Truck Accessories: Truck Tops Vs. Truck Lids

Truck Accessories: Truck Tops Vs. Truck Lids

As a second installment to the Trick My Truck series I wanted to discuss a topic that has been brought up by a few people who read my last entry.
What kind of top should I get?

I spoke with Lee Mikos, Vice President of Tri-County Truck Accessories and he was a wealth of knowledge on the subject. We are just going to scratch the surface here to allow you a little insight into the cap world.

In the world of truck tops there are typically two different options. Now they go by several different names but for our case we are going to label them as Truck Caps and Flat Lids.

Truck caps are often called, camper tops, toppers, or Shells. They are typically cab high (same height as the cab of the truck) or you can get them that step-up near the rear to offer more headspace on the inside.

The caps can come in aluminum or fiberglass and they offer a roomy and dry storage area to the rear of the truck. They can come with or without windows on the sides and they have to option of having an open front section to allow access into the truck through a sliding window.

Caps allow you to secure your belongings inside a lockable area that will remain dry. There are multiple options that can be added to a cap. Carpeted headliner, lights, clothes hangers, side doors, and the list goes on and on. The options are there to cater to your needs.

When we get into the world of truck Lids the entire list of options opens up and there is a wide variety of lids to meet your needs. You can get solid lids, sectional lids, roll up lids, and retractable style.

These lids are constructed of Fiberglass, aluminum, vinyl, and even hard plastic. What they all have in common is that they offer a “Bed high” cover for the truck bed.

The lid can be lockable in some cases and in others it is just held on with simple snaps or hook-n-loop fasteners. These lids offer you the ability to carry large items without any height restrictions, however because the item is now outside of the lid there is always the chance of the problem with the weather.

Lids limit what you can carry and keep out of the weather. They don’t work well for carrying your gun dog in his kennel or in the case of needing a place to camp out for the night.

It is very difficult to compare caps to lids on a one-on-one basis, as there are so many options and variations of each. They vary in costs, options, ease of use and style. The best way to determine what is best for you is to visit Lee or Bill at Tri-County Truck Accessories and they can help you through the process.

By visiting the showroom you will be able to see the products first hand and get an idea of what the item would look like on your vehicle.

It’s not easy spending money on accessories for your truck and this is why it is recommended that you take your time, research your options and have a good idea of what you are wanting to do with the rear of your truck. Having your needs in mind will help you decide what cover is best for you and your application.
Whether you go with a cap or a lid you won’t be sorry that you did as the convenience of having a covered a dry truck bed is worth every penny when you need to carry your gear for your next outing.

Cory Yarmuth
Legend Outdoors



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  • While more expensive I would opt for a stepped topper. More storage and helps deflect air when towing my travel trailer. Another plus is they can be used as a place to sleep or even just hang out when off road.

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