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RSI Smart Cap

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by microsnook, Aug 4, 2020.

  1. Sep 23, 2020 at 2:51 PM
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    e6400ultra

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    Look on the bright side, the tailgate spoiler can still do its job.
     
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  2. Sep 23, 2020 at 3:16 PM
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    I think it's a fair question as far as the length goes.

    I won't miss the 4" of extra space on top of my tailgate inside the cap tho. I know how much gear I usually haul and was close to going with a DiamondBack tonneau- but the idea of having just a bit more room to fudge, or throw that extra piece of gear you probably won't need, as well as to shelter up if need be, appealed to me.
    I will say that the modern fiberglass units like you've shown don't appeal to me for a number of reasons. I've had different fiberglass shells on different trucks over the years and prefer the older style without the drip edges. Also- a steel cap has so many advantages- I bought a truck and not a 4 runner for a reason as I wanted a cap I could take on and off easily and leave on the garage floor, maybe even my gravel drive or the forest floor. Leave it there for a week, a month, nothings gonna hurt this thing, it's bomb proof, and weighs less than 180lbs, and being modular you potentially could replace single panels if needed (no idea if this is something RSI would do, but it is possible). Yes you might have to replace the gasket here and there- get a blanket and roll it onto it's back, I won't be getting any cracks in my cap with this one. The RLD is probably even stronger this way, but I like windows, and internal hinges, and I'm not sure the drip edge on that RLD will actually do much to divert water (but yes they did a better job with fit). Magnets go a long way for lighting too, blah blah...

    Doesn't change the fact the cap could be longer... but all in all I think the RSI has clear advantages for my purposes. Don't know if I convinced you, but I feel better for having preordered an unseen/ untested product (haha! I told myself I not to be hasty but I didn't listen). But even knowing what I know now it would still be down to RLD or RSI (no more fiberglass) with RSI having the slight edge...
     
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  3. Sep 23, 2020 at 4:06 PM
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    You can get windows on the RLD (mine is on order)!and the drip edge does keep all water running off the canopy from hitting the bed rails. It looks like the water coming off the RSI cap will run down and right on top of the rails. When this occurs what happens when it freezes? Looks like water can also get under the edge before it hits the gasket. When water gets on the rails and it freezes and expands, can’t this possibly create a problem? I think that’s why all other canopies have a design to keep water from hitting the rails and possibly getting under the edge of the canopy and freeze (also can help to keep water out of the bed). But I could be wrong. Also kind of nice not to have ice build up on the top of the tailgate. If this happens on the RSI which it looks like it will with so much of the top of the tailgate exposed, then how are you going to be able to open the rear door of the cap? I guess if you live where it doesn’t freeze then none of this matters anyways.

    As long as your happy with the your canopy that’s all that really matters. There’s pluses and minuses in every design. Was just trying to point out a few things that I saw with the RSI that would be a concern of mine after owning several other brands of canopies.
     
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  4. Sep 23, 2020 at 4:20 PM
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    You're not wrong man- while I didn't have trouble with my older fiberglass caps with no drip edge on the sides, it doesn't mean it won't happen, particularly in more northern states. And the tailgate on this RSI... yup, might be a real problem, wish it was longer. Both RSI and RLD cap latch mechanisms are likely to freeze up too. It does snow and freeze here in the high desert of AZ.
    Ah well...
     
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  5. Sep 23, 2020 at 4:42 PM
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    Yeah I had an Alu-Cab before I got the RLD with basically the same latches and did have problems with them. Sprayed my RLD latches when I got them and didn’t have any issues with them this past winter. But good point though. Anyone with an RSI cap that lives anywhere where it freezes should definitely treat your latches with something or there’s a good chance you won’t be opening them come winter.
     
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  6. Sep 23, 2020 at 6:58 PM
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    All canopies have there pros and cons. I think people are mostly happy with what they have but still see some improvements that could be made. I don’t think the RLD owners are going to convert RSi owners or viceversa. Different strokes for different folks. I’m happy to see more competition with these “alternative” canopies. No need for anyone to get offended or defensive. Who wants in on my new canopy line...the Rldsi? :rofl:
     
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  7. Sep 23, 2020 at 7:04 PM
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    @GladiatorNOT what did you treat your latches with...asking for a friend lol
     
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  8. Sep 23, 2020 at 7:18 PM
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    Thanks Acupunk.... Im right at that height without a dropper so it may work out just fine. Ordered the RSI about an hour ago for a 6'!
     
  9. Sep 23, 2020 at 8:10 PM
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  10. Sep 25, 2020 at 9:43 AM
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    Just got the long bed rsi cap on. Lots to love but I hate that they used the same window for short and long beds.

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    @J2K2Tacoma it does seem a little odd looking but as long as you’re happy that’s all that matters :thumbsup:
     
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  12. Sep 25, 2020 at 11:03 AM
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    Seems like it fits a little better (more tailgate coverage while being pushed close to the cab) than the short bed version. I don't really care for that rear 3/4 angle but I like it otherwise.
     
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    @J2K2Tacoma Definitely a better fit then the shortbed- looks good. Really emphasizes how much more room there is in the long bed.
     
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    The long bed version looks great. The doors look fine.

    ...Man, oh man, do folks like to complain about aesthetics on this forum. :rofl:
     
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    I agree that it looks great, for me it is more about having more access to the bed. Based on everything I read about the cap I was expecting to have atleast a similar size to the windoors on the ARE or the LEER long bed canopies. Granted I bought having never actually seen a long bed version of the cap, so that is on me.
     
  16. Sep 25, 2020 at 3:07 PM
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    It’s the same setup they use on the long bed versions already on the market for full size trucks like the F150.
     
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    Man those Tradesmans are nice. :anonymous:

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    Stupid question: is tradesman the actual model name or?
     
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    Hah, not a stupid question. Tradesman is the model name. The company is Access Mfg. Of course their website is http://tradesmantrucktops.com/ just to confuse it even more.

    Edit: sorry to derail this thread :rofl:
     
  20. Sep 25, 2020 at 3:47 PM
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    Cool. Thanks. Not derailed. I'm cross-shopping.
     

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