Tips and Compatibility Info for Buying a Used Camper Shell

Updated on June 15, 2018
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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.

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 just be aware of a few things to consider before you buy.

  • 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.

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.

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.

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

2004-2014: 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 2001 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).

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.

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

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.

Rams may look the same, but they aren't

The top is a 09+ quad cab-1500, short bed. The center is a 10+ 2500, crew cab short bed. The bottom is a 09+ crew cab short bed. Notice the 2500 crew is different than the 1500 crew.
The top is a 09+ quad cab-1500, short bed. The center is a 10+ 2500, crew cab short bed. The bottom is a 09+ crew cab short bed. Notice the 2500 crew is different than the 1500 crew.

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:

2001-2004: 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.

2005-2017: The Frontier changed most recently in 2016, so anything 2016 and newer likely has a new mold-important tip though is in 2013 the bulging cladding gave way to a 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.

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      Vince 

      57 minutes ago

      Will a camper shell with rear doors where you have to remove the tailgate where the doors go off a late model Dodge 1500 long bed fit a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 long bed?

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      Paul 

      2 days ago

      What would fit on a shortbed crew cab titan? Shortbed ford or chevy?

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      tbed 

      2 days ago

      Hi Tom. Will a 2001 F250 CoverMaster topper fit a 2005 Chevy Silverado 3500 Crew Cab long bed? The dimensions listed on Craigslist seem pretty close.

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      Issak 

      2 days ago

      Hi Tom, I have a 2006 chevy extended cab with the extra short bed (5.8) and I found a shell for sale that would be coming off of a 2006 crew cab extra short bed. I know the bed size wont be my issue, but the cab angle. will that shell work for me or not?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @BRvalley -you are correct, it's not just the tailgate section, but I've never tried to fit a pre-2015 top on the newer beds to see how different they are.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Bryan -depends, does the ARE top have what they call, 'wrap' rails? The wrapped rails on most fiberglass tops for the 2nd gen Tacomas will not work on the older beds, and those tacos (1996 -2004) have very narrow bed rails. The 2003 Tacoma should be about 60 inches wide and around 75 or 76 inches long. Most older mini-sized trucks have similar dimensions.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Mark Nohr -not sure what you mean by cross reference, the Dakota is a bit of a unique size, most smaller trucks are too narrow for the Dakota bed, and full-sze is too wide.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @mistyr2010 -I don't know if anything is 'compatible' with that, on most newer trucks, the tops need to be specific in order to fit. I don't see many Nissan Frontiers, so I'm not sure if something like an older Tacoma top might work.

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      BRvalley 

      5 days ago

      Will a canopy from a 2012 F150 fit the 2015-2018 body style? I'm not so much worried about the tailgate trim piece (doesn't need to be perfectly sealed for my purposes), but I don't believe the front of the canopy would fit the new body style....can you guys confirm that?

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      Bryan 

      6 days ago

      Tom! Thank you for the great information! Will an ARE shell for a 2009 standard cab Tacoma fit onto a 2003 standard cab Tacoma?

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      Mark Nohr 

      6 days ago

      Nice Article!

      I have an 06 Dakota extended cab 79.2" bed (according to specs).

      Is there a cross reference for shells that fit this truck?

      Also is there a cross reference for bed mats?

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      mistyr2010 

      7 days ago

      I have a 2016 Nissan frontier crew cab short bed will any short bed tops fit or are there any compatible tops that will thanks

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      Tom Zizzo 

      12 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Diane -the standard cab and the extended cabs are different. I'm sure a top from an extended cab will work, it just won't be as nice of a fit, it will look wrong to the trained eye. I couldn't sell someone a top on their standard cab truck by using the one made for the double/extended cab-they would notice the fit is off.

