As much as I love the RSI, Leer and ARE toppers, the reality is that I only really need a topper maybe 4-6 times per year. I also prefer the look of the gladiator without a top, so I just couldn't justify the cost of one of the toppers. Therefore, I decided to build one out of plywood. I used recycled material (including some crooked 2x4s) and all-in I was under $200....with most of that being the three sheets of plywood I had to buy at these crazy high prices. While I do woodworkign as a hobby, this was absolutely a "quick and dirty" build with a focus on function and strength over getting every seam perfect. I am sure this is not everyone's cup of tea, but we used it on it's first family camping trip and it worked perfectly.