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Old 07-11-2011, 08:55 PM
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Leer Cap Roof Cracks!!!

I purchased the truck in my signature a couple of weeks ago and it came with the cap. It is an 08 so my assumption is the cap is 3+ years old. I went up top to remove the foam the previous owner had put on the Thule bars. Up there I notice a ton of minor cracks and a few larger cracks in a circle patter near the rear corners. Some look like minor surface paint cracks where others you can tell they are about 1/8" deep. Looks like weather stress or something, unless it was heavily loaded? Anyone else have these problems? The sides are fine with no issues. I will try to get some pictures up tomorrow.
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My friend has a Leer camper shell on his 2006 F250 Powerstroke. He offroaded the truck as if it were a Raptor. I've seen him keep up with motocross bikes in the Mojave and catch two feet of air under his front tires.

He actually managed to expel battery fluid onto the bottom of the hood and tweek the bed out of alignment. The Leer camper shell was completely undamaged. I'm guessing whatever was loaded on the top of your shell caused the cracks.


I have a SnugTop shell and I seem to recall the company mentioning roof loads on their website. I do know not all camper shells are reinforced to take a roof load.
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Old 07-29-2011, 07:13 AM
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I'm figuring it was an overloading issue or actuallly hitting something. I still need to post pictures.
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Here are pics of each side near the rear corners. They are circular type cracks. The bottom pic is hard to see it but there are 3 cracks on the left side that circle around.
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Kind of hard to tell what's going on in the photos.

Is the paint gone inside the "circle?"

Is the paint cracked in the shape of a circle?

Do you have clearcoat failure?

My best guess is something heavy with a circular footprint deformed the fiberglass to the point of cracking the paint.

Can you tell if the actual fiberglass is cracked? Is the fiberglass deformed or did it flex enough to crack the paint and pop back into shape?
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Sorry the pictures are showing cracks in a circular shape. There is too much reflection of the sky in the paint throwing off the pic. The actual fiberglass below looks fine but I've head there is a gel coat that goes on top of the fiberglass to make it smooth and paintable. That is was looks like is cracking.
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Someone jumped up onto the top of the shell to "sit" and probably watch something. I guess people need to be told not to climb onto the top of your camper shell.
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Man I posted this near 4 years ago! Ha. That cap leaks like crazy still. I'm sure it was something stupid that someone did.
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