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What is the opinion on a backup camera with a cap?

I don't have one on my truck but I feel like it will be more difficult to see, I assume I should get one?

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What is the opinion on a backup camera with a cap?

I don't have one on my truck but I feel like it will be more difficult to see, I assume I should get one?

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Your truck doesn't have a backup camera in the tailgate???

I thought all of them had that, even tradesman models.

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Yes, my OEM backup camera has been great
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I have an ARE on mine, hinged front and side windows make cleaning and reaching things in the front of the bed easy.
Keeps things dry, clean and safe from thieves. Great camping gear storage area when I'm pulling the travel trailer
And yup, I'm an old man.
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Your truck doesn't have a backup camera in the tailgate???



I thought all of them had that, even tradesman models.
Not mine apparently lol I have tradesman. The OEM backup camera is expensive too. Womp.

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Like the title says, I've been thinking of getting a cap for my truck for some time now.

I think mainly using it during the winter but with a kid, dog and lots of hobbies it would be nice to have the extra space to throw things in the bed and keep the elements out and keep things secure.

I like my tonneau cover I have but I can see use for all three setups, open bed, tonneau cover, and cap.

And no I'm not an old man. Lol

Pros and cons?

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Pics and experience with you cap?

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I've got a cap. Wouldn't have a pickup without one. Had one on every pickup I've had since 1982.

For those that can't have one...... That's different than won't have one.

I have a Leer. I think it's the 2nd one up. Not a high end but pretty decent.

My bed is now a storage and access area for tools, chairs, four or five different ball mounts (6" drop to 2" drop plus an adjustable one that weighs about 5,000lbs )) and can also serve as a bed in a pinch.

I can also, and do, put excess luggage in it when I go on a long road trip, I can put sand and gravel and cement bags and keep it out of the rain, I can lock the cap and the tailgate to keep street urchins out of it.......

I wouldn't have a pickup with out it. Unless it was not possible. Some people tow 5th wheels, some people use it on a farm all the time, some people just can't use one.

But unless you're one of those, there's just no point in not having one.

Unless you (not you personally, 'you' generically) think it looks uncool. In which case, you shouldn't be driving a truck anyway.

Might I recommend, maybe a Mazda Miata?



Now that's 'cool'
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Oh yeah, if you get one, get it with the pop-out window in the front so you can, 1) Use your beer window and 2) Clean the rear window of your truck when needed.
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I've got a cap. Wouldn't have a pickup without one. Had one on every pickup I've had since 1982.



For those that can't have one...... That's different than won't have one.



I have a Leer. I think it's the 2nd one up. Not a high end but pretty decent.



My bed is now a storage and access area for tools, chairs, four or five different ball mounts (6" drop to 2" drop plus an adjustable one that weighs about 5,000lbs )) and can also serve as a bed in a pinch.



I can also, and do, put excess luggage in it when I go on a long road trip, I can put sand and gravel and cement bags and keep it out of the rain, I can lock the cap and the tailgate to keep street urchins out of it.......



I wouldn't have a pickup with out it. Unless it was not possible. Some people tow 5th wheels, some people use it on a farm all the time, some people just can't use one.



But unless you're one of those, there's just no point in not having one.



Unless you (not you personally, 'you' generically) think it looks uncool. In which case, you shouldn't be driving a truck anyway.



Might I recommend, maybe a Mazda Miata?







Now that's 'cool'
Lmao thanks for the input. I like the way they look and love the idea of the extra storage.

I don't like the idea of storage of the cap itself when I take it off. I need an open bed from time to time and don't mine taking it on and off. But want to be able to do it myself and need a spot to put it out of the way.

Thinking of doing some type of ceiling hoist.



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Oh yeah, if you get one, get it with the pop-out window in the front so you can, 1) Use your beer window and 2) Clean the rear window of your truck when needed.
This basically sold me hahaha

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What is the opinion on a backup camera with a cap?

I don't have one on my truck but I feel like it will be more difficult to see, I assume I should get one?

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Maybe you're thinking of a 'Cargo' camera??

I would think the cap would block that. It blocks the bed lights, too.

I still wouldn't have a truck without one. In fact, if I couldn't have one, I'd probably just get an Expedition or something.

I don't work my truck. Few people in here actually do. Some do. They're a different breed. I'm a little jealous of them. If it weren't for the word 'work' being in there.

But most of us?

Weekend warriors.

I also have a mat in mine. A Weathertech. It came with the spray-in liner so I don't need a drop in liner. But you do need (IMO) a mat. The drop-in liner is okay, at best. But things tend to slide around on it quite a bit. If you go that route, look at a rubber mat to put over it.

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Like the title says, I've been thinking of getting a cap for my truck for some time now.

I think mainly using it during the winter but with a kid, dog and lots of hobbies it would be nice to have the extra space to throw things in the bed and keep the elements out and keep things secure.

I like my tonneau cover I have but I can see use for all three setups, open bed, tonneau cover, and cap.

And no I'm not an old man. Lol

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Recommendations on brands?

Pics and experience with you cap?



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If used Snugtops on my last 4 trucks. No issues at all. Somebody else said and I agree to make sure you get the drop down window for access to the truck rear window for cleaning or access.

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Lmao thanks for the input. I like the way they look and love the idea of the extra storage.

I don't like the idea of storage of the cap itself when I take it off. I need an open bed from time to time and don't mine taking it on and off. But want to be able to do it myself and need a spot to put it out of the way.

Thinking of doing some type of ceiling hoist.



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I thought about that myself. Not sure there's a good answer without a fork lift (put a wood pallet on the forks)

If you're thinking about taking it off by hand, I think you'd need four men. More for balancing it than anything. It shouldn't weigh much more than 250 lbs, I would think. Wear leather gloves so you're not digging fiberglas out of your fingers for the next 6 weeks

I thought about a block and tackle or a chain hoist in the garage or barn but, I can't figure out how to make that one work without damaging the padded rails on the bottom of the cap.

Maybe talk to the guy you buy it from. I bet he'll take it off and store it for a nominal fee.

I've had my removable window on my cap out exactly twice in the last two years. You seldom use it, but when you need it....... You need it.

Oh, and face the window toward the rear of the cab of the truck initially so you can open and close it from your rear seat. Some people like to face it toward the rear of the truck so they can open it from the bed of the truck.

I still haven't figure out which is better. I have it facing the cab for now.
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