Buying a Used Camper Shell: Tips and Compatibility Info

Updated on February 11, 2019
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Tom Zizzo, a journalist, has also spent many years selling truck and SUV accessories.

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

A Guide to Buying Used Camper Shells

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

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

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

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

A Damaged Shell May Not Be Much of a Deal

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

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

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

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

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

Truck Beds By Make and Year

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

Ford Trucks

Ford 150/250

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A 1997 F250 top on a 1999 F250

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

Superduty Top on a 97 - 2003 F150

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

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

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Ford Ranger

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

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

Mazda Trucks

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

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

Nissan/Toyota Shell on Mazda

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

Chevy / GM Trucks

Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1994-2004: 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 2010 Shell on a 2018 Chevy: Doesn't Quite Work

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

F150 Top on a Chevy/GMC

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

Toyota Trucks

"Toyota Truck" (SR5), Tacoma

The basic Toyota Truck is sometimes called the SR5.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Toyota Truck Shell on Tacoma

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

Chevy S-10 Top on a Tacoma

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

Tacoma Shell on Toyota Truck

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

Toyota T-100, Tundra

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

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

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

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

Dodge Trucks

Ram Truck

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

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

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

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

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

Dakota

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

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

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

2002 to 2008 Shell on a 1994-2001 Ram

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

Rams May Look the Same, but They Aren't

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

Dodge Ram has Curves

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

Nissan Trucks

“Hardbody”/Frontier

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

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

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.

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

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    • Tom Zizzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Zizzo 

      16 hours ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Xsapper041 -Do you have an 02 to 08 Ram? How will an 08 F150 top fit on that? Probably not all that great. You'll have gaps in the front, it will have more of a box shape to it, the Rams have, 'curves', bigger taper in the Ram bed. So, yeah, most likely not a good fit.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      16 hours ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Michael Hamari -no, I don't think they will work. The Superduty's have tall cabs and rails kind of hook at the end toward the tailgate.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      16 hours ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tim Mitchell -No, you read that wrong, after 1998, the F250/350 became the Superduty, and ever since, they ARE NOT the same as an F150.

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      Xsapper041 

      19 hours ago

      Hi ..I have a 2nd generation Dodge Ram 2500 regular cab with the 8' box. Used caps are hard to find around here but i found one from an 08 F150. Any idea how it'll fit?

      Thanks for the great article

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      Michael Hamari 

      3 days ago

      I have a 08 Nissan Titan King cab and I found shell from a 97 f250 both long beds. Think it will work? Thanks for the great info.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      3 days ago

      Hi Tom,

      Great article!!! I was looking at the for Fords 04-08. If I read that right the F150 and 250 have compatible bed so a 6’5” cap off a 250 will fit on a 150?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jen -it might, not that easy to find a 98 Frontier shell, but they had a little longer bed than most, and the can height will be different, you'll also have to take off that plastic tailgate piece.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Miranda Fancisco -no, won't work. In 2009 they changed the Ram bed, most notably toward the rear, it bows out-a lot.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Alf -depends on the bed length, but I think all the crew cabs on that generation were the really small beds. Your best bet -and the fit is not great-but try to find a top off an 03/04 Tacoma crew cab.

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      jen 

      4 days ago

      will a camper shell that is on a 1998 Nissan Frontier also fit the bed of a 2015 Nissan Frontier king cab?

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      Miranda Francisco 

      6 days ago

      Well at 2007 doge ram 1500 shell fit on a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500?

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      Alf 

      7 days ago

      Wich option i have for my 2006 chevy colorado crew cab?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      10 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @chris dent -yes, those should be the same, even the 2018 Frontier's are the same.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      10 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Rwatson0 -Older Tundras are difficult, they're an odd size, much like the Dakota. I'm not sure what would fit, maybe a new 04-08 F150, might be a little wider than your bed.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      10 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Lucian -scroll up, I have a picture of someone that tried to do what you're asking, in his case, the rear door of the shell would not shut to the gate, the new shells have curved tailgates.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      10 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Julie -the Dakota is, or I should say was, a true mid-size truck, and it's a little wider than an S-10 or a Ranger, so no, I don't think that will work.

