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Tips and Compatibility Info for Buying a Used Camper Shell

Updated on May 7, 2017
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Tom Zizzo, a journalist, has also spent many years selling truck and SUV accessories.

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

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

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

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

A Damaged Shell May Not Be Much of a Deal

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

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

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

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

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

Truck Beds By Make and Year

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

Ford Trucks

Ford 150/250

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

1997-2004. In 1997, the Ford F150 was radically changed, most notably by making the bed tapered, meaning it’s wider in the front than it is in the rear. This was initially only done to the F150 line; the F250 and F350 heavy duty trucks remained the same until 1999, when Ford introduced the Superduty.

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

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

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

Ford Ranger

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

1993-present (2012). Rangers haven't changed much since 1993, except that the flareside bed, also referred to as the Ranger Splash bed, is different.

Mazda Trucks

Any Mazda truck built from 1993 to now is identical to a Ford Ranger, for our purposes. In the 1998 to 2006 Mazda B-Series trucks, there is a slight difference: basically, the bed on those trucks has slightly narrower rails. Most shell manufacturers did not change their molds to deal with this variation. I think SnugTop is the only company that has a specific Mazda mold, if that is even still available. But honestly, it’s not that much different than the Ranger mold.

Chevy / GM Trucks

Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra

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

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

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

2007-2013. The full-sized GM trucks changed again in 2007, but you have to be careful with 2007, because GM introduced the new truck mid-year. Thus a few 2007s still have the ‘06 body, which GM refers to as the "classic" body. The heavy-duty trucks retained the classic body until 2008.

2014 - present. The brand new trucks have this different shape to the rear (tailgate) area there, which for a brand new top means the back door is unique to this model year. Other than that, most of the dimensions are roughly the same. I know the lumber rack part numbers have not changed.

Silverado vs. Sierra. Up until 2007, the beds were the same between a GMC and Chevy, but for the current body style, the bed of the Chevy Silverado is actually NOT identical to the bed of the GMC Sierra. The insides of the beds are the same; it’s the outside rails that are slightly different. The differences are very subtle, but they do affect the fit of most hard tonneau covers and bedliners. Try putting an over-the-rail GMC liner in a Chevy bed and you’ll see what I mean; one is just slightly wider than the other toward the rear of the bed. Could you fit a new Sierra shell on a Silverado bed? Yeah, probably the fit would be fine, but for a perfect fit, you’ll want to match make to make.

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

1982-1992: The "S-10 years." GMC called this truck the S-15 or Sonoma.

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

2004-2014: After 2004, the old S-10 became known as the Chevy Colorado or the GMC Canyon. The shell for a '94 to 2004 S-10 will most likely not fit the new Colorado/Canyons.

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

Older top on 2016 fullsize Chevy

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

Toyota Trucks

"Toyota Truck" (SR5), Tacoma

The basic Toyota Truck is sometimes called the SR5.

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

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

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

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

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

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

2016 Tacoma vs. 2015

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

Toyota Truck Shell on Tacoma

This shell was technically built for a 1990 Toyota, but it's now on a 2003 Tacoma. As you can see, it's not a bad fit. Because it's a high-rise style, you can't really see where it doesn't match the cab roof.
This shell was technically built for a 1990 Toyota, but it's now on a 2003 Tacoma. As you can see, it's not a bad fit. Because it's a high-rise style, you can't really see where it doesn't match the cab roof.

Tacoma Shell on Toyota Truck

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

Toyota T-100, Tundra

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

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

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

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

Dodge Trucks

Ram Truck

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

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

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

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

Dakota

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

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

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

Nissan Trucks

“Hardbody”/Frontier

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

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

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

2005-2015: The Frontier changed most recently in 2016, so anything 2016 and newer likely has a new mold-important tip though is in 2013 the bulging cladding gave way to a wing-style tailgate piece, which in most cases has to be removed.

Back of '98 to 2000 Frontier

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

'01 Frontier With an Older Shell

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

'01 Frontier with Correct Tonneau Cover

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

Compatibility Tips for Older Trucks

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

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

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

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      gstutter 41 hours ago

      Hi, really hoping you can answer my question as I'm having a difficult time understanding and tracking down a good canopy for a 1985 Toyota SR5 extended cab with a 6ft bed. Not Japanese style. I'm currently looking at a 2001 ARE canopy that came off of a 2013 Toyota Tacoma. I'm wondering if they are backward compatible? Additionally... I'm wondering if you can tell me what sort of canopy could in fact work with an older Toyota pickup? I'm not sure from what points to actually make measurements. Any help would be awesome... I'm absolutely clueless. Thanks, Ryan

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      Ryan 41 hours ago

      Hi, really hoping you can answer my question as I'm having a difficult time understanding and tracking down a good canopy for a 1985 Toyota SR5 extended cab with a 6ft bed. Not Japanese style. I'm currently looking at a 2001 ARE canopy that came off of a 2013 Toyota Tacoma. I'm wondering if they are backward compatible? Additionally... I'm wondering if you can tell me what sort of canopy could in fact work with an older Toyota pickup? I'm not sure from what points to actually make measurements. Any help would be awesome... I'm absolutely clueless. Thanks, Ryan

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      Daniel JP 3 days ago

      2009-2014 leer canopy fit to a 2004-2008 body style f-150

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      Tom Zizzo 4 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @M Rogerio -unfortunately, what you need has to be vehicle specific, but the good thing is, what you have is still the current model, i.e, anything from 09 to now will work, you should be able to find something.

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      Patrick 4 days ago

      Would a leer built for a 2010 Silverado 5'8" bed fit a 2013 Gmc Sierra 5'8"? both 1500s. Would it seal even know the Chevy rails flare in?

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      M Rogerio 7 days ago

      I have an 2009 Ram 1500 Quad Cab 6'4" bed, what other make/model truck toppers will fit this model as there seems to be very limited supply of used ones. Thanks

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      Phughes69 7 days ago

      Yes Tom that was a typo. The truck is a 2011 NOT a 2001

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      Tom Zizzo 8 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Phughes69 -a 2001 and 2004 Chevy/GM should be the same, but in your comment, you first mentioned 2011, so I'm not sure what you mean-maybe you made a typo there. A 2004 will be different than a 2011, might still work though.

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      Phughes69 10 days ago

      I just got a 2011 GMC Sierra 3500HD CC dually and tried fitting my old cap off my '96 Chevy EXT Cab dually. The rails somewhat matched but the contour between the cab of the truck and the leading edge of the cap was way off. It tapered down from a 3"gap at the top to 1" at the bottom, and the cap was about 1" taller than the cab. Tom, do you know if a cap off a 2004 Chevy long bed will fit the rails and the cab contour of my 2001 GMC Sierra?

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      Tom Zizzo 11 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Dave -yeah, you have a 'fringe' year, I would know if I saw your truck in person. I worked at a shop where the owner had a 2000, HD 2500 Chevy, and trying to get the right parts for it was huge pain in the you know what. The flares were wrong, the bumper was wrong...I was just glad that it wasn't a customers truck :)

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      Dave 2 weeks ago

      Thanks Tom. I got ahold of the Leer manufacturer and they say the model # on the canopy (SN 1544333) is supposed to fit my truck. 1999 thru 2006 they say. Although registered as a "99" I believe my body style is a "98" Must have been a mid year change. Could they have changed the cab/cargo light by 3/4's of an inch? It's so close I'm sure I'll make it work. Thanks again...

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      Tom Zizzo 2 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Dave, just take the cargo light off. Back in the day, we almost always took it off-not as easy to do with the brand new trucks, but you could totally do that with yours. We simply stuck a 3M cargo patch over the hole-never had any issues with those.

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      Dave 3 weeks ago

      I just bought a used Leer top for my 99 Silverado 6.5" box. It came off a 2000 Sierra. Everything seems to line up perfectly except the notch in the canopy for the cargo light on my cab isn't quite deep enough. Like, 1/2 to 3/4 in. Is there a low profile cargo light lens made for this situation? Soooo close. It probably would work if I shoved it against the lens. Prefer to have a slight gap though. Appreciate any thoughts/expert advice. Thank you.

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      Tom Zizzo 3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Carrie -if you scroll up to the Ford section, you'll see that I mention how after 2009, the rear of the F150 flares out about 3/4 of an inch. This affects the fit, so the top from the 04 (provided it is NOT a Heritage edition) will sit just shy of covering the gate,. which means it won't shut or lock properly, or seal.

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      Carrie 3 weeks ago

      I have an F 150 4 door , short box, 2010, will a topper from a 2004 F150 with 5.5 box fit?

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      Tom Zizzo 3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Pat -the top for the F150 is going to be a good inch longer, the width is close, although the bed on the Ford is square, while the bed on the Crewmax is tapered, meaning it's slightly wider in the rear than the front.

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      Pat 3 weeks ago

      Will a truck cap from a ford f-150. 2014 5.5 ft box fit the toyota tundra crewmax 5.5 box?

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      Tom Zizzo 5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @jerry -there's a big difference between those trucks, most that the bed became tapered on the newer trucks. So a 1994 to 2004 is like 62 inches wide in the front, and 59" in the rear. Your older 1993 truck is just 60" wide, and those rails are very narrow. The older S10 is more like an old import bed Toyota, Nissan or Mazda. Most of those trucks were just 60" wide and 76" long-for the regular cabs anyway.

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      Tom Zizzo 5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @george07 -hard to say, all you can really do is measure everything. You have no idea what it use to be on? Measure the front width, and the rear, and the length-and yes, measure to the outside, pretend you need to sit it on a box, what size does that box need to be, keep in mind the front slope or angle of the top.

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      Tom Zizzo 5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @shane -it will probably be ok for short term, the dimensions are not that different.

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      Jerry 5 weeks ago

      I ask my question because my year truck is missing. My truck is in the shop so I can not bring it to the canopy to check the fit.

      I have a 93 s10 4x4 reg box, going to look at a 2000 s10 canopy. From what i can find only about 1" difference in length. Any thing else I have over looked?

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      George07 6 weeks ago

      I have the opposite problem, I have a camper shell and need to figure out what it fits..? How is the best way to do that I did not see a brand or model number anywhere..

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      Shane 6 weeks ago

      A friend has offered to let me borrow his shell off of his 07 Chevy for a camping trip. I have an 01. I know the body style changed, but is it enough to cause major issues, or can I make it work short term?

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      Tom Zizzo 6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ben Straits -yeah, the 97 to 03 body style F150's are kind of unique, not much works on those, and a classic body Chevy/GMC will probably not work.

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      Tom Zizzo 6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @James -depends on which one you have, i.e., short bed regular cab or short bed king cab-just measure, always measure. Nissans have been all over the map on dimensions, you probably don't notice it, but trust me.

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      Tom Zizzo 6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Neal Bunker -I doubt that will work. From 2009 on, all Dodge Ram toppers, which incidentally is not called a Dodge anymore, have that bowed out tailgate piece on the back door. You can't get around it, nothing else will sit right or make any kind of decent seal, so if you try to put that top on a Superduty, which also now has an odd-shaped gate, it won't work, among other problems.

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      Ben Straits 6 weeks ago

      I have a 1998 Ford F150 Lariat short bed (6'6"). Will a 99-07 silverado topper fit?

      What styles would work for my truck? I can't seem to find any exact matches for my truck.

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      james 6 weeks ago

      will a '91 nissan shell fit on a '02 nissan?

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      neal bunker 6 weeks ago

      I have a 2013 dodge 2500 long bed and i put a ARE camper shell on it i'm looking at a F250 super duty long bed pickup and not sure if will fit. Any suggestions

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      Tom Zizzo 7 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ben -as far as I know that should work, however, your 2013 has that extruded tailgate piece on it, and that will have to be removed in order for the back door to sit flush across the top of the tailgate.

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      Ben 7 weeks ago

      Will a 2006 nissian titan camper fit on a 2013

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      Tom Zizzo 7 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jacob Brinks -The Tundra bed should be about an inch longer than a Ford bed (provided we're talking about an F150) and close to three inches narrower, so I don't think that's going to work.

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      Jacob Brinks 7 weeks ago

      Hey Tom, I have a 2012 tundra extended cab. 6.5 ft bed. Looking and a leer 122 cap that came off a ford. Leer website says this model is compatible with my truck but picture on Craigslist looks a bit off. Any thoughts?

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      Tom Zizzo 7 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jake -Dakota is an odd size, a true 'mid' size truck, which means it's wider than Tacomas, S-10/Colorado, Ranger, etc. So that means you need a top from a Dakota, and those canvas tops are like expensive tarps. I know that's not what you wanted to hear, but it's true.

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      Jake 8 weeks ago

      I'm wanting to buy a used camper shell for my 2000 Dodge Dakota quad cab with the 5'3 bed. I'm just not sure what exactly is compatible with it. I did some searching online and I found those extremely cheap canvas camper shells. Those seem tempting considering they're around $200. So what are your opinion on those? Also what is compatible with my vehicle? Thanks in advance for your reply.

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      Tom Zizzo 8 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Rex -the key thing to remember in your case is bed length. There were plenty of 5.5 and 6.5 foot beds on those crew cabs. There IS a difference in molds between the crew cabs and the extended/regular cabs, but I've made them both fit back in the day-the difference isn't much, but the bed length can be deceiving when you're just looking at the top when it isn't on the bed, so measure, measure, measure.....

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      Tom Zizzo 8 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @reserve1 -Nope, won't work, your truck-the 2015-the back bulges out into a half octogon shape, kind of like a stop sign, while the 2009 to 2014 it's straight across.

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      Rex 8 weeks ago

      Wow am I glad I found your website! I hope you can help me. My truck - 2006 standard cab chevy 2500. I found a snug top from 2005 crew, not sure if it's a 1500 or 2500 and a leer from a 2500 crew. I was told by a dealer that the crew cab differs from the standard and extra cab , '99-'06. Used or not, color right or wrong, it has to fit properly to make me happy. He said one of them will hit the extra brake light or rub. PLEASE enlighten me, and thank you for your time!

