Buying a Used Camper Shell: Tips and Compatibility Info

Updated on June 9, 2019
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Tom Zizzo, a journalist, has also spent many years selling truck and SUV accessories.

Photo from an actual Craigslist ad. This shell was obviously NOT for this truck, but it seems to fit. You will see used tops sold like this a lot; always measure them before you buy.
Photo from an actual Craigslist ad. This shell was obviously NOT for this truck, but it seems to fit. You will see used tops sold like this a lot; always measure them before you buy.

A Guide to Buying Used Camper Shells

Given the overwhelming number of questions I have received about used camper shells, I thought it might be useful to write a little guide to buying used tops. First I'll tell you a few things to watch out for, and then I'll break down the major changes in truck bed dimensions for different makes in the last few decades.

A used top, selling for far below what it cost new, sounds like a great deal, but you should be aware of a few things before you buy.

What to Look for and Watch out for in a Used Camper Shell

  • A used shell that is damaged may not be cost-effective to repair.
  • A used shell may have come from a different truck than the one it’s sitting on, so you want to measure your own truck.
  • Truck beds, especially more recent ones, aren't necessarily rectangular; they may be narrower in the rear than in the front.
  • Sometimes the shape of the rails and the shape of the cab and tailgate may complicate the fit.
  • The third brake light has to be visible in trucks made 1994 and later, and may complicate the fit for mid-'90s trucks. New shells since 1995 have brake lights built in.
  • Tonneaus need to fit more exactly than shells do.
  • If a used Leer or SnugTop shell has a serial number, you can call the company and try to find out what truck the cover was made for.

A Damaged Shell May Not Be Much of a Deal

The window on this used top is separating from the frame. There is no way to fix this, despite what the seller says. Silicone will not do it, and you cannot replace a pane of glass on these windows; the window itself has to be replaced.
The window on this used top is separating from the frame. There is no way to fix this, despite what the seller says. Silicone will not do it, and you cannot replace a pane of glass on these windows; the window itself has to be replaced.

Keep in mind that if major parts of the top you are looking at are broken, you need to look into the price of replacing those parts before you take advantage of that "deal of the century." Far too many times, I have seen used tops for sale where the seller thinks the repair is simple. In the photo above, the glass is coming away from the frame leaving a big gap. This part of the window should be sealed. The repair in that photo is at least $250, and that's just for the parts.

The Seller May Not Even Know What Truck the Shell Was Made for

I saw the top above for sale on Craigslist. The ad says it came off a 2000 Ranger, and it now sits on a 2001 S-10. I can tell this is an old SnugTop—by the ridge in the roofline—and it probably came off a pre-'93 Ranger. The dimensions though are close enough.

It’s important to remember that sometimes people will have tops on their trucks that they themselves have bought used, and often that top was not designed for that truck. A dead giveaway is if the top is not the same color as the truck. If you think the fit looks good, and your truck is the same as theirs, no problem; but if you’re trying to make a top made for an unknown truck fit your own truck, you’re on your own, to a certain extent.

Truck Beds By Make and Year

Here is some information, broken out by make, about which years had which body styles. It will help you know what to expect when you shop for a used top to match your truck bed.

Ford Trucks

Ford 150/250

1980-1996. From 1980 to 1996, Ford F150/250 trucks had essentially identical beds.

1997-2003(4). In 1997, the Ford F150 was radically changed, most notably by making the bed tapered, meaning it’s wider in the front than it is in the rear. This was initially only done to the F150 line; the F250 and F350 heavy duty trucks remained the same until 1999, when Ford introduced the Superduty.

2004-2008. The F150 changed its body style and bed again in 2004 (except that in the 2004 F150 Heritage Edition, the bed and body are the same as the '97 to 2003 truck). The F150 would remain the same until 2009, when the bed changed; but it changed only slightly, check the top of the rear corners of a new F150 bed and compare it to a 2004-08, you’ll see what I mean. Superdutys really haven’t changed much, as far as the bed is concerned, except that in about 2008 some Superdutys, not all of them, began including a fold-out step built into the tailgate. If your truck has it, the shell door will need to compensate for it. Leer and SnugTop shells have special molded pieces on the bottom of the door to account for it.

2009 -2014. The F150 has gone through some changes, mainly the rear, and the bow to the tailgate area that most of the new trucks have now.
2015- present: If you look at the back end of the new F150's, you'll notice that the bow to the rear tailgate area is wider, and angled, in a way. Overall the bed looks the same from the previous generation, but this wider rear bow will most certainly affect top compatibility.

1999 - 2008 The heavier duty trucks, i.e., the F250 and 350s, came in the form of the new 'Superduty' in 1999. It pretty much remained the same, with the exception of adding a pull-out tailgate step in 2008, which is technically an option. This is important because tops on 2008 or newer Superdutys will have rear doors that can accommodate this step, that is if the truck has the option. If you try to put a top from a 2004, for example, on a 2009 that has the step in the tailgate, it's not going to fit over that bulge. Yes, most top manufacturers can change out that rear door, but beware, those rear doors are NOT cheap.

2008 - 2016 -the F250 and F350s in these years are mostly the same. The only footnote has to do with the step in the tailgate (see above). It wasn't until 2017 that Ford made in major changes to the Superduty-most notably, the rear tailgate that has that octagon shape to it.

2017 to current -The brand new Superduty trucks are slightly different than the previous years, most notably the octagon-shaped tailgate, there are other changes as well.