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      chris dent 

      10 days ago

      will a leer 700 tonneau cover that fit my 2010 nissan frontier 6 bed fit my newer 2016 nissan frontier if i take off the tailgate spoiler?

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      Rwatson0 

      11 days ago

      Good info here, thanks. I'm looking for a shell to fit a 2004 Tundra Double Cab and they're hard to find. Is there another model/year of pickup that will provide a reasonable fit for mt Tundra?

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      Lucian 

      11 days ago

      2013 cap used on a Chev Silverado will it fit a 2015 chev silverado

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      Julie 

      12 days ago

      "Custom Campers" Fiberglas camper top for mid-size pick-ups; fits Chevy S-10, Ford Ranger, etc.; 6-1/2 foot bed; lockable rear window hatch; high back for extra headroom; has (1) interior light; good condition... Please help me.. Will this shell fit a 1999 Dodge Dakota Super Sport?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      12 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Linda -no, that will not work. If anything, you could probably set the Tacoma shell in the bed of the Ram truck no problem.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      12 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @HERB REINIGER -no, that will not work at all.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      12 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jorge Alvarez -It will kind of fit, the dimensions of the box aren't much different, but the 07 to 13 beds have wider rails, and the height of the cab is different.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      12 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Peter F150 -well, I posted a picture of a top someone put on an 04 to 08 F150 from a 96 Chevy/GMC, it was a shortbed, so I'm guessing a top off an 88 to 98 longbed Chevy/GMC would work.

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      Linda 

      13 days ago

      Will a ARE cap from a 2002 toyota tacoma fit a 2016 dodge ram2500 6ft bed?

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      HERB REINIGER 

      2 weeks ago

      I JUST BOUGHT A USED 2006 CHEVROLET C~1500P/U.I FOUND A CANOPIE OFF A 1999 F250 SUPER DUTY WITH REAR DOORS WITH NO TAIL GATE ON THE TRUCK.DO YOU THINK THAT IT WILL FIT MY TRUCK IF I GET IT FOR A GREAT PRICE.

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      Jorge Alvarez 

      2 weeks ago

      Will a 1993 GMC topper fit my 2007 Chevy sliverado

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      Peter F150 

      2 weeks ago

      Tom, for some reason I can find 8’ bed toppers off older and newer fords but nothing for the 04-08 f150. Do you know off hand what would fit? Including toppers off of F250-F350, I see a lot of those for sale here locally as well. Thanks.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Peter F150 -the problem is, and I need to post a picture of it, on most fiberglass molds, they made the tops for the 09-14 F150 like an inch and a half longer, everything else fits. If you tried to make it work, it would stick out just enough to be annoying-nothing would seal, etc.

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      Peter F150 

      2 weeks ago

      Hi Tom, I have a 08 F150 8’ bed and I’m wandering if a topper off a 09 F150 long bed would fit on mine. Thanks.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Priscilla Jarosz -if you look at the pictures I posted, they should answer your question. It doesn't really work, the top will sit on the bed, but it will not ft the tailgate. I posted a picture of someone that did just that.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      They all don't know dimensions because they generally don't have to. They know truck generations, 'cause tops are specifically designed. The front of a top for your truck is very unique. Try to put anything else on there and it probably won't work. But, if you want to try, the closest is an F150 bed, or so I'm told. But it isn't just the dimensions of the box that matter.

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      Priscilla Jarosz 

      3 weeks ago

      Hi Tom. Can you tell me if a Chevy 01-07 topper shell will fit a 2014 Chevy 1500 short bed. It is coming off a Chevy 1500 short bed. Thank you

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      Dan Penrod 

      3 weeks ago

      Tom, having a hard time figuring out what fits my 2013 Tundra doublecab 6.5 bed. Hard to get measurements from Topper sellers, knowing what other trucks/years are a close fit would help greatly. My inside dimensions are roughly 77 in long, 62.5 wide. Used tundra specific toppers are hard to find.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      If you look at the info here, you'll probably find the answer. I posted a picture of a shell off a truck like yours on a 04-08 F150, so I've seen people do the opposite. It works ok, but if you find a top off any 1988 or newer fullsize GM truck, same bed length as yours, it will sit on the box.