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      reserve1 8 weeks ago

      Tom, you are a rock star with all these answers and the post. Thanks for the helpful info. I am trying to buy a shell for a 2015 F150 short bed. I found a 2014 F150 shortbed shell and it seems to stick out on the rear similar to how the tailgate sticks out on mine, but not sure I want to take the risk on a used one. Let me know if you think it's possible that a 2014 will fit. The used one is an ARE Z Series top, just FYI

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Lori -no, won't work on the all-new Colorado/Canyon, VERY different trucks. Thanks to virtually every truck manufacturer making tailgates unique (they use to always all be flat) it's very difficult to make older tops fit on the new trucks.

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      Lori 2 months ago

      I have a 2010 chevy colorado Lt crew cab 4x4. The short 5ft bed. Looking to add a topper. Found 2016 colorado topper. Said it's for 5ft bed. From my research look like colorado style is same from 2004 to 2014. Just wondering with the change in body of 2016 if it will work on 2010?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @George -you don't need to remove the factory plastic rail caps, and yes, the shell should fit just fine. Nissan fits can be confusing, but in your case, they should be the same.

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      George 2 months ago

      Tom,

      I have a 2002 nissan frontier crew cab, and will be purchasing a 00' nissan frontier crew cab camper shell, will it fit on my truck.

      Also, I have protective rail coverings on the bed of my truck, do you think I will have to take these off before I install the shell?

      Thanks,

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Sharon -2007 to 2013 are specific, direct fits, keeping in mind heavy duty 2500/3500 trucks in 2007 are the older body. You also have to remember that you'll likely have to remove the tailgate piece so the door on the topper will sit flat across the gate.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Abel -search your local Craigslist under auto parts. Search on the words 'shell' and 'Ranger'. Virtually any Ranger top will work.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Aurelio - No, that will not work. The bed on the 95 F150 is rectangular, the new beds on the GM/Chevy trucks are tapered, meaning they're narrower toward the tailgate.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Mike -unfortunately, these new trucks, ie your 2017 F150, have these octogon shaped tailgates, and the top has to compensate for that, it's built in to the skirt of the rear door.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Deanna -you can go back to 2009. The thing to look out for is know the difference between the 'quad' cab and 'crew' cab, because a lot of people mix them up, and the fit is different on tops. SnugTop even specifies on orders between the 2500 trucks and 1500 trucks.

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      Sharon 2 months ago

      Good article. what toppers will work on a 2012 1500 Silverado extended cab?

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      Abel 2 months ago

      Thanks for the article very informative. I am looking for camper for a 1996 ford ranger for work. Where can I find one

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      Aurelio 2 months ago

      Will a camper of a Ford F-150 1995 camper will fit a Chevy Silverado 2014 LT?

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      Mike 2 months ago

      What camper shell fits a 2017 short bed Ford 150 Can I use a 2004 - 2014 shell with some modification?

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      Mike 2 months ago

      What camper shell fits a 2017 short bed Ford 150

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      Deanna 2 months ago

      I'm looking for a 2017 Dodge 2500 Short bed camper shell. How old can I go back? You listed 2011 to present in your blog.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Eric -no, that won't work. The Superduty trucks are very different from the F150s-they're longer and wider.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Rod -I think the new King Cabs (2016 and newer) have slightly shorter beds, but I have conflicting data on the length of the 2005 to 15 king cabs at anywhere between 72.5 or 73.3 inches long. I think what happened is that in 2013 they added a wing-type tailgate piece that has to get removed when installing a top.

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      eric 2 months ago

      thanks for writing the article, great insight. I am looking at a shell that was on 2004 and 2008 f250 / f350 long beds. I am hoping it might work on a 2004 f150 long bed (new model, not heritage edition. Thoughts? Thanks

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      Rod 2 months ago

      Is a topper off of a 2007 Nissan Frontier 4x4 long bed compatable with a 2016 Frontier king cab?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Joel -well, if you happen to find a top from an older S-10 or S-15 truck, and by older I mean 1992 and older, it should actually fit directly on there-not sure why those beds are nearly identical in dimension, but they are. The hardbody Nissans were really popular, and I would guess that if you ever did find older Nissan stuff, it's probably from that generation.

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      Joel 2 months ago

      I'm looking to find a camper shell for a 93 Nissan Hardbody standard cab. What should I be looking for on compatibility on other make and models of pickups? It's basically impossible to find Hardbody's nowadays, at least where I'm currently at.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Larry- no, that will not work. The Dakota is like 7 inches narrower than the Ram, and shorter as well.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Richard -that may fit, both bed dimensions are close, the top will likely sit lower since the Superduty's have tall cabs.

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      Larry C 3 months ago

      I have a Dodge Ram 1500, 2005, and I found a Dodge Dakota, 2005, with a shell on it. Unfortunately, your 2005 to present style doesn't show if it might work on my vehicle.

      Here's an excerpt from the owner: This was made for the 2005 Dakota Club cab. Specs are approx 81" long, 60" wide and 2.5' tall. Its the high profile model. There are some scratches from wrestling it out of storage. Doesn't leak. It's on the truck currently.

      Would that work for my model? I know the color won't match, but, that can be fixed.

      Thanks!

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      Richard 3 months ago

      Can you tell me if this '07-'13 Chevy ARE top will fit my '04 F-350 ?https://images.craigslist.org/00G0G_26baky8DnrE_12...

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      Tom Zizzo 3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Matt -Depends on the precise year, for example, a 2002 1500 is different than the 2002 2500/3500. Most of the truck manufacturers will do that, that is, when the new generation comes out, they start with the light duty trucks and keep the old body on the heavy duty trucks until they update the chassis. You can tell on the Rams by the shape of the front grill and that bow to the front wall on the bed if the bodies are the same.

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      Matt 3 months ago

      Any chance you could tell me whether a cap on a Ram 2500 would fit a 1500? Both Gen 2.

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      Tom Zizzo 3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Alex -you won't find any fiberglass tops, and the only way to know if something will fit in your case are by taking careful measurements-of everything. You can probably get a custom commercial-type shell made, but they aren't cheap. I know Access Manufacturing (builder of the Tradesman commercial top) will build just about anything.

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      Alex 3 months ago

      Hi,

      I am looking hard for a very tall top shell(above the cab roof line on my 82 Datsun king cab pickup.

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      Tom Zizzo 3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @mike -It will fit, the rails on the newer body style that came out in 2007 will be a little wider, the top will probably sit a littler taller, but the overall dimensions are nearly the same. You'll have to take that plastic tailgate cap off and replace it with a flat one so the bottom edge of the door on the top will fit.

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      @mike 3 months ago

      I found a Leer fiberglass cap on a 98/99 GMC extended cab. I am hopin I can put it on my 2008 Chevy Extended Cab. What do you think?

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      Tom Zizzo 3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @alex -I don't know, but I highly doubt it. The rear doors on tops for the new trucks all mold to fit those specific vehicles. Tailgates are not the flat, straight-across pieces of metal that they use to be.

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      Tom Zizzo 3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @DaRuBa -if it's a hardbody Nissan, yes. That would be a 1986 1/2 to 1997.

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      alex 3 months ago

      do you know if a leer cap from a 2015 gmc canyon extended cab would fit a 2016 tacoma access cab? both 6 foot beds

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      DaRuBa 3 months ago

      93 s10 shell, will it fit a sb nissan frontier?

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      Tom Zizzo 4 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @ Jb -that kind of fits, the Ford top will be a little wider, but if the top from the Ford has what's called 'skirtted' rails, meaning they wrap over the factory plastic bed caps, it won't work, it needs to be a non-skirtted, or flat-rail top.

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      Tom Zizzo 4 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Myk -no, hard tonneaus are not like shells/tops-they have to be vehicle specific. The hardware, etc., has to line up in order for it to operate properly.

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      Jb 4 months ago

      A top from 05 f150 8ft to a 99 2500 8 ft chevy

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      Myk 4 months ago

      Tom,

      I'm looking to buy Leer Tonneau Hard Top pickup cover that fits 2014-2016 Chevy/GMC pickups with 61/2 ft beds

      For my 2015 TOYOTA tundra double cab will this fit my truck?

      Thank you so much in advance

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      Terry 4 months ago

      I am looking at buying a camper shell from a 1999 ford f150 , but I have a 2004 new body, will it fit ?

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      Jose 4 months ago

      I like to put a camper shell on my Nissan frontier 2005 do you know wich one it will fit.

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      steve 4 months ago

      is it a major difference if I use a cap from a 01 dodge ram to a 06 dodge ram

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      ROSE 4 months ago

      We have a 1995 Dually Dodge Ram 3500 and was wondering what year of used shells would fit this truck ? Its been very hard to get a match.

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      John miller 4 months ago

      Well a topper off of a 1996 ful size Chevy. Pickup fit a 2003 full size Chevy pickup?

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      Jrmassey1978@gmail.com 4 months ago

      I just got an 03 tundra access cab. What other truck beds would match up with it for a used camper?

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      Joshua Hall 4 months ago

      Looking at a topper for my 13 Silverado where are model tags usually placed?

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      Tom Zizzo 4 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jesse L -I don't know, but I doubt it, and when in doubt, measure, but remember to measure the front AND rear width of the beds, and length, and like always, also remember that truck beds are not the rectangular boxes you think they are.

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      JESSE L 5 months ago

      WILL A CANOPY FROM A TUNDRA FIT ON A NISSAN TITAN

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      Tom Zizzo 5 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @chan2go - finding used shells for something that old requires some patience to continue to check what's for sale. You could do what you describe, but it won't be terribly safe, and the time it would take, you might as well try and build a top yourself.

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      chan2go 5 months ago

      Here's another question: If you don't care how it looks, is there any reason why you can't attach a shell to some 2x4s and then attach the 2x4s to the bed rails (u-shape/3 sides)? My truck is for camping in Baja and the less pretty it is the more safe I feel. Thanks! You are doing such a great service for all of us novices out here!

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      chan2go 5 months ago

      Tom, thank you so much for the awesome detail about camper shells. I'm swimming in confusion trying to find a high rise shell for my 1991 4WD Toyota (regular cab). My (far from exact) measurements for the widest and longest span of the bed are: 60W x 80L. Any suggestions off the top of your head?

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      Tom Zizzo 5 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Catherine -that top is on an older Tacoma, like a 1995 to 2004 body. That's not going to work on your Ranger.

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      Catherine 5 months ago

      Tom - Thank you for your prompt response!!! Hopefully, the re-pasted link will work. I have to drive three and 1/2 hours for this camper top and just trying to figure if it will be worth the drive. The inside measurement is indeed 54.25, but would the 5 ft width seat okay on the what I would call the rails (can you tell I'm a novice at this?). Do appreciate your assistance.

      https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/pts/5977185835....

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      Tom Zizzo 5 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Catherine -the link was bad, couldn't see anything. Your Ranger should be 72 inches long, and 54.25 inches wide in the front, and 54.125 inches wide in the rear. So while the bed is 6 feet, it's not exactly 5 wide.

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      Tom Zizzo 5 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Mark -yes, those years are the same. There should be no fit problems interchanging them.

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      Mark 5 months ago

      I have an '04 Ram 3500 long bed; would an '06 Ram 1500 topper fit?

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      Tom Zizzo 5 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jason - Problem with a SnugTop is, they're VERY specific fits. That back door is going to be your biggest hangup. It probably won't sit flat on that gate, or interfere with it altogether. It's also probably going to be an inch or two shorter in length as it is on the new Tacomas.

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      Jason 5 months ago

      Would you know if a Snugtop camper shell for a 2007-2013 tundra double cab fit on a 2014 tundra double cab? I am looking at one in another state and can't find the actual dimensions online.

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      Tom Zizzo 5 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Julie -I don't know, a classic body Chevy/GMC isn't compatible with a 2002-08 Ram.

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      Julie 5 months ago

      Hi, will a LEER GMC contractor cap 6 1/2' short box off a 2006 chevy Z-71 fit on a 2006 Dodge RAM 3500 short box?

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      Tom Zizzo 5 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @JasonL -no, vastly different trucks.

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      JasonL 5 months ago

      Hello,

      I have a 2000 chevy silverado 2500 short bed, and am looking at a Canopy that the seller says will fit a "2004 to 2008 FORD supercab, shortbed 6'6" ". Will this work for my truck?

      Thank you

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      Tom Zizzo 5 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Moparman864 -tops for later year Dodge Rams really won't work (after 2009) and anything earlier than 2002 will likely not fit well in the front. The Ram trucks of those years have kind of unique bed dimensions, although it may not appear that they do, you have to look at how the top rail behind the cab (the front wall) is very curved, if the top does not sit on that right, you'll get so many gaps, a tarp would be a better option to keep water out.

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      Tom Zizzo 5 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Claudius Maximus -I'm not sure how drastic the changes were between those trucks, but I know they look VERY different, and to be honest, after 2004, I just rarely saw any Dakotas at all. You're correct that it would be hard to find a used top that either came from the same generation and color, but maybe if it's a great deal, you don't have much to lose if it doesn't work?

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      Moparman864 5 months ago

      I have been looking for a camper shell for my 2004 Dodge Ram-2500 short bed. Is their a camper shelll off any other truck manufacturer that will interchange with my truck

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      Claudius Maximus 5 months ago

      I have a 2004 Dodge Dakota SLT crew cab short box and am looking at a topper that came off of a 2007 Dakota similar box. Short of measuring my bed and then asking the guy to measure his topper, (and hoping we both can measure correctly) to the best of your knowledge would I be wasting my time going over and doing a trial run fitting? Long story short, trying to find a topper with such short dimensions is near impossible and the exact color, close to nil. (Plus, it's one of those "deals of a century," however, nothing is broken or in need of repair if you can believe that.) I really want it to fit but I know Dodge changed in 2005 but was it a drastic bed change as well or could it be one of those close enough fits? Thanks a million in advance.