A 2008 Superduty.  Notice the molded piece on the back door of the shell that covers up the step that comes out of the tailgate on this truck.
A 2008 Superduty. Notice the molded piece on the back door of the shell that covers up the step that comes out of the tailgate on this truck.
Notice on this new F150 how the taillight is different than on the '04 to 2008 trucks, and that little corner flares out. This is really the only difference with the new F150s.
Notice on this new F150 how the taillight is different than on the '04 to 2008 trucks, and that little corner flares out. This is really the only difference with the new F150s. | Source

A 1997 F250 top on a 1999 F250

Technically this shouldn't fit, but the rails on the Superduty are wide enough that it fits on the inside rail. On the outside you can see the difference in fit.
Technically this shouldn't fit, but the rails on the Superduty are wide enough that it fits on the inside rail. On the outside you can see the difference in fit.
Notice how the bed on the Superduty tapers, and the shell does not.
Notice how the bed on the Superduty tapers, and the shell does not.

Superduty Top on a 97 - 2003 F150

Here you can see the differences between the 'newer' F150 and Superduty trucks, how much taller and wider the F250/F350 beds are.
Here you can see the differences between the 'newer' F150 and Superduty trucks, how much taller and wider the F250/F350 beds are.
Notice how much taller the Superduty top is, and how it 'hooks' in the rear corners to cover up the F250 bed caps.
Notice how much taller the Superduty top is, and how it 'hooks' in the rear corners to cover up the F250 bed caps.

Chevy (1996 Silverado) Top on Ford F150 (2004 to 2008)

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Ford Ranger

1983-1992. Ford Rangers have been around since 1983, and stayed the same all the way up to 1992.

1993-present (2012). Rangers haven't changed much since 1993, except that the flareside bed, also referred to as the Ranger Splash bed, is different. It should be noted that there isn't a huge difference between the 83 to 92 Ranger beds and the 93 to 2012 beds, in other words, an old Ranger top fits the newer Ranger beds, the cab is just a little boxier in shape.

Mazda Trucks

Any Mazda truck built from 1994 to now is identical to a Ford Ranger, for our purposes. In the 1998 to 2006 Mazda B-Series trucks, there is a slight difference: basically, the bed on those trucks has slightly narrower rails. Most shell manufacturers did not change their molds to deal with this variation. I think SnugTop is the only company that has a specific Mazda mold, if that is even still available. But honestly, it’s not that much different than the Ranger mold.

Older Mazda trucks, from 1985 to 1993 have three different beds, the long bed, short bed regular cab, and the cabplus bed. The standard cab trucks have nearly identical bed dimensions to the old Toyota beds, and even the first gen Tacoma beds. Most of the old import mini trucks are around 60" wide and 75-76" long, and the old Mazdas are no different. Just remember that the old extended cab Toyota trucks have a lean or angle to the front of the top.

Nissan/Toyota Shell on Mazda

This is MY truck, yes, mine. The shell was on an 89 Toyota, but it was actually made for an 80's Nissan Hardbody-standard cab. Most old imports are around 60" wide and about 76" long-19 to 20" tall. -cab plus beds are an inch and half SHORTER though.
This is MY truck, yes, mine. The shell was on an 89 Toyota, but it was actually made for an 80's Nissan Hardbody-standard cab. Most old imports are around 60" wide and about 76" long-19 to 20" tall. -cab plus beds are an inch and half SHORTER though.

Chevy / GM Trucks

Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra

1973-1987. It’s important to remember that from 1973 to 1987, full-size GM trucks had perfectly rectangular beds. That changed in 1988 when they became tapered, much like Ford's did in 1997. If you have a crew cab 1988 Chevy/GMC, however, it still has the 1987 body and bed.

1988-1998. The full-size Chevy Silverado pickups and GMC Sierras are the same from 1988 to 1998.

1999-2006: The Silverado/Sierra changed in 1999; however, some '99 models, specifically the heavy duty 3500 model crew cabs, are the older body style. The full-size GM trucks changed again, like I said, in 1999. The 1999 to 2006 models are called the "classic" Chevys.

2007-2013. The full-sized GM trucks changed again in 2007, but you have to be careful with 2007, because GM introduced the new truck mid-year. Thus a few 2007s still have the ‘06 body, which GM refers to as the "classic" body. The heavy-duty trucks retained the classic body until 2008.
Up until 2007, the beds were the same between a GMC and Chevy, but for the 07 to 13 generation, the bed on the Silverado is actually NOT identical to the bed of the Sierra. The insides of the beds are the same; it’s the outside rails that are slightly different. The differences are very subtle, but they do affect the fit of most hard tonneau covers and bedliners. Try putting an over-the-rail GMC liner in a Chevy bed of those years and you’ll see what I mean; one is just slightly wider than the other toward the rear of the bed. Could you fit a new Sierra shell on a Silverado bed? Yeah, probably the fit would be fine, but for a perfect fit, you’ll want to match make to make.

2014 - present. The brand new trucks have this different shape to the rear (tailgate) area there, which for a brand new top means the back door is unique to this model year. Other than that, most of the dimensions are roughly the same. I know the lumber rack part numbers have not changed. Thankfully, the Chevy/GMC trucks are back to being the same in every way for fit and compatibility, unlike the 7 to 13 trucks.

Chevy S-10/Colorado, GMC S-15/Sonoma/Canyon

1982-1993: The "S-10 years." GMC called this truck the S-15 or Sonoma.

1994-2003: The S-10 totally changed in 1994 and stayed that way until 2004.

2004-2012: After 2004, the old S-10 became known as the Chevy Colorado or the GMC Canyon. The shell for a '94 to 2004 S-10 will most likely not fit the new Colorado/Canyons.

2015-present: The all-new Canyon/Colorado is a very different truck compared to its predecessors. Tops from previous years will most likely not fit these trucks.