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      Diane 

      13 days ago

      Thanks for your response! I really appreciate the info. I was under the impression that a canopy from any 2nd gen tacoma would fit other than the double cab 5ft bed? If it has to be specifically for a standard cab, then I'm pretty much out of luck because there are hardly any standard cab tacomas out there.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Diane -you do not have to remove the plastic rail caps, which are technically not caps, your entire bed is like a plastic shell, or insert, which is why the shell uses special clamps that slide into that track, and when a top is mounted, those sliding tie downs become useless. It's the outside dimension that you need, think of it like a hat for your head. Lucky for you that generation Tacoma is/was very popular, but you do technically need a top from a standard cab- 2005 to 2015.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Kathy -uh, a 76 to 78 Ford Ranger is a full-size truck, not like the much smaller Ranger from the early 1980's, so no, that will not fit on a Toyota.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @druantia -good question. I personally own a 1987 B2000, but it's not a cab plus. The bed on the cab plus IS different. Your width should be around 60 inches-remember, it's the OUTSIDE dimension that matters. Cab height is just over 20 inches, but I'm not sure on the length. Most import beds from the mid 80's to early 90's would likely work, remember that tops on extended cab toyotas have a slope/angle to them.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @PoIM -not sure, the first gen Tacoma uses 'flat rail' tops, the 05 to 15 Tacoma tops tend to 'wrap' the rails, the dimensions are not all that different though.

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      Diane 

      2 weeks ago

      I have an 05 Tacoma standard cab. To clarify... there is NO other canopy/shell that will fit other than those made specifically for the 2nd gen Toyota? Do the plastic bed rails on the sides need to be removed to fit a canopy on? I've seen pics of trucks where some look like they've left the bedrails on and others that took them off. Will the moveable/removable tie downs be able to stay on or do they have to come off? How are the tops clamped down? To the rail that the tie downs are on? Do you buy a canopy based on the inside dimensions of the bed or the outside? The 2nd gen. Tacomas have tapered bed rails with a 4 inch difference between the cab and tailgate. I can understand how a shell for a different truck would be difficult to fit! Thanks for your help!

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      Kathy 

      2 weeks ago

      Will a 1976-1978 Ford Ranger shell fit on a 1987 Toyota?

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      PolM 

      2 weeks ago

      will a bed cap off a 2002 Tacoma fit a 2015? Both access cab

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Adrian -you can scroll up and look at the pictures I posted, trying to install a older top on a new GMC/Chevy doesn't work if the door skirt doesn't match up.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Woodrow -if the cab is the same, and the size of the truck, ie, if it's a 1500, crew cab with extra short bed, yes, they're the same, but if one is a 2500 crew, and the other is a 1500 crew, the front angle is different.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Garry -to answer your first question, the cab style on the 2004 to newer/current F150 doesn't matter. Whether you have a regular cab or crew cab long bed, tops are the same. To answer your second question, the 2009 F150 has this slight flare out near the end of the bed-makes the bed a good inch and half longer. It's one of those things that makes you wonder why Ford made such a useless, subtle change, but it's just enough to make it not work.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Darcy -the beds between an F150 and F250 are NOT identical, they are totally different, the 250 is wider, of course, the length is relative to what we're talking about. F250 beds only come short or long, F150 has three different length beds.

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      Garry 

      3 weeks ago

      I might have the opertunity to buy a canopy that measures 8’3”X6’X2’ 3”. It is on a 2009 Ford f150. Will it work on my 2006 Ford f150 regular cab pickup. The measurements seem close.

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      Woodrow 

      3 weeks ago

      Will a camper top for 2016 Ram Rebel fit 2011 Ram outdoorsman with same bed length?

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      Garry 

      3 weeks ago

      Will a canopy that fits a 2004 to 2008 Ford F-150 8 ft box fit all the trucks. Super cab, crew cab, Reg Cab etc with 8ft boxes.

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      JenMarieD 

      3 weeks ago from High Sierras

      Tom, just want to update and let you know how valuable your article/reponses are. Thank you!

