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Posted: February 07, 2014

Rough Country Ready

Snug Top and American Camper Shells customize a pickup fit for the great outdoors.

By Ellen McKoy

What makes a truck a versatile standout, muscular-looking and lifestyle friendly? Ask Hartmut Schroeder, president of SnugTop, and he’ll tell you the answer is the company’s all-new Outback truck cap, which he describes as the ultimate expression of rugged durability and innovative design.
In creating the Outback, SnugTop drew on decades of experience building recreational and commercial fiberglass truck caps to develop a new generation of caps specifically for outdoor enthusiasts. Debuted at the 2013 SEMA Show, the Outback combines the heavy-duty durability of a commercial cap with contemporary styling and unique features. Features which enable outdoorsmen to equip the cap for a variety of activelifestyle activities.

The cap’s most distinctive feature is the Suburban-style rear doors. Split 60/40 to allow full access to the truck bed — an industry first, according to Schroeder — the fiberglass doors incorporate stainless steel hinges and interior paneling, as well as optional windows and security screens. The interior sports a full headliner and an optional fishing-rod holder, and is roomy enough to hold other recreational gear. The cap itself features advanced structural composite construction and a reinforced roof, which can carry up to 500 lbs. of gear in optional racks, plus a T-handle lock, large sliding glass side windows and an LED rear-brake light.

In preparation for the Outback’s Las Vegas unveiling, SnugTop teamed with American Camper Shells’ Mark Gibbs to transform this 2014 Silverado Crew Cab from stock to standout. To complement the cap’s brawny stance, Gibbs added T-Rex’s Sport Series Mesh grille. AMP Research retractable Power Boards provide easy in-and-out access to the cab. A BedRug was installed to protect the truck bed, while WeatherTech’s DigitalFit Floor Liners shield the cab from dirt and debris.

For an added power boost, Gibbs opted for Gibson Exhaust’s throaty cat-back exhaust system. To improve the ride and handling, factory tires and wheels were swapped for Toyo’s road-gripping Open Country A/T II P275/55R20 tires wrapped around MHT’s 20-inch D538 Maverick wheels.

The end result: a lifestyle-friendly headturner. In fact, according to Schroeder, the Outback garnered rave reviews in Las Vegas. And was also the only truck cap to receive recognition from Truck Trend as part of its top-25 new products at the show. With a name that conjures up rough-country images and loads of advancedconcept features appealing to outdoor enthusiasts, the Outback offers retailers and restylers an opportunity to pursue — and attract — a whole new segment of the truck-cap market.

 

The Outback combines
heavy-duty durability with contemporary
styling. The reinforced
roof can carry up to 500 lbs.
of gear in optional racks. Other
features include sliding glass side
windows, an optional pet screen
and an LED rear-brake light.

 

 

 

AMP Research’s retractable Power Boards
provide easy in-and-out access to the cab.

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