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Shell shopping ughhhhh

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by grundletaint, Jun 17, 2015.

  1. Jun 17, 2015 at 6:15 AM
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    grundletaint

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    with a newborn and 2 dogs it's time to expand my truck's cargo capabilities. I'm torn between the ARE x series, Snugtop rebel, or ExtraVision.


    The dealer says Snugtop has shoddy customer service so if parts are needed it's kind of a PITA. And the lead time is 5-6 weeks vs 2-3 for ARE.

    The rebel and X-series are about the same price BUT the XV is a last minute contender mainly because it has larger windows and sliding/removable screens which will be a huge bonus for my dogs. Additionally, Snugtop has the gas prop front window so you can raise it and leave it open rather than folded down and flopping around. And the XV is ~$600 more than the rebel...

    I think I'm leaning towards Snugtop so can anyone vouch for them? I know the quality is there but the salesman kinda spooked me. The cost isn't holding me up really but I want to be sure I'm gonna be happy if I have to wait 6 weeks.
     
  2. Jun 17, 2015 at 7:17 PM
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    Bought a SnugTop XTR from Fearless 4wd in Redding about 6 months ago. No issues with the shell and what little I had to deal with the MFG was a non-issue. Just get a dealer that will work with you and all should be good. I drove 250 miles each way to get mine in Redding as Delbert was willing to do everything to get it set up the way I wanted and make it a no hassles deal. Took a while to get the top as it was the first Inferno one that Snug Top had done, but they took their time and got it right color wise. Delbert then pulled some top rails off an XTR and had them powder coated black so they would match my truck (stock is silver). The folks in Redding also had the best pricing so other than the time, I saved about the cost of the gas to drive up there and back...was worth the trip.


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  3. Jun 18, 2015 at 5:24 AM
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    Looks good. I think Snugtop is the way to go because of the flip-up front window. Hopefully will be a smooth journey.
     
  4. Jun 18, 2015 at 5:27 AM
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    Mike

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    yep bank account is running low from it..
    I have a ARE on the tundra and leer on my tacoma. IMO the ARE is better. Leer is ok i will l leave it there.
     
  5. Jun 18, 2015 at 9:07 PM
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    Ive got a Leer 100XR I'm trying to get rid of. Its black and fits a 6.5' bed on an 07-13. I know it wasn't one of your choices but I thought I'd offer it. It starts at $1650 and has a few extras that I haven't looked into much but I think new it could be around $2500.
     
  6. Jun 19, 2015 at 5:52 AM
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    Can't speak to Snugtop, but I had a commercial-grade Leer on my Tacoma that I liked a lot. Regardless of which brand you go with, DEFINITELY get the hinged/removable front window.
     
  7. Jun 19, 2015 at 6:27 AM
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    The Leer has one...
     
  8. Jun 19, 2015 at 8:52 AM
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    Good deal but I have a short bed. Thanks for the offer.
     
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  9. Jun 19, 2015 at 1:59 PM
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    Blue14Crewmax

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    We went with the ARE V series with Yakima rack, wired light, dog screens, hinged front glass and aux AC/DC.

    Rack was expensive addition but we love the look and thought of throwing kayaks or canoes up there.

    In Sac, CA, the ARE was significantly less expensive than LEER or Snugtop.
     
  10. Jun 20, 2015 at 2:21 PM
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    Ended up going with a snugtop XtraVision today.

    Deciding factor was the sliding/removable side screens and the fact the front window has hydraulics and can flip up into place so I can roll down my crewmax window for the dogs. Free Yakima rails coupon this month, too.
     
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