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      Tom Zizzo 5 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @b43bobbyb -02 Supercrew is tough, and it HAS to be specific as that truck bed is so curved that it's almost like a flareside. I prefer the SnugTop-fit is better, and they use higher-end parts/latches, etc. Then there's Leer, ARE, in my opinion, is not as good, although it is a lot better than many other off-brands that come and go. Don't forget that Century is basically a Leer (same manufactuer)

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      Tom Zizzo 5 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Justin coghlan -The Ram changed in 94, and that body style ran till 2001. Tops made for newer Ram trucks won't fit very well, for various reasons, so try to stick with something for that generation of Ram trucks.

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      b43bobbyb 5 months ago

      Thanks for your posts. I've been looking for a shell for my 2002 f150 super crew and I'm not seeing many. Which is a better shell. Are or Leer? I'm new to this world. I did learn the carryboy is no longer made here. Thanks

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      Tom Zizzo 5 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Justin VW -you need '09 or newer I think, and remember that there's a difference between the 1500 and 3500 trucks, meaning, an 09 3500 uses the older 08 style bed.

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      Justin coghlan 6 months ago

      I have a 96 Dodge 1500 long bed. Will other model trucks be compatible with mine for a camper shell?

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      Justin VW 6 months ago

      Thanks for your reply, Tom. Are newer models, say an '08, better fit to a '15 RAM long bed?

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      Tom Zizzo 6 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @David Taxis -not sure if that will work, maybe. Your logic is correct that if your truck is a standard cab, there is no angle to that cab to effect the fit of a later top, but I don't know if that other top will fit or not. I suppose it's worth trying.

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      Tom Zizzo 6 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @John -you are correct, the 2006 2500 used what they called the 'classic' bed, but the changes were really not that much. As you say, it will not be a perfect fit, but the dimensions are similar enough that most people seem to be able to make them work.

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      David Taxis 6 months ago

      I have a 2002 Toyota Tacoma, no extended cab; just bench seat in front. I'm in the market for a 2008 ARE camper shell currently sitting on a lady's 2010 Tacoma (ext. cab). Will that shell fit my 2002 Tacoma?

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      John 6 months ago

      Hey Tom! Hope you could save me a long drive... I've got a 2006 Chevy Silverado 2500 with an 8' bed and am looking at a shell made for a 2008 GMC longbed. Am I right that it will work but won't be a perfect fit? I see the beds changed in 2007... but not by much. Please let me know as I'm looking at about 10 hours round trip to get the thing... THANK YOU!

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      Tom Zizzo 6 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Justin VW -yeah, the Ram has gone through A LOT of changes since '97, width of the bed changed -more tapered, that bowed out tailgate, and there's also a bow to the front wall of the bed. The top might sit on the rails, but it will likely not seal. I would look for something newer than that.

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      Justin VW 6 months ago

      Hi Tom,

      I have a 2015 long bed RAM 3500, and have tracked down a very cool LEER high rise topper off of a '97 long bed dodge pickup. What concerns would you have with fit? Bed taper or tailgate? Both? Are they compatible? Thanks!

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      Andres 6 months ago

      Tom,

      hit me up when you get a chance, lost your #.

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      Tom Zizzo 6 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Debbie -those body styles aren't that different really, at least the bed dimensions aren't. The fit is probably not perfect, but it would probably sit on the newer bed just fine.

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      Tom Zizzo 6 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tim -For a tonneau cover, it needs to be specific for the year and model, a 2010 and 2014 are different, so I don't think it will work.

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      Debbie 6 months ago

      Would a canopy from a 1996 GMC Sierra fit a 2004 Chevy Silverado (both long box)? It is a high rise style Canopy (not sure of make). Thanks!!

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      Tom Zizzo 6 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Dwight, that shouldn't be a problem. I know that if you were to try and fit a bedliner from one truck to the other, it wouldn't fit, but the tops should be nearly identical.

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      Tim 6 months ago

      I have a 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab with the 6 and a half foot bed and I found a fiberglass tonneau cover from a 2010 Chevy Silverado 2500 with a 6 and a half foot bed, will that work?

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      Dwight 6 months ago

      I have a 2008 GMC Sierra extended cab with a regular short bed...I want to buy a Leer cap from a 2009 Chevy Silverado also with an extended cab and a short bed...will it fit???

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      Tom Zizzo 6 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Missbhaven -2011 would be a newer style than the 'classic' 2006 bed, but truth be told, those beds aren't all that different in dimensions. You'll have to remove that top tailgate piece on the 2011, but it would probably fit.

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      Tom Zizzo 6 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @John -a 2001 F150 flareside? Nothing will fit that, unless it was made for that truck. Sorry, but stepsides and flaresides need specific tops for them.

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      Tom Zizzo 6 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jason Mackenzie -If you want to buy a used truck, add something like a cabover camper to it to make it an RV, it's not going to be cheap. New, fully equipped cabovers can be well over $30K, and that's just the cabover. You should also be aware that used RVs can be total money pits, including used cabovers. They just don't hold up well, and most people hardly drive them, which believe it or not, can be a bad thing. Imagine buying a used RV, one that's a dualie, and it needs all new tires. Six tires for a fullsize truck are not cheap, and that could just be the tip of the iceberg. Just check that what you're getting doesn't need a ton of maintenance.

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      Missbhaven 6 months ago

      Will a 2006 Chevy crew cab short box canopy fit a 2011 crew cab short box?

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      John 6 months ago

      what canopy's would fit (other than its original) an 2001 2wd f150 side step up shortbox

      thanks

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      flipat60 6 months ago

      Nice article. We're first time truck owners...just bought a '17 Chevy Colorado yesterday (12/31/16) and are already exploring camping in it. Your article is probably going to save us hundreds of $$ just by NOT making the wrong purchases. Dang, trucks are FUN!

      Happy 2017!!

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      Tom Zizzo 7 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Nathan - The problem you're going to have with that is the rear door. The new truck as this wider bow to it, so while the shell from the 09-14 truck might fit the other dimensions of the bed, the rear is very different. This is kind of a key area, so, I would have to say no, it won't work.

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      Nathan 7 months ago

      I have a 2016 F150 with the 5.5 bed and have located a cap from a 2009-2014 F150 short bed. Just trying to see if it would fit our not. Thanks!

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      Tom Zizzo 7 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Myrna -a '99 Dakota crew cab is almost certainly a v-bed, aka, a bed that is 'less than' 6 feet. However, I have heard people refer their extended cab Dakotas as crew cabs, since both trucks technically have four doors. If your truck has the full size four doors, i.e., a proper crew cab, it's a little bed, and finding a used top for that will be difficult. Not only is it short, but the Dakota is smaller than full-size trucks (f150s) but larger than smaller trucks like a Tacoma. Wish I had better news for you.

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      Tom Zizzo 7 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @steven browning -I've seen people do the opposite-putting the old Ranger top on a 'newer' S-10. The thing to remember is the Ranger has really wide rails-yes, it may fit, but it might not sit on the S-10 rails very flat, obviously you may not care how that looks, but more importantly, I would be more worried about how it seals. Try it though, it may work.

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      Myrna 7 months ago

      Hi Tom, we purchased a 99 dakota with crew cab and 4X4 to transport my son and his hockey equipment. I'm in search for a cap or watertight tonneau at a reasonable price. I am finding this to be a difficult search. I have found one off a 98 ford f-150 shortbed. How can I determine if that will fit? Thanks,

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      steven browning 7 months ago

      would a 90's Ford Ranger 6 foot topper likely fit a 1991 chevy 10 The measurements between the two trucks Length X Width of the beds is less than an inch both ways.........

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      Tom Zizzo 7 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ben -good question. Those beds, technically, are different (1999-2006 are the same, but different than 1988 to 1998), but depends on the manufacturer of the lid. I would be inclined to say it won't work because shells and lids are very different. A lid is like a big door, if all the hardware don't line up right, it won't work. Shells you only need to allow the rear door to clear the tailgate. Hope this helps!

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      Tom Zizzo 7 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Andy, yes, so long as it's not on a 'fringe' year, in other words, a 2007 2500 is the same as the 06, or the 'classic', but an 07 1500 is a newer body style. Truck manufacturers tend to do that with the heavy duty trucks since their on a different chassis, takes at least a year or two before the heavier duty body catches up with the new, lighter duty trucks, except for Ford that went for a whole different truck altogether.

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      Ben 7 months ago

      Hi Tom, First of all THANK YOU for this post. I've read dozens and dozens of comments but didn't seem to find the answer I was looking for. I has a 94 Silverado (C1500, 6ft bed) and am considering a tonneau cover from a 2002 Silverado (also 6ft bed) - would this fit?

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      andy 7 months ago

      will 2500 chevy shell fit a 1500, both 6.5 ft bed

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      Tom Zizzo 7 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Andy -With 2014, GM made some subtle changes to the Silverado and Sierra, mostly in the tailgate area, they did what many manufacturers are doing. You can see how it kind of lips outward, not like the previous years where it's fairly flat. Good news is, most of the dimensions are pretty much the same since 2007, it's that back door that will give you some fit issues, so, try to stick with anything 2014 or newer.

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      andy 7 months ago

      i have a 2014 silverado 1500 standard ox, any idea what would fit my truck

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      Tom Zizzo 7 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jordan -Dodge made a lot of changes to the bed after 2001, most notably the curvature to the front of the bed-it bows in a lot more, so tops that don't fit it will typically create big gaps. I think the bed also tapers a lot more, even the rack companies made different racks for that bed, so I know there's significant differences. Remember to always measure-front and rear width, see if it will fit, but note that different curve to the front.

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      Jordan 7 months ago

      I have a new to me 2003 Ram 2500 Long Bed. I am having a lot of trouble finding a used shell to fit. I do see quite a few 94-2001 shells available. Would a shell from pre 2001 Dodge work on a 2003 Dodge?

      PS Thanks for the great article.

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      Tom Zizzo 7 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Caleb -The width is probably close, but it depends on the length of the trucks, in other words, are you comparing apples to apples with bed lengths. Nissan also has the bulging plastic piece on the tailgate. I would just try to measure everything, it might work.

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      Caleb 7 months ago

      Found a Leer Hi-Rise from a 2010 Tacoma. Any chance that would fit on a 2006 Frontier?

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      Tom Zizzo 8 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ben -the main difference is after '09, and it's really just the rear gate (the new tops bulge out to compensate for the bow in the top of the gate). Will it fit on your truck? Probably, but I couldn't make any promises about how that rear door will work, if there will be big gaps, etc. Others have spoke of changing the door out with an older style one, and I'm not sure you can even do that, or if it would be worth it because the back door is not cheap to replace.

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      Ben 8 months ago

      Howdy Tom,

      MANY THANKS for all your support on this page. I have a 2006 F-150 Crew (5.5' bed) and recently located a Leer cap for the same bed in the 2013 body style. Any thoughts on if it would fit? I can't quite tell as the '13s aren't specifically addressed above. Thanks again.

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      Tom Zizzo 8 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Donna - If you're looking for a top in which the rear tailgate is removed, aka, a 'walk-in' rear door, you have to have a top that is specifically made for that truck. Sorry, there is nothing that will be 'compatible'.

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      Tom Zizzo 8 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Dave -I have no idea. You really need to contact someone at Unicover. I've never heard of them, but looks like they're still in business.

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      Donna 8 months ago

      We have a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 short bed and are looking for a cap that is similar to the snugtop outback design. Any ideas on what might compatible?

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      Dave 8 months ago

      Hi,

      I have a 2011 Chevy Extended Cab Silverado with a Unicover topper. I need a back window for it. Would a back window from a topper that fits a Ford, Dodge, Toyota, etc fit my topper?

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      Tom Zizzo 8 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jeremy -should fit pretty good I would think, just make sure the beds are the same length. A crew cab with the 6.5 foot bed are not as common as those with the 5.5 foot bed. I once ordered a top for a truck like that and realized when I set it on the bed, it was a foot too short, it can be very deceiving, so double check.

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      Tom Zizzo 8 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Rodney -The last generation stepsides are fairly rare to see these days. Would a flareside Ford top fit on there? I doubt it, very different beds. Most shell manufacturers don't even have molds for those anymore. SnugTop still makes a hard tonneau cover for it, and they use to make a shell for it, but no longer. You would probably need something specific, because the bed width is so narrow. Anything else you try to put on there will either not fit, or look very strange.

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      Jeremy 8 months ago

      Hi Tom,

      I am looking at getting a shell for my 2013 GMC sierra1500 extended cab with the 6.5 foot bed and saw a used one that came off a 2011 GMC 2500 crew cab with the 6.5 foot bed, will I have any issues with that cap fitting on my truck?

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      rodney 8 months ago

      Hi Tom,

      Would you know buy chance what toppers would cross fit onto my 2000 silverado stepside. It looks like the previous chevy stepside would fit and possibly a flareside around the 2007 models. would you have any input on this?

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      rodney 8 months ago

      I have a 2000 silverado 6.5 stepside. I am looking to get a topper for it, but i am having lots of trouble finding a cap for this truck. would you know by chance if the f150 flareside (any years) would fit on this bed? Or any other suggestions on what i could get to fit on it?

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      Tom Zizzo 8 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Randy D -I've seen people make that work. You're lucky, the trucks you're talking about still had relatively simple boxes as beds, just remember, those trucks have narrow rails, so be careful when fitting one on to the other, you don't have a lot of room to adjust it from side to side.

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      Tom Zizzo 8 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tom -Dimensions between those two are fairly close, the thing to lookout for with that is the top being built to accommodate that bow to the front wall in the Dodge, in other words, when you set the Leer on the SuperDuty, it may leave gaps in that front wall. As always, the back door and gate won't fit perfect either.

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      Tom Zizzo 8 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Stephan -If the Leer shell you're talking about is a molded fiberglass top, and it came off a 2014 Ram, which is what it was made for, the back door will not work, it will be too long, and there would be other fit issues. New trucks today do not have simple rectangular boxes for beds.

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      Tom Zizzo 8 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @don wilson -a lot of changes were made to the bed for the 2002 and later trucks, including a big bow to the front wall. I don't think those are very compatible.

