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Old 06-01-2009, 09:41 AM
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Who has a shell?

Most of the pictures I see are of trucks without shells.

I have always run a shell for day to day driving, as well as camping. I like a semi protected place to put the bicycle and camping gear when on the road.

I have 2 questions, first, what shell doyou have? Do you have pictures? I would love to get to a short list on these before I start shopping.

Second, have yu worked out a way to easily remove it? I have always taken mine off a couple times a year for various jobs, but it was a lot different with a Dakota than a long bed F250. I am thining of building some kind of hoist.

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Old 06-01-2009, 09:57 AM
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Shells

I have a Leer Expedition model on my 2006 F-350 6.0 with full bed. I place my kayaks on top for transport and store my gear inside the shell. Works great. Tried camping out of it, getting too old for that. I ordered mine from the Leer factory, if I had it to do all over again I think I would order the tail gate lift window with the full metal frame and window handles on left and right. Sorry no pics.

If you get a shell, get one that has a liner on the inside roof, eliminates condensation when sleeping in it, also looks real nice.
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:13 PM
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Lol, I had a basic little jason topper. I think it was the pace series, not very nice but it did keep my tools out of my cab.

That thing was extremely heavy too. The truck actually rides quite a bit rougher now. As for sleeping in it, I only did it twice (in one weeked), it got down to 2 degrees both nights and I was sleeping (or atleast trying) on air mattresses. I woke up with frost on the windows.

That is all the experience I have had with it. I cant imagine that will help with anything, but I am bored out of my mind.
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Old 06-04-2009, 03:24 AM
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Lol, I had a basic little jason topper. I think it was the pace series, not very nice but it did keep my tools out of my cab.

That thing was extremely heavy too. The truck actually rides quite a bit rougher now. As for sleeping in it, I only did it twice (in one weeked), it got down to 2 degrees both nights and I was sleeping (or atleast trying) on air mattresses. I woke up with frost on the windows.

That is all the experience I have had with it. I cant imagine that will help with anything, but I am bored out of my mind.
I see you are in Castle Rock. It is funny, the last time I slept under the shell in my last truck was at the fair grounds at Castle Rock about a year ago. That one had a little 1 - 2 inch "sky light" on the front that had taken a rock, and little did I know until it started to rain that it leaked! No ice, but it was still not the best night I ever had.
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shooda slept in the cab haha
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Old 06-04-2009, 04:19 AM
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i have a raider cap. but i think they are only available in canada as they are built here. i love it. it is a nomad 2 cap. follows the lines of the truck to a t. that is why i chose this model.
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Old 06-04-2009, 05:26 AM
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We bought a Leer 100XQ with the Thule racks for our move to Alaska to FLorida.
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Old 06-04-2009, 05:50 AM
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I have a leer. I don't know what model it is



I've been pretty happy with it but I do have two complaints. The two separate handles on the lift up window are a real pain. I don't know what the point of that is but it's darn inconvenient. the other problem was the stupid third brake light was mounted on the inside of the lift up window and I was always digging up my back on it. I glassed in an LED third brake light above the window to fix that issue. I don't have any picks of that mod.

While I really prefer the looks of the truck without the shell I leave it on all the time.

Years ago my father in law had a pulley system in his garage for lifting the shell of his truck. that worked pretty well.
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