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tonneau vs. cap

i have a single cab '09 ranger and want something to increase my dry storage capacity.
my first choice for a tonneau is the solid fold by extang. i know it's pretty expensive but i've seen them in action and they are worth it.
does anyone have any insight into or experience with a cap instead of a tonneau?
if you have pictures of a single cab ranger with a cap i'd appreciate seeing them.
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What are you looking to store? Big items of small items? This is all a matter of opinion. I like caps on certain trucks. But I also had a tonneau on my regular cab.
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miscellaneous items. skis/snowboards, luggage, tools, anything i don't want cluttering the cab but want to keep dry.
just weighing the cost vs. practicality of both options.
was planning on getting a tonneau but then thought of building a sleeping platform (why the thought of a cap had crossed my mind, being a more sturdy shelter than a tent).
just wondering what a cap on a single cab looks like since i've never seen one.
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From what you want to haul, get a tonneau cover.

Don't worry about the mileage difference. You won't gain any MPG's
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To be honest with both my cap and my fiberglass cover i get worse mileage than with the bed open.

I really like the cap because of the space i get from it and i actually like rangers with caps on. The biggest downside of it is the lack of visibility. I actually ran into a 5th wheel camper because i couldnt see out of the back. Its worse since i have a tinted rear window and the windows on the cap are tinted.

With the cover i noticed better mileage than the cap but not better than with the bed open. If you do get a cover I really suggest a hard one. Its nice being able to put stuff on top of the cover andyou could mount a yakima or thule rack to carry bikes/snowboards.

I think its all in personal preference really.
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On two highway trips with my truck, laden with two people totaling 400lbs, plus gear another 150lbs, I averaged 18.5 and 19.5 on the 500 mile trip. I'm a lead foot at times, and accelerate tough. We also drove with the windows down 80% of the time.

I've got an extended cab, but if you get the right topper it shouldn't look much different.


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i would look into any trifold tonneau cover. it can be folded up for larger items. and should still lock to keep things safe. i have a fiberglass cover. and its SO heavy and horrible for carrying anything of any size..(couldnt even carry 4 wheels with tires on them had to have the cover all they way lifted up)
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i've got a roll up tonneau and i prefer it over the cap. it's easier to take this off if i need to put larger items in the bed. it's also folded up in my apartment whereas a cap would have to be stored outside or at my rent's place.

if you are just covering up smaller items such as tools, snowboards (i do this also). i also put a pop lock on my tailgate. it doesn't matter since the tonneau is fabric and can be opened or torn/cut up. but it does help with piece of mind.
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Its nice being able to put stuff on top of the cover andyou could mount a yakima or thule rack to carry bikes/snowboards.
my next question was about carrying my bike around.
is there actually a system that carrys bikes on top of a tonneau cover?
obviously i will be getting a hard, tri fold design. like i said, solid fold by extang is the cream of the crop.
i was always leaning toward a tonneau but wanted to see what the options were before i dropped a few hundred bucks on something.
thanks for all the input.
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I looked at tonneaus and picked the same one you are mentioning, the extang solid fold. I have a shell on the truck now (it came that way, cheap aluminum shell, yuck). Like the look of the truck with a tonneau. Gotta way a month to save up the $$$
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why not just get a hitch mount bike carrier? (well i guess i should ask, bicycle, or motorcycle)

and morris, the way i look at it, everything you do that makes stuff harder to steal weeds out a few lazy theives. there are thieves who go to great lengths, but a lot of them wont go to the trouble of breaking a window, less will cut a top, and anyone can just grab something out the back. the little things add up!
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true that.
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dang what size are those tires? truck looks good
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The extra weight in the bed with a cap would make a world of difference in the way the truck rides.
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Defiantly. I got my cap mid winter and I noticed a increase in traction with the cap
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i've found a good price on the hardfold tonneau and am pretty sure i'm going for that option.
is there an upright bike (mountain bike, not motorcycle) mounting system for the top of a hard tonneau cover? i've looked at most of the major brands (thule, yakima) and can't see anything suitable on their sites.
i don't want a tailgate rack because it would be in the way if i was trying to open the tailgate, no?
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well if its a hitch mount rack itd probably be in the way.
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they make the ones that you have to take the front tire off and the bike mounts to it with the forks.
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