looking to buy a canopy for my truck. It rains a lot in Vancouver and i need to keep my tools dry, i also have a reg cab, so extra dry space is a must.
i am curious to see what your canopys look like on your trucks, and what might be my best option with regards to esthetics and function.
So when you say canopy, you're referring to what in Ontario we call caps, or topper?
Here's what I would do. Call ICBC, and ask them what keeps thieves out the most. Because that, beyond aesthetics should be of paramount importance if you're loading your truck up with tools.
They're all vulnerable but one is probably marginally better than the other.
I head so many stories while spending time in BC. One guy where I lived had his Mercedes stolen, and his high end security system was found neatly piled in the stall where the car used to be parked in his secure underground condo parking garage.
Another guy came out of a mall to see some bad dudes .. triad? .. quietly removing all his performance mods from his ricer. He waited patiently for them to leave.
Good luck, I wish I could be more help on choices.
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thanks for the reply. i am new to this "cap" thing, but security is not that important to me bc i never leave tools in my truck at night. i do however need the space, and when i say canopy i am referring to the kind that is flush with the roof of the cab. what do you call this kind of cap, so i don't look to dumb when asking?
here is the one I have on my work truck. It is an A.R.E. Toolmaster. I got the side window panels as metal since I have the inside "tool" bins, but you can get them glass if you like. If you go a similar route, keep in mind the theoretical limit of each bin is around 200 pounds EVENLY distributed. I know a few others that have similar ones that broke the mounts because they had too much weight in one spot. I keep light stuff in my bins, cleaners/rags/small nuts/bolts/drills/etc.. and put the main tools in my bed.
Also I got mine with the ladder rack, if you get similar make sure you get the ladder stops. I usually leave the rack bars off unless needed, they tend to whistle a little when driving interstate speeds.
Thanks for asking this question. I just had Line-X sprayed in my cab, and now I'm looking to get a shell, as we call them in Arizona.
I saw one on a white RAM the other day, and it was so hot, it looked like a limo. I have a black RAM 1500 Sport, and my husband's been looking for one for me, so I'm going to have him look at the links on this thread.
Cant wait to see your "limo" when you get it. i have seen some real nice looking shells driving around town. when the right choice is made, the look is seamless.
i find myself checking out every ram that drives past me, now that i am a ram owner, but i have yet to see a regular cab with a shell in the wild.
I just got mine the other day. Sorry for the pictures, the sun was almost down and it was after about 60 miles to pick it up.
This is a LEER 100R. It's a cab high model (it's only as tall as the cab, not higher like some of the wedges and other versions available). I wanted the side windows to fully open so I could get to my tools/gear/dogs. This is typically called a "windoor." It's not as clean looking, but it's functional. And these have a sliding window, too. I'll try to attach the brochure for it.
I just installed some strip LEDs today around the top of the inside. I took a picture, but it's not very impressive in the daylight. I'll try another at night, and post it if anyone is interested.