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Cargo loads with cap on truck bed?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by prerunner11, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. Feb 22, 2012 at 1:04 PM
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    prerunner11

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    I'm looking at purchasing a cap for my truck (most likely the Leer XL). More importantly, the one reason holding me back from putting it on is the limit of my cargo load.

    A basic example is: Would I still be able to fit a couch in the bed of my double cab short bed with the cap on? Washing machine/dryer? etc...

    Any experience with this? I've carried a lot in my bed and don't recall the cargo going over the top of the cabin height, but I realize the cap angles may limit me.
     
  2. Feb 22, 2012 at 1:29 PM
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    Pugga

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    Short answer, you're purchasing a bed cover so yes, you will be limited on what you can use the bed of your truck for once installed. I'm not going to give you a list of what will/won't fit because, well it depends. The loading/unloading can be a bit more difficult with large, bulky items as well as head height concerns. The mid-rise shells are nice because you get that extra couple inches of headroom for bigger, bulkier items but aren't as sleek looking. Also, just because it won't sit higher than the cab doesn't necessarily mean it'll fit under a shell. The window opening is a little bit lower than the cab height.
     
  3. Feb 22, 2012 at 1:35 PM
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    Reasons like this I went with a folding tonneau, 2 minutes to take it off and stow it behind my seat, and 5 minutes to put it back on. Or just fold it back and secure it with the clips, that's how I carry the dogs around in it.
     
  4. Feb 22, 2012 at 1:40 PM
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    So far I've added an Advance folding bed cover and since removed it. Gave it to my son in Maine, he has an 05 2wd. GT perfect fit seat covers. Weathertech floor mats and window vent visors. Waag center brush/grill guard. Hose clamp tailgate mod. Turned off the seat belt chime. Added Ultra-Gauge. Trailer hitch. Softopper. Replaced sun visors with slide out style. Toyota bed extender. Had Firestone Destinations and now Michelin LTX AT2 in stock size. More mods to come; Fog lights, locking storage in bed, intermittent wipers. Now looking for Radio/HU upgrade. and maybe a lift way down the road.
    Had a cap/shell on a GMC I had long ago. last cap I ever had. Busted out the back window loading a small lawn tractor. The steering wheel just caught the window and I had glass everywhere.
    I have a folding cover and I'm seriously considering going with just a tool box and getting rid of the cover.
     
  5. Feb 22, 2012 at 1:43 PM
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    I bought my Taco with a cap on it - which I wanted, for a place to put the dog during the wet times and/or when I actually fill up the cab and need a place to put... whatever else.

    As it ends up, the dog gets the cab and whatever else goes under the cap... always.

    As for being able to tote around couches and washing machines - I took the cap off last spring when the wet weather had mostly passed. And it ended up that's when I moved anything large as well.

    If it's any help, I had similar concerns when first thinking about getting a cap after getting the truck, and I have yet to run into an issue.
     
  6. Feb 22, 2012 at 1:58 PM
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    I bought the commercial version of the Leer 100R cap , the 100RCC

    It has a 400 lb rating for the reinforced roof and roof rack .

    I don't always haul couches and washing machines ....but when I do , I haul them on the roof .
     
  7. Feb 22, 2012 at 2:06 PM
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    I like having a cap on my trucks to keep my hunting and camping gear dry.
    I have a couple of trailers I use If i ever have to haul items to large to fit in the truck with the cap.
     
  8. Feb 22, 2012 at 2:08 PM
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    They're pretty easy to take on and off if you have one other person to help, and a place to put it. It's really just 4 clamps holding it to the bed, and disconnecting the wires for the 3rd brake light. Shouldn't take more than 15-20 minutes either way.
     
  9. Feb 26, 2012 at 1:41 PM
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    Thanks for everyone's responses. I ended up buying a softopper cap for my truck. For me, it's the best of both worlds. It doesn't look as sleek as a hard cap or folding/rolling cover but it's very functional for what I need.
     
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