      Camper shell guy saw VISTA shell I found on Craigslist (the one I asked you about) and said nope won't fit. I didn't want to contradict him cuz he's been so helpful and kind but I knew you were right. I let it go. He called this morning and said he'd been thinking about the VISTA shell and thinks he can get it to work. Man alive was I a happy camper! I'm buying it tomorrow. Camper shell guy will put new seals all around and new boot. He's buying shell already on my truck for same price I'm paying the Craigslist guy! Win/win!!

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      kittyjoy 

      3 weeks ago

      Thank you Tom! As I suspected. based on your article and other research. Needed confirmation and I just wanted it to work! It was the same color and everything. The hunt continues.

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      Darcy 

      3 weeks ago

      Hey Tom! Will a canopy for a 2011 F250 fit a 2011 F150? Are the boxes identical? The one in question is a Big Steel Rawhide Arrow Mark 3.

      His measurements are 84 by 74 at the front and 71 at the rear. I have a measurement of 82x74 front and 70ish at the back. Not sure qhere to measure exactly.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Anthony - maybe, haven't really tried anything. You would have to remove that extruded tailgate cap, and remember the front wall of that bed has some curve to it. If anything an older Superduty top might work, but the rear of those tops mold over to cover the plastic rail caps that come down, so maybe not.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @kittyjoy -the back door-window/glass will not shut on the new truck's tailgate, if you look up some of the images I posted on this article, you'll see what I'm talking about.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Kyle G -please refer to the hub article, that's why I wrote it. The Superduty and the F150 are very different trucks, totally different beds and cabs, so no, it won't work.

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      Anthony 

      3 weeks ago

      Anything from chevy or ford Fit on a 06 Ram short box?

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      kittyjoy 

      3 weeks ago

      Do you think a shell from a 2005 GMC Sierra Crew Cab will fit a 2017 GMC Sierra Crew Cab? Each a short bed.

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      JenMarieD 

      3 weeks ago from High Sierras

      Thank you so much for the response! Yippee! Truck already has cab high shell but with carpet kit in raised position, just no room. Very happy and excited!

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      Kyle G 

      3 weeks ago

      will a 1999 f150 extended cab short bed topper fit a 199 f250 crew cab short bed?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @JenMarieD -yes, that should work, it might be a little taller than the cab of your truck, but the length and width are almost identical.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @PolM -no, the Tundra and the Tacoma are totally different-Tundra is larger (wider) than the Tacoma.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Criang75

      Not if your Ram is new: made in (2009-2018)

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      JenMarieD 

      3 weeks ago from High Sierras

      Regarding my question from yesterday about the 91 Mitsubishi Might Max camper shell fitting on a 88 Toyota (both reg. cabs) -- the shell is a VISTA. Thanks in advance for any help.

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      JenMarieD 

      3 weeks ago from High Sierras

      PolM: Talking with camper shell guy I'm dealing with he said camper shells on 2004 and earlier Toyotas would fit my 1988. 2005 and later would not. Don't know, but seems like a 2004 shell would *not* fit a 2015. Also said shells on extended cabs will not property align on reg. cab. That's all I know. LOL!

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      PolM 

      3 weeks ago

      Will an ARE cap from a 2004 Tundra with a 6' bed fit a 2015 Tacoma extended cab? Thanks

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      JenMarieD 

      3 weeks ago from High Sierras

      This info is exactly what I was looking for. Have a 1988 Toyota reg. cab and found a beautiful used shell for sale that states it is on a "91 mitsubishi mighty max." No front window, attaches with boot, which is what I need. Any idea if it would fit? Thank you so much! Jen

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      Crlang75 

      3 weeks ago

      I have a Ram 1500 with the 5.5 bed.

      I found a topper for sale it’s an A.R.E for a 2010 Chevy Silverado with the small bed will it fit my Ram??

