So, I am in the market for a cap for my dc shortbed. I am back and forth between the fiberglass and the aluminum cap.
As of now I have learned the aluminum is a few bucks cheaper than the fiberglass ( depending on make and model it seems like it is in the 200 dollar range ). However once I start adding windows and such to get the aluminum the way I want it it ends up around the same price as a base model fiberglass ( 850-1000 ). Basically what I want i cap for is:
1 ) Protect hunting/work gear
2 ) Dry space for gear, groceries, tools
In addition to the storing of gear and keeping it out of the weather, I also will be in the market for a ladder rack. I was considering the Surefit/Rack It Tacoma rack.
But had considered just going with a few bars on the cap and over the cab. My hauling needs are generally light ( small amounts of lumber never more than a few hundred pounds ) but I love the look of the Sureffit and its probably better to have the capacity and not need it all the time than need it and not ever have it. Also, by the time I purchases load bars for the cap and cab I am approaching the cost of the Surefit rack ( not quite but close ).
So...if I go with the Surefit I need a non-skirted cap. Which I am pretty sure most of the aluminum is and from what I have been told almost all fiberglass is available non-skirted. It seems like the big issue is looks and weight.
Looks I am not terribly concerned about, but weight could be an issue. Any thoughts on weight differences or other pros/cons of fiberglass vs. aluminum?