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      Randy D 8 months ago

      I am looking at a shell off a 96 Nissan. Will it fit my 02 Tacoma Extra Cab?

      Thank You for all the great info here!

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      Tom 8 months ago

      Looking at a Leer 122 that is on a 2006 Dodge 2500 long bed, will this fit (or be a close match) to my 2002 F-250 long bed? Bed dimensions (Front of bed and rear of bed) seem close on both trucks.

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      Stephan 8 months ago

      Found this great LEER canopy that came off a 2014 Dodge 3500 8' box wondering if it will fit any of my three company trucks: 2013 gmc sierra 3500 or 2009 chevy silverado 3500 or 2007 gmc sierra 3500? Great article thanks

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      don wilson 8 months ago

      will a canopy off an 2001 long box dodge fit on my 2006 long box dodge? Thanx

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      Tom Zizzo 8 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Mike -yes, those truck beds should be the same. They know call those the 'classic' bed.

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      Tom Zizzo 8 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ralph -the biggest problem you're going to have is the bulge in the tailgate, which first came out in 2009. So, you should look for something that came off a 2009 to 2016 truck.

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      Mike 8 months ago

      Will a 2005 chevy silverado short bed cap fit on a 2002 chevy silverado short bed

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      Ralph 8 months ago

      Will a 2006 dodge topper fit a 2016 dodge. BOTH 8 foot beds. IF not ...what years or models will fit.

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      Tom Zizzo 8 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Dustin -By 2005 Chevy, do you mean a full-size Silverado, or do you mean a Colorado? The new Colorado trucks are vastly different than their early generation versions, and the new Silverados have gone through a lot of changes in those 10 years. It's possible if you took an older top and put it on the new bed that it will fit, the specific bed dimensions are not that different, however, the newer trucks have different contoured body lines, bowed out tailgates and plastic bed rails, so, that old top might sort of fit, but the back door will likely not shut or seal, and the overall fit won't look very good.

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      Tom Zizzo 8 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Skeeterbud -SR5 doesn't mean what you think it means, but if you're asking if the Tacoma SR5 shell will fit on a Tundra, then no they won't, but if the SR5 in question is actually a Tundra, then yes, a shell off of one Tundra will fit on another Tundra of the same year/body style.

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      Dustin 9 months ago

      So from what I read, a cap from a 2005 chevy won't fit a 2015 bed?

      Thanks

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      Tom Zizzo 9 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Richard -yeah, not really similar. It's not just dimensions, but the bed contours. The F150 after 04 have factory plastic rail caps, narrow rails in the rear, wider in the front. I don't think it would fit that well. Those Fords are so common, I would try to find something more specific.

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      Tom Zizzo 9 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Mike -it will probably fit, provided they both have the same length bed. Short bed has two different meanings these days, one is 'extra' short, the other is standard short.

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      Tom Zizzo 9 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Thomas -No, won't fit.

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      Skeeterbud 9 months ago

      Hi there, can you tell me if the 2000 SR5 Access Cab and the 2000 Tundra Limited (Access Cab)have the same bed dimensions? Saw a Leer shell on a an SR5 and wanted to know if it would fit on my Tundra. Thanks in advance.

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      Richard 9 months ago

      Tom,

      What do you think about a transferring a LEER made for an 05 Chevy Silverado 6.5ft bed to an 05 Ford F150 6.5 ft bed. Bed dimensions online said similar. Chevy is 1 inch longer.

      Thanks!

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      Mike 9 months ago

      will a canopy off of a 2013 chevy silverado 4 door short bed fit my2009 extendacab chevy silverado short bed

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      Thomas 9 months ago

      Hello!

      Im looking to buy a Leer 100xl from a 2004 Dodge Ram for my 2005 Chevy Silverado extended cab. Will this Fit?

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      Tom Zizzo 9 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jamie V -yeah, that is close enough. I know that when I sold lumber racks, you would use the same rack between those two beds, and back in the day, it was widely accepted that a 73 to 87 Chevy bed and an pre 1980 Ford were the same, the Dodge in those years wasn't much different either. Selling that stuff in those days was easy -hahahah -although I wouldn't know since I'm not that old.

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      Tom Zizzo 9 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Michelle -not really, maybe on a long bed Superduty, but it wouldn't fit the front wall, not a very good fit.

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      Kate F 9 months ago

      I'm trying to find a list of other truck models whose campers will fit my 96 Dodge ram LB. I'm on a budget and have to find one used before years end for s move so I'm really glad to have stumbled on this article, it's had some helpful pointers for me since I'm looking at used shells exclusively.

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      Jamie V. 10 months ago

      Just saw this section of your post

      "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."

      I think that answers my previous question!

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      Jamie V. 10 months ago

      Hey,

      Great article. A lot of really useful information in here and in the comments.

      I was wondering if a fiberglass cap from a classic ford would fit on a chevy c10 from similar era.

      http://www.truckinamerica.com/toppers/BedSize.htm

      This site says my chevy truck has a 71"x 99" bed and that the ford has a 73" x 99" bed.

      Is this close enough to work? Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

      Thanks!

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      Tom Zizzo 10 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jerry Thomas -yeah, looking at the pictures of the new trucks, they're like everything else now: factory plastic bed rails, curved rear gate, etc. The door would be different, the side rails would probably wrap the rails for a cleaner look. They're not just square beds, although they may look like they are.

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      Jerry Thomas 10 months ago

      Thanks Tom! I spoke with different dealers and they all say nothing will fit 14 and up GM except new caps. The cap measurements are really close but I think it's the way the door closes on the tailgate. Maybe the length of the total cap with the curve in the 14 up also is a problem?

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      Tom Zizzo 10 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jerry Thomas -well, I wrote this a few years ago, obviously I need to update it, only problem is I haven't been selling truck accessories for a while, but you're right, 2007 to 2013 should be the same.

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      Tom Zizzo 10 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @dnoodles -there must be something different as the availability chart for SnugTop shows a new entry for the 2015/16 model year, but SnugTop is very specific in their fits.

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      Jon 10 months ago

      I have a cap that measures 80" L, 73"W in the front and 68"W in the back. The top is crowned but its height is 23 3/4" in the middle and slopes down to 22 3/4" on the sides. What model is my cap made for?

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      Jerry Thomas 10 months ago

      I noticed that you didn't cover the new GM style with the curved tailgate and tapered somewhat bed rails. I have heard that the 2007-2013 looks really close.

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      Tom Zizzo 10 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @JEFF SHADOW -if the truck you were trying to put it on was up to a 2008, it would be compatible, but it's more than the curved gate, the front wall is curved as well. It sounds like you might work at a dealership, if that's the case, try the shell on the bed, my guess is the fit won't be that great.

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      dnoodles 10 months ago

      does anyone know if a 2015/16 F150 6.5' bed is really different from an 09-14?

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      JEFF SHADOW 10 months ago

      Just took a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 in trade. The customer bought a 2016 Ram. He gave me the shell. Cannot see what brand it is but there is a Fast Tops sticker inside the shell. They were located in Hesperia, California and seem to be out of business. I know you say the bed design (especially the curved tailgate) has changed but is there any way to install a new curved lid on this original shell to match the shape of my 2016 1500 Bog Horn bed? I have not yet tried to put the shell on my new Ram yet.

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      Tom Zizzo 10 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @John -I don't think I mentioned the Titan because at the time I wrote this, all of the Titans were the same. It's an odd size, aside from the Dakota, it's the only mid size truck, although it's probably more like a full size truck. The problem is, it's too narrow for a GM, Ford or Dodge top, so you'll probably have to find something from another Titan.

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      John 11 months ago

      Nothing on the Titan? what year caps will fit a 2014 5'7' titan bed?

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      Tom Zizzo 11 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Geoff -oh man, that's kind of an infamous truck give the ginormous third brake light on the cab with inner bracket that can't be removed. I don't know what to tell you. Unless you get a shell with that huge notch taken out to compensate for it, it will get in the way.

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      Tom Zizzo 11 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @PALLAIS -no, VERY different trucks, don't even bother trying.

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      Tom Zizzo 11 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @lisa -for a 2013 Tacoma, the only real shell that I know for sure will fit are older Tacomas, and possibly a Nissan Frontier, but I can't be sure on the Nissan. You have to remember that your Tacoma has a composite bed, and you need a special clamp that slides into those inside cargo rails to mount a top to it.

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      Tom Zizzo 11 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Matthew -well, good news and bad news. Most shell manufacturers use parts from the same company that supplies the windows, which use to be a company called Creation, not sure if it's the same company anymore, the problem is, there are so many different variations, shell dealers won't order window after window in the hopes they will get you the right one. You can try, but they generally won't because a window has curved corners, can't always get the exact same dimension, you would need a part number.

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      Geoff 11 months ago

      so, of course the truck I bought is a 94 nissan hardbody. do you know if a shell for that year even exists?

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      PALLAIS 11 months ago

      I have a 2010 Ford Rand and just purchased the 2016 Canyon extended cab will the Ranger truck cap on the Ranger fit the Canyon

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      lisa 11 months ago

      hi im looking to see what all caps are compatible with my 2013 tacoma? looking for aluminium, will a s10 fit or ranger etc, or just toyota specific??

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      Tom Zizzo 11 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Marc -you would want to contact Leer, they may tell you you'll need a whole new door, which won't be cheap. I would try to find a local Leer dealer and ask if you can just get that piece, or, see if they have a similar model on the lot to see how it's different. I think it just bulbs out to compensate for the step, but I'm not sure if it's glued on there or what.

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      Matthew 11 months ago

      New Question for you Tom:

      My old Raider Topper had a side door/window (Windoor) which is an excellent feature. I was able to slavage it. Are the windows universal sizes between brands (raider/leer etc)? Can I find a used Leer brand and have the Raider windoor fit? Dimensions appear to be 59.5" x 15.5".

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      Marc 11 months ago

      Great article. Thanks. Hoping to clarify. Do you think an 02 F250 XQ-100 will fit on a 16 f250? the 16 has a step in the tailgate. So, can the lip be purchased separately and added onto the 02 model to fit correctly?

      Thank you!!

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      Tom Zizzo 11 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Mick -no, a 2012 is two generations removed from a '96. Dodge has made A LOT of changes, especially if you're trying to put a Snugtop tonneau on it.

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      Mick 11 months ago

      Hi Tom,

      I'm interested in a used Snugtop Tonneau that is currently on a 1996 Ram 2500 with a 8' bed. I have a 2012 Ram 2500 with an 8' bed. Do you think these are compatible?

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      Tom Zizzo 11 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Dlantz -a tonneau cover kind of needs to be specific, it's not like a shell, the reason being the whole thing is like a big door, and if the hard ware and fit aren't just right, it won't work. You're better off just throwing a tarp over your bed at that point. Rangers are very common, and many city municipalities have them as fleet vehicles, so I can't imagine it would be impossible to find something.

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      Tom Zizzo 11 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Claude -Can't be of much help, I don't think Raider has been around for a while, your best bet is if you know what truck it did fit on, and if you don't know that, then dimensions are about all you can by, just remember to measure the front AND the rear width, they might be different.

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      Dlantz 11 months ago

      I am trying to find a tonneau cover for my ford ranger with an extended cab, and have been looking on craigslist but cant find too many matches. Is there a tonneau cover from another brand of small pickup besides mazda with a six foot bed, that might fit?

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      Claude 11 months ago

      I have a truck topper that no one knows were it came from. is there any model number on these caps that will help. all I know is its a raider and the size is approximately 62 .5inches wide, 79 inches long.

      Thank you

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      Tom Zizzo 11 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Alex -there is no difference between a regular and extended cab ranger in regard to shell fit. All extended cab Rangers have the shorter bed-they never made a long bed extended cab Ranger.

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      ALEX 11 months ago

      Hi,

      Thanks for the awesome write up. Couldn't exactly see the answer to my question unless I missed it:

      Will a cap for an extended cab ranger 97+ , regular bed, fit a regular cab, regular bed 2007 ranger? Or is the gap where the shell meets the top of the cab going to scrape? Thanks so much for your time.

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      Tom Zizzo 11 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Chris -I don't think so, the Frontier is not considered a full-size truck, so the bed would be much narrower than the full-size Chevy.

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      Chris 11 months ago

      I am wondering if a leer canopy that came off of a 2012 Nissan frontier fit a 2004 silverado short bed??

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      Tom Zizzo 11 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tom -I think you can, not sure. I know they changed that truck in 2015, take some detailed measurements to be sure, or try calling a local dealer-not truck dealer, but a shell dealer, like Leer or SnugTop, see what they say. I just haven't been in the industry for a few years.

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      Tom Zizzo 11 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jeff -depends on your definition of decent. To someone like me, and probably a lot of other people, you will be able to tell that it was not designed for that truck. If you had a lumber rack on an 03 Chevy and wanted to bolt it on to your 08, yeah, the general dimensions are roughly the same, but the way the bed contours and cab height are different.

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      Tom Zizzo 11 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jeremy -depends on the year of the S-10, are you talking pre 1994? The old S-10s, like from the 80's, -1993 being the last year for that style, were nearly identical to a Nissan hardbody bed. It might fit the Tacoma, not sure.

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      Tom Zizzo 11 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tim Balcom - there isn't much difference between a 96 and 03, however, if you're talking about a hard tonneau cover, you're going to have some issues, but if you're talking about a camper top/shell, it will likely fit.

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      Tom Zizzo 11 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Glen Bolan -thought I answered this, sorry for the delay. An Isuzu is kind of rare, and being a 1994, you have a HUGE brake light on top of the cab, it became law in 1994-all trucks had to have a third brake light,, so for most manufacturers, they were not planned, the Nissan harbody pickups are the worst. Truth be told, you're going to have a hard time finding a top for that truck, I won't lie. You will want to measure to the outside edge, those trucks were so uncommon, I don't really know if they're a close fit to another make.

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      Tom 12 months ago

      I'm looking at 2015 GMC Canyon standard box and have a 2012 GMC Canyon standard box with a topper. Can I put it on the 2015?