Older Top on 2016 Fullsize Chevy

The shell on this new GM truck was originally for a 2007
The shell on this new GM truck was originally for a 2007
Notice how it sits on the back tailgate-where the rear door now, on new tops, molds over the top of that tailgate.
Notice how it sits on the back tailgate-where the rear door now, on new tops, molds over the top of that tailgate.

A 2010 Shell on a 2018 Chevy: Doesn't Quite Work

This is a 2011 shell on a new 2018 Chevy-hard to notice it doesn't really work (fit)
This is a 2011 shell on a new 2018 Chevy-hard to notice it doesn't really work (fit)
It's very close, but as you can see, the rear is different, enough that the door will not shut
It's very close, but as you can see, the rear is different, enough that the door will not shut
The door will not shut, no matter how hard you try, it was not made to fit the new Chevy
The door will not shut, no matter how hard you try, it was not made to fit the new Chevy

F150 Top on a Chevy/GMC

This is a 1997 to 2003 F150 top on a classic body Chevy/GMC (1999 to 2006)
This is a 1997 to 2003 F150 top on a classic body Chevy/GMC (1999 to 2006)
Here's another 97-03 F150 top on a 07 to 13 Chevy/GM bed.
Here's another 97-03 F150 top on a 07 to 13 Chevy/GM bed.

Toyota Trucks

"Toyota Truck" (SR5), Tacoma

The basic Toyota Truck is sometimes called the SR5.

1984-88. Some pre-1989 Toyota Trucks have have what is called a "Japanese" bed, meaning the bed rails roll to the outside. On just about any truck today, you access the underside of a bed rail from the inside of the bed, but a "Japanese" bed rail is only accessed from the outside. I don’t know much about what will fit Japanese beds, since by the time I started selling camper shells these trucks were fairly old and I rarely saw one come into the shop looking for a shell.

This is a 1985 Toyota with the imported or "Japanese"-style bed. Notice how the rails roll to the outside. Earlier years of this truck only used Japanese beds, but for this year, both Japanese and non-Japanese styles exist.
This is a 1985 Toyota with the imported or "Japanese"-style bed. Notice how the rails roll to the outside. Earlier years of this truck only used Japanese beds, but for this year, both Japanese and non-Japanese styles exist.

1989-94: From 1989 to 1994, the basic Toyota truck didn’t change much, except for the addition of a third brake light in '94, something I already talked about. The bed is essentially the same as on the 1984-88 truck.

1995-2004: Midway through 1995, Toyota introduced the Tacoma, a name still used today, and the Tacoma stayed the same up until 2004. Will a shell from an older SR5-type Toyota fit a 1996 to 2004 Tacoma? Kind of. It will sit lower than the height of the cab, but the inside of the bed is actually the same as the older SR5 trucks. There are also differences between extended-cab shells and standard-cab shells on the 1989 to 2004 models.If you take a shell built for an extended cab and try to fit it to a standard cab, it will most likely rub the top of the cab, since it has an angle to it to compensate for the angle of the extended cab.

2005-2015. In 2005, the Tacoma changed a lot. The new Tacomas have a composite bed: basically it’s all plastic, except for the outer skin and rear pillars. You cannot fit anything on these trucks that is not designed specifically for the post-2004 Tacoma. Whether you have an "access" cab, crew cab, or standard cab, there is no angle built into the shell, so you can swap one over to the other—just make sure you have the right bed length for the crew cab.

2016 - The all-new 2016 Tacoma IS different than the previous body style, the bed went through the same type of change we saw on the F150's and other types of beds.

Current Tacoma vs. 05 to 15 (2nd Gen)

Notice on a 2016 Tacoma, the rear of the bed, and the top of the tailgate, now flare out the way many new trucks do. You can the flared out piece on the door of the shell where it meets the top of the gate.
Notice on a 2016 Tacoma, the rear of the bed, and the top of the tailgate, now flare out the way many new trucks do. You can the flared out piece on the door of the shell where it meets the top of the gate.
Here is a 2015 Tacoma, notice that it's different than the 2016 and newer models-near the rear of the bed.
Here is a 2015 Tacoma, notice that it's different than the 2016 and newer models-near the rear of the bed.

Toyota Truck Shell on Tacoma

This shell was technically built for a 1990 Toyota, but it's now on a 2003 Tacoma. As you can see, it's not a bad fit. Because it's a high-rise style, you can't really see where it doesn't match the cab roof.
This shell was technically built for a 1990 Toyota, but it's now on a 2003 Tacoma. As you can see, it's not a bad fit. Because it's a high-rise style, you can't really see where it doesn't match the cab roof.
Here is an 89 to 94 Toyota shell on a Tacoma-you can see it fits the bed, but sits lower since the cab heights were different between those body styles.
Here is an 89 to 94 Toyota shell on a Tacoma-you can see it fits the bed, but sits lower since the cab heights were different between those body styles.

Chevy S-10 Top on a Tacoma

This top -a SnugTop highliner, was originally made for a Chevy S-10, or GMC Sonoma (1994-2003).
This top -a SnugTop highliner, was originally made for a Chevy S-10, or GMC Sonoma (1994-2003).
Cab high S-10 shell on a first-gen Tacoma.
Cab high S-10 shell on a first-gen Tacoma.
You can see it rubs the cab and sits low.
You can see it rubs the cab and sits low.

Tacoma Shell on Toyota Truck

Here is the opposite of the above picture-a 1995 to 2004 Tacoma shell on a circa 1990 Toyota. Notice the slight angle to the front of the shell, and how much taller is than the cab.
Here is the opposite of the above picture-a 1995 to 2004 Tacoma shell on a circa 1990 Toyota. Notice the slight angle to the front of the shell, and how much taller is than the cab.

