2I/f0nz4IZt9uc/dsc00461.jpg">

    I really love mine and cannot reccomend it highly enough if you use your truck to haul lots of stuff around including bikes.
    Last edited by Blowout; 10-13-2006 at 11:08 PM.
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