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Garry Bernardin -no, not exactly. If you were looking at a SnugTop or a Leer, I could probably research it, but those manufacturers databases only go back to the mid 1990's, anything older than that and even they won't know exactly. Always measure-outside dimensions, and always measure the front AND rear width-a lot of beds are tapered.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Brian T -no, different beds and different cab angles. Those trucks did not interchange the beds, whether it was an access cab or double cab, they all had short beds, and they were totally different beds, and of course a long bed standard cab, but that's it. If we were talking about a commercial top, it would probably work, but a Snugtop is VERY specific in it's fit.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Kelley123 -your best bet is a top from another Ranger, Ford sold a ton of those trucks, and virtually any Ranger will work, but, how does it size up to other trucks? Well, avoid any tops off of 'extended' cab Toyotas-the front slope will rub, otherwise, a standard cab Toyota top-or even first-gen Tacoma, will kind of fit, it's just under an inch too long.

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      Garry Bernardin 

      3 weeks ago

      Hi Tom. Is there any labeling or other sure ways of knowing what canopy will fit my 2006 F150 Reg Cab 8ft box truck?

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      Brian T 

      4 weeks ago

      Will a snug cap off of a 2000 tundra access cab fit my 2005 Tundra double cab.

      Thanks

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      Kelley123 

      4 weeks ago

      I just bought a 2011 ford ranger . Ive been looking for a camper shell to put on it . There are some pretty inexpensive used ones out there but most are from different trucks or much older. Your article sort of clarified for me that a lot of older ranger toppers will still fit. At least i think thats what you implied. but what about other trucks? what can be substituted on my truck ?outer edge is 63x75 and inside is54x72 Thank You in advance

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      Shelena 

      4 weeks ago

      Thank you so much. After 3 years of searching for a used, I am giving in and ordering me a new one this weekend.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Shelena - with a walk-in door? Probably won't work, the 07+ bed changed from the 99-06 bed. If it wasn't a walk-in door type, it might sit on the bed ok, but the tailgate area between the two is totally different.

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      Shelena 

      4 weeks ago

      2006 Silverado Extended, ARE Walk; would it work for a 2010 Silverado Extended and b able to seal and lock properly? Thank You.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Larry - I lay out that info in the Hub -the older F150s had non-tapered beds, so the 73 to 87 Chevy/GM beds (fullzise) will work.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Lee Hornsby -if you have to remove the tailgate, it won't work. If it's just sitting on the top of the bed rails, it might, but always measure-outside dimensions, not inside.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Oscar -no, won't work.

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      Larry 

      4 weeks ago

      What year chev camper shell will fit a 95 f 150 truh with eight ft beds

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      Lee Hornsby 

      4 weeks ago

      Hello. I was wondering if you could tell me if a work top off of a 2002 f 150 would fit a 2006 f 150?

      Thanks for any help you can give me.

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      Oscar 

      4 weeks ago

      Hello!! I have a serious inquiry. Will a 2007 Tacoma shell fit on a 2004 ford f150? I found a killer deal and wanna know if it will fit before i make the trek to where it is!

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Shelly Ford -Not sure how I can help, you need a top off a 2009 to 2014 F150, earlier years will not work, it is possible that older (1988 to 98) Chevy tops sort of fit. A decent used top, that fits the truck, are going to be between $400 to $700. A brand new top, color-matched, is like $1,800 to $4K.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ian -I do. I can post those if you like.

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      Shelly Ford 

      5 weeks ago

      My dad has tasked me with finding (attempting) a camper shell to fit his 2011 Ford F150 Super Cab with 6.5 foot bed. Did I mention he's on a budget??? Those don't exactly go hand in hand. Any leads?? I've Googled, FB Marketplaced, E-Bayed, and Amazoned to no avail. Help!

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      Ian 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi Tom, do you happen to have any pics of cap styles that usually fit a 2005 GMC Sierra Extended Cab W/6.5ft bed?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Kyle -yeah, that will NOT work, at all, and I don't have any photos because the difference is that dramatic. Sadly, the half-octogon shape of the back end and tailgate of the 2015 to current F150 mean nothing else will conceivably work.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Mitch -the issue you'll have is the Nissan shell will be too long, and a lower cab height. Remember that for that truck, a top off literally any Ford Ranger will work, short bed I'm sure.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ianrep -yes, should be the same, remember the Frontier has this plastic tailgate cap that must be removed and replaced with a flat, smooth aftermarket piece.