01 to 04 Frontier shell on a Tacoma

The Nissan Frontier shell -from 01 to 04, sits a couple inches lower than the cab, but the width and length are almost the same.
The Nissan Frontier shell -from 01 to 04, sits a couple inches lower than the cab, but the width and length are almost the same.
You can tell the top came off a Frontier because you can see how it has the cut-out in the door skirt for the Nissan cladding.
You can tell the top came off a Frontier because you can see how it has the cut-out in the door skirt for the Nissan cladding.

Toyota T-100, Tundra

1993-1998: In 1993, Toyota introduced the mid-sized truck called the T-100 (which later became the Tundra). It came as a short-bed extended cab or long-bed standard cab.

1999-2006. In 1999, the T-100 became the Tundra. Now here’s the confusing thing to remember about the 1999-2006 Tundra models. They made both extended-cab or "access cab" trucks, and crew cab trucks. The crew cabs had slightly larger rear doors, and the beds are technically different, although they look very similar. The only standard-cab 1999-2006 Tundra was a long bed.

2007-2013. In 2007, the Tundra completely changed. It’s not only larger in overall size than the previous years, but comes with a long-bed access cab, standard cab, short-bed access cab, or even a short-bed standard cab. The CrewMax (Toyota’s name for the Tundra’s crew cab model) only comes with the extra-short bed.

2014 - present The Tundra, like many others, has seen some subtle changes to the bed in 2014 on to the brand new trucks.

Dodge Trucks

Ram Truck

Pre-1994. It’s not very common to see a 1993 or older Dodge Ram truck. There just aren’t as many on the road as the older GM and Ford trucks, unless of course you’re cruising a badass old Power Wagon.

1994-2001: The 1994 Dodge Ram is so different from the older Rams, including a tapered bed, that I can guarantee those beds are not compatible with the older Ram beds. The new Ram style lasted through 2001.

2002-2008: The 2002 Dodge Ram went through some design changes and some bed changes. The front of an '02 to '08 Ram bed bows quite a bit.

2009-2018: The 2009 Dodge Ram made a lot of changes, including factory plastic bed rails and a strongly curved rear tailgate.

2019 - The all-new Ram is here, stay tuned, very little is even available for this truck, and it IS different than the 2009-18.

Dakota

1987-1996. The Dodge Dakota, born from the Dodge Ram 50, has the distinct honor of being the only "mid-size" truck around. Model years 1986 through 1996 all have the same bed dimensions. One cool thing about the 1994 to 1996 Dakota is that the brake light, now required by law, was placed in the tailgate—meaning the shell itself doesn't need a brake light.

1997-2004: In 1997 the Dakota body style was totally redone to resemble the more popular full-size Ram truck.

2005-present: The Dakota changed again in 2005, to the current body and bed style.

2002 to 2008 Shell on a 1994-2001 Ram

You can see it sort of fits, but sits taller than the cab.
You can see it sort of fits, but sits taller than the cab.
Here you can see the shell is actually a little wider in the front as well as taller than the cab.
Here you can see the shell is actually a little wider in the front as well as taller than the cab.

Rams May Look the Same, but They Aren't

Top: 09-18 QUAD cab, short bed. Middle: Crew cab short bed-1500, Bottom: 2500 crew cab short bed. -all of these shells are different.
Top: 09-18 QUAD cab, short bed. Middle: Crew cab short bed-1500, Bottom: 2500 crew cab short bed. -all of these shells are different.

Dodge Ram has Curves

This is the front (sits behind the cab window) of a top for a new Ram bed. Notice how curved it is.
This is the front (sits behind the cab window) of a top for a new Ram bed. Notice how curved it is.

Nissan Trucks

“Hardbody”/Frontier

1986 (and a half)-1997: The most popular Nissan trucks were the infamous ‘hardbody” models, which later became the Frontier. Those body styles were around from 1986 (1/2)—the change was made in mid-year 1986—all the way to 1997. The 1994 Nissan presents a special problem, because, like I said before, that was the year it became law that all pickups have an additional brake light. On the 1994 Nissan, the brake light is highly obtrusive. In fact, you cannot remove it to install a shell; there’s a bracket inside that just can’t be taken off. That means your shell has to have a huge notch in the top of the roof to compensate for it. This is only an issue for the '94. Nissan did make long-bed standard-cab trucks for these years, but they are not very common.

1998-2001: The Nissan changed for 1998 and became the Frontier, and for the most part, stayed the same all the way to 2004, except that:

2002-2004: In 2001, Nissan put this bulging plastic cladding and logo toward the top of the tailgate, which affects shells and tonneau covers. So if you have a 2001 to 2004 year Frontier, and want to fit a used top from a 1999 Frontier, you will have issues with the back door. It will not sit flat on the tailgate. Hard tonneau covers will not work at all in this scenario.

2005-2019: The Frontier has not changed much since 2005, but it does have this wing-style tailgate piece, which in most cases has to be removed.

Back of '98 to 2000 Frontier

Here is the back tailgate of a 98 to 2000 Nissan Frontier. You can see it does not bulge out like the 01 model does.
Here is the back tailgate of a 98 to 2000 Nissan Frontier. You can see it does not bulge out like the 01 model does.

'01 Frontier With an Older Shell

This is the back of an '01 Frontier; notice how it has changed from the earlier truck in the last photo.  This owner has managed to fit an older top on it, and you can see the door kind of works, good enough I guess.
This is the back of an '01 Frontier; notice how it has changed from the earlier truck in the last photo. This owner has managed to fit an older top on it, and you can see the door kind of works, good enough I guess.

'01 Frontier with Correct Tonneau Cover

Notice how the hard tonneau cover compensates for the bulging tailgate. Trying to fit a tonneau not meant for this truck will not work.
Notice how the hard tonneau cover compensates for the bulging tailgate. Trying to fit a tonneau not meant for this truck will not work.

