If you want a cap, you might be able to find one light enough to remove & replace yourself. I had one on my Chevy years ago that I would get under it like a turtle and push up with my back and walk it down to the end, and then I could tilt it down & remove it, then reverse the process to put it back on. On my G1 RL I had a heavier cap and I never removed it. I really liked all that room inside the cap, but with my G2 I went with a tonneau because I also did not like the obstructed rear/side vision, partly for safety and partly for pleasure--it is just nicer to be able to see all around you when driving in the beautiful countryside. Since the RL bed is so shallow though, you are quite restricted in what you can carry under a tonneau.I am looking at tonneau covers, and looking for some advice. After a fair amount of research, it seems like the Lomax is a good fit for me because of how easy it is to remove, it is pretty watertight, and it preserves bed height under the cover.
But what I am struggling with is that while 80-90% of the time a tonneau will be perfectly fine for my needs, there are times where I may need more useable covered space than a tonneau, which has made me consider a cap. We often go camping or on long road trips where I likely can't fit all my gear under the tonneau or inside the cab. I often bring kayaks, mountain bikes, skis, or other outdoor gear (in addition to camping gear) so all that stuff adds up.
I don't really like the idea of having a hardshell cap on my truck permanently/100% of the time, especially if it is heavy and requires 2 people to remove. My wife has back issues and I don't want her to have to help me install/remove on a whim. I also don't like the idea of having more obstructed rear/side vision all the time. Outside of the bigger trips we take, the tonneau makes much more sense day to day and week to week.
As far as needing more space than a tonneau for covered loads, I think security is a lesser (although still somewhat existent) concern than protection from weather. Something better than just throwing a tarp over things is what I'm thinking of. I've considered using the OEM cargo net but I don't know how compatible it is with the Lomax (or other similar tonneaus) installed. And it won't offer weather protection.
So I'm looking at a few different potential options:
Thanks in advance for your help.
- I could get a Lomax tonneau (or similar) and due to its ease of removal, remove when needed to put on a lightweight (soft) cap that is fairly easy to install/remove only when I need it? What soft/light cap products might I consider? The only ones I see are Softopper and Fas-top (more on that one next) - so does anyone have experience with the Softopper? Would it be compatible with the Lomax rails which stay in place when the cover is off?
- I could get a Fas-top, which converts from tonneau to soft cap and that would mean no need for the Lomax. I'm not sure if the tonneau will be as roomy underneath or as nice as the Lomax though. Does anyone have experience with this or know of any similar products?
- Is there any other product (or combination of products) that I may want to consider here? I'm open to suggestions.
Another option to consider is the Diamondback tonneau. You can carry a lot on top of it. I think the regular one is rated for 400 lbs. but you could probably do more if it were distributed properly. Or you can get the HD version and carry even more weight on top, including an ATV if you want. It comes with 4 cleats on top, but it doesn't cost much more to add 2 or 4 more cleats (I probably would have ordered it with 8 cleats if I had known of that option.
I was disappointed in the Fas-top website. They couldn't even be bothered to put a video on there to show how it works, and they dodged the question about security.