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Old 09-04-2021, 02:11 PM   #1
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Iím thinking of picking one up for my 2016 f250 short bed

I know there are different designs for different functions but any suggestions when it comes to brand?
Iím just looking to add dry storage space for road trips


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Old 09-04-2021, 02:14 PM   #2
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Following, I have a 2018 Ram that I'm considering the same thing. But know nothing about them quality wise.
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Old 09-04-2021, 02:55 PM   #3
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Leer and snugfit are some good brands. I like having slide windows and inside lights too.
It seems that whatever you buy, get what you want to use because come truck resale time I dont think having a shell makes the value go up or the truck easier to sell. Just because not all potential buyers want them.

Also, I dont keep it one the truck all year, so I have a rope/ pulley system in the garage to lift it off and keep it stored above the truck inside. (great investment)

Also, if you dont want a new one, look around in wrecking yards for your truck, you can really save a ton of money by getting one off a wreck.
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Old 09-04-2021, 03:05 PM   #4
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Leer and snugfit are some good brands. I like having slide windows and inside lights too.
It seems that whatever you buy, get what you want to use because come truck resale time I dont think having a shell makes the value go up or the truck easier to sell. Just because not all potential buyers want them.

Also, I dont keep it one the truck all year, so I have a rope/ pulley system in the garage to lift it off and keep it stored above the truck inside. (great investment)

Also, if you dont want a new one, look around in wrecking yards for your truck, you can really save a ton of money by getting one off a wreck.

I definitely want lighting options and maybe some storage options but my plan would be to not have it on year around, Iíd likely set up a similar pulley system as you described


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Old 09-04-2021, 03:12 PM   #5
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plenty out there too

https://dallas.craigslist.org/d/for-...shell&sort=rel
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Old 09-05-2021, 02:04 AM   #6
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My cap dealer quit carrying Leer because he had so many quality issues and lack of service with them.

But I had an ARE Z-Series on my 2019 F250 longbed and I loved it. Suggest getting the OEM key fob locking feature, the drop down front window for cleaning, all lighting options are great ideas, and I actually used the clothes hanger bar quite a bit. I also added the 12v power outlet options but never used them.

Hope this helps. Good luck!
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Old 09-05-2021, 02:07 AM   #7
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ARE is top notch. Thats what will go on my new truck
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Old 09-05-2021, 06:41 AM   #8
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that depends if you want fiberglass or Aluminum, Snugtop,Leer and ARE make good tops but if you gonna use it for just for storage I would go Aluminum.. ARE would be my option
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Old 09-05-2021, 06:52 AM   #9
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There is a truck accessories shop in Ardmore Ok that sells a brand I think is called Echo(not sure)that sells new for about $1400 and that includes color coded matching paint for your truck. Was looking at them last year but that is a long drive for me.
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Old 09-05-2021, 08:17 AM   #10
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Mine has a tip down front window that makes it easy to clean the glass. Side windows that open up (windoors) are nice too. You can get stuff in/out without crawling in the bed.
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Old 09-05-2021, 08:50 AM   #11
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We have Leer topper with no issues but they are older.
Get the carpeted headliner to cut down on condensation if you sleep in it.
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Old 09-05-2021, 12:34 PM   #12
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We have Leer topper with no issues but they are older.
Get the carpeted headliner to cut down on condensation if you sleep in it.
Slick tip
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Old 09-05-2021, 12:48 PM   #13
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My last two trucks wore LEER tops and the only trouble I ever had was with the lift arms on the back door. Both got week within a couple years and I had to replace them. It wasn’t expensive or hard so I’d still get a LEER if I were getting another. By all means get the carpet like finish on the inside.
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Old 09-05-2021, 06:16 PM   #14
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I have an ARE on my 2016 Ram 1500. Itís been really handy. We are talking about getting my wife an new SUV around spring 2022 and when we do Iíll ditch it and go to a bed cover. I like it for keeping out dogs and bags in when traveling, but if we get her an Expedition Max then we can just use that for that purpose.


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Old 09-05-2021, 07:25 PM   #15
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My Leer has been great. So awesome for long hunting trips out of state.
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Old 09-06-2021, 08:32 PM   #16
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I went a different route. I really like my Soft Topper.
You can open the sides if you need to get into your bed, lower it toward the front of the bed to fully expose the bed, and I can remove/install it by my self in less than 5 minutes and just hang it on the wall in my garage when I load taller items in my bed or just get better gas mileage.
I have camped in it several times and it works great.
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Old 09-07-2021, 01:00 PM   #17
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I went a different route. I really like my Soft Topper.
You can open the sides if you need to get into your bed, lower it toward the front of the bed to fully expose the bed, and I can remove/install it by my self in less than 5 minutes and just hang it on the wall in my garage when I load taller items in my bed or just get better gas mileage.
I have camped in it several times and it works great.

Is soft topper the brand?


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Old 09-07-2021, 02:55 PM   #18
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Yes: https://softopper.com/

They are pretty popular up here but I do not think they are as secure. I may well be wrong but they look easy to cut and get into.
I do like the different ways they can be used, sides rolled up etc.. Very versatile it looks like.
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Old 09-07-2021, 04:24 PM   #19
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We've had ARE brand on our last two trucks. Very nice toppers. No issues with either one. The tip down front window is money well spent.
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Old 09-07-2021, 04:29 PM   #20
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Had an ARE on my long bed duramax and loved it. Actually picked up a softopper off of here and looking forward to trying it on my current F250.... I won't leave stuff in it for long periods of time and/or need it all the time so I liked the flexibilty.
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Old 09-07-2021, 04:49 PM   #21
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I went a different route. I really like my Soft Topper.
You can open the sides if you need to get into your bed, lower it toward the front of the bed to fully expose the bed, and I can remove/install it by my self in less than 5 minutes and just hang it on the wall in my garage when I load taller items in my bed or just get better gas mileage.
I have camped in it several times and it works great.
My leer you can slide open the sliders that have screens on the windows or flip the whole window up and the gas shocks will hold open the whole thing so you can grab stuff.

I have an 8ft bed, so side access is important.

Without a lift system you cant remove mine by yourself. Not a chance.
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Old 09-07-2021, 06:39 PM   #22
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Softopper is For sure not as secure as a hard shell. It’s similar material as a soft top Jeep.

The versatility is why I went this way. The hard shells are pretty heavy and hard to take on and off, but if you have no need to remove it, the hard shell would probably be the way to go.
I also bought the tent extension that gives you the extra length using the tailgate and a “tent door”. But I believe you could use the same setup with a hard shell too.
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