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 

        2 days 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 

        3 days 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 

        8 days 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 

        10 days 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 

        11 days 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 

        11 days 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 

        11 days 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 

        11 days 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 

        11 days ago

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

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        Joe Landis 

        13 days 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 

        13 days 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 

        13 days 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks ago

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

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        Tom Zizzo 

        2 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 

        3 weeks 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 

        3 weeks 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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        Joey 

        3 weeks ago

        That is for a F150. Tom, thanks

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        Joey 

        3 weeks ago

        Hi Tom, Great info! Would a 2008 short bed cap fit a 2009 short bed? The tailgate looks a little different, but other than that their bed dimensions are the same.

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        Tom Zizzo 

        4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Nooneyouknow -So, your Tundra has bed dimensions that are most similar to like an 04 to 08 F150 shortbed. That's not the problem though, the problem is shape of your cab and sloping angle of the shell that's meant for it. I don't know if the F150 top would fit, or what it would even look like, I only know that I can take a lumber rack for an F150 and it fits pretty good on that Tundra. A rack though doesn't rely on cab contours though, if you know what I mean. There is no site I know of, just what I've put together here.

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        Nooneyouknow 

        4 weeks ago

        I really appreciate your wealth of knowledge. Ive been looking for an inexpensive shell for a year now. I am having some trouble though. I have a 2008 Tundra, extra cab, short bed. Do you know of any other trucks with compatible dimension, or better yet, a site that makes it easy to do side by side comparison? Cheers and Thank you.

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        Tom Zizzo 

        4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Liam -if you have to remove the tailgate, as you noted, double cargo doors, that's not going to fit exactly in there, had it been just a lift-up rear door it doesn't need to be so precise. I wouldn't make the drive for that.

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        Liam 

        5 weeks ago

        Hey Tom,

        I've got a 2005 Tundra Double cab, 6.5' bed. Someone is selling a 6.5' Aluminum Utility shell with double doors off of a 2014 Ram 1500. Pics dont show any curves on shell at all, looks like a pretty standard utility shell, its a bit of a drive to get but do you have any insight on something like this?

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        Tom Zizzo 

        5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Randy -no, the early supercrew beds are almost like flareside beds-VERY different than the newer bed.

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        Randy 

        5 weeks ago

        Tom, will a topper from a 2001 F150 supercrew 5.5 fit my 2014 f150 supercrew 5.5?

        Thanks

        Randy

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        Tom Zizzo 

        5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Papa Joe -the Titan is a bit of an odd size, not as wide as most full-size trucks but also narrower than today's smaller trucks, that and I just don't see enough of them to know what may or may not be compatible.

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        Tom Zizzo 

        5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Jesse -yes, pretty sure those are the same. Nissan's can be funny, meaning just when I think I know them really well, I don't, but yes, I'm fairly certain those truck did not change in the time frame you mentioned.

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        Tom Zizzo 

        5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Sheldon -the Chevy and GMC beds are slightly different for the 07 to 13 years, and keep in mind that the 07 heavy duty trucks are the previous body style.

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        Papa Joe 

        5 weeks ago

        I need a truck cap for a 2004 Nissan titan. Cap should be 66inches long. What's inter matches that.

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        Sheldon 

        5 weeks ago

        Does a Chevy 20011 2500hd long bed topper work for a 2008 gmc 1500 long bed

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        Jesse 

        5 weeks ago

        Hey Tom,

        I was wondering if a Snugtop made for a 2008 Frontier will fit a 2012 Frontier? Assuming it is the correct bed length...

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        Sheldon 

        5 weeks ago

        Any body no were to find a 07-13 gmc long bed topper

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        Tom Zizzo 

        5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @nancy -yes, should fit perfectly, there should be no difference, except maybe the color :)

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        nancy 

        6 weeks ago

        purchasing a used A.R.E. camper shell. It was originally on a 2014 Toyota Tacoma with six foot bed (access cab). Hoping to use on my 2011 with crew cab and six foot bed. Will this fit properly?

