Re: Ridgeline toppers
First off, my searches on ARE (or A.R.E.) didn't turn up anything...
Secondly, I like the looks of the Leer better; however, I'm in the process of ordering an A.R.E. because there's no guess work when fitting (they remove the two front, top tie down hooks lay the topper on the truck and replace the old bolts with longer ones through the hooks through the camper and into the truck. In the back, they also remove another bolt and replace with longer bolt again holding the camper on. Of course they have to push the top down to get the holes to line up. Finally, they cut part of your rain channel on the roof and seal it up somehow to prevent water leakage. So, I don't know about taking it off and on.
I'm steering away from the Leer, although I like its looks better, because, as I understand it, they need to align it and tighten it down with J-hooks. There is no guarentee it'll be installed as designed or will ever be. I've read plenty of threads about water getting through and that's my #1 enemy. It also appears that it doesn't come over the truck some like the A.R.E. If you look at two pictures side by side of them, you'll see what I'm talking about. It seems like the Leer sits ontop of the truck where the A.R.E. appears to sit ontop and around the truck (near the cab). This is another reason I feel A.R.E. will seal better.
I went in saw one in person today and feel it good quality. I'm ordering one....probably tomorrow. After I get it, I plan on taking pictures and doing a review for the board.