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      Guest 

      3 weeks ago

      Can ya tell me which Ford, Dodge, Nissan or Toyota shell will fit my 1992 Chevy Z71 Silverado 6.5' bed?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Susan Calcagno -are you talking about the door? Many people refer to this as the back glass, etc., but if you're talking about the glass that's held up by the gas props, that's the door. These are really not designed to be repaired if they start to separate from the frame. The cost to have a glazer (glass specialist) repair it wouldn't be worth it, you can probably get a new door. They're not part of a structural warranty, and that warranty only goes with the original owner.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Maybe, it's hard finding anything for a Titan used. The Ford bed is probably a little wider, not sure about the front fit or cab height.

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      Susan Calcagno 

      4 weeks ago

      Yes the glass slipped out due to failed rivits I see where the hiles are on the inside. Shouldn't thos gall under the lifetime structural warranty?if I dont remice the rear window The glass is going to fall out and shatter. Not sure how to get to a dealer without it falling out and breakung, if I don't. I cannot find info on how to remove or repair it myself. I guess Im going to have to wing it to save the glass. Thanks for such great inco.

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      Susan Calcagno 

      4 weeks ago

      Hello I have a 97 S10 with a Snugtop I bought for brand new for my 95 S10. He rear window is slipping out of the aluminum frame on the upper left side. Any hope of ficinh it. The rubber appears to be ok the frame has separated crom the sides on the bottom. Does it have to be glued there? I don't see failed rivits that may have held it togetrher.

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      Gypsywagon 

      4 weeks ago

      I have a 2010 Nissan Titan Crew Cab with the 5.5’ bed. I’m having trouble finding a shell for it. I found a 2004 Ford F-150 shell that looks close. Do you know if it will work?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @todd vanderhoof -no, won't work, and trust me, I've tried, the 04-08 bed is just too short, it won't even really fit, it's very frustrating because nothing else is different and it makes you wonder why the hell Ford changed it.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Cj -a Toyota or import shell will fit, that is if it's the first gen S-10, Nissan harbody is ideal, but it's not much different than my old Mazda bed. You'd think these would be easy to find, they're not though.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ranger Ray -as you noted, the main unique thing about the Ranger bed is that it's a little shorter than most older import beds. The only old truck beds that came close to that were the Mazda Cab Plus and Mitsubishi Mighty Max. Old Toyota, first gen Taco, Nissan Hardbody, they will all be around an inch or inch and a half longer than your bed. I'm surprised you can't find anything, there are a TON of Rangers out there, and everything from 1993 to 2012, they were all the same, even extended and standard cabs-provided it's not the 7 foot bed.

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      todd vanderhoof 

      4 weeks ago

      From the pictures it is looking like other than some cosmetic aspects a lot of these camper shells will fit and function on other body styles with the exception of a few that dont fit at all. I have a 2014 f150 and looking to buy a guys 2004-2008 shell. I know the 09-14 bed is a tiny bit longer than the 04-08 but will it fit and will the rear window latch and lock?

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      Cj 

      4 weeks ago

      Trying to find something that will fit my 1993 Chevy S10 extended cab pickup

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      Ranger Ray 

      4 weeks ago

      I wonder if anyone knows what other truck caps would be a good fit for my Ranger with 6' bed.

      Because all too often the Craigslist ads that I see never list the measurements of the cap, but rather list the type of truck it fits or came from. And I'm wondering who out there has put a cap on their Ranger that was made for a different truck, and if they would mind chiming in to tell me which one fit best if I don't find one made for a ranger.

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      Ranger Ray 

      4 weeks ago

      what part of the country are you located in @Diablo ?

      I ask because, believe that I have the top on my Ranger that was meant for the Sonoma. It is Like @Tom Zizzo described it should be. It is tapered and slightly longer thain my ranger bed. When i got it, I had no idea what truck it was for. It was at a pick 'n' pull yard in a spot where they put the caps. It seemed to fit well enough, our of what was there and it was the right color (black). I recently got another ranger from the 90's that was gold instead of black, and now the other differences in the cap afe bothering me and im lookin for a new cap, and will try to sell this one.

