Aftermarket truck topper

There may not be a more valuable accessory you can add to your pickup than a truck cap, commonly known as a “camper shell” or “truck topper.” It’s like doubling the square footage of your bed, more than doubling actually, while enhancing the looks of your pickup. It’s a pretty sweet outfit, and definitely a major weapon against truck nudity.

ARE and Leer Dealer

Pickup Outfitters of Waco is and authorized dealer for both Leer and ARE for Waco and Central Texas. We carry a full line of their beautiful, paint-to-match, made-to-order fiberglass truck caps as well as their commercial aluminum units for work trucks. Each fiberglass truck cap is made-to-order when you buy it, with the specific options you choose.

All caps are made to fit your specific vehicle within a range of a few model years. For example, Ram 1500 short beds, from 2019-2023. They are not interchangeable between the different makes, for example, a Ford F-150 cap will not fit on a Chevy, and it will not fit outside it's model-year range..

Each unit is painted to match your trucks original paint color at the factory. We get your truck’s paint code at the time of purchase and that color is matched at the factory.

Both Leer and ARE truck caps come with a lifetime warranty on the unit and the paint. Hardware warranty can be anywhere from two to five years. Every truck cap purchased and installed with Pickup Outfitters comes with our free warranty assistance and lifetime installation guarantee.

The Pickup Outfitters Difference

We have been selling and installing truck caps since 1997, and we know what we’re doing. Yes, that’s bragging, but we earned the right. And we back up that bragging with the Pickup Outfitters promise:

  • No-Hassle, Lifetime Installation Guarantee: Every truck cap purchased and installed at Pickup Outfitters comes with our lifetime installation guarantee. For as long as you own your truck, if your cap needs to be adjusted, re-clamped, starts leaking….whatever, just bring it back to us and we take care of it. No hassle, no charge if it’s installation related.
  • Free Warranty Assistance: Every truck cap purchased and installed at Pickup Outfitters comes with our free warranty assistance. If there are any warranty issues with your cap, you just bring it back to us, and we take care of it, no charge if it’s covered under warranty.

Buying and installing with Pickup Outfitters gives you confidence and peace of mind that you will have the support you may never need, but is always there, for as long as you own your truck.

ARE vs. Leer

You may be comparing ARE products versus Leer, and here are a few things to think about:

  • Both Leer and ARE have a lifetime warranty on the unit
  • Each company offers different rear-door options.
  • Depending on demand, one brand may have a shorter lead time than the other. (Check with Pickup Outfitters for current lead time)
  • Styling and options are different with each brand to suit your taste.

The great thing is that Pickup Outfitters offers the two best brands of camper shells for you to choose from.

Models Available

Leer offers five different models for full and mid-size trucks, plus models for the Ford Maverick.

ARE offers seven different models for all current model trucks, including the Honda Ridgeline.

Aftermarket truck topper

The V (Value) series is clean. For when you don't need to make too big of a statement, but still stand out, this is the choice for when you don't want to sacrifice style for cost.

Aftermarket truck topper

The CX Evolve is something special. It has a curved tailgate door, giving it this distinguished look without any extra bulk. Along with half slider windows and other bells and whistles, this cap is sure to stand out.

Aftermarket truck topper

The HD series comes in both CX and MX flavors - giving you the power to choose. It features an internal skeleton, tripling the weight capacity of the roof and side toolboxes. If you're in need of pushing your truck to the limit, this is for you.

Aftermarket truck topper

The MX series gives you the headroom you need for those heavy-duty hauls. Your head will thank you for when you need to jump on the tailgate and reeaachh back there, behind all the other stuff you got going on. Plus, it just stands out.

Aftermarket truck topper

The Overland series is the prime example of rugged. They're a two-toned off-road design, with spray-on coating that protects it from anything thrown at it. As you can see, it goes well with other muscle on your truck such as fender flares.

Aftermarket truck topper

The Z series is designed to be the best fit and styling. It gives your truck this sleek SUV style, while having the function of any other ARE cap.

FAQ’s: The Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of a truck cap?

  • You get covered room above the bed, it adds height and storage room to your bed.
  • Looks terrific
  • Protects expensive possessions
  • Can be used for camping.

Is a truck cap right for you?

  • A cap is a lifestyle addition to your truck. Great if you need extra storage for frequent trips and vacations. Great for outdoorsmen for fishing and hunting gear.
  • Secure storage for valuables
  • Great for taking dogs on trips and hunting.
  • Gives you dry storage
  • It looks great!
  • A cap is great for work trucks who need more room for tools and equipment.

Is it Not for you?

  • If you want to maintain that truck look, a tonneau bed cover would be a better option
  • It can limit the height volume of some trucks. If you want to haul something taller than your cab, it will limit what you can put in the bed.

How much do truck caps cost?

Like most things, there is a wide variety of prices depending on the model and features you want. The range of prices will be somewhere from about $2400 - $4000 for most models without options. There are different promotions just about every month offering rebates or coupons for free options. Be sure to ask about those when you call us or come by our showroom.

Important things to consider

  • Which window configuration is right for you? There are several side window options.
  • Lighting: do you need it, what kind of lighting do you need?
  • Roof Rack – Will you ever want to mount anything on the top of your cap? Ask about roof options.
  • Front window options: This is HUGE. Will you want to wash the front of your cap or window with a drop down window? Do you have a sliding rear windshield in your truck? Will you have dogs riding in the back?

Can you really camp in them?

You sure can! Part of that depends on the size of your bed and whether or not you can stretch your legs out when you sleep. There are a couple of really cool accessories you can add to your ARE truck cap to really kick your camping up a notch:

  • The Topper EZ Lift system lifts your cap off your bed, allowing for more headroom, and that means you can add a…
  • Tent! TopperEZ offers weekender pop out tent for camping, and a contractor package for work trucks! Raise the roof of your cap, then add a tent, and you can camp in your truck!
  • Add the Airbedz truck bed air mattress that custom fits in your bed around the wheel wells

Are truck caps an investment?

  • Not really, it’s an addition for convenience and lifestyle but rarely will you sell it for more later on.

Can I install the cap?

  • Most likely, no. There is knowledge needed to install it properly. You need to know things like proper cap placement, wiring, taping and clamping.
  • Can void the warranty if you damage the cap during install or install it improperly.
  • If you install yourself, you are responsible for all warranty and installation issues.

How long does it take to get one?

Lead times vary depending on demand. Generally it will take from 4-6 weeks to get your cap..

What about buying a used cap?

When you are looking at used, the most important thing is the structure. Look for cracks and signs of the windows leaking such as black streaks between frame and cap. Also remember that these caps are made for specific vehicles. That means the same make and model within a specific model year range (see below)

I saw this truck cap on Craigslist / Ebay / Facebook, will it fit my truck?

Caps are not interchangeable between makes (Ford to a Chevy), models (F-150 to F-250), year range (2018 Chevy 1500 to 2022 Chevy 1500).

Every shell is molded specifically for each truck, even if bed size is the same, cab differences will prevent cross fit.

Each cap is made specifically for year, make and model. If you have a question about whether or not it will fit, call us or come by our showroom. Don’t take the seller’s word for it. Every ARE has a unique serial number that we can look up in our data base. We have seen many disappointed customers who told us “but the guy said it came off…” Call us first: 254-399-9416