Nothing replaces a real pickup topper pt. 2

In our previous post we talked about how Jeeps are not the same as Pickup Toppers.  Sure they have some positive’s against a truck and pickup topper, but for work it’s just not the same.

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A station wagon pretending to be a truck with a pickup topper

Some people try to use station wagons like pickup toppers.  Check out this picture.  It is a station wagon pretending to be a truck with a pickup topper.  Sure, it’s a car, and it probably fits into those parking spaces labeled small car only but this is not really working and seems dangerous.  Carrying a long load is best done on the top of a pickup topper with the correct roof racks.  Using a station wagon as a truck with a pickup topper seems dangerous.  That load, if not secured properly could fly off the roof of this car.  And that material is drooping over the windshield reducing the visibility of the driver.  With a proper pickup truck and pickup topper this would not be a problem.

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Using technology to advertise on your pickup topper

Check this out.  I was walking on the street and I saw this awesome pickup topper with a QR code on it.  One of the great things about having a completely secure Pickup Topper is that it can act as your mobile billboard for your business.

Check this out.

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A QR code as advertising on a pickup topper

This is a completely secure pickup topper with locks and no windows.  It’s painted white, just like a billboard.  Perfect for a QR code to intrigue you to scan it to find out what business it is.

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A Pickup Topper Lift?

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?

 

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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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