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Opinion of Truck Bed Caps

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by AMac, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. AMac

    AMac New Member

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    I searched the forum for people's thoughts on truck bed caps and didn't find anything so here goes.
    I just purchased a 2011 Chevy SIlverado 1500 5.3 V8 w/7500 miles. The previous owner put a truck Century Ultra Series cap in it. He had it painted using the paint code of the truck so it matches perfectly. Usually I only see caps on trucks whose owners are say...over 30 :)
    Well I'm under 30 and personally I think I kind of like it. It lines up nicely with the body of the truck and its height is not above cab height. I also think it makes the truck look bigger and adds a more functionality. Yes I could throw an air mattress in it for camping, but now I can't put my ATV in the bed of my truck. I haven't tried it but I'm pretty sure the handle bars are above cab height. A friend of mine who isn't a "truck cap" kind of guy said he thought it looked good. As I add mods to my truck I'm watching how the cap's style fits into my desired style for the truck (which I haven't figured out yet but am pretty sure I'm looking to black it out more than I am to bling it out w/ chrome).

    Overall what are your thoughts, does it look horrible or do you think it has potential? I'm also wondering if I could find any damage upon removal.
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    I wouldn't mind having one for the extra utility or camping abilitys but I probably wouldn't leave it on all the time. Looks good on your truck!
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  3. AMac

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    Thanks dadngt. The only thing about "not leaving it on all the time" is that it weighs about 100+ lbs. I would need an additional person to help take it off and storage is another issue. It's not like a truxedo fold away tonneau cover that I could take off when I wanted
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  4. AMac

    AMac New Member

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    I was able to do some photoshop to get a better feel of how the truck would look. I would of course put some kind of tonneau cover on.

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  5. Jimmeh

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    I'm also under 30 and love the looks of caps. As for hauling an ATV, you can find cheap trailers. I like being able to put my dogs in the bed of the truck and not worry about them jumping out and also being able to haul people without the dogs all over them or dog hair all over the interior, AND being able to have a dry place for my gear on unpredictable Montana weather. I don't think a topper makes a truck look like a 100 year old guy drives it, but I know some do.
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    honestly it looks good. i always called them campers but who cares lol. i like it. i would love to have one for my silverado just for the looks and so i can use it to haul my crap during rainy weather. i say its a keeper!
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  7. FrigginNoodles

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    I'm not big on caps, but it does look good on your truck AMac. Actually, the truck kinda looks naked in the pic without the cap. My vote would be to keep it :great:
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  8. ChevyFan

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    Wow that's cool. Go back and forth between to two of them and it's like a now-you-see-it / now-you-don't.

    I've had the "truck bed caps" or "canopy" or "topper" on trucks in the past before. Usually I see them on trucks where people have to use them to store larger valuables, but still need the flexibility of a truck and take it off from time to time. I guess the removal for 100lbs isn't something I would even blink at as I'd just either he-man it off or would work some type of system where I could back-up and store it when I need to haul something bigger.

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  9. dadngt

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    Steve I was thinking if I had a topper on my truck that someone as crazy as myself would have some kinda winch system mounted to the ceiling in my garage & just store it up there Kinda like those bike lifts but alot tougher lol
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  10. jake's silverado

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    OK, I'm over 30,:money: over 40:neutral: and almost @50:great:. I like a hard trifold Tonneau covers. We go camping with the truck and the tonneau works fine. I think it is totally personal preference, or what you need for work or play. For a cap I do not like the ones that step up an additional 6 to 8 inches at the back, the style on your truck [MENTION=53354]AMac[/MENTION] (same lines of the truck) works. That would be my preference.
    I had a cap on my first truck and ended up taking it off! Left it off! I prefer the folding vs. the solid as they are easy to fold or remove and store to have full access to the box. I've seen people with the solid tonneau and have something in the box and can't close it, looks funny IMHO.
    There shouldn't be ant damage to see as the rugger seal should be good. I has the bed rails coated with linex so no worries and you could do that if you had damage if you planned on a spray in bed liner.
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  11. AMac

    AMac New Member

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    Well I would definately put a low profile tonneau cove on if I took it off. I bought the truck used and whoever did the rhino liner did a horrible job in my opinion because it lacks texture. Meaning that it is shinier and smoother than preferred. I've had about 3 rhino liners in all previous trucks so I know this one isn't right.

    The funny thing that just happened at the tire place (getting the nail out of the tire) is the guy wrote it up as a 2011 suburban. I asked him if he did that because of the cap...LOL He said he just hit the wrong button and knew it was a Chevy 1500, still funny though.
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    Well, do you want a truck or a burban? a truck with a cap is a wannabe burbran. Or it is something that older people do.... :)
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    They way i feel is....i need something to put all my crap in, i have alot of crap becuase i work on the railroad....so i need something to cover the bed to protect it. I have had the campers shells but i prefer the fiberglass tonneau covers better
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  14. AMac

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    Nak, Caps can be for young wippa snappas like me too. The funny thing that just happened at the tire place (getting the nail out of the tire) is the guy wrote it up as a 2011 suburban. I asked him if he did that because of the cap...LOL He said he just hit the wrong button and knew it was a Chevy 1500, still funny though. I thought about your comment when this happened:lol:
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  15. MoBillyAla

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    [MENTION=53354]AMac[/MENTION] first of all your truck looks great with the cap, and since you already own it, if you do decide to take it off for a short time (i.e. loading your ATV) I am sure there are people that wouldn't mind helping ya : ) as far as tonneaus go I have had hard and soft and honestly I prefer the soft due to I can roll it up and get it out of the way if I have an oversize load and need the full bed...I have had an Extang soft tonneau on my silverado for about 4-5 years now and love it. It can be removed entirely, and quickly, say maybe to put your cap back on...and then put back on later.. just my thoughts take care :happy:
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  16. AMac

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    MoBilly, thank you for the input. I've had tonneau covers Ina few trucks and agree that they are easy to take off and put back in; the cap I'm not so sure of. When the weather warms up I guess I can try it. I think it weighs a little over 150lbs.
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  17. aloxdaddy99

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    AMac they do make a lift system to raise and lower your Top. That is if you have a garage. I think your truck would look better without the top and with a tonneau cover. It doesn't have anything to do with age for me. I just think some look good with them and some look good without them.
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  18. SurrealOne

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    2x what he said...
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  19. dadngt

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    Well if you do lose the cap you could sell it for profit & your truck would lose 150 lbs of excessive weight just depends on if you need that much dry storage all the time. I like the soft covers also because they roll out of the way when needed. I think the old age thought on camper shells are those ugly white shells that even my Grandpa wouldn't use.
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  20. Coach24

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    A, I like the cap look better for your truck. As was said earlier the truck looks naked with out
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