My A.R.E. has the molded fiberglass lip over the tailgate too, and I have the base model ARE. Maybe that sales guy had an old one. I agree that this point of contact and molding is very important on our later model Rams to keep it from looking like crap.The snugtop is actualy fiberglass that covers the lip of the tailgate. That was the other reason I picked the snug top over the ARE. The one sale person had one In the lot and the plastic looked like crap after a few years. The glass one should hold out much longer. If it is waxed once a year.
Good observation. The Ranch version is fiberglass as well. Ranch all the way for me now.The snugtop is actualy fiberglass that covers the lip of the tailgate. That was the other reason I picked the snug top over the ARE. The one sale person had one In the lot and the plastic looked like crap after a few years. The glass one should hold out much longer. If it is waxed once a year.
nice dogs jones. almost got one about ten years ago, wanted a mountain biking "friend". but brown bears started showing up in my are of north jersey and switched to a road bike. didn't think it would be good for the dog to run a few miles on a hard surface. i am sure it is too far but do you ever show your dogs in the north east. steveI went with the same SnugTop that gynst2 did, except that I did a special order that allows the window next to the cab to be swung inward and up on hydraulic cylinders so you can clean both sides or leave it up so that you can open your rear window and have thru breeze...and because I raise and train show dogs, (Rhodesian Ridgebacks) I had the "pet screens" put in to protect the more fragile bug screen material behind them, and to keep the dogs from busting out thru the bug screen material if you have the sliders open.
I did a lot of comparisons and went the SnugTop because it was beefier than the Leer, had more reinforcement to the corners, the top was more solid when you'd bang on it...and I even sat on the roof of one they had as a floor sample, the lip comes about 3 inches over the top of the tailgate for more security (if any camper shell is really secure), has the light inside that comes on when you open the door. I also noted that the hinges are totally concealed inside the rear window, and there is no metal framing around the edges that can crack with age and wear. The fit is so tight that you can't even see the latches on each side that twist handle unlocks.
These new camper shells are installed with special clips that fit under the rail so you don't see them and require no drilling so you don't have to worry about rust or drilling holes into your bed rail. The ouch part is that because of the special order with the folding window, pet screens etc, it came to around $2500 installed. That's a bit pricey for a shell, but what the hell, this is my last vehicle and I need something secure for the dogs.