Tips and Compatibility Info for Buying a Used Camper Shell

Updated on November 16, 2017
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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.

1997-2004. 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.

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.

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.

Mazda Trucks

Any Mazda truck built from 1993 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.

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.

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.

Silverado vs. Sierra. Up until 2007, the beds were the same between a GMC and Chevy, but for the current body style, the bed of the Chevy Silverado is actually NOT identical to the bed of the GMC 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 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.

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

1982-1992: 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.

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)

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.

2016 Tacoma vs. 2015

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.

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.

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.

2005-2015: 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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      Tom Zizzo 3 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ed Lucius -it kind of fits, I mean, the dimensions on those aren't that different, but if the top has relatively flat rails, you could probably make it work. It may not seal perfectly.

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      Tom Zizzo 3 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @KeithC -I think what you have there is for a Superduty Ford, short bed, fits 1999 to at least 07 before they started adding the step in the tailgate.

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      Ed Lucius 5 days ago

      i'm looking at an ACT top says it's for a 6 1/2 foot Chevy 2000-2007. Will this top fit my 2010 2500HD short bed (6 1/2)?

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      KeithC. 12 days ago

      I've got a topper with dimensions of 75" wide in front, 71" wide in rear, with a length of 84" . I am trying to find out which trucks this would fit. Thanks.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @M South -that's correct, the new, 2009 body style/generation is the one you want.

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      M South 2 weeks ago

      Hi Tom

      So I have a 2017 Ram Power wagon crew cab so the only top that will fit is a 2009 up correct?

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      Tom Zizzo 3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Issac W -not sure what make you're referring to, however, if you're talking about a fullsize GM truck, then yes, the tailgate bows out, and it affects the fit.

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      Isaac W 3 weeks ago

      Very well written! I have a clarifying question. If I buy a camper shell from a 2013, it may not be an exact fit on my 2017 because the design of the bed door?

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      Robbie Posner 3 weeks ago

      I found this article to be very well organized and informative. You obviously have a lot of great experience with this topic. I just sold a 2006 Ram Mega Cab 6' bed with a Leer top, as I found that the top would not fit my newer 2017 Ram Crew Cab properly. Now I'm looking for a top that will match my silver paint and also fit properly. Lots around for pre-2009, but not a lot available for a 2017. I'm still looking.

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      Tom Zizzo 4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Calisdad - nearly every shell/top manufacturer offers windoors, and typically the holes cut out for windoors are the same size as those cut out for sliders, so yes, you can change windoors to sliders, or vice versa-most of the time.

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      Calisdad 4 weeks ago from Groveland. CA.

      Hi Tom-

      Still looking here.

      Having side windows that open is a must for me.

      Is SnugTop the only manufacturer of these and can just the hardware be purchased to convert ones that don't?

      I believe they call them 'Windoors'.

      thx

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      Tom Zizzo 4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Darren -it's possible, but if you look at the pictures I posted in this Hub, you can see a 97 to 2003 F150 top on that bed and it seems to fit well enough.

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      Tom Zizzo 4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Chris -no, not really. The curve to the gate and the front wall kind of makes it only good for that truck.

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      Tom Zizzo 4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Cabar - you can try an older Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra bed, like an 88 to 06. I know the reverse sort of works.

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      Tom Zizzo 4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @jburton88 -not sure. I have seen someone take an 02 to 08 top and stick it on a 94 to 01 bed. The thing about the Ram gate is its more than just a bow, it literally changes the beds dimensions.

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      Darren 4 weeks ago

      Hi, I have a 98 Silverado C1500 ext. cab besides 88-98 chevy s/b ; will a 94-01 Dodge work ?

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      Chris 4 weeks ago

      Hello Tom, thanks for all the great information. I am purchasing a 2010 Ram 1500 Crewcab with what I believe is a 5'7" bed. I plan on selling it, will it fit any other vehicles besides Ram?

      Thanks

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      Cabar 5 weeks ago

      I'm looking for a cap for my 2000 f150 super cab 4x4. Are there any other options of ones that will fit? Thanks

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      jburton88 5 weeks ago

      I have an 08 ram 1500 and am looking at a cap from a 2009. researched the sizes of the beds and the widths, lengths and taper seem to match up pretty close. I was wondering if the flared tailgate on the 09 would make this not work or if it would still fit just not perfectly?

