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I have a Leer truck cap on my 08 Ridgeline. Let's be honest here, neither the Leer or the ARE caps won any beauty contests glued atop the Ridgeline.

So my question, does anyone know when a truck cap will be available for the 2017? Will the design be improved so as not to overlap the roof of the truck cab like the old model?

With 2 kids and 2 dogs, the truck cap is a must for trips to hunting camp every weekend. Unfortunately, I will have to hold off buying a new ridge until they are available.
 

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I'd be surprised if you'll have answers to those questions until weeks or months after the truck is released. With the 2016 Taco, there was no question the caps would be available after the companies had time to measure the new truck and develop designs, because strong demand for Taco shells was virtually guaranteed. But almost six months later, some styles are only now becoming available for ordering, with delivery several weeks out. At least that's what two friends who bought new Tacos are telling me.

Demand for Gen2 RL toppers is unknown at this point. Leer and ARE will have to develop all-new cap designs for the truck, and are unlikely to produce them until they actually have orders in hand. I'll be watching this play out because, like you, I can't even consider the Gen2 until I know that a suitable topper will be available. Have you considered contacting Leer or ARE directly to ask what their plans are for the new truck?
 

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Yes, I've said it before, "I can't buy a Gen II until someone has a cap for it". It is required for the kind of work I do.
 

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I was somewhat gun shy about the first model year purchase anyway, so if anything, the lack of a cap will keep me from making an impulse buy when the gen2 first comes on the market. I could try living without it I guess, but I have found "sorry my truck has a cap on it" to be a great excuse for everyone in my family and friends network that wants me to help them move furniture or grab a load of mulch.

As far as design the gen2 looks like it has a trim piece around the back window that sticks out a bit. Curious if that could be removed to make a streamlined fit of the cap to match the roof-line of the cab. or perhaps the cap makers can make the fiberglass with some sort of dovetail design to slide under that trim piece.
 

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Here is the response from ARE on a 2017 Ridgeline cover:

Thanks for your interest in our products!! As of right now we are planning on releasing a tonneau cover, but I do not know which model of cover. If you can check back late spring I can update you on any information I have on the products we are planning to release for the Ridgeline.
 

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Here is the response from ARE on a 2017 Ridgeline cover:

Thanks for your interest in our products!! As of right now we are planning on releasing a tonneau cover, but I do not know which model of cover. If you can check back late spring I can update you on any information I have on the products we are planning to release for the Ridgeline.
That's ARE politely saying, not any time soon.
 

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Leer plans only a cap while ARE will make a cap and tonneau cover.

Reply from Leer: Because of the unique styling of the Honda Ridgeline truck model, we find it difficult to offer tonneau cover styling. Our Engineering Team is working on the mold for this new model, I expect it to be a cab-high design of canopy offered for this new truck.
 

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LEER will be releasing the 100XL and 100XR truck cap models for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline. Development and test fits were just completed and molds are shipping out to the manufacturing facilities this month. Dealers are able to take pre-orders now and the Truck Caps, Toppers and Camper Shells by LEER will be updated soon to reflect product images and information.

-LEER Girl
 

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In another thread, a poster talked about the problem of getting airflow through the bed with a topper that needs to be sealed against the rear of the unibody cab. Sealing the topper to the cab would prevent air from flowing over the roof of the cab and into the front slider window of a topper to help keep dogs cool inside the enclosed bed. Your only option is to open the cab's rear slider (assuming you have an RTL-E or a BE) to move some cabin air into the topper. But I'm wondering if Leer could solve that problem by designing a topper with a front lip that seals against the front of the bed just below the cab's back window. Then they could leave a 1-2" gap between the back window of the cab and the front window of the topper. I think that would be enough to get decent air flow into the bed through the front window of the topper at driving speeds over 30 mph.

Leer also offers rubber "boot seals" if you do want to seal your topper to the back of your cab, but because of the bed-to-cab flex of BOF trucks, those seals tend to "squirm" enough to eventually rub the paint off the cab in the area of contact. That's much less of a problem with the unibody RL, so with the above design, you'd have the option to seal or not to seal.

I think some toppers designed for the Gen1 (maybe Leer's?) sealed directly against the cab and were completely open in front. With that design, there's no way to allow outside air to flow into the cab except for the side windows. I hope they don't do that with the Gen2.
 

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I took a good look at a gen2 at the dealer lot 2day. I think Leer will have to remove the rear break light trim piece that goes all the way around the back window then have the cap meet up flush with the cab. If you have dogs on a hot day u will have to get the expensive model with the sliding window so air flow gets to the bed. That how we do it with our gen1
 

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I took a good look at a gen2 at the dealer lot 2day. I think Leer will have to remove the rear break light trim piece that goes all the way around the back window then have the cap meet up flush with the cab. If you have dogs on a hot day u will have to get the expensive model with the sliding window so air flow gets to the bed. That how we do it with our gen1
Back when my Dad got his first cap in the early 80s, there was a vent in the roof that you could open. I think it was a LEER and fit a standard Chevy half-ton. Don't know if they make them like that anymore, or if a roof vent could be an option....(maybe even a fourth-party, or DIY option).
 

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I had the same idea -- install a roof vent on the truck cap. You'd have to face it backwards so that the cover would not catch air and tear off. It would provide some flow- through ventilation but not nearly as well as a front slider. There's a 1-2" inch gap between the cabin and cap on my Ranger. Even at 35 mph, I can look back and see quite a breeze blowing on my dog's face and ears through the open slider on the front of the cap.
 

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I sent an email to A.R.E. a few days ago and got a reply this morning. I had asked specifically about the possibility of a 50/50 slider on the side windows for better airflow in the cap... I love my current A.R.E. cap, but if they don't have the 50/50 sliding windows as an option and LEER does, I'll go that way... if I decide to buy a Gen 2.

"We are planning on making the Z-Series for the 2017 Ridgeline. It is to my understanding the design of the truck is not like the old one and has more of a regular cab like a Ford, Chevy etc... If that is the case, there should be no problem getting the 1/2 sliders in the cap. Unfortunately I don't have a definite answer yet. We are hoping to release the Z-Series within the next 2 months.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Thank you,
Heather Angel
A.R.E.
Marketing Specialist"
 

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Here was my response.. we need more people to bug them about a tonneau top

Hello Trent,

At this time we do not have a date as to when the LSII or any lid will be available for the 2017 Ridgeline. We are in the process of making the Z-Series and it should be available within the next couple of months.

Sorry I couldn't be of more assistance to you.


Thank you,
Heather Angel
A.R.E.
Marketing Specialist
 

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I got this response from A.R.E. a few minutes ago:

"We are currently working on the Z-Series [cap] for the 2017 Ridgeline and hope to have it available within the next couple of months. As for a lid [tonneau], we will be working on the LSX, but we unfortunately don’t have any time-line on the lid yet."

I also got a response from Extang today. I believe they are the makers of the Honda tonneau. I asked them whether they would be selling direct and through their dealer network to 2017 Ridgeline owners and they answered in the strong affirmative. They didn't tell me which tonneaus from their wide range of models they might offer for the 2017 Ridgeline. My guess is their OEM deal on the Solid Fold 2.0 (that Honda tonneau) might prevent them from selling that. But they make other tonneaus, some of them much nicer.
 
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