Compatibility Tips for Older Trucks

  • If you have an older S-10 type Chevy, 1982 to 1992, a shell from a mid-1986 to 1997 Nissan should fit it pretty good,. Of course the opposite is true as well.
  • Shells from 1984 to 1994 Toyotas will generally fit the old Mazda B-Series trucks, before the latter essentially became Ford Rangers. If you do have a pre-1993 Mazda, before it became a rebadged Ranger, remember that the length of the bed on the cab-plus truck is different than the length on the standard-cab short-bed truck.
  • For the older fullsize GM trucks (1973-1987), finding something very specific can be tough, but remember the beds on those trucks are almost the same dimension as a 1980 to 1996 F150. This helps too when you’re looking for a lumber rack for an old Chevy/GMC.

The information I provided here should cover at least 95% (OK, I’m totally guessing, but honestly it’s a good guess) of the trucks that are currently on the road. The LTAA has proprietary information on truck bed sizes, and other information is out there.

Always remember to measure your bed, front width and rear, and the top you’re looking to buy. Feel free to ask me a question if you have any, I have always responded.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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    • Tom Zizzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Zizzo 

      5 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Debord97 -if you scroll up and look at the pictures I posted of the Ram trucks you'll see the difference between the crew 1500 SB, and crew 2500 SB-yes, the beds are the same, the 2500 has a bit more of a curve to it, so if you put that shell on your 1500, it may rub the top of your cab, and make sure you have the 'crew' and not the quad cab, the angles to those cabs are different as well.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jeff -I don't know, haven't seen anyone fit something else on one of those trucks, the good thing is that truck hasn't changed much for over a decade, so you might find an older top, you can also try looking at similar vehicles for sale and see if the seller will part with just the shell.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Don't know Brian, truck beds are not the simple rectangular boxes they once were, I know the dimensions are closest to the F150, or so I'm told, the biggest problem is fitting a door to the tailgate.

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      Terry Kurth 

      6 days ago

      What other 5-1/2' top will fit my 2005 F150 CrewCab with 5-1/2' box?

      I have looked at many of your questions and answers but must have missed it. I got to think this came up before?

      Thanks for your time Sir.

      Terry

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      Debord97 

      9 days ago

      I have a 2016 ram 1500crew cab. I found a good price on an are topper for a 2017 ram 2500 crew cab. Bed sizes are the same. Do you know if the back of the cab is the same on those two trucks? I can tell any difference looking at pictures online.

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      Jeff 

      9 days ago

      I have a 2016 Frontier Pro 4-X with 5’ box. What kind of canopy might work for me? Thanks kindly

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      Brian 

      10 days ago

      Have a 2015 Tundra with 6.5 ft bed, looking for topper on Kijiji. The task is daunting to say the least. Canopies from what other trucks will come close to fitting my Tundra? The fit doesn’t need to be exact only close. Topper just being used once to move from west coast to east.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      10 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Reuben W -yes, the tailgate will be a problem, especially if you're looking at a shell from a 2015 and newer F150, it has a very distinct shape to it that is nothing like the GM tailgate.

    • Tom Zizzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Zizzo 

      10 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      No, the longbed Chevy is tapered, meaning it will be narrower toward the rear if you set it on that bed, that is if the top you're talking about was made for the Chevy.

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      Reuben W 

      11 days ago

      Hello,

      I have a 2016 Chevy Silverado double cab with the standard 6.5 ft bed. Will an A.R.E. shell from a F150 fit? From your article, it sounds like the tailgate may be a problem.

      Thanks,

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      Joe B. 

      2 weeks ago

      Would a cap from a 1997 silverado long bed fit my 1985 f259 long bed?

    • Tom Zizzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Zizzo 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Michael -no, your old Frontier is narrower than the newer ones. I'm not sure it would even sit on those rails.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Probably not much, it's an odd size, wider than minis and not as wide as fullsize.

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      Michael 

      2 weeks ago

      Will my topper on my 04 frontier fit a 17 frontier? Both have short beds.

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      Adrienne 

      2 weeks ago

      Hey, what else works on a 1996 toyota t100 6.5 foot bed besides the 1st generation tundra canopies? Thanks!

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      Ranger Ray 

      3 weeks ago

      @A dude - I have never heard of a Gazelle ether, but if you have the window frame intact, take it to a glass shop and have them fit it with Plexiglas. If you do , be sure to put a nice coat of wax on it , or Rain-X. That will help prolong it from getting scratched up and fogging over time.

      @Tom Zizzo - There are a few cheep Caps that I come across for a ranger. At least one or two ever couple months. But the cap that I am using now, which is a bout an inch or two longer and about 2 inches tapered in, is a raised topper. Its got an extra 5 inches up from the cab height. I have discovered that extra space has become important to me, many items like my snow blower, or small commercial mower would not be easily transported with a standard height cap on. I can't find those for less than 6 or 7 hundred.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Not surprising, hard to find used that will fit that truck, it's a little wider than mini trucks and no where near as wide as full-size trucks.

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      MJ 

      3 weeks ago

      Hay i have a 2003 dodge dakota qaud cab slt. looking for shell but don't want to pay $2600+ on a new one, but can't seem to find one used in my area.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      The Dodge Ram didn't really have a crew cab for the 02 to 08 generation, they were technically only 'quad' cabs. It will not work on your 2016, so much changed on that bed, most notably an extreme curve to the tailgate. Is it possible a shell can sit on the bed and not rest on the gate at all? I don't know, maybe, but I'm fairly confident that won't work. You need something from 09 or newer.