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      Tom Zizzo 5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Drew -it's possible it would work, the dimensions on those are nearly the same but the thing to remember on those composite bed Tacomas is it HAS to mount in those tracks that are on the inside of the bed. Do NOT mount it any other way. There are specific clamps for those Tacomas, and you HAVE to use those.

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      Tom Zizzo 5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Maxwell -No, because the Chevy bed is tapered, and the Ford bed of that generation is not. This typically doesn't work.

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      Tom Zizzo 5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @RLM -yes, that's correct, those beds and cabs should be the same.

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      Tom Zizzo 5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @KAI -no, won't work, the 86 bed is square-or a rectangle to be exact- the 97 bed is tapered, meaning it's narrower in the rear, it doesn't fit.

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      Drew 5 weeks ago

      I've got a 2013 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab, I'm looking at a cap that is currently on a guy's 2003(?) Tacoma, I think the lengths measure up well, but your article makes it seem like it might not fit. I don't think he was the original owner because the colors don't match, so maybe this is all useless information, but if it fits his 2003 Tacoma would it fit my 2013?

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      Maxwell 5 weeks ago

      Will a Canopy from a 1989 Chevy 1500, fit a 1992 Ford F250, both 8ft beds?

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      RLM 5 weeks ago

      Just to clarify from your discussion above; a cap from a 2011 ram quad cab should fit a 2017 Ram quad cab, without issues??

      This was good info by the way, most of the caps around here are sold second hand and have been on two or three vehicles

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      KAI 5 weeks ago

      would it be possible to install an 86 gmc shell on a 97 gmc? Longbed sierra. Doesn’t ya have fit perfect just want to know if it is doable! Thanks

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      Christopher Wilk 5 weeks ago

      Thanks so much for your information. I was looking at a cover from a 95 frontier for my 2002. Now I know that I will have trouble with the tailgate.

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      Tom Zizzo 5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tony -seems like a lot of work, a top off any fullsize Chevy or GMC from 1988 to 98 will work, and even the ones after that up to 2006 would also work. I find it hard to believe you couldn't find something from those years.

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      Tony 6 weeks ago

      Sorry my phone messed up and I kept reposting by accident!

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      Tony 6 weeks ago

      Hello again sorry for bothering you again but I previously asked about my 1991 GMC Sierra and I've got the exacts measurements hoping to make it easier for you so it's, 80 inches length, 67 width at the back and 69 width front. I had rails which I'm willing to take off If I can make this canopy from 2002 dodge Dakota work. The link for the Dakota with pictures is, https://www.kijiji.ca/v-other-auto-parts-and-acces... It's a 3 hour drive to pick this up going there this weekend depending on what you say. I can't thank you enough for your time and helping us random people on the Internet

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      Tony 6 weeks ago

      HI I have a 1991 GMC Sierra and I finally found a canopy for only $180 but it's from a 2002 dodge Dakota. My truck bed is classified as 6.6 feet and the seller has his measurements as 82 inches by 65 inches. Would I be able to make this work? All other Canopies are well over the $270 dollar mark even if their worn and this one looks operational and taken care of. Your help is greatly appreciated thank you.

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      Tom Zizzo 6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Darren Francis -yes, the B-series Mazda trucks from 1993 on were pretty much Rangers. At one point the beds were slightly narrower, but it really isn't much to matter. It would be rare to have a long bed, which would only be a standard cab. Come to think of it though, I can only recall seeing longbed Rangers, but not on the Mazda badged trucks.

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      Darren Francis 6 weeks ago

      Is the ,2009 Mazda B4000 still the same as the Ford Ranger. Is there a

      Short bed or long bed variation?

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      Tom Zizzo 6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Dais Sanders - Anything from 2009 to 2014 for an F150, make sure you measure your bed length on a crew cab. Unfortunately trying to fit something on the newer trucks that aren't meant for them is not easily done-the cab contours, bed tapering, plastic rail caps, and unique tailgates are the reasons why.

