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#1 BCF

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:03 AM

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Don't know if you guys have ever seen these. I saw one on the road yesterday and it got my attention. I thought it looked real nice.

I have been wanting a camper shell to sleep in mainly and to store stuff, but I also ride dirt-bikes and kayak a lot, so this looks like a good solution since you can just fold it down and out of the way, or remove it quick and easy.

My only problem is it costs over $700 with a protective cover, and that seems like a lot for some canvas and aluminum tubing. I'm also concerned with how long the canvas would last.

Anyhow, thought you guys might like to see this. I never had a shell on any truck I've owned. I've been contemplating getting one for over a year. I'm slow to make purchases but thinking I should just pull the trigger.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:26 AM

They are fantastic products. A lot of folks in my wheeling club have them on their Tacomas. A few also on Dodge Rams. They truly are worth every penny and not a shoddy product. Also, if you're lucky and not in a hurry, you can sometimes find them used for half(ish) price.
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 02:20 PM

Years ago I was looking into getting a Can-Back top. They are sturdier than that one (can put a rack on top of them), but dont fold out of the way. The Can-Back was only about $800 when I was looking at them, now they are $1200+
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:33 PM

Years ago, the canvas "shells' were all we had. This is a lot of years ago, like 50 or so. they were great. i hve the hard top now and it's great, but as your ad says, it's difficult to remove like if I want to transort my ATV. I didn't know they still made these soft tops so I may have to look into one. Thanks for posting it.
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 05:29 PM

That brings back memories Braz. My dad with the little help I provided built our camper shell for our 53 Chevy pickup. He made it out of plywood and we covered it in fiberglass. That was just over 50 years ago and I thought it was so cool!

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 05:32 PM

Why not just get one of those tents for the back of the truck, those are a lot cheaper and no more of a PITA than that thing.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 06:01 PM

When we had the get together in the deseret a few years ago, Bruce had one. Looked pretty nice actually.
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 06:10 PM

and to store stuff,


You dont want to store anything of any value in the back of your truck. A canvas top is not the most secure way of storing things.
Those truck bed tents like Ron mentioned are pretty cool
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:15 PM

Yeah, I was also looking into those tents too. Never tried one. Are they as fast and easy to setup and put away? If they are, then maybe that would be a good option. I'm looking for a way to set up quick, sleep, then take off early in the morning without leaving a trace at camp. In the summer, it's no big deal. I just sleep on the ground without a tent and I'm fine. I'm going soft or something, because I don't like freezing anymore in the winter.

I wasn't planning on storing valuables in there for long periods, just mainly camping stuff- but heck, the shell itself is pretty valuable and probably real easy to steal.

I'd definitely rather have a hard shell, but since I use my truck often and need it without a shell for transporting dirtbikes and kayaks, this looks like a possible winner. Glad to hear the feedback that they work well. Thanks.

Hey Dave- it's pretty expensive, but the same company also offers a rack that goes over the canvas shell that looks pretty sturdy. They also sell a tent you can mount on top. Anyhow, this thing is really just something I am looking into for when I hunt alone which is somewhat often. When I go with my son, I always make a nice camp with tent, table, easy-up etc...people would think I bring too much! But, he really enjoys the camping experience, probably more than the hunting, actually.

Still thinking about it. For the money, I could probably get a used hard shell, AND a small trailer for hauling dirtbikes and kayaks.

P.S. I bought a folding camp cot at Walmart yesterday for $50. It's really nice, and damn comfy.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:28 PM

Still thinking about it. For the money, I could probably get a used hard shell, AND a small trailer for hauling dirtbikes and kayaks.

P.S. I bought a folding camp cot at Walmart yesterday for $50. It's really nice, and damn comfy.


Hard shell and a dirtbike trailer might be the way to go. Kayaks can go on top of the shell.
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:20 AM

Cots are great. Get you off the damp ground. but Remember , they let the air under you so you will get cold from below. Get a pad to put ont he cot to block the cold from coming up from under you. Or lots of newspapers work too.
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:55 AM

Cots are great. Get you off the damp ground. but Remember , they let the air under you so you will get cold from below. Get a pad to put ont he cot to block the cold from coming up from under you. Or lots of newspapers work too.


If BCF got the same one I did, then it comes with a pad. I have slept just fine on a 30deg night with a good sleeping bag on this cot
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