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Well I need a cap for my long box so I can protect my engines from the elements. Any advice? I am hearing from some that that Leer isn't what it used to be. Fibreglass or Aluminum? So many options, so many manufacturers...
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What year and make truck ?
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2012 Ram 2500 Diesel Crew Cab Long Box, not exactly your standard Truck.
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I had a 2000 Ram 2500 long box , and I put a Ranger alum. wedge cap on it and used it fo 8 years and never had a problem with it .
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I have a 2001 Chevy truck with a fiberglass topper on it. It is cab high with full length carpenter doors. It has ladder racks on the top that look more like the rails on suv's.The truck has 187000 miles on it. The doors are real handy to get things out of the front. The only problems I have had is I have had to replace the gas struts a couple times on each door. The clear coat is starting to come off the top center but you can not see that from the ground. They colored matched the topper to my truck. (black). The truck is kept in the garage every night but must of the time it is out side during the day being used.
Some people think it looks like a Suburban from the side. Still looks good for a 12 year old truck.

The two Ford trucks I had before this I had a aluminum topper with the doors on side and ladder rack on top. Between the two trucks it had 200000 miles on it. The frame was starting to crack in the two front corners. But the spring loaded struts were original. The ladder rack on the Fords was stronger that the one on the Chevy. But on the Chevy all I ever hauled was a ladder. On the Fords I would haul lumber sometimes.

I like the looks of the fiberglass better. It is a Century. I had to work on all of the mounts for the struts on both toppers. The only problem with the toppers is you are limited with the height of what you can haul. Will see if I can find some pictures of them.
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Try Arrow truck caps in Summerland British Columbia Canada. you can also try Easton Truck Caps in Newcastle Ontario.John



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I've had two ARE caps and would never buy anything else. The paint is a dead match and holds up perfectly. The truck and cap are almost 10 years old.

You bought an expensive truck, I wouldn't try to save a few $ on a cheap cap.
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Went to look at the Leer caps today and was impressed. I know they are one of the largest and best known. Anybody had any problems with them?
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I don't know if it's still the case, but years ago you could always tell a Lear cap from a distance, as the paint on the truck would look great and the paint on the cap was flat.
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I have had at least 3 Leer caps, all held up well, We have one now that is 12 years old and still looks new.

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Default Re: Truck caps

put a leer cap on about 3 years ago. I had looked at ARE, but the dealership for them screwed me around enough that I went leer instead. Leer at the time had I think just been bought out or something and there were some issues with qc at the time. took about a month and a half to get mine, it was sent back by the dealer over an issue, but when it finally arrived it was ok.

I got pretty much the top end version, and overall have been fairly happy with it, though not as much with the intallation itself. the company packed up and moved so I ended up doing some fixing myself on what i could, was pretty unhappy with them.

1. The lock is wired to my door locks which is kind of nice, but it will randomly lock itself after I unlock it.

2. latches were not adjusted well, so would not unlatch properly. had to adjust them myself and they started to rust immediatly.

3. wiring was stuck on with cheap double sided tape and immediatly came loose.

4. good fit, matches up well

5. no major chipping or fading, paint match was dead on. tinting is good.

6. lots of options, the option packages saved a fair bit of money.

overall, I am still fairly happy with the cap, but not really happy with the installation. I'd be fine getting a leer again.
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