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      Tom Zizzo 6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Lawrence Wylie -not much available for those old longbed import trucks. The only company I know of that will make something (you'd have to give them outside dimensions) is a company in southern california called Lifetime.

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      Tom Zizzo 6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Simon Rabjohns -The Superduty (F250/350/450) beds are a bit wider than the Chevy beds, not sure about the overall length of the bed. If the shell you're looking at has a side by side cargo door (where the tailgate is removed) then it's not going to work, otherwise, just measure and measure :)

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      Dais Sanders 6 weeks ago

      I have a 2014 f150 supercrew ab. What size and type of shell topper will fit my truck

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      Lawrence Wylie 6 weeks ago

      1982 Toyota 4x4, regular cab, long bed - are there camper shells available?

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      Simon Rabjohns 7 weeks ago

      Hi Tom. I enjoyed your very thorough article on camper shells. I was wondering if a 2003 F250 aluminum contractor topper would fit a 2009 Silverado 1500, both 6.5 ft beds. Thanks for your help.

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      Tom Zizzo 8 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Calisdad -not sure, I doubt it, but you never know. The thing to remember is, for a shell, it's really not just the dimensions of the bed, it's also the height and contour of the cab. What you really need is a top off an 09 to 14 F150, and that truck was common enough to be able to find one. The good thing about the F150 is, crew, extended or standard cab won't matter, just the length of the bed.

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      Calisdad 8 weeks ago from Groveland. CA.

      Hi Tom,

      I just got a 2012 F150 extra cab (not crew) with the step in the gate and I see a Leer shell on a 2000 Silverado 'short bed' (classic?) for sale. Will it fit reasonably?

      thanks

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @CP -no, the bed on the 2000 is a couple inches longer I think. Remember to measure from the outside, end to end.

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      CP 2 months ago

      Hi Tom, wondering if a camper for a 2000 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab (Short Bed) will fit a 2011 Nissan Frontier Short Bed ?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Patrick -Dakota is tough because it's wider than the smaller trucks, but narrower than the fullsize trucks. I don't know of anything that is 'compatible' with those beds.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @TR -no, the new Ram not only has a very curved tailgate, but the front wall is as well.

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      Patrick C. 2 months ago

      I have a 2000 Dodge Dakota Club Cab, and I'm looking for a camper shell, just curious which ones are compatible but are technically meant for different vehicles

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      TR 2 months ago

      Hi Tom

      Will a topper of a 2003 Ford F-350 8 ft bed fit a 2015 Ram with 8 ft bed?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @don -too many unknowns, you haven't given me enough info. All Sierra's are fullsize, is it a longbed, and what year is it, is it a crew or standard cab, or extended cab? What about the Ram, what year is it, what about the bed or cab?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @J.W. -I don't know, Dodge totally changed that body style in 2005, but I just don't see many newer Dakotas.

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      don 2 months ago

      I've got a GMC Sierra 3500 with a full sized bed, I found a camper shell thats full sized for a Dodge Ram, will it fit?

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      J.W. 2 months ago

      I have a 2007 Dodge Dakota Club Cab with a 6'5" bed. Will a topper from a 2003 Dodge Dakota Club Cab with a 6'5" bed fit my truck?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ross -probably not. First off, Dodge is now called Ram, and they don't have an extended cab anymore, they call it a quad cab, which IS 4 doors. The problem you'll have is the curvature of the bed on a Ram, it's curved in the front and that tailgate, I wouldn't even bother with it.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @John -if you want a direct fit, yes, if you want something to put on there that looks off and like it doesn't fit well, there are other tops you can try, but you should be able to find something for a 1993 to 2012 Ranger/Mazda.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tanner D -read the Hub, that will likely not fit, the Ranger has very wide rails, the Toyota does not. The Ranger bed will be like an inch shorter and a few inches narrower.

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      Ross Kimble 2 months ago

      Do you think a leer 122 cap from a 13 dodge 2500 ext cab long bed would fit an 09 gmc 2500 ext cab long bed?

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      John 2 months ago

      Hello. So no shell will fit a 1994-on Ranger, except one made for a Ranger or Mazda, correct? Thank you.

