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#12679393 - 03/19/18 09:20 AM Truck Topper Launch/Retrieve
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TFF Team Angler

Registered: 06/02/02
Posts: 3988
Loc: Sachse
Just picked up a nice used (2015) F150 and always wanted a nice Topper to keep things in bed locked up instead of moving them to back seat, etc. Just curious how much of a PITA they are for boat launching/retrieving when fishing solo.

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#12679419 - 03/19/18 09:35 AM Re: Truck Topper Launch/Retrieve [Re: tx_basser]
yandeltx Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 06/22/15
Posts: 43
I have a Toyota Tundra with ARE hard shell topper that works great for keeping things dry. However, I won't own another one due to the fact that I fish alone most of the time and it really gets in the way when trying to get in and out of the boat while launching. The hinge on the topper is directly over the rear wheels of the truck so there is not way to step onto the tire and into the back of the pickup. This really makes it a challenge in the colder months when you are trying to avoid getting your feet wet.

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#12679422 - 03/19/18 09:37 AM Re: Truck Topper Launch/Retrieve [Re: tx_basser]
beartrap Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 1545
Loc: south georgia
had a topper(Roll N lOCK) for years and the convenience of having a lockable bed far outweighs what little inconvenience there is launching/loading by yourself...I've got an anchor rein with a brass clip on front of my bass boat and my duck boat....unhook tie downs/winch strap and fasten brass clip to my winch stand...back down the ramp and let boat float off the trailer while anchor rein feeds out rope....pull forward enough to where I don't have to get my feet wet unhooking clip from winch stand then pull boat to one side or the other of trailer and either beach it or ties off to whatever is available...loading I just boat up against winch stand,climb down and wade around end of truck in summer(crocs drain water good) or carry pair of cheap muck boots to slip on in winter...
actually an anchor rein is one of best things you can put on a boat.....gives you a length of rope long enough (25 ft) to reach a long distance up on the bank to tie off or enough rope to tie off both front and rear cleat to a dock....always ready for use and never tangled up...

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#12679423 - 03/19/18 09:37 AM Re: Truck Topper Launch/Retrieve [Re: tx_basser]
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TFF Team Angler

Registered: 06/02/02
Posts: 3988
Loc: Sachse
thanks... you just expanded on my fear on this, as I do the same if on a shallow ramp.

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#12679427 - 03/19/18 09:38 AM Re: Truck Topper Launch/Retrieve [Re: tx_basser]
K.D. Online   content
TFF Guru

Registered: 05/04/02
Posts: 14468
Loc: Hurst, TX
If you wanna keep your feet dry they are a pain. I just bought a z-launch cable for these flat ramps around me. It was either that or carry a pair of rain boots to use getting in and out of the boat.

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#12679697 - 03/19/18 11:55 AM Re: Truck Topper Launch/Retrieve [Re: tx_basser]
bradnitro175 Offline
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Registered: 07/11/08
Posts: 5007
Loc: Dallas,tx
It helps when your small enough to crawl through the sliding window.
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#12679791 - 03/19/18 12:41 PM Re: Truck Topper Launch/Retrieve [Re: tx_basser]
mstring Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/27/03
Posts: 2425
Loc: Mesquite, TX
Beartrap has it down. I've been doing it that way for years. Especially when I drove full size vans. Just inspect the rope occasionally to make sure it's in good shape and doesn't break on you.

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#12679814 - 03/19/18 12:50 PM Re: Truck Topper Launch/Retrieve [Re: tx_basser]
bronco71 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 1545
Loc: Farmers Branch/Sulphur Bluff
Or get a Minn Kota auto store/deploy trolling motor

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#12680098 - 03/19/18 03:32 PM Re: Truck Topper Launch/Retrieve [Re: tx_basser]
TEXASJIGSTER Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/01/11
Posts: 203
Loc: CADDO LAKE
I keep a pair of rubber boots in my trk when the water is too cold for crocs

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#12680261 - 03/19/18 05:08 PM Re: Truck Topper Launch/Retrieve [Re: tx_basser]
clove Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 05/26/04
Posts: 598
Loc: Abilene, Texas
Just got a cover called a BackFlip. It is in three sections and folds forward from the tail gate. When loading or unloading on a shallow ramp, I just fold the cover back past the rear wheels and it is just like not having a cover. Never had a toper before because they seemed to get in the way more than they were worth. This one is awesome and easy to remove if you need a full bed for hauling.

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#12680331 - 03/19/18 06:02 PM Re: Truck Topper Launch/Retrieve [Re: tx_basser]
Ian Fellenbaum Offline
Angler

Registered: 11/05/15
Posts: 332
Loc: Mesquite, Tx
I have a topper and fish solo a lot, I haven’t had to get my feet wet once.
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#12680530 - 03/19/18 08:14 PM Re: Truck Topper Launch/Retrieve [Re: tx_basser]
WCGunns Offline
Angler

Registered: 02/06/11
Posts: 464
Loc: Northern DFW, Texas
No issues with my ARE when solo.

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#12680535 - 03/19/18 08:15 PM Re: Truck Topper Launch/Retrieve [Re: tx_basser]
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Pro Angler

Registered: 11/20/15
Posts: 701
Loc: humble texas
bak flip bed cover for me ----luv it !

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#12680607 - 03/19/18 09:02 PM Re: Truck Topper Launch/Retrieve [Re: tx_basser]
K.D. Online   content
TFF Guru

Registered: 05/04/02
Posts: 14468
Loc: Hurst, TX
I guess my thinking of a topper is different. Mine is more of a camper type than a flat tonneau cover. I can’t climb on it, nor can I open it or fold it back. If the ramp is flat like at Grapevine you can’t get to the tongue of the trailer without getting wet.

Oh... and there ain’t no way this guy is gonna fit thru the back window

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#12681462 - 03/20/18 02:02 PM Re: Truck Topper Launch/Retrieve [Re: tx_basser]
skeeter75 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 03/29/10
Posts: 111
Loc: Bronte, TX
The best roll back is ReTrax Pro bed cover easy to work with and your stuff will not get wet.
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