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      02 dodge topper 

      4 weeks ago

      Will a topper on a 2002 Dodge crew cab with a 6.5ft box Fit on my 2016 Dodge crew cab with a 6.5 ft box!? It is a leer brand topper

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Not very well, the Dodge bed is about four inches wider-at least in the front it is, and at least two inches longer.

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      Kevin P Hoffman 

      4 weeks ago

      Hey Tom: great article and info. Any ideas on dimensions or model needed for 1999 Ford F150 ext cab flareside 6.5' bed.? Reasonably sure the Flareside is going to be tough to find used. Any ideas appreciated.

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      justin 

      4 weeks ago

      How well would a 96 dodge 2500 short bet camper fit on a 2000 short bed tundra?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Chris -yeah, that's what I suspected, the shell you got was meant for an extended cab most likely. I have seen how those fit on the crew cabs, it probably sits a little higher, it's not horrible, but that's why it fits the way it does.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Joe -seriously, you all need to actually read my hub post, I put up pictures of a SuperDuty shell on a 97 to 03 F150, it really doesn't fit. Scroll up, you'll see it.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Gary K -great, I don't sell used camper shells.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Dan T -yes, that will fit. The only thing that changed on that truck was adding the pull-out step in the tailgate, but yours will not have that.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Richard jax -only you know if you can cut it to fit. I personally wouldn't do all that work.

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      Chris 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi Tom, thanks for the reply on July 13th. Regarding my inquiry you stated the only difference would be if the 2002 is a crew cab. This truck is a crew cab but it is the heavier chassis (1500hd) so it has the standard 6.5' bed similar to a 2500hd. I wanted to clarify in response to your comment in case there was a difference on the back of the crew cab or something other than the bed.

      Thanks again.

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      Joe 

      5 weeks ago

      I have an 2002 f150. Will a topper for an 2002 f250 fit? Its a leer brand

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      Gary K. 

      5 weeks ago

      I have a 2005 Chevy Short bed LS Silverado I am looking for a used cap for bed in sandy brown

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      Dan T 

      5 weeks ago

      I have a 2006 Ford F-250 crew cab truck short bed and I’m looking at a cap off a 2010 same truck as mine but I need to know if the cap will fit ?

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      Mickey 

      5 weeks ago

      Thanks for this article... struggling to find a good/used shell for my 18’ Colorado... I feel more confident... and will probably go new, not a one size fits all item.

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      Richard jax 

      5 weeks ago

      I have a nissan crew cab 5 by 5 bed i was givening a nice 5 by 6 shell with windows can it be cut 2 fit

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @A dude -never heard of a Gazelle before, I have no idea what may be similar. Trying to match up other manufacturers parts is very difficult if not impossible.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Chris -those beds are the same, only difference would be if the 02 was a crew cab.

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      A dude 

      5 weeks ago

      I got a high rise gazelle for my 04 ranger. Fits good but the back window is smashed. Wondering what other caps might have the same size back window thanks

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      Chris 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi Tom,

      I purchased a used Leer cap for my 2002 GMC Sierra 1500hd that came off from a 1999 Chevy SIlverado 1500 (classic style). The cap is close but it seems it doesn't quite mate up to the angle of the back of the truck cab higher toward the roof. Is there anything different at all between silverado's and sierra's in 99-06?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Dj Vicknair -Some people repair those doors using plexi-glass, it's not the best repair as the weight is very different. Most places will not ship those doors third party because they will almost guaranteed arrive broken. The last couple of times I've had customer's with this issue they end up buying new tops.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ryan Orser -good news, your 2013 Ram is no different than the 2019 Ram-so long as you have that heavy duty chassis -2500/3500 -the beds are the same, Dodge will change it for 2020, but yours should be the same. Your hood might look different but I just sold a SnugTop XV to a customer with a 19 2500, we used the 09-18 mold, fit perfectly. That Leer dealer doesn't know their stuff.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Dan -no, check the pictures I posted, it's close, but that tailgate is the biggest issue, besides, nothing from the 07-13 generation fit very well in my opinion.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Eric Day -a longbed Ram being close to a longbed Tundra? Nothing that's made for a new Ram will honestly fit anything because of that tailgate. Most tops for the Rams have that curved door skirt-it will not work on anything else.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Heath - Not sure what the number is for, it doesn't enter into their database, which means it's older than your current bodystyle. Was it on a Tundra? Maybe, but on the first gen I would guess. That's a hard truck to find a used top for, I know the box dimensions aren't much different than an F150, but the shape of that cab are very different.

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      Dj Vicknair 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi Tom, I have a 2005 Toyota Tundra crew cab with a Century camper shell serial # 1103800. I bent & damaged the camper rear door frame. I’ve contacted Century & Leer to see if I could purchase a replacement complete door only to learn that they stop making replacement several years back. I live near New Orleans, LA. I continue to look locally in ads for a used camper shell for same truck with no luck yet. Do you know of a business that sells & ships rear camper doors. I’m open to any other suggestions you can offer me as well, so that I can fix mine.

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      Ryan Orser 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi Tom, I recently bought a 2019 Ram 3500 Crew Cab SRW with the 6’4” box. The Leer sealer in town says because of the newly redesigned Ram tailgate, Leer has to manufacture a new rear door to fit and there is no eta on production/availability yet. Last year I bought a used Leer 122 off a 2013 Ram that I’m thinking of using until the new one comes out. Any idea how ‘off’ the fit will be? Thanks for your input

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      Dan 

      7 weeks ago

      Tom,

      Will a Snugtop Rebel topper 2007-2013 for Silverado 1500 XC 6.6 box fit a 2018 Silverado LT?