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      Jeff 12 months ago

      Hey Tom. Will a 2003 Sierra short bed shell fit decent on my 08 Silverado short bed?

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      Jeremy 12 months ago

      Will a Leer 122 from an early Chevy s10 fit an 04 (generation 1) Toyota Tacoma? Thanks

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      Tim Balcom 12 months ago

      I have a 96 Chevy Silverado extended cab and was wanting to purchase a used fiberglass cover from an 03 chevy. Do you think it will fit? They both have the same bed length

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      Glen Bolan 12 months ago

      Hey Tom, I recently bought a '94 Isuzu pickup and would like to put a camper shell on it. Now I'm having a hard time finding any info online about what shells would actually fit my truck. I guess I figured that it would be about the same as a Mazda or Toyota...

      And secondly where exactly do you measure from? Is it the outside edge of the bed or the inside?

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      dan 12 months ago

      thanks man. helpful.

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      Tom Zizzo 12 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tecumseh -should be the same, the only difference would be if one was a dually, those are typically a little wider.

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      Tecumseh 13 months ago

      So comparing a Dodge RAM 2500 Crew Cab and Short bet of a 2010 and 2012 are they somewhat identical and can you mount the same Truck Cap/Topper on either year?

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      Tom Zizzo 13 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @MIKE SUTTON -no, the 1997 to 2003 F150s are vastly different from a SuperDuty.

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      Tom Zizzo 13 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Eric -they are different, you're correct. Are they that different that one wouldn't work with the other? I can't give you a guarantee, but I will say that the lumber racks for those two trucks are identical, so the overall bed dimensions can't be that much different. It won't look perfect, but I think it would work.

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      Tom Zizzo 13 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Daniel -Remember that Ford didn't call the F250/350s SuperDutys until 1999, so if you have a SuperDuty, then what you want is a shell made for that, from 1999 to 2015 I believe-not much has changed except the step they added to the tailgate (which is an option) in like 2008 I believe. A shell from an older F150, say one from a 1996, will not work-that bed is wider and it is NOT tapered.

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      MIKE SUTTON 13 months ago

      Hi, looking at a topper for a 2003 f150 shortbed. Will this fit on a 2002 f250 short bed? Thank you!!

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      Tom Zizzo 13 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Percussionator -I've seen people put shells for the older Nissan Frontiers on the Tacomas, of course, I know you can put the older Toyota shells on there as well (pre 1995 trucks)-the beds aren't very different at all on those, the cabs heights are just shorter on the older Toys. I would look for that, just remember that if the top came off of an extended cab truck on the older Toyotas, it will have a leaning angle to the front of it.

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      Eric 13 months ago

      I am looking at a 2006 Chevy Silverado Extended cab 6'6" bed topper to hopefully fit on a 2009 Silverado Extended cab 6'6" bed. Will this topper work with the 2009? I know the body style changed in 07 but cant find any good dimensions to find out if it will work. I also have top drive 3 hrs to pickup so I would like to be sure.

      Thanks

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      Daniel 13 months ago

      Thank you so much for the article, and for answering all of the personal questions. I almost bought a shell without understanding all of the dimensions. I have a 1999 Ford F250 Super Duty and have three questions: Did they start tapering the F250 beds for 1999 model or 2000 model? If it's the old super duty beds, will they fit F150 models from earlier models? Will you get pulled over for not having a 3rd break light from earlier models or is that solely for inspection? Thanks for any additional help.

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      Percussionator 13 months ago

      Great Article:

      I have a 2002 Tacoma (Great Truck).

      Need a new/used canopy.

      What other trucks have the same size bed.

      74.5 x 60 (right?)

      Frontier?

      Colorado?

      Ranger?

      HELP!

      Matthew

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      Tom Zizzo 13 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tracy Kreider -a manufacturer did make a top for that, I think maybe it was ARE, but I'm not sure. It's a very rare truck, the Tundra stepside is even more rare. I don't think you're going to find anything for that.

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      Tom Zizzo 13 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @J -yeah, I need to update that, should say 2005 to 2015, so the brand new 2016 models are different fits now.

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      Tom Zizzo 13 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Paul -not sure, I know the trucks are different body styles, my guess would be to say they aren't compatible, but I don't know exactly how far off they are.

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      Tracy Kreider 13 months ago

      I bought a 2002 Toyota Tacoma Step side pick up with the extended cab. The bed measures 53"w X 77"L .... I have not seen a single stepside with a topper. Do they even exist? I need to buy a used one due to the price of new ones. Any help, input, suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I live in NV so not hoping to find one in NY. Thank you for your suggestions

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      13 months ago

      First off Great Post!!! as a truck owner who is starting to look for a cap this gave me a lot of great information. Next my question. I have a 2012 Tacoma long bed, if i want to put a 2015/2016 Tacoma (gen 3 i guess) cap on will there be any problems that you are aware of? Your post as of last year stated to 2005- current did that include the newly redesigned body? Thank you for looking and responding.

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      Paul 13 months ago

      will a cap off of a 1999 Dodge Dakota club cab fit onto my 2007 Dodge Dakota extended cab?

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      Tom Zizzo 13 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Howie N -should be correct, there's so many variations these days, it's hard to keep up, not all 2009 and up Dodge Rams are the same, but if you have the 2500, you should be good.

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      Howie N 14 months ago

      I just purchased a 2016 Ram 2500 with the 6'4 bed. If I read your chart correctly anything from an 09 and newer should fit (Topper). Am I reading the chart correctly? Thank you!

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      Tom Zizzo 14 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Mac Can77 -I really can't say for sure, I haven't sold camper shells since at least 2010. What most people don't understand is that truck beds today are not the simple rectangular/square boxes they use to be, and they've been that way for a couple of decades now. The general dimensions have likely not changed too much, but manufacturers are doing more tapering, bowing, rail narrowing, etc., so who knows.

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      Tom Zizzo 14 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Alicia -your welcome. Always make sure to measure the bed if you're buying used, and measure the front AND rear width, as they are different on most newer trucks.

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      Tom Zizzo 14 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Bob Delisa -well, I can't say I've never been asked that question. If you get a cab high shell, one made specifically for your truck, it should be fine, however, trucks are made up of two separate bodies on the same frame, so, they flex. It will depend on how level your driveway and garage are for the full length of truck cab and bed, to maintain that consistent height. Beyond that, I don't know what to tell you.

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      Mac Can77 14 months ago

      Hi Tom,

      Will any older model 6.5' Chevy cap fit on my 2015 Silverado, 1500 Crew cab, 6.5 box?

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      Alicia 14 months ago

      Thank you for sharing all this helpful information. My son wants to travel the country so he wants to get a used small camper shell for his Chevy S10 2002 long bed truck to safely store his belongings and perhaps sleep in his truck. We have been looking on Craigslist and your info can really help us find the right camper shell for him.

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      Bob Delisa 14 months ago

      Am purchasing a 2016 Ford Super cab, Lariat, 4X4 with 18" wheels. My open (up position) garage door barely lets the truck cab height pass through without touching. How is a fiberglass cap measured for height? From the highest crowned part of the roof to the lowest part of the outside shell? To the lowest part of the back corner? To the bottom of the shell where it rests on the top of the bed side (plastic)? To the bottom of the rear door outer gasket? I just don't know where to measure to ensure adequate cap height clearance. I prefer to not invest $2K + and get it wrong. HELP!

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      Tom Zizzo 14 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Kerry Cosgriff -what size? If you're only looking for dimensions, measure your bed, but make sure you measure the front AND the rear width, as they will be different. Today's truck beds are not the rectangular boxes you think they are. If it's a 2004, check back on what I wrote so you can see what generation that fits. 1999 to 2006 Chevys and GMC trucks are all the same, there have been subtle changes done after 2007 and again more recently. I can tell you that a shell made for similar years for Fords and Dodges will not fit right.

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      John Robertson 14 months ago

      On a Truck Cap door the degree of the door is the amount of angle from the top of the door to the bottom.

      64x22x20

      64 wide x 22 tall with a 22% degree angle from top to bottom.

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      Kerry Cosgriff 14 months ago

      Hi Tom,

      I have a 2004 Extended cab Chev Silverado 1500 LT here in Australia. What Size cap am I looking for for my Chev , has I believe a short box

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      Tom Zizzo 14 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @ SAK -The Toyota Tacos have always been more like what most people expect from a traditional truck bed, meaning, they're largely just a square box. Most new Dodges, Chevys and Fords have complex curves and different shapes to them. I would imagine if you took a top from, lets say, a 2006 Tacoma, 4-door, extra short bed, you could just clamp it down, the dimensions aren't all that different, you could even bolt it down, but it depends on the brand of top, some may have 'wrapped' fiberglass rails on the second gen Taco to cover up those factory plastic rails, so putting that on the first gen could be a problem.

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      Tom Zizzo 14 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tom -lids aren't like shells, they have to be specific, and 2007 was the first year of the newer body style, so think 99 to 06, unless the 07 is a heavy duty truck, it's likely what they called the 'classic' body style, so yes, that's all it will fit.

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      Tom Zizzo 14 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jayson -the problem you're going to have is in 2009, the Dodge Ram got that really bowed out tailgate, so if you take a top from an '08, and try to put on anything newer than that, the rear door will not fit on the tailgate.

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      SAK 14 months ago

      Found a question in the comments a little while ago concerning the first generation Tacomas. Looking for a shell to fit a 2004 Tacoma 4 door short bed and wondered if a shell fitting second gen Taco 4 door short bed cap would? The thread stated that you couldn't put a first gen cap on a second because of the channel connection on the composite bed. But can you do the opposite? Will the second gen cap fit on the first gen? Found a 2014 same spec cap that was 64"x64" and the bed on the 2004 is 63" l x 60 1/2" w. Not much space to make up on the length or width but the tailgate and cab config may not be the same? Not sure and the cap is a little to far away to just go and try it? I know as you said this is a very small shell and it may be better to just try and find an exact fit from a first gen 4 door short cab, but any advice? Thanks!

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      Tom 14 months ago

      I have a 2000 Chevy Silverado with a Swiss Patriot fiberglass lid. Will the lid fit any other brand of truck beside a 99 - 2007 Chevrolet or GMC.

      Thanks,

      Ted

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      Steve 14 months ago

      Hi Tom! I just wanted to thank you for posting this. It's a huge help in searching for a shell for an older truck.

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      Jayson 14 months ago

      Will a cap from an '08 Ram long box fit on a '11 Ram long box?

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      Tom Zizzo 14 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Alan -Assuming you have the 'extra short crew' -as that is the most common, your bed should be like 68 inches long, or just over 5.5 feet, and about 63.6 inches wide in the front, and about 62 inches wide in the rear. If you do in fact have the standard short bed, which like I said, is not common with the crew cabs, then your bed is about 11 inches longer.

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      Tom Zizzo 14 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Grant - The F150 from 1997 to 2003 are vastly different than the 2004 to 2008, and most custom fiberglass tops have 'wrapped' rails, meaning they wrap over those plastic bed caps. I wouldn't even bother. F150's are so common, try to get something made for an 04 and on F150, excluding the 04 Heritage model, which was the same truck as the 03.

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      Alan 15 months ago

      Do you know the dimensions to look for in a used topper of a 2011 chevy silverado 1500 crew cab short bed? Thanks for the above info.

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      Grant 15 months ago

      The camper tops on 1999-2004 models and the 2004-2008 models of the ford F150 appear to be pretty close. Do you think they could be interchangeable? I have a 2005 and I’m looking at a 2000 model one.

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      Tom Zizzo 15 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Olivia -not sure, it's possible, the problems you're going to have is the bow to the front of the top (Dodge Ram beds have that bow to the front wall) and a dually has a wider rear to it. If it does manage to fit, it won't be a perfect fit.

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      Olivia 15 months ago

      Would a Dodge 2002-2008, Long Bed, 100XQ by Leer fit a 2000 chevy 3500 dually?

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      Tom Zizzo 15 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @ADB -it should work, I don't think there have been major changes to the bed itself, although I've been out of the biz for a while, so I can't be sure. Yes, you can have a shell painted, but the cost of that and whatever the used top costs might not be much less than buying a new one, it all depends.

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      Tom Zizzo 15 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Holly -the problem you're going to have with that is a shell made for a new Ram will have a curvature to the back door to fit that tailgate. The shell itself may fit the bed, but it will not fit that tailgate, so it wouldn't seal or lock.

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      ADB 15 months ago

      I have a 2016 Chevy Crew cab with short box. Will topper from 2012 crew cab fit. 2012 was victory red and the new pickup is a brighter red. Can you paint a topper.

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      Holly 15 months ago

      Will a Leer 100R for a 2013 Ram 1500 shortbed work on a 2002 Ford F250 shortbed? Thanks!

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      Tom Zizzo 15 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Diane -no, they won't, the rails on that step side Range, aka, the Splash bed, are really narrow, it's also a narrower bed in general. I know that Century and Leer made a top for that at one time. If you do a search for a top, remember to use the word Splash, but it has to be specific for that truck-as far as I know anyway.

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      Smith 15 months ago

      Yes, the degree of the rear door. We just "inherited" a truck cap company. over 500 caps and 500 lids. Two LARGE buildings filled with shocks, doors, windows, handles, you name it. I understand the width and height. Most of these doors are marked however with the degree as well. for example 64 x 20 x 22. The 22 is the degree. I didn't know if you knew how to measure to get the degree. I'm assuming different cap models will have different degrees. Thanks again

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      Tom Zizzo 15 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Kris -might work, won't be a perfect fit, but it may be worth a try.

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      Diane 15 months ago

      I have reviewed many of the previous comments looking for an answer to my question, but have not found it...so here goes......Just wanting to know if the Ford ranger regular or short bed shells will fit on the 'step side' Ranger? all late models like 1999 and newer. same make...:)

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      kris 15 months ago

      i have a 1990 chevrolet c1500. will a topper from a 1995 dodge ram fit?

