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Old 11-25-2012, 09:55 AM   #161
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So do you! I want to build a truck similar to yours for my son when he starts getting a little bit older.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:23 AM   #162
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So do you! I want to build a truck similar to yours for my son when he starts getting a little bit older.
Thanks, he would be a lucky boy! I almost didn't build my truck. I almost wound up with an 08 white taco. Xtra cab manual, charged with the locker a d sport hood. I backed out last minute and sunk the money (and then some) in my 87.

Still would like one for a daily
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:30 AM   #163
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Alright, so i just read through 9 pages of nothing but good words about the soft topper.

I'm looking to get one for my 2010 Access cab but the only question to you owners is this....


The only thing i am worried about is waking up one morning in Tahoe and seeing 3 feet of Sierra cement (Heavy tahoe snow) crushing the frame like a soda can.

Does anyone have any experience with just how much these things can hold?
I know ideally i would put the top down if i knew it was going to dump a few feet of snow but like we all know sometimes things dont go as planned.

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Old 11-26-2012, 12:58 AM   #164
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I can say that the structure is strong, but "strong enough" is harder to define. I think you'll need to determine the average weight of a cubic foot of "heavy Tahoe snow", and find out what the good folks at Softopper say is the maximum weight the top can support. They recommend that you "clean it off before there is too much accumulation."

If you're really concerned about having three feet of wet snow on it, this may not be the topper for you.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:20 AM   #165
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They are strong but I'd say 3 feet of snow may be too much. I know they have kits to mount racks on top so you may look in to that. I have had a foot maybe two on my old soft topper with no issues but it wasn't super damp snow. My truck rarely sits out but a few times I had it at work and forgot a scraper so had to drive home with it on top.
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:46 AM   #166
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Anyone have a solution for the small gaps at the front corners of the bed? Does everyone have these? Or do I need to stretch it forward more?
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:26 AM   #168
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I sold my truck and have a gray long bed topper available. PM me if you're interested.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:08 PM   #169
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Anyone have a solution for the small gaps at the front corners of the bed? Does everyone have these? Or do I need to stretch it forward more?
There is a small gap at each corner, I just live with it and have yet to get any water inside the bed while camping. IMO this is the ONLY area where a hard topper outperforms in that it is sealed.
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Old 10-12-2013, 07:42 AM   #170
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This seems to be the best thread for the soft topper so I'll ask my question here.

How much of the sliding bed rail system functionality is reduced with this thing installed?

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Old 10-12-2013, 08:34 AM   #171
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The middle of the side rail is blocked by the softopper frame. There is a flap of fabric that covers the rail behind the cab, but I unsnap the flap if I need to attach something, there is velcro that holds it to the top rail.
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Old 10-12-2013, 11:48 AM   #172
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This seems to be the best thread for the soft topper so I'll ask my question here.

How much of the sliding bed rail system functionality is reduced with this thing installed?

Thanks
Like Andy said. Some, but the rail system is still useable.

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Old 10-13-2013, 05:19 AM   #173
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I'm sold. That's not bad at all. Still plenty of places to tie down cargo.
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:43 AM   #174
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Add some D-rings to the forward bed bolts and you'll have plenty of options.
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Old 12-17-2013, 08:45 PM   #175
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Wore a Softopper on my 99 taco for over 5 years with no problems. Lots of camping in it in all weather conditions and nary a leak or problem with big snow. In hot weather the sides roll up for ventilation. The only thing it couldn't stand up to was that 2 ton delivery truck that destroyed my truck. One of the first additions to my new 2013 taco was another Softopper. Extremely versatile and tough. I love em.
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:18 PM   #176
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I actually found that it reduced drag a bit on my 99 and I gained a bit of MPG. Since the new one on my new 2013 sits "in" from the cab a bit I expect the same. Kind of like a boat-tail bullet effect.
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:40 PM   #177
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Mine works well
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:29 AM   #178
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hey everyone.

For a quick refresh and touch up, wash the topper thoroughly, let it dry completely.

Head to walmart, in the camping section they sell a heavy duty water proof spray, has an orange cap and is usually next to the 3m scotch guard.

Spray it really good, it'll "rewaterproof" it (not like it's needed but can't hurt) but it will really bring back the color and newness look. Great move for under 5.00.
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I actually found that it reduced drag a bit on my 99 and I gained a bit of MPG. Since the new one on my new 2013 sits "in" from the cab a bit I expect the same. Kind of like a boat-tail bullet effect.
Reduces drag? On my '99 and my '05 I saw/see a significant reduction in MPG.

On another topic: Who has filled the gap between the cab and front of the top? What did you use? I'm sick of digging the snow out of the gap and listening to the ice rattle against the window.
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Reduces drag? On my '99 and my '05 I saw/see a significant reduction in MPG.

On another topic: Who has filled the gap between the cab and front of the top? What did you use? I'm sick of digging the snow out of the gap and listening to the ice rattle against the window.
A wide enough piece of backer rod would work, or maybe a pool "noodle".

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