Do you spy what I spy with my little eyes? I see some very nice mags and truck tires in the gray truck down below without a pickup topper. They are there in a busy street left out in the open and unsecure! But if that gray truck had a tonneau cover like the blue truck parked behind it, you would never know what is in the pickup bed. See how much more secure a pickup topper can make your truck?
It’s Spring! And around here it feels like summer on the West Coast. What better thing to do that head to the great outdoors and go camping? And with the right pickup topper, you’ll be all set! Sure, you can buy an RV for a few (hundred) thousand dollars…or you can just buy a pickup topper for camping! Campers are great in that they offer a cozy space to sleep in and sometimes cook and clean while giving you the opportunity to experience the great outdoors.
It also costs thousands less to use a camper than to buy a dedicated RV to go camping. And you can take the camper off your truck to save space and gas. (Seriously, have you ever stored an RV in the off season or drove around in one? The dedicated use and storage of an RV is very expensive compared to a camper pickup topper.)
Take a look at this pickup topper that I found browsing through YouTube. It’s an automated pickup topper lifter! Isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you like to have something like this to lift up your pickup topper?
Check this out. It’s a pickup topper with a roof rack! And check out the ladders!
This handy addition to a pickup topper completely increases the utility of a vehicle. Also notice how this pickup topper has security
locks to make it hard to break in. This is one of the best types of pickup toppers if you’re in a trade. Not only is there a lot of privacy for your belongings, you also have the utility of a roof rack and you just remove the pickup topper when you require the use of an open pickup bed.
Truck toppers can be made for trucks of any sizes. Including full size trucks. Check out this pickup topper here. Notice how it’s the same color as the truck body and the glass ends somewhere on the roof. It certainly does make this truck look classier.
Ok, for the Chevy folks out there, this one is for you. I’ve found an S10 with a pickup
topper on it. This is not a Leer or A.R.E pickup topper but some brand I’ve never heard of, nor can I recall at this time. It’s still a cool pickup topper on this little S10. So far in this blog, I’ve done a few small trucks, with a Nissan, Ford Ranger and now an S10. These small trucks are great on gas, especially in town. Sure, they may not pull a lot of weight, but they can still haul a load. And with a pickup topper, they just become better looking as well as more functional when you’re not carrying a large load.
Check out this Leer pickup topper. All the Lear pickup toppers have a little logo on the bottom corner and this one, which looks like it was used for a business also had one at the very back as well.
This is a small Ford Ranger, and yes, I know I have a few of the pickup topper pictures on Ford Rangers. It seems that a lot of companies use this truck as it is one of the best for gas mileage.
Also, if you look at this pickup topper, it’s completely enclosed and the contents are private. Another reason to get a pickup topper!
Have you ever noticed compact pickup trucks like the GMC Sonoma, Ford Ranger, Mazda B series of trucks, Chevrolet S10 and even the old Nissan trucks?
Take a look at this tiny truck and it’s pickup topper! Now isn’t that neat? You can save gas with a small truck, and with a little pickup topper, you can probably camp inside it too!
The great debate begins between Leer vs. A.R.E. To be honest, it’s very hard to find a lot of examples of A.R.E tuck toppers in my town. Which just makes them more unique. For some reason there are just a lot more LEER truck caps here, so mostly that’s what you will see. Here’s an example of one of those rare A.R.E pickup toppers. This was on an F-150 that was parked outside a safeway. This truck camper shell is the same model of A.R.E pickup topper that I found at another location across town. I’ve never seen another model of A.R.E pickup topper yet. So unfortunately, this is probably going to be one of the few examples I’m going to be able to post on my site. Notice the locks and roof racks. This is a quality topper that is accessible and convenient. When you paint the topper to match the truck, it just looks better in my opinion. But since A.R.E is so few and far in between in my town, well, this is the best example so far. I’ll post more pics as I find them.
Now we move onto Leer truck caps. By far, this is the best selling pickup topper in my town. However, best selling doesn’t always mean best (although Leer makes a pretty good pickup topper too!) This example is on a Chevy Silverado and no, this post is not going to become a Ford vs. Chevy debate. This particular topper was painted the same color as the truck. It doesn’t open from the side, but it does have roof racks. Also, it looks like this particular model was made entirely out of fiberglass where the A.R.E model was made out of steel. Do we have a clear winner? No, I don’t think so. In terms of quality, in my opinion they both have their plus and minuses based on type of truck. Leer truck toppers are better for some trucks while A.R.E is better for others in my opinion. You just need to shop around and see if you can fit both brands pickup toppers on your truck and see what fits and looks better. They are not the only manufacturers of pickup toppers but are both very well known.