      Maby it will be perfict for you, if you are not too far.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Rob hartsock - The Superduty bed is probably the widest and has the tallest cab of any other fullsize trucks so whatever might fit on there will look odd. Dodge is your best bet, but it has to be older than 2009.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Probably, the generations go 88 to 98, then 99 to 06 or 07 as the heavy duty trucks were the 'classic' body style. The beds from the classic body and the 88 to 98 were not that different, cab is a little taller.

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      Rob hartsock 

      4 weeks ago

      2005 Ford F-350 superduty 8’ bed will any of the dodge canopies out there fit???? Or better yet what fits this truck? Tks Rob

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      Eric 

      5 weeks ago

      I have a 2018 ram 1500 bighorn crew cab with 5'7" box. Does anyone have a cap for sale that would fit this bed?

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      Alex 

      5 weeks ago

      Will a 00-07 Chevy topper fit on a 90s body style bed?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @ 2013 Chev Silverado canopy on a 2014 -yes, you are correct, look at the pictures I posted, you can see how they fit, or don't fit actually.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Rick -scroll up and look at all the pictures I posted of older F150 tops on that exact bed, even a 88 to 98 Chevy bed top will probably work, the dimensions on those trucks haven't changed that much.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @B webb -you need something from a 2010 to current dually, the bed rails are wider than the standard beds and nothing will really work from another truck because of the curvature of the Ram tailgate.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Diablo -A Ranger top is a little shorter, not the best to try, look for something off an old Tacoma (95-2004) or even pre-taco. Your bed is actually slightly tapered as well-meaning the width from the front is different than the rear.

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      2013 Chev Silverado canopy on a 2014 

      5 weeks ago

      Hey Tom,

      Thanks for your article, it’s full of good info!

      To confirm, a 2013 canopy for a Silverado will not fit well on a 2014 Silverado due to the changes made to the bed?

      Thanks

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      Rick 

      5 weeks ago

      Hey Tom! I'm trying super hard to find a camper top that will fit a 2006 Chevy Silverado with an extended cab. I can't seem to find ANY info! Please help a brother out!

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      B webb 

      5 weeks ago

      What year shells will fit a 2012 ram 3500 long bed Dooley

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      diablo 

      5 weeks ago

      I have a 2003 zr2 sonoma and am looking for a used topper. Not sure what measurements my bed is cause it has a cover on it at present. I'm guessing its around 59-60 wide and 75-76 long . I havent measured the cab height ....yet. never thought of it till reading your article. Anyway , I found a "same color" (black ) top off a ranger - what i was told...am wonder if it might fit ...OR WHAT WILL FIT ? I have founf one top off an s10 but if it would happen to fit i would have to have it painted ( not cheap). does it need to be off of a 99-2004 s10 ONLY for it to fit

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Nope, they changed in 2015 to what they are currently, that tailgate is totally different and unique.

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      Scott 

      5 weeks ago

      Will a shell from a 2016 f150 crew cab fit okay on my 2014 f150 crew cab?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Good question, unfortunately the regular cabs are pretty rare, Rams are kind of an odd ball, some of those will work, others won't. I know there's really no difference between the mega cab and regular crew cab, but I'm not sure about the standard cab, I hardly see those anymore, everything is a crew cab now.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Scroll up in this article, I posted a picture of an extra cab F150-same bed as yours, someone put a shell from a 88-98 Chevy on there, doesn't look that bad.

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      Bruce W 

      6 weeks ago

      Hey Tom, I have a 2016 RAM Mega Cab 6 foot box with an ARE Z series cap. Will that cap fit on a 2018 RAM regular cab with a 6 foot bed? The back of the cab on the mega looks more curved than the regular cab by eyeballing it to me.

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      Mike W 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi Tom, I have a 2006 F150 Super Crew with the 6.5' bed. Having trouble finding a used shell that's "made" for it. Any idea what other shells might fit and not look obnoxious? Thank you sir!