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      Eric Day 

      7 weeks ago

      I have a 2013 tundra double cab long bed

      I am curious on if a topper from a 2019 ram 2500 long bed would be a close match from your experience

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      Heath 

      7 weeks ago

      Hi Tom,

      Thanks for the great article. Do you know what kind of truck a Leer topper with serial number 02216903 would go to. I was told it would fit a 2014 and older tundra which doesn't make sense because the bodies changed in 2014 and the beds are slightly longer. Toppers up here in Alaska are super expensive due to shipping costs so I am trying to find a used one for my 2013 Tundra. Any assistance in deciphering the serial number would be much appreciated. Thank you.

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      Janet 

      7 weeks ago

      Looking for a cap/camper top for a 2015 Frontier Crew cab 5 ft bed. Don't was to drop the money on a new one.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Mark -yes, those beds and cab angle are the same, should work just fine.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Eric Day -you might try like an 04 to 08 F150 longbed, but finding that may prove to be just as difficult. Luckily you can still get a new fiberglass top for that truck.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Justin -uh, no, not really. Maybe an older Superduty, but there's a reason they changed the molds. The Superduty trucks are wider, deeper beds and have taller cabs than any other truck, so keep that in mind.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Dawn -not likely and I don't know what you mean by Colorado S10, which is it? The Colorado/Canyon is different than the S10, it's really about which generation it is. I've seen someone stick and S10 shell on a Tacoma, and I posted a picture of it, so it might work, but it won't look very good.

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      Mark 

      2 months ago

      Wanting to know if a camper shell from a 2016 Ram 2500 mega cab with the 6’4” bed will fit my 2018 Ram 2500 crew cab with the 6’4” bed?

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      Eric Day 

      2 months ago

      I have a rare 2013 Toyota Tundra double cab long bed

      Searching for this while measuring everything.... so far zero, suggestions?

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      Justin 

      2 months ago

      2018 f350 cc long bed. Anything fit this model from previous models?

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      Dawn 

      2 months ago

      Will a colardo s10 cap fit a 2015 nissan frontier 6ft bed ?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Sean -yeah, don't bother, the Superduty bed and F150 bed are very different. Superduty beds are bigger than everything, so is the truck cab. All of the manufacturers charge more specifically for SD tops for that very reason. You try to stick an F150 top on there, it will be narrower, and sit lower than the cab, and not by a little. You should be able to find something, you've got from 1999 to 2016, even more if you don't have that step in the tailgate.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Chris -no, I don't have access to ARE dealer info, I can get info on Leer and SnugTop, sorry. You can try to contact a dealer, see if they can help, or tell them you're looking for a part, and verify what if fits.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Luis -yeah, don't think that would fit, keep in mind, it might sit on the bed, but the contours would be off, it would not seal at all, etc.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      That truck bed is kind of an odd size, but if anything it's closer to 04 on F150, but the fit would be terrible, those trucks have very different lines.

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      Sean 

      2 months ago

      Hey Tom,

      Awesome article! Thank you!

      I have a 2014 F250 SuperDuty and it seems the shells for these are quite rare (used anyway). What issues will I run into fitting a F150 6.5' shell onto the superduty? Also, will height vary much? Thanks again!

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      Chris 

      2 months ago

      I have an A.R.E. mpulse with serial number 99M-32048. Can you tell me what it fits?

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      Luis 

      2 months ago

      Hi sorry to bother you but I have a 2010 Nissan Frontier 6’ bed . I’m trying to buy a 05-15 Toyota Tacoma shell bit not too Sure if it will fit . If not what other truck camper fits. So I can look for it

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      Cristell Halfman 

      2 months ago

      Just purchased 2000 Toyota Tundra w/ acess cab, what toppers fit this truck 68" W X 6'6" L.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Robert Hayes6412 -the fit is not that great. It will sit on the bed rails, but nothing lines up very well.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Looks like a Leer 100R for an 2002 to 2006 Chevy/GMC Crew cab with 6 foot plus short bed, not the 5.8 extra short bed.

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      Robert Hayes6412 

      2 months ago

      2007 gmc Sierra 1500 5'9" bed. Will a bed cap from a classic fit properly on a new style?

      Please advise?

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      Robert Hayes6412 

      2 months ago

      Hi

      2007 GMC Sierra 1500 5'9" short bed camper top. does a classic and new style fit the same? Looking at a used 07 camper top do I need to be specific with seller what it was bought for?

      Please advise?

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      Kevin Grant 

      2 months ago

      Was wondering if you could tell me what this serial number would be for ?

      leer 01691899

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      On the 5 foot bed? Not many, and whatever you put on there that's not for that bed, remember that it will look wrong and it won't seal. Possibly a shell from a Frontier with a five foot bed or a Colorado/Canyon (04-12). Remember though you HAVE to clamp it down on that track on the inside of the bed.

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      joseph clouser 

      2 months ago

      Hey Tom looking for a camper for my 2012 tacoma pre runner with the 5ft bed I think. looking for bargains at this point and was wondering are there any truck bed campers that would go onto my truck with little to no modification? The camper doesn't have to be made specifically for my particular truck. Would any camper for a midsize truck 05-15 chevy/nissan/ford/gmc be able to work with a little encouragement?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Of course, just make sure you have tie down straps, maybe some c-clamps to secure it to your bed. The F150 top will be narrower of course, not sure if it will sit on the bed flat or not, bring some flat boards or two by fours to set it on, and clamp those to the bed if you have to.

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      Johnathan 

      2 months ago

      I’m buying a topper for my 07 F150 5.5 bed that’s in the shop but want to go pick it up in my 2010 F250.. can I temporarily mount the topper to my f250 for transport.. I will be traveling about 2 hours

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Bob, - For the 2014 to 2018 GM bodies/beds, they are all the same, no difference between 1500 and 2500/3500.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Should work just fine, I think I wrote that Nissan made some changes in 2016, but I'll be damned if I know what exactly, just remember that you'll have to take off that wing-like tailgate piece.

