I have a 12YO Ranger with the extended cab and four doors. There's
never been anyone in the back "seats" but I would never buy a standard
cab. I carry lots of stuff back there, locked and out of sight. We've
taken it on many trips (it's last will probably this spring) and we
travel with the suitcases back there.
What I don't understand are caps and covers, particularly the solid
ones. If you want a station wagon, buy a station wagon. ;-)
You'll need a can opener to get the top off if you want to haul something
tall. At least with the caps and covers (caps maybe not so much) you can
remove them with a reasonable amount of hassle.
The snap fabric covers make a lot of sense to me for a truck bed, the
other covers not so much.
Only the one "townie" SB has 3-doors w/ the relatively small seats in
back (the other "real" work trucks are straight 2D conventional cabs).
If had crews, etc., that would be a whole different thing but since
don't I'll trade the bed for the cab and keep the shorter wheelbase for
I've got a conventional molded topper on the SB; it's dressy for town
and while not terribly secure it is dry yet provides decent height for
more bulky stuff. We took it to West Coast (OR/WA) when daughter had
moved w/ a rear full of boxes of her stuff from TN house and three.
Comfortable enough if not luxurious in rear for us given none of us are
10 minutes will take the cap off my Ranger. About half an hour to put
it back on..
With a hard toneau, about 3 minutes off, and about the same back on.
The snap-op toneau I had on my '57 Fargo Custom came off in about a
minute - went on in about 3 if it was warm and dry - forget about it
if it was cold and/or damp. It was made of convertible top material
and fit like a drum-skin.
Some bicycle hooks (or similar) and pulleys from the garage ceiling make
short work of it--can do the cab-height hardtop shell on the SB by self
<20 minutes and drive out from under it...reverse to replace.
Some years ago I bought a used full size 86 Chevy that had a Leer cap
on the bed. I was able to remove and install it myself in about 10 or
15 minutes by using a pair of 2X4s as ramps to slide it off the bed
sides and onto the ground, and vise versa. As I recall only 4 bolts
and nuts held it on, one at each corner. This was a pretty simply made,
very basic bed topper, I'm sure that there are others that are too heavy
to be done this way by a single person.
Often wrong, never in doubt.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf. lonestar. org
On Sun, 10 Feb 2013 17:08:30 -0800, "Lew Hodgett"
I'm confused. $5-$6/gallon gas will speed up the process of placing a
cap on a PU? Building a garage? Making sure there are two chickens
in every garage?
Oh, and I'm quite sure that Obama will get it at *least* that high,
which will make you giddy, I'm sure. I just don't see how it's
relevant to hanging a truck cap from a garage ceiling or the statement
that it's hard if there is no garage. Please elaborate.
On 2/10/2013 8:18 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
What I think is funny is that the liberal push to small high gas mileage
cars it the 1970 caused the creation of the mini van, SUV and the two
seat pickup trucks. Today the SUV is one of the most hated cars on the
high highway. Just the other day a rogue SUV carried its owner in front
of a semi and killed its occupant, and caused a multi vehicle pile up in
I don't think it is the SUV that people hate, but they seem to attract
a higher percentage of idiot drivers than other vehicles. It is as if
once you are in an SUV, the rules of the road and laws of physics no
longer apply to you.
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