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Yeah, not much near me. There is one dealer that has about half a dozen locations in the area. They have the market cornered and therefore are not motivated. Only a few other options, all further away, they are in a very high overhead area and their pricing reflects that.
ARE doesn't advertise their MSRP. Dealers are allowed to mark the toppers up as little or as much as they choose. Some make their money on higher prices, some on moving volume.

I found a $600 swing between both my two closest dealers in MI versus a dealer that was 550 miles from my house in Pennsylvania.

Out the door installed prices:
  • MI authorized dealer (lowest of the two): $2,958.70
  • PA authorized dealer: $2,369.10
I presented the PA quote to both of the MI dealers. One wasn't even willing to budge a nickel. The other agreed to sell it to me for the exact same price as the out of state dealership PLUS cost of the fuel it would have cost me to go get it. I was able to get my ARE Z Series with the Yakima roof rack (rails only), the 12V light and the front flip down slider window (plus the standard stuff like fabric liner, etc.) for $2,600.00 out the door.

I had previously purchased the BedRug XL (still in the box) online. They went ahead and installed it for me at no extra cost. Very solid company. If anyone is from/near the SE Michigan area, drop me a PM and I'd be glad to share their name.

I also purchased (myself, online) the Super Cap Seal and the Front Rail Seal (both EPDM rubber) from ExtrudedSolutions.com and the install shop gladly used these instead of the normal foam/rubber seal they normally use. They really LIKE this stuff and have used it before. It provides a much better seal AND doesn't have to be replaced if/when you R&R the topper.

If you're interested in the Super Cap Seal and Front Rail Seal for your SB F250/350, these were the two items I bought:
  • Super Cap Seal 23 FT (1 1/2" Width x 1/2" Height x 23' Length) EPDM Rubber (~$30)
  • Front Rail Seal 6FT (Fills the front rail gap, when mounting a truck cap that has a height gap from .251" to .487" which I measured (~$14))

I probably could have gotten away with the Super Cap Seal 20 FT (shorter) (~$28), but wasn't sure. Had more than 3 feet left over when they gave what was left back to me.
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I ended up with the ARE Z series, with Yakima roof rack and Bedrug XLT mat because I have spray in bed liner. Really happy with it.
My exact setup as well, except in White Platinum.
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I have the Leer. Was on the truck when I bought it so unsure of cost. The lines match the truck well and quality seems good.

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Looks great.

Thank you very much
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