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      Tom Zizzo 15 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Smith -the degree of a truck cap door? Not exactly sure what you mean, if you're trying to replace a broken door, and need dimensions, you need the bottom and top width, and height of course, but keep in mind on some new trucks those doors can be bowed out to compensate for bowed out tailgates now.

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      Tom Zizzo 15 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @John -I think those beds are probably the same. I stopped selling truck accessories in 2010, so I can't say for sure, but I think it's a fairly safe bet.

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      Tom Zizzo 15 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Patrick -Bac Pac, made by Six Pac, was a great plastic top. Unfortunately when shells started splitting, the company that provided the plastic would not cover the costs to Six Pac when they covered their customer's warranties, there was a big lawsuit, and they eventually stopped making them-last I heard anyway. The owner was a really nice guy, and the company is still around, it's called Access Manufacturing, in Winters CA, and now they make commercial/utility shells called the Tradesman.

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      Tom Zizzo 15 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Paul -a '77 F150, the thing to remember is the bed on that truck is not tapered, so it's possible that an 80 to 96 F150 bed are about the same, although your thinking is correct, it may be a little longer. Ford started tapering the beds after 97 for F150s and 99 for F250/350s. Pre-94 Dodge Ram could work, as well as Chevy beds older than 88.

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      Smith 15 months ago

      How do you find the degree of a truck cap door?

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      John 16 months ago

      I have a 2014 Silverado 1500 6.5 box , will a 2013 silverado 6.5 camper shell fit my truck

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      Patrick 16 months ago

      Hi Tom:

      Whatever happened to the Bac-Pack company? Are they still around, or maybe changed their name? I had a shell I loved on the back of my late lamented 93 Toyota, and I'd like to get one for my new Nissan, but I can't find them. Thanks for the helpful info.

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      Paul 16 months ago

      I have a 77 ford F250 custom single cab, I think the bed is a little over 8 feet long like 9 feet or so. I have been looking for a camper shell but I have no idea where to begin. The bed definitely seems longer than most camper shells I've seen while browsing through craigslist, but if I have a general idea of where to begin I won't have to go through the pain and hassle of a huge amount of trial and error.

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      Tom Zizzo 16 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ben -they're very different truck beds, the cabs are also different heights-this would be the distance from the top of the bed rails to the top of the cab. There's also going to be issues with the tailgate. I would avoid it.

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      Tom Dearien 16 months ago

      Thanks for your reply Tom !!! Greatly appreciated

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      Ben 16 months ago

      I have a 2015 GMC Sierra 6.5 bed. And want to buy a used camper shell from a 2013 Ford F-150 6.5 bed. Any suggestions? Has anyone tried this?

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      Tom Zizzo 16 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tom -the Superduty bed and the F150 bed and cab are very different. For one, the shell off the F150 is likely too narrow, it would also sit shorter than the cab, so if I had to make a good guess, I would say no. But remember, pretty much any top of a Superduty bed will work, any changes that were made on the tailgate after '09 will not affect your truck since it's older.

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      Tom 16 months ago

      Hey gr8 info. I have a 05 ford super duty crew cab short bed. Looking at a topper ARE from a 06 f150 with 6'6" bed. Will this fit ? Prob is I dont have my truck at current time, in shop so cant take it even to try it and used toppers dont last long here !Thanks for info

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      Tom Zizzo 16 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Todd -yeah, you can remove the shelving, just remember that if any hole were made in the roof you have to plug them up :)

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      Todd 16 months ago

      Hi Tom

      I found an ARE DCU 3 door no windows made for my truck $400.

      Need to take a look at it but photos look good. It has shelves on both sides , I don't need them can they be removed for full interior use?

      Ty

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      Tom Zizzo 16 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Todd -if you're going with a used aluminum shell, you just have to measure everything, but make sure you measure the width of the front of your bed and rear, and the length and the cab height as well. Try to avoid the desire to seriously modify a shell to make it fit your bed, it's way more work than it's worth, trust me, I've seen people do it and I just shake my head why. I can understand it it's an old truck and nothing is available, but not for an 05 Nissan.

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      Tom Zizzo 16 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Lola -for years I use to sell truck accessories, camper tops, lids being the most common, but I sold running boards, lumber racks, tool boxes, trailer hitches, you name it.

      So, would a shell off a 2000 Tundra fit a '91 Toy, not likely, the Tundra is wider, but those Toyotas are very common, even if you find a top from a 95 to 04 Tacoma, they will fit the bed, they'll just sit a little taller than the cab, so if I were you, I would be looking for anything on a Toyota from like 88 to 2004-should cover quite a few trucks :) -hope this helps!

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      Todd 16 months ago

      Hi Tom

      I have a 05 Nissan Frontier kc , I'd like to buy a used shell for my truck.

      One of the plain aluminum types, width is my main concern if it is too long I have seen where others have shortened them. My Frontier's bed rails are fairly wide 58.5 x 64 ballpark . Do you have any suggestions. Thanks

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      Tom Zizzo 16 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ben F -yeah, tops are not universally sized. There may have been tops like that 40 years ago, but not now. I don't see how that top would ever fit your Tacoma, especially if the tailgate is removed. When a top just sits on the top of the bed rails, you can sort of make them work, but they won't be pretty, but taking the gate off means there's a whole section that has to replace it. In order for that to work, it has to be exactly the same dimensions as your truck. That would be like asking me if you could put a 95 Dodge Ram hood to replace your current hood.

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      Lola 16 months ago

      Hi Tom,

      Thanks for the great blog. Will a shell from a 2000 Toyota Tundra w extended cab & standard bed fit a 1991 Toyota pickup? The '91 has a liner that has been cut to expose the tiedown loops so I assume it is not the standard liner.

      I saw your comment that the Tundra of that decade is hard to fit with an older shell, but how about the reverse?

      Unrelated: How did you become so knowledgeable? It's really something.

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      Tom Zizzo 16 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jake C -No, those are not compatible.

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      Ben F 16 months ago

      I just bought a 2002 Tacoma and am looking for a canopy. I see an A.R.E DCU listed not too far off. It requires removing the tailgate to install. However, it was built for a "Dodge Ram 1994-2002 short bed." I looked up the specifications through A.R.E and they only list model length and height, no width. Is this because they are custom fit for each truck or is this because they are universally sized? I guess the question is whether it is worth driving several hours over and looking at the thing or if it is a waste of time entirely. Thanks much. Any suggestion would be very appreciated!

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      Jake C. 17 months ago

      Hi Tom,

      Would a Leer for a 2012 Silverado short bed fit a 2006 F250 short bed? Thanks for your help!

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      Tom Zizzo 17 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @doug schupp -I've seen the other way around, i.e. putting an old Ranger top on that body style S-10, but not putting an S-10 top on a Ranger. It may not work if it's a molded fiberglass top meant to fit that S-10, the S-10s have narrow rails, Rangers do not.

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      doug schupp 17 months ago

      will a cap from a 1999 s10 fit a 2008 ford ranger ..straight side

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      Tom Zizzo 17 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tony -no, that won't work. The Chevy bed will be tapered, so the shell might sit on the front rails, but probably not toward the rear of the bed.

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      Tom Zizzo 17 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @wyatt -I think you're right, that shell should fit. You'll probably have some gaps at the tailgate, not a perfect fit, but I think it will work.

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      tony 18 months ago

      I have a 1995 ford f150 long bed, I wanted to know if a 2007 Chevy long bed camper shell cab high Will fit my f150

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      wyatt 18 months ago

      I'm hoping this LEER shell from a 03 Tacoma (http://mendocino.craigslist.org/pts/5415050417.htm...

      will fit my 01 Frontier. The dimensions seem the same but I'm concerned about it being water tight. You mentioned the bulging tailgate may be an issue. I know the rails on Frontiers are wider than Tacomas, but don't know if this maters. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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      Tom Zizzo 18 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @barbed9@verizon.net -A 2002 Z71, which is the Chevy or GMC, technically speaking, the same thing as far as the bed is concerned. If you read what I have written in the actual hub, you need any full-size GM truck from 1999 to 2006 for an exact fit. You could probably get away with putting on a top from something as old as 1989 or as new as a 2010. A top off of an F150 won't fit on there too well.

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      Ron 18 months ago

      Is the bed on a 2003 chevy silverado extended cab 6.5

      the same as a 2010 chevy silverado extended 6.5

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      barbed9@verizon.net 18 months ago

      We have a 2002 Chevy z71 extended cab. What cap will fit this truck. I have read all of your comments and very few, if any, have suggested what cap will fit this truck. Most of the adds on Craigslist offer caps for F150. Please help as I have become very confused.

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      Tom Zizzo 18 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @vivpacowbo7 -$1,500 is not much compared to what trucks cost, just putting that into perspective. A used top for a good fit, one meant for your truck specifically, should run about half that price. There really isn't much that's 'compatible' but any shell off a 5.8 foot bed full size GM truck would probably work, even the classic bodies.

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      Tom Zizzo 18 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Mihailo B -A GMC and a Ford are very different. Ford has factory bed caps, etc., dimensions are only part of the puzzle, there's differences in the contours, tailgate, cap height, so I wouldn't try sticking that on your bed. Ford sells A LOT of F150s, so the odds are better of finding a used top for a n F150 than any other truck, I would try to stick to that.

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      vivpacowbo7 18 months ago

      I have a 09 GMC Sierra Crew Cab w/ a 5.8 ft bed. It seems impossible to find a camper shell for without shelling out about $1500. Are there any compatible shells that would fit my truck that might help me in the used market? Thanks.

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      Mihailo B 18 months ago

      Hi im looking to buy a cap for my 2014 f150 supercrew short cab i seen a 2005 gmc sierra short can with one and the dimmesions look to be the same do you know of any difference i should be aware of i know the 2014 ford is the same as the 2009 and they are both black. Thanks

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      Tom Zizzo 19 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Clutchmeister -that's a really rare truck. I know there were a couple of different hard cover tonneaus made for that, and the Snugtop lid is still available. I don't that there were ever any tops/shells made for that bed though. I only saw one or two of those trucks ever.

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      Bryn Stembridge 19 months ago

      Good stuff! Thanks for putting this together.

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      Clutchmeister 19 months ago

      Hello, I'm currently looking at buying a 2005 Toyota Tundra SR5 side step . I've looked at dimensions for the bed and have read it could be hard to find a camper shell for this style of Tundra. Can you recommend a place to look for such a shell for this style of Tundra please? Any help would be appreciated. I've looked online some and on craigslist in a couple different areas but have had no luck. Thanks for your time

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      Tom Zizzo 19 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @tmac1000 The 97 F150 was the first year that bed went through major changes, and it's very different from a 2005 bed. Most tops for those F150s (97 and 2005) mold over those factory plastic bed rails, and that's a problem. If it's a flat rail shell, like an old ARE or commercial shell, it might fit, but not very well.

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      tmac1000 19 months ago

      Tom- great info!

      As you point out: Ford F150 bed dimensions change from 2003- 2004. My question is: will a 2005 F150 cap fit on a 1997 F150?

      Thanks in advance!

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      Tom Zizzo 19 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Sonny Vigl -Unfortunately the Dakota is an odd size, it's bigger than most smaller trucks and smaller than all the full-size trucks, so your choices are very limited. Maybe a top off a Nissan Titan, not sure, that would probably just as difficult to find.

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      Sonny Vigl 19 months ago

      I have a 1998 Dodge Dakota most part's only will fit if it's from a 1996 to 1999 Dodge Dakota but there are a few 1998 Dodges parts that will fit but not much so what to you think of a topper or shell that will fit for my truck?

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      Matt W. 20 months ago

      Tom,

      I was wondering if you know a way to lookup a Leer topper's original mold fitting it was designed for based off the serial number alone without having to go through the long process of contacting Leer? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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      Tom Zizzo 20 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Josh -A Sperduty (F250) bed is very different than an F150 bed. Will it fit? Not really. A Sperduty is wider and longer, and taller. If it were me, I wouldn't bother.

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      Josh, Michigan 20 months ago

      Hi Tom,

      I am looking at a very nice used A.R.E. cap that was on a F250 6.5 foot bed to put on my 2005 F150 6.5 foot short bed truck. I assume the best way to see if the cap fits is to try it on at the seller's house (and before I give him the money)? The seller can't find the model # on the cap. Suggestions?

      Josh

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      Tom Zizzo 20 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Crystal -length for the top may not be your only issue, the rails on that S-10 are kind of narrow, and the cab has kind of a curved, unique shape. I remember when we sold the Snug Top shells for that S-10, the side window glass was actually curved to fit the shape of the cab. It may work, but the fit will be lousy.

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      Tom Zizzo 20 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @mark grubb -For the pre 73 Chevy or Ford, your best bet for finding anything that will fit that truck bed would be something off of a 1980 to 1996 Ford F150/250. That is a non-tapered bed with roughly the same dimensions.

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      Crystal 20 months ago

      Hey tom,

      I have a 97 Chevy s10 and am looking for a used cap. I found an old Mazda at the junkyard that the cap is a leer and its 74x60. Do you know if this size will fit the s10? The cap I have on there now is 74x58. Is it okay that the new one is 2inches bigger?

      Thanks so much

      Crystal

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      mark grubb 20 months ago

      What will fit a 1969 GMC Longbed Fleetside?

      Thanks for the resource!

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      Tom Zizzo 20 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Lyssa F -I'm not familiar with the shell, but I can tell you the differences between the two beds. You'll have issues the tailgate, meaning your truck has this top plastic piece that extrudes out, and it will have to be removed. The dimensions of the Ford bed are a little wider than your Chevy, the length is very similar. Again, I'm not familiar with the shell, but if it has fiberglass rails that were made to wrap over and cover those factory plastic caps that are standard on the F250/350 Superduty trucks, it won't work at all.

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      Lyssa F 20 months ago

      Can someone help answer this question. We have a 2008 Chevy Silverado 2500 8' bed. We are considering purchasing a used camper shell that is off of a 2003 Ford F250 8' bed. Would this work? The brand is CoverMaster.