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      Kyle 

      5 weeks ago

      Do you have any photos of the fitment on a 2013 ford leer canopy on a 2017? Is there a dramatic difference?

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      Mitch 

      5 weeks ago

      I own a '98 Mazda B2500 ext. cab. Curious if a canopy off a '98 Nissan Frontier will in fact fit my truck??? The dimensions they listed online seem to match the dimensions of my bed but i wanted to make sure before i waste anyones time trying to fit it. Does anyone know? Great site btw

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      lanrep 

      5 weeks ago

      Great site. Thanks for sharing with all of us. Will a 2010 Nissan Frontier, ARE 2010 cap, fit on a same but 2011? Thanks in advance

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      john j 

      5 weeks ago

      Thanks will do, when I entered my truck info online on the Leer and ARE sites they said no longer available , will call dealer, appreciate your response!

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Izzak4 -the tricky configuration on the older Tundra is if you have the access or crew -they look very similar, but the beds are different. The other oddity on your generation is you might have the pre-plastic rails, throwing off the size ever so slightly. A top off an 05 should work, so long as its the right cab fit. Identifying a Leer or SnugTop serial is fairly easy, but the manufacturers won't have info on anything made beyond the mid 90's.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Thomas Jove - I'm pretty sure the Raider is identical to the Dodge Dakota.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @TwelveNineEight -uh, no, all three of those Rams are the standard short bed, not the 5.7, or 'less than 6 foot bed, I know, I took the pictures and sold the tops, but the Rams are VERY confusing, that's why I posted the pictures, and the front wall is not that straight, again, that's why I posted the picture of the front of that SnugTop off a new Ram truck. You think it's straight, but in reality, it's not-not compared to other makes, that's for sure.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Duke Dawson -just knowing the length is not enough, the width-front and rear, and cab height would also help. I don't know of anything at 90.5 inches long, older longbed Fords and Dodges are typically around 97 inches long.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @John J -a 2006 GM/Chevy truck, HD, is what they call the 'classic' body truck, they are still plenty of models available for that. Most of Leer's line is available, ask a dealer about a 100R or Legend, with windoors. The Legend is the same as the 100R, but with a weaker warranty, so it's cheaper.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Clare -no, that will not work, they are VERY different beds.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Greg -yes, for the new Chevy/GM trucks, they are the same, it was the previous generation that was not.

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      rosie 

      5 weeks ago

      looking for a cheap camper shell for my toyota tacoma 2003; 6.3* 5 f,please let me know.

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      Izzak4 

      5 weeks ago

      I have a 2002 Toyota Tundra 4 door . I have been looking for a Camper shell and have become totally confused. I live in a remote part of Colorado and have traveled some 100 miles to look at suposadly shells that "fit a 2002 " tundra only to find out they were for a 2005 , 2007,or 1999 None fit ? I have given my measurements .

      Front of bed outside to outside of rail 67"

      Rear of bed outside to outside of rail 67"

      Length of bed from window glass to rear outside of tail gate 77 1/2"

      I liked your comment to ask for a serial # and then I can contact the factory ....

      Any suggestions on Camper Shells that would fit ?

      Thank you for your time

      Izzak

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      Thomas Jove 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi Tom,

      I have a 2007 Mitsubishi Raider Double Cab LS 4WD and Im trying to figure out what shell camper will be best to fit. Since Mitsubishi Raider isnt all that common Im having trouble determining what will work. Any thoughts?

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      TwelveNineEight 

      5 weeks ago

      In regards to the 4th gen Rams, there are actually 3 bed lengths. A 5'7" (67"), a 6'4" (76"), and the 8' (96"). The photo where you have the 3 rams on top of each other is mislabeled. The 3/4 ton in the middle and the 1/2 ton on the bottom have the same 76" bed on them. Also, the front (behind the cab) of the Ram bed is quite straight, not curved like the depiction of the hoisted bed that you show.