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      Bob, 

      2 months ago

      Will a Leer 100XL that was on a 2017 Silverado fit on a 2017 1500?

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      Gary M 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2016 king cab frontier- will a Leer 180 truck cap for 2005+ Nissan Frontier fit mine?

      Great article

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Try this number for Leer -even for dealers they are hard to get on the phone. 800 444 5337 -try to talk to Carla or Maria. Carla is not always very happy, but she's helpful when she wants to be. Or let me know what serial number you have, I can try to look it up.

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      Tom 

      2 months ago

      Thank You for responding.....yeah I was afraid you would say that I’m so bummed I Love My Dakota it’s been a Great little truck I don’t really care too much about looks as much as functionality I want to camp & be prepared if I Ed to stealth camp lol Thanks again take care from Idaho Wendy

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      Mark Runnels 

      2 months ago

      Hi Tom.

      Thank you for your response. I am not sure if the serial number really is too old to track, or the dealer just didn't want to put any effort into it since there wasn't a sale in it for him. I have tried to contact Leer, but they only offer an e-mail contact and there has been no response. Thanks!

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Mark Runnels -if Leer doesn't know, there's no way I would. I do know that if it's too old to look up, then the top is older than 1996, at least. If the third brake light is not molded into the fiberglass and mounted in the door frame, it's probably around 1994. If it has no third brake light, and never did, it's older than 94. That's the best I got man.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Kelly Fernandez -value for a top for a 2001 Chevy-fullsize? That's a classic body, still many of those trucks out there, if it's a short bed. I would say something like $500. Figure new tops are at least $2K, so if it's good condition-nothing broken, and it's the same color someone wants, you can probably get at least that if not more.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Richard (Dick) Hamilton -well, a nice used top can sell for up to $1,200, depending on demand. Dakotas are the least common truck right now, at least they are where I am-CA, and there are more tucks registered in CA than any other state. You won't be able to get $1,200, I would say $400, maybe less.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Philbro -depends on what you mean by Access cab-I know Toyota uses that term, but I hear it used for both the traditional type of 'extended' cab trucks, and crew cabs. The Tundras of that era had an extended cab, again, that what I call it, and a crew cab. Yes, both had four doors, but one were suicide doors, the other was not. Those two beds AND cabs are different.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Check the pictures on this article, I did post what that would look like, on a shortbed, but should be comparable.

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      Mark Runnels 

      2 months ago

      I have located two very nice Leer toppers, but need to verify that they fit my '97 Dodge Ram. They are both several hours away and test fitting them isn't practical. I called a Leer dealer and they said that the serial numbers were "too old for Leer to look up". Is there anyway of determining from the serial number what each topper was made for?

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      Kelly Fernandez 

      2 months ago

      Following Richard. I have a 2001 Chevy topper

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      Richard (Dick) Hamilton 

      3 months ago

      Hi, can you tel me waht a ARE shell for 2004 Dodge Dakots club cab is worth. Excellent conition

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      Philbro 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2005 Tundra “access” cab. I’m having a hard time finding a shell to fit it. I believe you said the club cab was technically different but looks the same? Will the club cab shell fit my access cab? Or do you have any other suggestions?

      Thanks Phil

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      LM 

      3 months ago

      Will a 1996 Dodge Ram 8’ cap fit a 2002 8’ 1500 Ram?

      I know the bed size changed in 2002 but I’m wondering if I can make it work.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jonathon -I don't really have any other ideas, I've covered it all quite extensively :) -but I can tell you that the bulging Nissan body cladding on that gate isn't really that big of a problem-depending on the type of top, most doors can kind bed a little-not a great seal, but it works. Other than one made specifically for that bed, that's really the best you're going to get.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Shane -so, the harbody nissan beds, pre-Tacoma Toy beds and Mazda beds are very similar, you just have to understand that the Tacoma extra cabs have a sloping angle to the front of the shell. So, if you took a top off a shortbed, standard cab hardbody and put it on a standard cab toyota, you probably wouldn't even be able to tell it wasn't made for that truck, the rails will be a little wider, but it will fit the bed perfectly. If it came off a king cab hardbody, it will be a little lower in height. In other words, a top off a hardbody for a 1994 or older Toyota is a great fit.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jim Kwan -not sure what you mean by fullsize in referencing a Tacoma. 05 to 15 are all the same, access or crew cabs are the same, so long as the bed length is the same-obviously. But a Tacoma shell will not fit on a Tundra, which is Toyota's fullsize truck.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @kappy florendo -so I did a quick check on that serial number, looks like a Leer 100XQ for an 02 to 08 Ram quad cab shortbed. If your Ram is 09 (1500 only) to newer, it won't work.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @dagnuten - just remember that the Superduty (F250/350/450) are wider and taller than the F150. They may look like similar trucks in style, but they are very different. in 2008 Ford started putting in that step on the tailgate, if you have it, the shell MUST have a door made for it. I have seen someone hack off some of the plastic around the step to work with his older top-it wasn't pretty.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tony -serial plates are typically along the base rail or near the rear door, roof, possibly by a dome light. If there isn't one, I have no real good answer, I could probably tell if I saw it. You can find me on FB if you want to send me a picture.

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      Jonathon 

      3 months ago

      Just bought an '02 frontier with dreams of doing a build out for camping/travel in the bed. Reading the article makes it clear that this tailgate makes buying a used topper difficult, but there is that one photo that "almost" works. Any suggestion for what other vehicles toppers I can search for that will fully cover the bed and close the window?

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      Shane 

      3 months ago

      Any idea how a 1990 Nissan hardbody shell would fit to a 1991 Toyota pickup?

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