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      Tom Zizzo 21 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @forgetfulfeline -you're correct, after 2004, the Frontier changed. One for a 2001 may work, but not all tops had custom cutouts for that plastic piece on the tailgate, i.e., cheaper tops just kind of fit on there, the manufacturers didn't care that there was a gap, or if there was a buldge in the center. Always measure, from the top of the rail-toward the outside edge.

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      Tom Zizzo 21 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @soprok -no, tonneau covers don't fit like shells. Will it sit on the bed? Yes, but good like trying to make it functional, lock, open, etc.

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      forgetfulfeline 21 months ago

      Thanks Tom, I really appreciate it! One last question- do you know what years or what cab size of the Frontier might work? I'm assuming the newer, huge Frontiers would not be compatible with my truck. I'm looking at a shell that's on a 2001 Frontier, but not sure what cab size. (doesn't appear to be made for it though since I'm not seeing the cutout you mentioned for that hunk of plastic on the tailgate)

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      Tom Zizzo 21 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @forgetfulfeline -You'll probably have better luck with a Tacoma or Frontier top, definitely not a Tundra top, and the problem with a shell off a Ranger is they have really wide rails. What you have was a really popular and common truck-the Nissan hardbody, king cab. Your truck is roughly 75 inches long and about 59 inches wide. Measurements are taken from the outside of the bed, because that's where it needs to sit. Any top off a Nissan from 1986 to 98 would fit-don't worry about a long bed, those are rare with Nissans, some may say long bed, but it probably isn't. Older Toyota, pre-tacoma would probably fit too. Hope this helps!

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      soprok 21 months ago

      I have a 95 Ford Ranger STX and I'm going to look at a 2002 Nissan Frontier XE King Cab. I have a tonnean cover on my ranger. any possibility that it would fit the Nissan Frontier?

      thanks for any help you can give me

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      Tom Zizzo 21 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Gene -Most long bed full-size trucks are closer to 96 inches long, and at around 62 inches wide, I would say that shell most likely fits a long bed Ford, probably like an F250.

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      forgetfulfeline 21 months ago

      Hi Tom

      Do you know if a shell from a ranger, Frontier, Tacoma or Tundra would have any chance of fitting my 97 ext cab Nissan pickup? I'm a little confused by all the cab and bed sizes on CL, none of them seem consistent... are bed measurements taken by the interior or exterior?

      Thanks so much

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      Gene 21 months ago

      I have an aluminum shell for a pick-up truck but do not know what it will fit. Its outside dimensions are about 62 inches wide by 94 inches long. Any help will be appreciated.

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      Tom Zizzo 22 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @ David -I think they're the same. I haven't sold shells in a while, so I can't say for sure, but if I had to guess, I would say they're the same.

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      David 22 months ago

      Tom, I have a truck cap on a 2010 f150 will it fit a 2012 f150? Same size bed.

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      Tom Zizzo 22 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Sharon Sea -there really isn't a retro-fit kit, I take it the shell you have was made for a pre-94, which would fit your truck perfectly, just not have the required light. For a while in the late 90's you could get a third brake light that would mount behind the glass of the back door, of course, after it became required in 94, they eventually started molding them in the fiberglass. The first picture in this hub kind of looks like it has a light in the door behind the glass. You can go to any camper shell dealer and see if they have that, but it might just be easier to remove it for the test.

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      Sharon Sea 22 months ago

      My 1995 F-150 has an older camper shell with NO 3rd brake light, which it now needs in Va. to pass the state safety inspection. Is there a kit or accessory to add a brake light to the shell? My other half wants to just remove the shell for inspection then put it back on. I prefer to add the light if possible - or shop for a newer shell that has the light.

      Also, thank you for this fabulous Hub. My OH recently removed a used, ill-fitting shell from his Tacoma and is going to sell it on craigslist. Now we can include better, more accurate info in our ad.

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      Tom Zizzo 22 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @backbeat -hopefully you see the reply, HubPages has obviously reformatted the comments, not sure why. Stockland is a good top, very solid fiberglass. If the rubber base seal is gone, make sure to seal those rails before you mount it, typically we used the foam shell tape, and if you don't want that front boot to wear down your paint, you can stick like some clear tape or something to protect it.

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      backbeat 22 months ago

      I found a used Stockland shell to fit my '94 Chevy Silverado 8'. It has the front boot which you advised against but I'm gonna chance it. Any secret mounting tips you can pass on?

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      Tom Zizzo 22 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Kelly -it might be a little wide, but if the rail of the shell is flat, it might work. I think the Tundra should be about 68 inches wide, so figure an inch leftover on each side. I hate to say it, but sometimes you have to set it on the bed to see how it fits.

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      Kelly 22 months ago

      Hey I was wondering is it possible to fit a older Ford or Chevy camper shell on a 2001 Reg Cab 8ft bed Tundra? Been looking for a while now and don't want to pay for a new one.

      Looking for a used one, but just wondering if 70 inches wide is too wide for it?

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      Tom Zizzo 23 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jason -I need to know more man, '99 what on a '93 what?

      @Erik -Your best bet is to find something for what you have already, (1984 to 1994 Toyota) or you can probably fit something for a 1995 to 2004 Tacoma. A Tacoma shell will fit, it will just sit a littler taller than the roof, and remember that shells for the extended cabs will have a slanted angle to the front of it.

      @James lynch -contractor shells aren't as specific, but I can tell you that there's a huge difference between a 2001 F150 and a 2005. Look for the serial number, should be on the flat rail toward the passenger side rear of the top-near the back door. It will be a long series of numbers. Write it down, call the manufacturer, or call a local Leer dealer and ask them to find out for in case you need to replace any parts, they can tell you from that what it was built for.

      @Tim Pierce - You're going to have a difficult time finding a top for that, new or used. The old stepsides like that had rather unique tops, to fit the rails, and cover that back window, but even if you found something that wasn't that specific, it has to fit the rails at least, so you need a narrow shell. I would say first try searching CL for a stepside shell, so long as it came off a truck older than 1988, or, if it came off a Ford Flareside, which was old style up until 1996. They were not as common as fleet side trucks.

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      Tim Pierce 23 months ago

      I have an oldie, 77 Dodge stepside. I was wondering if you could tell me what toppers might interchange? I cant afford a new one, but do not know where to start. Thanks

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      james lynch 23 months ago

      hi tom I have read your info but still have a question,,i have a 2005 f150 6 1/2 ft bed and I bought a cap that I was told would fit but he said he thought it was off a 2001 f10 the measurments are the close but not sure with the angle were truck meets the cap ? is there a info on the cap? its a leer cap with contractor cabinets on both sides with ladder rack or can I send you photos ? its also hard to figure out because its white so color doesn't help...thank you

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      Erik 23 months ago

      Hi Tom, I know this could be getting old. I have a 1990 Toyota short bed. What other years would fit on this ..thanks!

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      jason 23 months ago

      Would a 99 short bed camper fit on a 93

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      Tom Zizzo 23 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jerry Salmon -there is very little different between those trucks. The top rails toward the rear vary slightly in width, which you would notice if you tried to swap over the rail bedliners between the two trucks, but as for the top, I think it should fit just fine. I personally might be able to tell that it's not an exact fit, but you probably wouldn't, so yeah, you should be good.

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      Jerry Salmon 23 months ago

      Tom, I have a 2010 GMC Sierra 1500 extra cab 6.5 ft bed. I found Leer shell that is on the exact truck just a Chevy. Will it fit properly on my Gmc?

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      Tom Zizzo 23 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @scooter -It depends on the years and models. Would a shell from an 87 Chevy Sierra long bed fit a 1995 long bed Ford F150? Yes. What if it was a 1998 F150? No. What if it was a Chevy S-10 and a Ford Ranger-no. It's way too vague a question for me to be able to answer.

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      scooter 23 months ago

      will a long bed chevy camper shell fit a long bed ford??

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      Tom Zizzo 23 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @chris h -would love to help, but I'm not familiar with the brand, and I'm not sure what those numbers mean. Your best bet is to measure the front width, the rear width, and the length.

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      chris h 23 months ago

      Hello, I have a question I hope u can help me with. I recently acquired a older Cover Master truck topper and I want to list it on Craigs List, but want to make sure I'm providing accurate info regarding what year, make and model it will fit. The label on the inside of the shell saids 94+8' Dod Hawk and indicates the SGL is 62" x 27", serial # is 132128. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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      Tom Zizzo 24 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Vanessa -the 93 is the older Mazda, so it's actually not the Ranger/Mazda. If it's not the cab plus, or extended cab, you can try an older Toyota shell (pre-Tacoma, or 1994 or older) they're about the same dimensions, and those Toyotas are fairly common.

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      Vanessa 2 years ago

      My husband owns a 93 Mazda B2200. I know Ford made Mazda for a while but this is a smaller truck. What types of camper shells would be able to fit on our bed?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      No, DO NOT try to make that fit. When the Tacomas changed, the bed became composite, i.e., the bed, and the rails, are all plastic. Shells have to mount to those inside track rails, or clamp to them. Don't try to drill any holes to the top plastic rails, the integrity just won't be there. You need like a 2005/6 or newer.

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      Hi Tom! 2 years ago

      Will a 2004 crew cab (short bed) cap from a Tacoma fit on the same model of a 2012? If not, is there a way to make it fit without risk?

      Thanks!

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ken, they aren't much different. The biggest thing you'll have to remember is if you have that extruded tailgate piece, it will interfere with the door so it will have to be removed. The GMC may not have that piece, or is it the Chevy, I always forget, you'll know what I mean when you look at your tailgate. So yeah, it should fit.

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      Ken 2 years ago

      Tom, I have a 2004 GMC 2500HD crew cab with 6 1/2 foot bed. Will a camper shell off a 1997 Chevy Silverado 1500 fit my truck? - I was told the dimensions on camper shell are 68 1/4" wide & 80 1/2" long.

      Thanks for your help

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jerry C -well, a 98 falls under the 1988 to 98 generation, then it went to a newer body style for 99 to 06, which is now the 'classic' body. Now it's 07 on, and might be different now since I haven't sold truck accessories in like 4 years. I will tell you this, the dimensions on that bed haven't changed much. A lumber rack for your truck would fit the new one. A newer shell put on your bed would probably flare out a little in the back, not going to be a perfect fit, but it may fit well enough. It could be worth a try.

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      Jerry C 2 years ago

      Thanks for the great post. I have an older truck (1998 C/K short bed) and see newer shells being given away online. Would a 2008 Silverado shortbed fit?

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      Gannon 2 years ago

      Thank you very much

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Gannon -you DO run those risks, rubbing, not a perfect fit and may leak, but you should also keep in mind that technically, you run those risks even for tops that are meant to fit your bed. Putting a shell on a truck bed will not make it an SUV, they can and do leak. As far as in your case, I don't exactly how that will fit, but I would expect at the very least some leaking since it's really not designed to fit that bed.

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      Gannon 2 years ago

      It wont create any damage to the cab from rubbing or anything correct?...Also would it not being a perfect fit cause water to leak into it when it rains because im mostly looking to use it for camping and prefer to stay dry. Thanks for the speedy reply its much appreciated.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Gannon -I've seen it done, the fit is ok, of course it's not perfect, but it will sit on the bed ok.

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      Gannon 2 years ago

      How would an shell for an extended cab 98 frontier fit an extended cab 98 tacoma?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Greg -try to remember that truck beds are not the simple rectangular boxes that you might think they are. They might look like that, but many are tapered and have subtle differences that can affect fit from one make to another. A shell off a Dodge will probably be too wide, and nothing is 98 inches long, maybe 96. If what you have is a longbed older Tundra, it's going to be hard to make something fit since that truck is not the wider, full-size type that they are today. You might want to try a shell off an F150, only problem there is the Ford bed tapers, yours doesn't. Just make sure you measure the front AND the rear width of whatever you're checking.

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      Greg 2 years ago

      Thanks much , people helping people .re: 2003 tundra need a shell about 67 " x 98 " inside measure is about 61 3/8 x 8', will any others fit ? I was looking at a 2000 dodge L .B.

      Thanks Greg

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @John, it might fit, would probably be a little wider, not sure how it will match up to the cab though.

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      john 2 years ago

      Will a canopy off a 01 Toyota Tacoma extra cab fit a 97 Nissan xtracab

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @william gorman -The bed on the Ranger should be about 72 inches long, and just a little over 54 inches wide. The Nissan should be about 73.5 inches long, and 54.5 inches wide. So, it might fit, but will probably be a little short.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Terry -The Tundra is kind of unique, it's a full-size truck, but it used to be a mid-size. I don't think anything of a different make will really fit on there, but I don't think that truck has changed much since 2007. I haven't sold truck accessories in 4 years now, so I can't be certain, but these beds are so much different than old truck beds used to be.

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      Terry Benear 2 years ago

      I have a 2013 Tundra extended cab they call a double cab, looking for a used camper shell. The cab angles forward, am wondering if any other trucks are the same for a camper shell match?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      -not sure what your question is. What years will fit a 2008 Chevy 2500? If that's your question, you want anything made for a 2007 and newer, but it depends on the bed, if that's a longed dually, I'm not sure what fits, those beds can be a little different than everything else.

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      2008 chevy 2500HD 2 years ago

      what year shells will fit?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Vince -it would probably fit, might be a little wider than the bed though.

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      Vince 2 years ago

      What about a topper off of an '89 s10 short bed single cab, would that be compatible with an '84 Ranger short bed single cab? https://scontent-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/v/t...

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      swampman 2 years ago

      Thanks for the help.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @swampman -Not sure on that, a lid is not like a shell. The entire lid operates like a big door, and Snuglids are very specific fits. Will it sit on the bed and basically cover it up? Yeah, maybe, but the hardware is meant to fit that specific bed, and where those parts sit and have to clamp down may not fit from one bed to the other, so I really couldn't say for sure. If I had to take a guess, I would say no, it's not going to work, but I honestly don't know.