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      Duke Dawson 

      6 weeks ago

      Hello. I have a Gem Top and I am trying to and figure out what it fits. 90.5 inches long. Thank you so much!

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      John J 

      6 weeks ago

      Thanks so much for a great Article -- I had a couple questions, I have a 2006 GMC Sierra HD -- It has a really nice Leer Tonneau cover but I need to get a canopy. I have been cruising craiglist and talking to different small dealers. Is there a better way to search?. I would like color matched, windoors, for the 6.5 bed. Of course no luck -- the big producers no longer make for 2006. If I find one -- which is likely a better solution , adding windoors or getting it painted to color match? Thanks John

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      Clare 

      6 weeks ago

      Thanks for the article. Im looking for a used cap for my 2016 f150 supercrew with 5.5 bed. Would a leer 2003 F150 extended cab short bed cap work?

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      Greg 

      6 weeks ago

      So a topper off a 2016 Chevy will fit a 2016 GMC? I’m confused by the part where it says the rear door is unique to the model. Is that the year range for both Chevy and GMC or unique to Sierra vs Silverado?

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      Jeff W 

      6 weeks ago

      Thanks for the info. I didnt go pick it up yet but it should work. Thanks for the help!

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jeff -well, I personally have a top off a 97 Nissan KC, and I can tell you that it will fit a bed about 60 inches wide, roughly 76 inches long, and the cab height is around 19". I'm not exactly sure how long that 2003 bed is, but I think it might work. Measure from the OUTSIDE, kind of like if you were trying to fit a hat to your head.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ben -width and length dimensions are just not enough to go on these days, a lot of truck beds now taper, so, is the width in the front the same as the rear, what about cab height and front slope, or angle. I would try to get more info, like the manufacturer and serial number to find out exactly what it was for first.

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      Jeff W 

      6 weeks ago

      Will a topper from a 97 nissan extended cab long bed fit a 2003 crewcab longed frontier. The chart list the bed sizes the same. I know about the tailgate bulge part

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      Jeff W 

      6 weeks ago

      I have a 2003 nissan frontier. Crewcab long bed. I found a topper i like for an almost free price off of a 1997 nissan extended cab long bed. Per the bed dimension site you listed above the beds are the same size. Besides the tailgate will it work?

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      Ben 

      6 weeks ago

      So I have a topper that measures 61”x74” and need to know what kind of truck to buy to fit it? Any help?

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      Duke Dawson 

      6 weeks ago

      Hello. Thanks for being willing to answer questions. I was just given a Gem Top and I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to remove the rust, paint it (cheaply), move it alone and figure out what it fits. The company was apparently bought out and info is hard to find. I am getting ready to go out and get exact dimensions, mfg. serial #, and anything else I can find. Thanks again!

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      Tom Zizzo 

      7 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Craig Smith -no, Dakota is narrower.

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      Craig Smith 

      7 weeks ago

      Will a fiberglass tonneau cover thats made for a Dodge ram but currently is on an f350, unsure of the year, fit an 01 Dakota sport with a 6.5ft bed?

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      Hardburly924 

      7 weeks ago

      Ok thanks

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      Tom Zizzo 

      7 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Hardburly924 -there aren't much in the way of others that will fit, however if you look at the pictures I have posted in this article, you'll see one where someone put an 88 to 98 Chevy top on their 06 F150, which kind of fit. You'll probably have an easier time finding one off an 09 to 14 F150, which is what you need.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      7 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tracey Spencer -the info you're looking for is also in the article I wrote- 09 to 14 F150's are the same, and if you try to fit an 04 to 08, it won't work, neither will anything from 15 to current.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      7 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @David -the answer you need is actually in the article I wrote -what you need is anything from 09 to current, but if you look at the pictures I included, understand that a 2500 crew is different from a 1500 crew-the angle of the cab is different.

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