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Softopper visibility with double cab?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by szcz202, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. szcz202

    szcz202 [OP] New Member

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    Hey all, I just bought a double cab Tacoma and am strongly considering the softopper. The only thing that I'm concerned about is the top severely restricting visibility when backing and on the highway. Last thing I need with a new truck is a fender bender at the grocery store.
    Anyone have any experience here? Should I be concerned?
     
  2. Logically Insane

    Logically Insane Well-Known Member

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    Do you have the backup camera?
    Anyways, I never liked the toppers.. They always seemed to get in the way of everything, from driving to putting things in the bed.. My opinion of course..
     
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    brettb Well-Known Member

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    Im assuming he is getting the one you can take down in 5 minutes so he would probably just use it during times its needed.
     
  4. Logically Insane

    Logically Insane Well-Known Member

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    That would explain the Soft topper bit aye?
    I think my girls blonde hair is rubbing off on me..
     
  5. szcz202

    szcz202 [OP] New Member

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    I do have the camera. I think the plan would be to leave the top up most of the time, only folding it up when getting a load of mulch or hauling something tall.
    Tough decision here.
     
  6. drive.n.surf

    drive.n.surf Well-Known Member

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    I have a Softopper and it does restrict visibility when backing up. I don't have a rear view camera, I just use my rear and side mirrors and back up carefully. I only have my Softopper installed when I use it, otherwise it gets packed away and sits in my house. Setting up and taking it down is so easy, you don't have to keep it on your truck if visibility is a concern.
     
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    I found the Bestop made it hard to see out the back right. I know it isn't the same brand as the one you are considering, but it is a soft top. You just have to be careful when on the highway and going one lane to the right.

    FWIW, I found visibility improved greatly when I went to a fiberglass top.
     
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    HDFD10 Well-Known Member

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    I have a best top soft top and love it! Dont think visibilty has diminished much at all. Acutally i was surprised how good it was. I planned to not keep mine up much, only while camping and such but i have yet to take it down.
     
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