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        Ryan McRobie 

        6 weeks ago from Mansfield, OH

        Any idea if a cap for 8ft 03’ F150 would fit on 8ft 13’ F150?

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        Rodger 

        6 weeks ago

        Are new camper shells still available for older trucks? In my case an '81 short bed c-10?

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        Tom Zizzo 

        6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Erin -so, not sure what you mean, all F150's? The 2004 F150 is the first year of the NEW bodystyle, EXCEPT the Heritage model of that year. Does that make sense? So, if your 2004 F150 is the Heritage model, it's NOT the new body style.

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        Tom Zizzo 

        6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Glenn -Mega/non-mega Crew should be the same. I don't think Dodge ever did an 8' bed with the mega cab, so make sure the bed lengths are the same.

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        Erin 

        6 weeks ago

        We're looking for a shell for our 04 F150 Heritage. I saw the note that it's the same size as the 97-03 size, but is that for all F150s or just the Heritage version?

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        Glenn 

        6 weeks ago

        I am finding conflicting statements else where about Dodge 3/4 ton Mega cab canopy. Does it take a special size or does the Standard (non 8') canopy fit it?

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        Tom Zizzo 

        6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Crewe Phillips - more than likely yes, the old S-10s, Toyotas, Nissans and Mazdas had very similar bed dimensions. Measure your bed, it's probably about 60 inches wide (not the inside dimension) by about 75-76 inches long. The bigger differences on those trucks are the cab heights. So yes, an old S-10 shell will probably fit your 84 Toyota.

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        Crewe Phillips 

        7 weeks ago

        Would a 1982- 1992 s10 shell fit a 1984 Toyota pickup. What other shells would generally fit a 1984 pickup other than the Mazda B series

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        Chuckie 

        7 weeks ago

        Awesome info! Thanks x 10!

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        Tom Zizzo 

        2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @DjJody -good to know, thank you for chiming in, all the info helps!

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        DjJody 

        2 months ago

        I recently traded my '13 Ram 1500 Express crew cab for a 2019 Ram 1500 Big horn crew cab with the new body style. I have an ARE shell from the '13. The differences are subtle but enough for there to be a half inch gap between the back door and the top of the tailgate. Guess I'll be replacing it a little further down the road.

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        Tom Zizzo 

        2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Stephen -that's pretty brave, if any self-taper gets close to that glass, boom, the whole piece will shatter-yes, I've done it, hahahaha

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        Tom Zizzo 

        2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @katherine -well, I have seen people replace glass with plexiglass in back window/doors because the glass is actually tempered safety glass. It doesn't take much for them to shatter into a million pieces. Trying to pull the frame apart will pretty much destroy the frame and or break the glass, so yeah, you may have to just replace it.

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        Stephen 

        2 months ago

        @katherine my leer camper did something similar, my rear window frame began to droop/sag down from the top (I assume from the weight of the window) I used a rachet strap to pull it back up and managed to put in some new self tapping screws (in new locations, different from the one already there). You may be able to remove the old screws and push the window/frame back in place, as you screw in new self tapping screws in a new spot.

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        katherine 

        2 months ago

        My 98 dodge Dakota's back window has slipped down on one side. I believe the screws on the right, although tight to twist are not holding it in place.

        Can I get it fixed or do I have to replace the whole shell?

        Cost guess? Ideas?

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        Tom Zizzo 

        2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Mike Bee -ok, so the newer (2014 -to current year) Tundra has the same flare to the back tailgate as the Tacomas and the Chevy's etc.-it's enough to make you mad because the shell will totally fit, but it will stick out the rear like two inches. So, save yourself some time, stick with something 2007 to 2013.

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        Tom Zizzo 

        2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Stephen -spot on, you're correct, and yes, I've tried the other way, it rubs the top of the cab, which is not good long-term.

