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 take a look at involving an unwitting Toyota Tacoma and a precariously balanced Ford F-250.
Technically, the most recent GFC Platform Topper can help as much as 800 kilos of dynamic load, however it’s allegedly stronger than the mattress rails of any pickup truck. To be able to showcase the energy of the Platform Topper with a static load, GFC rigorously lowered a single cab Ford weighing 4,500 kilos onto the roof.
I can’t emphasize simply how harmful and foolish that is. As Jalopnik alum Wes Siler warns, the frilly stress take a look at 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 in the course of the take a look at. GFC needed to weld 500 kilos of metal contained in the Tacoma’s mattress to bolster it — to verify it wouldn’t buckle beneath the load of the Ford F-250. That approach, if the Platform Topper gave, it will be attributable to its personal weak spot slightly 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.
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.