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      Tanner D 2 months ago

      Will a 94 ranger canopy fit a 91 standard Toyota pickup? Thanks

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Rick Paxton -yes and no. It might actually fit, but you'll need special clamps that slide into the cargo rails track. I recently posted pictures of a top someone put on a similar bed from an S-10, if that fit, you may be able to pull it off.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Rick -yes, those should be the same. Dodge didn't make changes until the 2009 model.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Orin -so, the Hardbody Nissan (86.5 to 97) is a very square bed, meaning it doesn't have many curves, it's not tapered, and fairly uniform, much like the beds on the older Toyotas, Mazdas, even the pre 1994 Chevy S-10/Sonoma. So, most tops from 1984 to 1994 Toyota, Mazda 1986 to 1992 and the pre 1994 S-10/Sonoma, will likely fit. Just make sure you don't try to put a top for an extended cab Toyota on there, the slope will hit the top of the cab.

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      Rick Paxton 2 months ago

      Hi Tom Thanks for the info I have 08 tacoma crew cab long bed, and i found a cap off a 01 tacoma size of 75"x60"

      from your discription this will not work correct ?

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      Rick 2 months ago

      I’ve got a Capfor a dodge 03 crew cab 1500 series and a guy has a Dodge 1500 crew cab 08 and we were curious if that will fit on that 08???

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      Orin Sullivan 2 months ago

      So are there any camper shells that would fit the 97 hard body from a different truck

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Willian -there are HUGE differences between a '94 Ram and a '91 F150, for starters, the Ram bed is tapered, the Ford is not. I'm fairly confident it won't work.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Robert Viles -yeah, the Dakota is an odd size, traditionally called a 'mid-size' truck, it's really the only hold out in the category as the Tundra is now full-size. Measurements are conflicting? Just take your measurements, but remember, you should measure front and rear bed width, but you're likely going to have a hard time finding something used.

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      William 2 months ago

      I have a 1994 Dodge Ram 2500 8ft bed. A guy has a cap that he says came on a 1991 Ford F-150. Will it fit my truck? Thanks

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      Robert Viles 2 months ago

      I find it very hard to find a Cap to fit my 2008 DOdge Dakota Quad Cab largest doors, 5.5 bed. ANd I find conflicting answers on the measurements.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @sylvain blouin - hard tonneau covers really aren't cross-compatible, and for that matter, neither are tops, but a full shell is not like a tonneau cover, which is basically a big door. If the door doesn't fit right, well, it just doesn't work so don't bother.

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      sylvain blouin 2 months ago

      hello and thank you, just your quick opinion on what are probability of fitting a 09-14

      f150 tonneau (bed 6.5) on a new sierra 2017 same lenght

      again thank you

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Laird -yes, any Mazda pickup from 1993 on is essentially a Ford Ranger.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ron H -The Dodge Ram beds have very curved front walls and that tailgate, sorry, but other tops just won't work.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ed -check this Hub Ed, all your questions are answered there. Superduty trucks from 99 to 08 are essentially the same, even beyond to 2016.

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      Laird 2 months ago

      Will a Leer Camper Top for a 94 - 97 mazda B2300 pickup fit on a 1998 ford range (standard bed)? I read somewhere that there might be length difference?

      Thanks

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      Ron h 2 months ago

      I have a 2010 Dodge Ram short box, I have found a canopy off a 2010 F150 short box will it fit or hag over the back

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      Ed 3 months ago

      Good morning! I have a new 02 F350 SuperDuty with an 8 foot bed. Is there any cap out there that would work? Thank you!

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      Tom Zizzo 3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Mike -no sizes for that truck, only something specific, i.e., you need a top that was built specifically for a Raptor. They are slightly different than your standard F150.

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      Tom Zizzo 3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @david - I have no idea, I've never sold a soft top for a truck, nor would I want to.

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      Mike 3 months ago

      What size camper fits 2018 ford raptor

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      david 3 months ago

      will a soft topper from a2005 F-150 fir on a 2016 Tundra?

