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This Aluminum GFC Truck Topper or Camper Can Hold A Spare Truck


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Go Quick Campers claims to have made the world’s strongest truck topper, and the Bozeman-based firm is backing its declare with an over-the-top check involving an unwitting Toyota Tacoma and a precariously balanced Ford F-250.

Technically, the most recent GFC Platform Topper can assist as much as 800 kilos of dynamic load, but it surely’s allegedly stronger than the mattress rails of any pickup truck. To be able to showcase the power of the Platform Topper with a static load, GFC rigorously lowered a single cab Ford weighing 4,500 kilos onto the roof.

CAN WE BREAK OUR NEW GFC TOPPER? | Examined in opposition to a fiberglass shell!

I can’t emphasize simply how harmful and foolish that is. As Jalopnik alum Wes Siler warns, the flowery stress check is a horrible concept, however, uh, it actually will get the purpose throughout: the GFC Platform Topper is ridiculously sturdy.

Stronger, even, than the mattress of the second-generation Toyota Tacoma used through the check. GFC needed to weld 500 kilos of metal contained in the Tacoma’s mattress to strengthen it — to ensure it wouldn’t buckle underneath the load of the Ford F-250. That means, if the Platform Topper gave, it will be as a consequence of its personal weak spot somewhat than the Tacoma’s.

However neither the bolstered Tacoma nor the GFC truck topper failed. Should you’ve ever puzzled why these camper shells value so rattling a lot, this — together with their supplies value and home U.S. fabrication — is why.

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The Platform Topper has a tubular space frame with diagonal bracing to support any weight applied to its roof. The camper’s aluminum outer panels aren’t really load-bearing components; they’re more like metal skins that protect cargo, and can also open to provide shade with a “cabana” mode.

GFC says the topper is reinforced with billet aluminum parts down to the clamps that attach it to the truck. And the frame is bolted at every seam, rather than welded to stop stress fractures. The whole thing weighs 135 pounds when sized for a Tacoma with a short bed, meaning it’s lighter than other hard shells.

As you can imagine, the average camper didn’t fare well under the same test. GFC put a fiberglass topper on the Tacoma and left the F-250 hanging for a minute. The Tacoma’s suspension looked like it was hanging on for dear life right before the fiberglass shell curled like a soda can.

GFC says that same model of fiberglass topper is not much cheaper than the Platform Topper, which will cost $3,995. Obviously, the GFC won’t look as nice as a color-matched camper that follows the lines of a new truck, but at least it’s objectively and outrageously stronger.

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