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        Mike Bee 

        2 months ago

        Would a 2010 tundra dc 6.5 foot bed shell fit a 2014 tundra dc 6.5 foot bed. Looks like it would but a 3 hour drive to find out that it doesn't is not very appealing. Any advice?

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        Stephen 

        2 months ago

        I bought a Leer Camper shell off of a Ram Quad Cab 2009-19 for my 2014 Crew Cab. Even though there is a bit of cab curvature difference between the two, it still fits good. Idk if it’ll work the other way around though (a CC camper on a QC truck) just because of the CC curvature.

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        Tom Zizzo 

        2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @GH -not sure, the 15 has a bow to the tailgate, it might leave a gap. It would be worth checking out, the changes to those are mostly at the rear/tailgate.

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        GH 

        2 months ago

        Might a Ranch topper from a 2015 Chev 3500 dually full size fit my 2013 Chev 3500 dually crew cab? Great site/information!! Thanks!!

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        Tom Zizzo 

        2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Chris -the very rare and hardly seen 4 door S-10, pre Colorado/Canyon. The bed has odd dimensions, it's less than 60 inches long, and the bed is slightly tapered. The 01-04 Taco crew bed might work, but the fit won't be great.

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        Tom Zizzo 

        2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Becky Faamausili -you don't want to fit a longbed shell on a shortbed truck. No truck these days is 7 foot long, only the brand new F250/F350s, and even those are shortbeds. Longbeds will be 8 feet, or in the case of the Superduty Fords, it's more like 9 feet, but none of that matters anyway, what you want is a shell off a standard bed (about 6.5 feet) Sierra or Silverado made in 2014 to 2018. Nothing else is going to fit that newer, flaired out tailgate. Don't be discouraged though, I dealt with a guy today that found a used top for his 2014 Sierra, in the same color even, exact fit, and he got it for $200. That's rare, but not impossible.

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        Chris 

        2 months ago

        I have an unusual sized topper . Its off a s10 4 door pickup . Will it fit a tacoma , if not will it fit any other truck but the s10?

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        Becky Faamausili 

        2 months ago

        Hello, I am trying to get my dad a cap for his 2015 Chevy silverado (7ft bed)... will a "A.R.E truck cap with sport rack came off 2005 ford f150 long bed." work or a F250 Ford bed cap work? I need help as Im looking for used ones. What best fits on this make and year?

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        Tom Zizzo 

        2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @mark nordby -yeah, probably your best bet, the 01 to 04 Taco extra shortbed is about two inches wider and has a slightly taller cab, but it's the closest, most common thing you will be able to find.

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        Tom Zizzo 

        2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @mkcasey -old T-100 is tough, it's like 7 inches wider than most minis but like 4 inches narrower than full-size. You're correct, the early Tundra is your best bet.

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        mark nordby 

        2 months ago

        I have a 2005 Nissan Frontier crew cab extra short bed. Wondering if Toyota extra short cab is same size? Or it's close enough to work?

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        mkcasey 

        2 months ago

        What a great article - thanks Tom! I have a '97 shortbed T-100. I've read that I should be looking for a topper made for 2000-2006 tundra, access cab. Do you know of any other truck model with the same dimensions? I'm not coming across used Gen 1 tundra toppers too often in Montana. Everyone needs 'em! :)

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        Tom Zizzo 

        2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Steven -hard to say, I know that generation F150 fits on the classic body Chevys, and vice versa. Your bed should be around 78 inches long. The 01 F150 bed is more like 80 inches, your bed is also a little narrower. 2 inches is a lot, would make a big gap around the tailgate and back door of the top/shell.

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        Steven 

        2 months ago

        Hello Tom,

        This article is very helpful and you seem very knowledgeable on the subject. Quick question I would appreciate help with. I recently bought a 2001 Toyota Tundra Access Cab (with the 6.5' bed). I am looking for a high rise cap which are bit hard to find. I found one for a Ford F-150 (also 6.5' bed) of the same year a few hours away. Before I make the trip to try it out, do you think it would fit?