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      Tom Zizzo 

      7 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Lare -check the different sites, use key words like Shell, Top, Topper, etc. Check out your local Craigs List, offerup and facebook marketplace.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      7 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Not many tops out there made out of metal anymore, unless it's a commercial top, in which case they all make those, but most farm out that part of the business to two companies, one is called Lifetime out of San Bernardino CA -check out a shell they have called the SuperSport. I think their tops are aluminum. You may also want to check out a company called Access Manufacturing, they make a metal top called the Tradesman. What's nice about Access is they will literally fabricate whatever you want-they aren't cheap, but the tops are good. They use to be Six Pac-same factory, etc.

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      Lare 

      7 weeks ago

      where can u find used truck shells in Va.? more specifically sw va.?

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      rolph 

      7 weeks ago

      I want a metal cap for my 2014 F-150 long bed. the fiberglass models fit the contour of the bed rails nicely, and I understand why. the metal models I've looked at use a tapered footprint to achieve a reasonably close fit. maybe there is a metal brand out there that solves this fit problem differently and more visually pleasing. can you recommend any of them?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      8 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Matthew Blake -not sure, tops from the 07 to 13 GMC/Chevy era aren't very forgiving, they don't even look good on the trucks they're made for. I know the dimensions of the double cab-NOT the crewmax, Tundra are similar to the F150, but the cab fit is the issue. Most people concern themselves with the bed fit, don't forget it can't interfere with the contours of the cab, and the Tundra cab is unique.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      8 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @eberg42 -are you asking me if an 09-18 Ram top will fit the new, 19 bodystyle? Don't know, it's too new, I do know they are different, just don't know how much different.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      8 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Garrett -they don't work well, mostly because the back door won't shut thanks to the new flared out tailgate style that most of the new trucks have these days.

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      Matthew Blake 

      8 weeks ago

      Will a 2010 gmc 6’6” cap fit on a 2010 tundra 6’6” bed?

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      eberg42 

      8 weeks ago

      Will a gen 3 Ram 1500 short bed cap fit gen 4? I have an 18 shortbed and i am trying to see what other years may fit if anyone can help much appreciated.

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      Garrett 

      8 weeks ago

      Hi Tom, I have a 2014 GMC Sierra crew cab (6.6 ft bed) and have been looking for a used cap. It is really hard to find a 2014 and newer cap so I was considering trying to make an older one work. However, it sounds like NO older models will work on my truck. Is that the case? Thanks for your advice!

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      Tom Zizzo 

      8 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Uh, a Tundra will not fit on an S-10. You can kind of put a toyota shell on a Ranger, but the fit sucks. The Ranger is a little narrower than most mini trucks of the same era. The bed is also like an inch shorter than everything else, and yes, any Mazda from 1994 - on, it's a Ranger. I'm surprised you can't actually find a Ranger shell. They're literally all the same, and so many cities/parks bought Rangers.

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      Conrad 

      8 weeks ago

      Great Info :) a Chart with what fits what Cars would be helpful as well

      What exactly well fit a 1990 ford Ranger ?

      So Far I have heard s10 Chevy ( but what years ? , a Mazda , but what years ? /

      now on your pages I think I read a Toyota Tundra fits a Chevy s 10 so does that mean a Toyota Tundra fits a 90 ford ranger ? then . what year tundra fits a 90 Ranger

      Thanks in advance if you know

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Scott -stepside beds are tough. Many have what is called a 'hammer head' style, meaning the front flares out to fit the cab window while the rest is narrow to sit on the bed rails. Measure your bed width, you may be able to put a shell on it from a smaller/mini truck, if it's like 60/59 inches wide. Be mindful though of how you plan to mount it, you can't get easy access to the underside of the bedrails, and DO NOT mount, never ever, use lag screws, that's how shells end up on the side of the freeway.

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      Scott 

      2 months ago

      We have a 1995 Z-71 extended cab with a step side bed. We are having problems finding one specifically for this. Do you know if anything else will fit?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      At this point in time all I know is you have to have a specific shell on that bed, the shape of the tailgate is just too unique for anything else to work. I don't know why Ford/Dodge/Chevy and all the rest shape the tailgates this way now, but Ford's are the most unique.

