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Old 06-13-2012, 07:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Canvas Camper shell?

Soft top makes a canvas camper shell set up and i was wondering if anyone has had one and what your thoughts are on it. I can see a hard camper shell being useful but I dont want to shell out the cash nor do I have the storage room for it b/c it wouldnt be on the majority of the time.
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If you could swing it, you'd probably end up with a better set up in a tent trailer. Yeah they aren't nice like the big boy toys are, but they're compact when collapsed and have decent amenities when set up with a small space for storage.
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Sandman, you are right pop up campers are nice and do offer alot however i will stay with my 30ft bumperpull rv. This would be used more as a lighter cheaper replacement to the leer shells. I would rather use it for keeping luggage dry as oppose to myself.
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i guess truck cap is another term used for the camper shell.
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i guess truck cap is another term used for the camper shell.
Yeah, now we're on the same page. I think of a camper shell as an in box camper that you wanna sleep in

Yeah, I'd do a soft canopy if storage was an issue. Security sucks but anything can be stolen no matter how secure. I've actually got a soft tonneau cover that keeps everything dry. Looks nice and I like it. I actually like the tonneau cover better than a canopy for looks. I never did like a pickup with a canopy but if you have a lot of stuff to keep dry that would be what you'd want. Because of the tonneau cover, I actually have a bike rack I mount in the receiver hitch when we go to the city LOL. Looks funny as heck on the back of a big arse dually but I don't care, keeps the kids' bikes from tangling together with everything in the bed.
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I've had one for about 3 years and no problem at all. It does spend most of its life covered in the shed though. I only put it on when needed. I leave the rails on all the time though. I live very close to the ocean and they have held up very well to the salt air as well. Very easy on and off.

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Shunka first thats a nice toy hauler. second how dry does that top keep your stuff in the bed/is it very effective with rain? Is it very difficult to put on by yourself or does it require two people?
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Check out Softopper, we have a friend who has had one for 3+ years with no issues. Sounds exactly like what you are looking for!
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Shunka first thats a nice toy hauler. second how dry does that top keep your stuff in the bed/is it very effective with rain? Is it very difficult to put on by yourself or does it require two people?
Thanks. That's the only pic I could find with the soft topper on my truck.

My topper is an older style than what they have now I think. I was looking around their site and it looks like they have changed the design slightly so keep this in mind. Mine did let in a very little amount of water around the front corners because it seems to leave a small gap there. It has never been a lot I'd say a 3 or 4 measuring cups of water gets through on a typical socal rain, but the water does stay in the first foot of the front of the bed. Everywhere else stays very dry.

I used to sleep in the bed before we got the toy hauler and I would stuff a shop rag in each corner to keep the wind out over night.

My sister and her husband slept in the truck this March through one of the worst sand storms I've been in. I had to dig out a foot of sand from under the truck to get it low enough to hook up the trailer when we were leaving. They did have sand in the bed in the morning but it kept them confortable through it and there wasn't as much sand inside as I thought there would be, (it was one hell of a sand storm!)

It can be put on by youself easliy enough. I will say having a hand cuts the time in half. Still if you do it alone I would say 5 min if you have no clue what you are doing. Once you do it yourself once or twice it really is a matter of minutes.

Hope that helps. Anything else, just ask away!
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I have a soft topper. I mostly use it in the winter. Works great. Mine now has a few holes from mice after storage. No side windows sucks for visibility. Tonneau would be similar if you don't need the height for storage. Mine doesn't leak at all.
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Check out Softopper, we have a friend who has had one for 3+ years with no issues. Sounds exactly like what you are looking for!
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I want one of these now! I was gonna replace my tonneau cover with a hard folding one, but now I'm thinking this fold up soft shell is even better!!
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dleeallen is right about the vision issue though, I did forget that. It's not overly troublesome as long as you remember this issue.

I got the soft topper after having a hard tonneau on my previous truck. I needed more of a tent at the time for sleeping in as I didn't have the toy hauler yet. It served that roll exceptionally. I also wanted the extra storage space over the tonneau as well but didn't want the hard shell as I load up motorcycles & taller loads and didn't have any place to store it even if I could find help in removing it.

The soft topper was the answer & it has performed very well. I would purchase again with no hesitation.
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