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      Tom Zizzo 3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Bob -no, just any topper won't work, here's why-lets say you find a top that measures close to your bed's dimensions-keeping in mind you need to measure the front AND rear width-many truck beds now are tapered, so this matters, but more importantly, did the top in question come off an extended cab truck? If it did, it may have an angle to the front of it, so basically, it could be leaning forward-hitting the top of your cab, and that's not good.

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      Bob 3 months ago

      I have a 1993 gmc single cab with long bed. I am trying to find a topper for. Will basically any topper work as long as it measures the same as my bed? I just want something I can lock camping gear inside. Thanks Bob from Ky.

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      Tom Zizzo 3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Bubba -yes, you absolutely have to find a top that is for a Flareside, one for a fleetside will not work.

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      Bubba 3 months ago

      If a truck cap was made for 97-04 Ford F-150, does the fact that my 2002 f150 is "flare side" make a difference. I'm seeing several ford truck caps on craigslist that are sitting on f150's but they are not flare side trucks like mine.

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      Tom Zizzo 3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tenni -well, yeah I guess.

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      Tenni 3 months ago

      Hey Tom, thx for the info, very helpful. So, for a 2001 FordRanger ext cab flare...is the difference simply a matter of width only?

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      Tom Zizzo 3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @garrett111 -no, in 09 Ford flared out the rear part of the bed, I mention it in the Hub. So you need something from 09 to 14, it's a subtle difference, but the 04 to 08 bed is a couple inches shorter-I've tried to make it work, it doesn't.

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      Tom Zizzo 3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Bronxgeneral74 -no, it's so different, don't bother, if anything, you could try a top off an 88 to 98 Chevy, that might work believe it or not.

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      garrett111 3 months ago

      Hi tom,

      I have a 2011 ford f150 and would like to buy a shell for it. Just wondering if a 2008 ford f150 leer shell will fit on the 2011.

      Thanks

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      Bronxgeneral74 3 months ago

      Tom, I have a 91 Ford F150. Will a 97 Ford F150 camper shell fit even though you mentioned the beds are tapered starting with the 97 model year? Thanks!

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      Tom Zizzo 3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @rollincritter@gmail.com -very rare truck, and I have no idea what would fit that. Standard Tacoma or earlier Toyota beds are around 76 inches long and 60 inches wide.

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      rollincritter@gmail.com 3 months ago

      any one know if any Toyota pickup/ Tacoma topper fit close on a 2003 tundra stepside truck? hard to match up specs. thanks in advance!

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      Tom Zizzo 3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Sue -not likely, of course you didn't specify what year the F250 was. If it's a Superduty (1999 and newer) then it's much wider, the bed contours are also different.

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      Sue 3 months ago

      Will a cap fitting a Ford F250 fit on a 2005 Ford F150-both are 8'beds?

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      Tom Zizzo 3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jsohio -contact an ARE dealer, they can call the manufacturer and give them the serial number to see what it was made for.

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      Tom Zizzo 4 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @AJ -I don't think that would work, that is if the F250 in question is a 1999 or newer, those trucks have tall cabs, wide rails, and a tapered bed, but you didn't tell me the year. You're better off finding anything from a 6.5 foot bed Chevy/GMC from 1989 to 2013.

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      AJ 4 months ago

      Tom, looking for a topper for my 2010 Chevy Silverado extended cab 6 1/2 ft bed

      Will an ARE off an f250 super cab fit? Measures 81.8”

      Thanks for your time! AJ

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      Tom Zizzo 4 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Benjamin M -I think it probably would, although the cab height and shape on the 2nd gen will be different, but the bed dimensions should be roughly the same. I think the 2nd gen might be like an inch longer though.

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      Benjamin M 4 months ago

      Hello, I've been looking to get a Camper shell for my 1993 Dodge Dakota, Club cab, Short Bed.

      Would a 2nd generation Camper shell fit on my 1st Gen truck?

      Thanks,

      Ben

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      Tom Zizzo 4 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Norvin Porter -I don't understand, you already have a bedliner and you're concerned another liner won't fit with the liner that's in it? Yeah, you can only have one liner, and why would you want to have two? Anyway, from 1994 to 2012, the Rangers were essentially all the same, the only stipulation being they had a long bed regular cab, and shortbed regular and extended cabs. If it's an extended cab, it's a shortbed.

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