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If you knew you were going to be toting thousands of dollars worth of stuff in the bed, would you choose a "camper shell", hard tonneau, rolling bed cover, or what? Any particular brand of one of these over another?
 

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It would depend on how much things you were planning to leave in your bed?

A hard tonneau cove maybe to small.
 

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i have a UWS tool box and a bunch of tools in it, you should look into a camper top or a tonneau cover
 

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Specifically, I'm talking about firearms and associated range supplies and/or RC cars and associated track supplies. Either one should fit under the bed rails.
 

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Camper top would cost more in most cases and since you said everything would be below the rails, a hard top tonneau, ex. undercover would work. Either route, I would advise installing an alarm, with a trigger on the tailgate and possibly the cover.
 

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I like hard tonneaus because the look good, don't inhibit visibility, and keep valuables hidden. However, the one that I had would have been pretty easy to break into using a screwdriver to push on the cable that released the latch. It's a mixed bag...as long as nobody sees you put valuables in the bed they won't be tempted to break in.
 

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With the firearms in there, I'd consider the rolling metal tops (think one is called Jackrabbit). Reduces your carrying capacity, but greatly reduces risk.
 

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I have a Hard Top Rolling Cover and it's very secure. Roll'n'Lock M-Series cover, it locks the tailgate to the cover so the tailgate can't be opened without the cover being opened. here are some pics.



 

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Re: Firearm Security

Specifically, I'm talking about firearms and associated range supplies and/or RC cars and associated track supplies. Either one should fit under the bed rails.
I bought the Leer M180 canopy (although the actual canopy doesn't matter). The Leer Company has an a sportsman kit as an option available. The option was $500 for the kit -- which included a guncase built into the canopy, along with a ski and bicycle rack.

I enjoy having the gun rack in the canopy very much. Can put rifles in the case plus all the other stuff.

At any rate -- just another option available to you.
 

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I have a canopy and a Rigid job site box with double locks. This is chained to two tie down rings I installed at the front. I have then put a small windlass on each side to tighten into position. The best alternative is to bolt this through from underneath with "coach bolts" (domed headed bolts) so the nuts are inside the job box.
I elected not to bolt down so it could be swung to one side for sleeping in. Yes the chain can be cut as well as the tie down rings but that takes time and is a deterrent in itself.
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I have a Hard Top Rolling Cover and it's very secure. Roll'n'Lock M-Series cover, it locks the tailgate to the cover so the tailgate can't be opened without the cover being opened. here are some pics.



Do you have pics from these same angles with the cover open?
 

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I've got a hard tonneau (Leer) because I haul stuff around that can't get wet or stolen. No way can anyone get underneath to pop it by pushing on cables...Comes down all three sides pretty far. Weakest link just like on the doors would be popping the lock with a sliding hammer or screwdriver and tools. I can easily haul around 7 boxes (18 in x 19 in x 21 in). I would prefer this over a shell because there's no glass that someone could break to get into it and they can't see what's in there. Is it really worth someone's time to try and break into it with a likely chance that it's empty...no, they break into things they know have stuff in them or they can see.

Have had it on for 2.5 years now and wouldn't change a thing about it. Completely happy.
 

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I bet I could make up something funny with the title of this thread, but I won't.

I would get a hard tonnea cover, they look the best IMO.
 

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Do you have pics from these same angles with the cover open?
not from the same angles but I do have pictures of it open here.




^^^ Thats my aunt by the way before you start cracking jokes about my wife lol. That happened last time I posted this pic.

If you want more detailed pics just tell me what you want to see and I can go outside and snap some with the Nikon D80 real quick.
 

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Great pics sony! It looks like the canister is much smaller on that thing than I thought it would be. Any thoughts on putting something like that on a short bed vs a long like yours?

I was kind of thinking of having a custom tool box built to go under the canister where I could lock up the truly valuable guns. Any chance you could get a measurement from the bottom of the canister to the bed, and a "width" on the canister from front to back?
 

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Great pics sony! It looks like the canister is much smaller on that thing than I thought it would be. Any thoughts on putting something like that on a short bed vs a long like yours?

I was kind of thinking of having a custom tool box built to go under the canister where I could lock up the truly valuable guns. Any chance you could get a measurement from the bottom of the canister to the bed, and a "width" on the canister from front to back?
I know the width from front to back is about 9" unfortunately it's been raining all day today so I can't go outside and get a measurement for you at the moment. On a short bed I don't really know how well it would work, it doesn't take up THAT much space.
 
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