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        Tom Zizzo 

        2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Chuck -so I called Leer today, the serial number is correct, and yes, that top was made for the new Ram body, she even checked to make sure the paper work all jived. I talked to Maria, she said if the fit is really bad your local dealer (you're in the Seattle area maybe?) could possibly have it sent back for warranty. They would probably want to see some pictures or something. Hope this helps!

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        Chuck 

        2 months ago

        Thanks for the help!

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        Tom Zizzo 

        2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Chuck -you're correct, the 57DR19 is the new designation for the Crew Cab Ram with the 'less than' 6 foot bed. So, you're bed is like 5.7 feet or something. The actual serial number you gave me is not coming up in their dealer login, but that doesn't really mean anything, that's happened to me before. I can call the factory tomorrow if you like and make sure.

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        Chuck 

        2 months ago

        Yes - new body style. Leer serial # 2895269. 100XL 57DR19...maybe the 19 indicates it's for '19 model year? Thanks!

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        Tom Zizzo 

        2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Chuck -yes, let me know the serial number, I can check it for you if you like. I take it you have the new body style Ram.

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        Chuck 

        2 months ago

        Hey Tom - I just got a new Leer top from a local dealer, for my new 2019 Ram....it doesn't seem to fit right. Anyway to tell if they put a 2018 on instead of 2019 top?

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        Tom Zizzo 

        2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Erik -so as of this moment, you kind of have to go with what will fit that truck specifically, only because I have seen someone try to fit an older top to their new Chevy and the rear door would not close. So, anything from Chevy or GMC, crew cab only-those are the only ones with that short bed, from 2014 to 2018. It's current, so you should be able to find something.

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        Erik 

        2 months ago

        Hi tom ,im looking to see what camper or other models would fit my 17 Sierra crew cab short box i believe its the 5'8 ,i just need it for the winter and dont really want to buy a new one

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        Tom Zizzo 

        2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Chris -uh, no, that won't work, in more ways than one, mostly though, it's the curvature of your tailgate and entire back end of the bed that it won't fit.

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        Chris 

        2 months ago

        A guy is selling a 2011 Ford 150 leer canopy. It's white, has the "windoors" and a rack. Everything I want BUT I have a 2015 ram 1500. Will it fit?

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        Tom Zizzo 

        2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @DAVID -yes, you're correct. Unless it's a 2017 Superduty, 99 to 16 are mostly the same, the tailgate step introduced in 08 being the footnote that you're already aware of.

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        Tom Zizzo 

        2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Dave -clearly you don't want to try anything that is a foot longer than your bed, that won't work. For the GM fullsize trucks, the years are 2014 to 2018. Unfortunately it has to be specific for that truck, if you read the article here and look at the pictures you'll see I posted a photo of how an 07-13 shell don't fit the door and tailgate.

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        DAVID 

        2 months ago

        Wanted to make certain I understand your comments. An ARE 2013 Super Duty "no-step" shell will fit a 2000 Super Duty. Thanks.

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        Dave 

        2 months ago

        I am Looking for a used shell. I have a 2015 Silverado extra short bed 68” truck. Everything used I find is for a short bed 78” truck bed. What options do I have for my truck that is used?

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        Tom Zizzo 

        3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Ben -previous generation is too narrow, i.e., the 95 to 2004 is roughly 60 inches wide, the 05 to 15 is more like 63 inches wide. Scroll up in this article I've posted pictures of tops people have put on that truck, like a shell from an S-10, Nissan Frontier-pre 2005 fits ok., I would say no on the Ranger, it's too narrow and short.