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      Robert 

      2 months ago

      Tom,

      Sorry too much whiskey. I meant camper shell, that will reasonable fit. Totally get you on the water intrusion, just trying to find something that will be an "ok" fit, and won't rub on the cab. With the changes to the 15 to present years, I seem to very limited. After 4 months I have only found one shell for a newer f150 and unfortunately it was for a 6.5' bed. That's why I was curious if perhaps another make had similar dimensions.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Robert -when you say searching for a used bed, what do you mean? A used shell/top? No matter what you put on a bed, I don't care if its a brand-new $5K SnugTop, you may still get some water in the bed. You may want to consider a slide-in, cabover style camper. Yes, they aren't cheap, but they are actually sealed. Or even a small camper trailer.

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      Robert 

      2 months ago

      Tom,

      I have a 2017 F150 Crew Cab with 5.6' bed. I am searching for a used bed for a cross country transfer, and not finding anything. I am open to absolutely anything that will attach, not leak, and not damage. Do you have a few suggestions of older or different makes that could work?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tomas -If you try to put a shell for a Ranger on an old Toyota it will be almost an inch too short, little too wide and a little too tall. If you try to put an old Toyota top on an 2011 Ranger and it will be a little long sit below the cab a little bit.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Joe Landis -no, it was the 07 to 13 body style. I'm not sure on a classic body shell on those, problem is that tailgate on the new trucks.It also matters the type of shell. The older, aluminum-framed doors might work, but if it's frameless glass but with a door skirt, probably won't work.

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      Tomas 

      2 months ago

      Will a newer 2011 Ranger topper for an 1989 Toyota pickup?

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      Joe Landis 

      2 months ago

      The photos you have of the 07 Silverado topper on the 16 Silverado is that the classic 07 body style?? I have a chance to buy an 05 6.5ft topper for my 2017HD 6.5ft bed

      Any info would be great

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Matt Gills -problem you'll have is the Ranger is a bit shorter, about an inch, and the rails are wider. It will sit on the bed but there will be a big gaping gap at the tailgate and the fit will not look very good. Try finding a top off a first-gen Tacoma, although those are in high demand right now.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Nacho -Your Tacoma bed is 60" wide and just under 76" long, it's a fairly common size for older mini or smaller pickup beds. Tops off of older Toyotas will work, old Nissans, old S-10s, you name it. Just know that if you have a standard cab truck, one with a sloped angle for an extended cab will rub the top of your cab.

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      Matt Gills 

      2 months ago

      Tom i should have added that the Nissan is a King Cab 6 foot bed and the ranger is a 6 foot bed as well.

      Thanks again for your time

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      Matt Gills 

      2 months ago

      Hi Tom, thank you for your time and great article. I was wondering if a camper shell from a 2001 Nissan was compatible with a 2001 Ford Ranger?

      Thank you in advance,

      Matt Gills

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      Nacho 

      2 months ago

      I have a 96 Toyota Tacoma.cant find a camper to fit my

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      It's more than that, that truck is now a few inches wider than it use to be, not sure that will work, and yes, your extruded plastic tailgate piece will be a problem-with any top you get, it needs to be removed.

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      Mike C 

      2 months ago

      Hello Tom

      I have a 17 Frontier with the 5 foot bed. Found a good deal on a nice cap from an 2000 Frontier. It looks like it is 2 inches shorter. Is that mainly because of the odd top lip on the tailgate of my 17 or it just won’t fit?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @janellalvarez -won't work, the new Canyon/Colorado's have this weird bed/cab angle, and the shapes of the new gate, or rear has to fit the tailgate of the top, or the back door doesn't shut.

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      janellalvarez 

      2 months ago

      We have a 2018 Chevrolet Colorado extended cab and have been looking for a used truck shell with no luck save for a place four hours away. We’ve seen a lot of newer Toyota Tacoma shells available. At a glance, it seems like it would work but we’d like your opinion on the matter.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Joey -won't work, that tailgate area flares out enough that it's essentially like the bed on the 2009 being like an inch longer. I've tried to make it work, it doesn't.

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