Pickuptoppers with Roof Racks

Check this out.   It’s a pickup topper with a roof rack!   And check out the ladders!

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pick up topper with roof rack and security lock

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.

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pickup topper with roof rack

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Big Pickup Toppers

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.

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Pickup topper on large truck

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S10 pickup topper

Ok, for the Chevy folks out there, this one is for you.  I’ve found an S10 with a pickup

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Green chevy s10 pickup topper

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.

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Check out this Leer Pickup Topper

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Check out this Leer pickup topper

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!

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Compact pickup toppers

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!

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Pickup toppers for small truck

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A.R.E vs. Leer truck caps

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A.R.E truck topper on a Ford F-150

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.

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Leer truck topper on Chevy Silverado

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.

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Same vs. Different Color Pickup topper

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Same body color pickup topper

Check out the above pickup topper.  It’s a similar Ford Ranger to one that was posted months ago (and in different cities.)  And then compare it to the old picture from a few posts back.   It’s not the same truck.  But notice how just the color of the pickup topper can differentiate your truck!

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Steps

If you have a pickup truck with a step in the box, it is possible to get a pickup topper to match. Take a look.

 

 

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Did MythBusters really say that pickup toppers do nothing for gas mileage?

Recently I came across this video:

Now they did say it did have some improvement at the end. But notice how they used a hard tonneau cover in their test run. They never used a camper top.

But they also said that driving with a pickup topper did NOT hurt mileage. No Tailgate, Tailgate up and pickup topper were about the same!

But who knew that using a tailgate mesh would get the best mileage!

 

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Matching the color of your Pickup Topper

Following our last post, this post is about matching your pickup topper. A lot of times, many manufacturers can make the topper in your pickup’s color. However, when they do not, you may have to resort to getting a body shop to paint your pickup topper. Check out this pickup topper. It’s painted to match the body of the truck and it’s got roof racks!

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