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        Ben 

        3 months ago

        Hi Tom, I've got a 2008 Tacoma double cab long box. I'm looking for a cap to fit it, does the previous gen Tacoma fit? Colorado/canyon? s10/Sonoma? or ranger? thanks for your help

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        Tom Zizzo 

        3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Joshua - check the hub article, it won't work, and I posted pictures explaining why-the door won't shut.

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        Joshua 

        3 months ago

        I'm looking at a used canopy for a 2012 sierra 6.5' box. Wondering if that would fit on my 2015 sierra with the same length box? I would just go try but it'd be a few hours driving to go find out. Thanks.

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        Tom Zizzo 

        3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Craig -I don't have the means to research ARE serial numbers, but if you're measuring, make sure to measure front AND rear bed width, the length -all OUTSIDE dimensions, and the height of the cab, as well as if there is any front angle to the shell.

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        Craig 

        3 months ago

        Hi, im wondering if an a.r.e. top # N533-734 will fit a 1997 dodge ram long bed? The new and old shells measure very close

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        Tom Zizzo 

        3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Nick d M -if it's a 09 heavy duty, which it may be because it's a mega cab, then it will sort of fit. The cab height will be off, but again, only if it doesn't have that curved tailgate of the 09 - 18 body style.

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        Nick d M 

        3 months ago

        Does a topper from a 99 dodge fit 09 dodge both full size 99 is a quad cab 09 is a mega cab

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        Tom Zizzo 

        3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Jon Earley -if you have the flareside bed, a shell is going to be impossible to find. The hardcovers you can still get, specifically the one made by Undercover. The part number is UC2060. It's a very good cover, super easy to install, very lightweight, and nice and rugged.

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        Jon Earley 

        3 months ago

        Hi Tom. I've recently purchased a 2000 Ford F150 lariat xlt extended cab stepside short bed and need a bed cover for my new job with the post office. The bed is recessed from the cab. Without breaking the bank, do you think it will be easier finding a shell or tonneau for this? Both will work and any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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        Tom Zizzo 

        3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Torben -no, that tailgate and back end are just very unique, anything you try will not meet up with the tailgate.

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        Tom Zizzo 

        3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Tom -not unless it's a Heritage model. 2004 is the first year of the new body style, and it's very different than the 97 to 03. It might sit on the bed, but it will look odd.

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        Tom Zizzo 

        3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @John McKenna -those beds are the same, and as long as they clamped the shell down good, you should be fine, or if they bolted it on. Never, ever use lag screws, that's how they fly off beds.

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        Torben 

        3 months ago

        Hi Tom,

        Do any previous generation F-150 short box canopies fit the current 15-18 F-150.

        Thanks

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        Tom 

        3 months ago

        Hi looking to buy a used snug top currently on a 2002 Ford F-150 xlt to our on my 2004 Ford F-150 lariat will it fit the 2004?

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        John McKenna 

        3 months ago

        Tom I had a 2011 Silverado with a Leer hi-rise. I traded it in on a 2013 Silverado. The guys at the car dealer took the shell off the 2011 and put it on top of the 2013 over the plastic bed caps. It seems ok but I dont want to see it fly off going 80 down the freeway

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        Tom Zizzo 

        3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

        @Andrew Mahoney -it's not the bed, it's that damn flared out tailgate. It's very frustrating because all of the manufacturers are doing it. Take the Tacoma for example, you set a brand new top made for a 2018 on the bed of a 2015, and you notice it's the same width and cab height, contours are the same, but it sticks out the back a good two inches, enough that it just won't work. So, all of these guys have made these changes, not sure why, and they're just enough to throw everything off. I'm putting together pictures of rear gates to illustrate this.

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        Andrew Mahoney 

        3 months ago

        Hi Tom,

        I'm looking to purchase a used Leer cap (model year pre 2014) for my 2018 Tundra DC 6'6" bed. According to Leer they don't recommend this, but the bed dimensions are the same for the 07-13 and 14-18 Tundras. What are you thoughts on this?

        Thanks,

        Andrew

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