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      swampman 2 years ago

      Hi Tom. Can you tell me if a Snugtop Snuglid off a 2010 chevy silverado

      6.5 bed will fit a 2000 gmc sierra 6.5 bed. Thank you for your help.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Keith -your best bet for a close fit would be a commercial shell off an 04 and newer short bed F150. The F150 will be almost an inch longer, but the widths are close. You won't be able to get the type where the tailgate is removed, that needs to be specific.

      @Ed -The Ranger bed is 72" and almost 6" narrower than your measurements. I think I've seen people put Nissan shells on those trucks, but that would probably be harder to find than a Toyota. You can also try a shell off a Tacoma, 1995 to 2004, I know that will work, in fact I have a picture of one posted on this Hub.

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      Ed 2 years ago

      Will a 1998 ford ranger camper shell fit a 1994 Toyota pickup? The Toyota pickup bed measures 76x60. Thanks

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      Ed 2 years ago

      Hi Tom. I have a 1994 Toyota pickup. The bed measures 76x60. Will any camper shell fit from a Ford Ranger pickup? Thanks

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      Keith 2 years ago

      Hello

      I have a 2008 Tundra Double Cab with 6'6" bed and I'm looking for a used DCU or other commercial topper. I'm having no luck finding anything used for my specific truck. Do you know if any other trucks with same bed length will fit my truck? Thanks for your help

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Craig -if you want something color matched, I would almost guarantee you'll have to order a shell new, and even then, it may not match perfectly.

      @Jake C -if you bought the truck with it already on there, and want to keep it, I would leave it alone. With double walk-in doors in the rear, you can't slide the shell back because then the doors won't fit.

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      Jake C 2 years ago

      I just purchased a 6 cyldr 89 Single cab F - 250 8ft bed w/ gemtop 4' opening double doors at rear. What is the minimum clearance I should have between the shell glass and my cab glass, to avoid rubbing or breaking? I currently have a 1/2 inch of clearance...... Do I unbolt it and slide it back another 1/2, can install a bumper between the two at top edge, or just leave it alone?

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      Craig 2 years ago

      I have a 2007 Chevy 2500 HD "Classic" Crew "short bed" and want to know what year / model GMC / Chevy or other caps will fit. My challenge is not wanting to have mismatched color or have to paint to Silver Birch color.

      Thanks!

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Joe Chevy/GM beds haven't changed a whole lot. A shell off a 97 put on a 2005, will probably fit, it won't be perfect. Will other shells from other trucks fit? Try to remember that truck beds are not these standardized, rectangular boxes, I know a lot of people like to think they are, but they aren't. It is true that if you look at old trucks, like everything older than 1987, and yes, they are mostly just rectangular boxes, but now, the front of Dodge beds have this huge bow to them, and tailgates that bow out, and plastic bed caps, tapered beds, the list goes on. I say this because it isn't just about dimensions. So, I'll just tell you what I'm sure won't work. Any GM truck older than 1988 will not work, at all. Any full-size Ford older than 1997 will not work, and any Dodge Ram older than 2002 will not work. Other than that, not sure what else to tell you. Hope this helps.

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      Joe 2 years ago

      Tom, great article...apparently good things on the internet never die. Like so many posters, I am looking at a used campershell. I have a 2005 chevy Silverado long bed. Will at shell off a 1997 chevy long bed fit? If not, are there others that will be close enough beyond your guidelines of 99-2006 (I believe you said these years are same). What about other makes of trucks and years? Thanks

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @kmays -no, the bed changed drastically after 1997. The 96 bed is rectangular, not tapered like the other one, for one thing, then there's the rails. Don't waste your time with that one.

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      kmays 2 years ago

      Will a 98 ford f150 8ft topper fit a 96 ford f150 8ft bed

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      michael salazar 2 years ago

      Thank You Tom ! I Appreciate you taking the time to help, Blessings upon You and Yours !

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @michael salazar -They're very different beds, and it depends on what model Glasstite we're talking about. Their Raven model should have had molded rails on that older F150, but the slide-over door model, that's the one with the full fiberglass rear door, I think still had a flat rail. So, if the rails don't appear to 'mold over' the plastic bed caps from the 2000 truck, it may fit, but remember, the rails on the 2004 to current F150 are wide on top, but narrow underneath, and that matters because you need to be able to get in there to bolt or clamp the top on. Hope this helps!

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      michael salazar 2 years ago

      Hello Tom! I've gone through just about every post and I am still lost, My question is will a glasstite topper from a 2000 F-150 work on a 2005 F-150, outside dimensions on topper and my pickup are the same 72"x80" Please advise

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tcaster -I would imagine that it would fit, just to give you an example, the racks I used to sell (Rack-It) would use the same rack on the old Chevy as they would on that Ford.

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      Tcaster 2 years ago

      Will a 1983 Chevy 1/2 ton long bed Snugtop shell fit on a 1993 Ford

      F-150 long bed? Both are regular cabs.

      I understand neither bed tapers from front to back.Doesn't have to be perfect but would like to be able use the door etc.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Steve -that Leer is Cab High, that's what the CH means, Chevy S-10, 1994 to 2003 generation. The S-10 is like 73 inches long. If your Dakota is a crew cab, it should be about 10 inches shorter in length. Now you may just have the short bed extended cab-those extended cab doors open, a lot of people confuse them with the crew cabs, you'll know it if those second doors are like suicide doors. If they aren't, then you have the crew cab. I don't think it's going to fit.

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      Steve H 2 years ago

      I have a 2002 Dodge Dakota crew cab and have been searching for a shell for it. I found one made by Leer marked CH-S10-94+ that seems to be dimensionally compatible. Do you have any info on this top & if it will fit my truck ?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Gerry -no listing exists, trust me, I've looked, that's why I've done my best here to put the info out there. The Colorado/Canyon at once was called the S-10 or Sonoma. It changed when it became the Colorado, so it should fit any Colorado, keep in mind I got out of the business like four years ago, and I'm pretty sure up to 2014 they're all the same essentially, the 2015 being different.

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      Gerry 2 years ago

      Hey Tom

      I have a 2006 Chevy Colorado Z71 extended cab with a 6 foot box. I want to sell the cap that is currently on it and was wondering what other years this cap is compatible with. Is there a listing or cross reference out there?

      Thank

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Bob -they didn't change all that much, the newer trucks will be a litter wider in the rear, but the general dimensions are about the same. You will have to remove that tailgate piece on top of the tailgate though.

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      Bob 2 years ago

      Hi Tom, I wasn't really blear on your explanation of the newer Silverado beds, I have a 2012 Ext cab with an 101" bed, I am looking at a few shells but they are for 2006 and later beds. Will they fit or did Chevy change them to much?

      Thanks

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Rick H -can you just take the brake light off? You typically have to do that anyway. There's not a huge difference between GMC and Chevy for the 2007 and newer trucks, it's mostly on the inside of the bed, and subtle differences toward the rear by the tailgate, so yeah, should be ok with GMCs, you can't interchange them with a hard tonneau cover though. I officially got out of the biz in 2011, so beyond that I'm not sure, just being honest.

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      Rick H 2 years ago

      Hi Tom, I bought a nice used ARE cap that was made for a 2007 Chevy DCSB No Whaletail for a very nice price and put it on my 2010 Chevy extended cab SB. Well, the fit is not great because the front curvature of the cap is more extreme than the back of the truck cab. So to prevent the cap from contacting the high mount brake light, the cap has to sit back about 1/2 inch. My question is other than a 2007 Chevy DCSB, will it fit later model year Chevys DCSBs, and possibly GMCs? Thanks for your help.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @jason Frick- cab heights will be different, so it will be a little tall, kind of depends on the top we're talking about. The tops that are actually made for those newer F150 beds fit them really well, mostly because those beds are not the simple square boxes you think they are. Will it look bad? To me, ya, but not as bad as some I've seen, and most wouldn't notice fit, etc. the way I do, also depends too how far off the color is from your truck.

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      jason Frick 2 years ago

      Hi Tom --Great info!!

      Found a topper of a 2000 chevy, looking to put on a 2005 F150.

      Measurments looks close,

      How bad will this look?

      Cab heights differ a lot?

      Thank You!!

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Xbirdo -not sure, I do know that your bed is probably about 80 inches long, and roughly 72 inches wide in the front of the bed, and 69 inches wide toward the rear (it's tapered). Hope this helps!

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      Xbirdo 2 years ago

      Hello Tom,

      Do you know if a 70Wx78L shell will fit my 99 dodge 2500 short bed?

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      Tess 2 years ago

      thanks Tom- really appreciate your time!

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tess Sullivan -the 1997 to 2003 F150 has a VERY different bed than the 2004 and newer trucks. The bed sticking out for 2009 really has no meaning here since you're talking about a top off a 2000. That will not fit your truck at all, don't even bother. Since your truck is a 2010, you really need an 09 or newer. The Ford beds now are just really specific, it's hard to explain, they just aren't the square boxes that people think they are. Wish I had better news for you. Hope this helps.

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      Tess Sullivan 2 years ago

      Hi Tom,

      you are a great resource, thanks so much. My question- will a 6.5 foot cap off a 2000 ford F150 fit my 2010 F150 crew cab? I have noted what you have said abou the tailgate sticking out more on'09 and up, but would it fit otherwise? thanks

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @rba4dive -most shell manufacturers only make tops to accommodate either a standard cab or an extended cab, most never made specific tops for the crew cab long beds, Snug Top being the exception, but there isn't a huge difference between the two, and not enough demand to justify different molds, Snug Top did it because at one point they were actually officially authorized by GM. I would imagine that the gap should be about the same, it might be a little closer up at the top, so like I just told the other guy, you'll probably have to remove that cargo light.

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      rba4dive 2 years ago

      I am looking to place a Vision cap that is on a 2000 Chev std cab 8ft bed onto a 2007 classic crew cab 8ft bed.

      Currently I have a borrowed 2005 cap meant for a 2006 Chev extended cab.

      Will the gap between the top of the crew cab and cap be about the same?

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      kerry 2 years ago

      Thanks tom we're going to give it a shot

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Lenny Nowak -no, there are so many things different about that F150 bed I don't know where to begin.

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      Lenny Nowak 2 years ago

      I have a 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 with a 8 foot box and was offered a cap from a 1998 F 150 like new condition. Will this cap fit my truck?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @kerry -it will probably fit, not sure about the angle of the front of the shell, if anything, you'll probably have to remove the cargo light on the top of the cab, so it doesn't rub, but you would have had to do that anyway.

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      kerry 2 years ago

      Tom thats a bunch of information. Great site.. im buying a 98 3500 single rear wheel 8 foot bed standard cab silverado. I've located a same color cap from a 2000 2500 silverado. Standard cab 8 foot bed. From what i've read i think it will fit but lm wondering about the front of the cap and how it leans foward and may touch the cab. . Thanks in advance

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Rob-For the full-size GM trucks, there's not much different from trucks 99 to 2006, 1999 being kind of a 'fringe' year as the body style changed from the previous generation, lucky for you though the bed didn't change much. I'm pretty sure that top will fit on your truck. You have the 'classic' Chevy.

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      Rob 2 years ago

      I have a 2003 silverado short bed and am looking for a utility cap. I am trying to find out how different these caps are since they are not usually molded to the truck. Would a leer cap that advertises it will fit 99 and up short bed fit it says it is 6 foot 6 by 5 foot 3 will it work. Thanks

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Kelly, it depends on what model ARE we're talking about, but what someone was probably referring to was the back tailgate on the 09 and up F150, they stick out more, other than that, they should be the same, so yeah, you made need a different rear door on the top. If you can find a local ARE dealer, they should be able to get you the right part.

      @Cat, yeah, not many manufacturers make a shell or top for that truck, I know Century did. It's also commonly referred to as a Ranger 'Splash' bed, because that is what Ford first called it when it came out. Do a Google image search on Ranger Splash, you'll see what I'm talking about. I would say you'll have a hard time finding one of those used.

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      Cat 2 years ago

      Thanks Tom! Yes that is my truck. I've since been unlucky with sellers from CL but then happened upon a local dealer. He was able to find a cover for my exact model. Apparently the stepside is among the more difficult ones in the ford family to find a matching cover or cap for, due to it's shorter width.

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      Kelly 2 years ago

      I have a 2011 ARE Camper shell off a 4-door F150. Will it fit a 2005 F-150? (5.5 foot bed same as the 2011) Someone said I would have to change my back glass, is that true?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Cat -I think the Edge is just a trim level, some may be their stepside bed some might not, you'll know it if you see it. This is a stepside Edge:

      http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/cto/4814386143.htm...

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      Lew 2 years ago

      Thanks Tom. I appreciate the info.

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      Cat 2 years ago

      I saw your reply to michellehester and have a good feeling about finding a cap, but still am not sure... I have a 2003 Ranger, Edge, Ex Cab, 4-door, 4.0. Offhand question: Is the stepside another name for edge? I'm a new truck owner so these things are a mystery to me. I'm seeing some caps on CL mounted on trucks listed as stepside but most look like they're on rangers without the step pocket. Will the ones w/out still fit my truck?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Lew -Yeah, a crew cab Dakota is rather unique, but according to dimensions from the LTAA (Light Truck Accessory Alliance) your truck's bed dimensions are the same as the newer Dakotas, keep in mind that's just the dimensions of the bed, the contours of the cab, etc., may be different, so while a top off a newer Dakota might fit the bed, it may not contour and match the cab, etc. I never tried it, but it's worth trying if you find a used one off a Dakota from 2005 or newer.

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      Lew 2 years ago

      Hi Tom. You have a very informative site. I have a 2002 Dakota Crew Cab and from reading all of the posts above it has an odd bed. So I've limited my search to used toppers off of other Dakotas. Are there any fitment issues with the newer Dakota models?

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      Kerry 2 years ago

      Thank you Tom ! Great info, Now I can start my search.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Mike-It won't fit the tailgate very well, it will be a little wider in the front of your bed and will likely leave gaps over the front wall as well-your bed's front wall is more curved than the older body style.

      @Kerry-You'll want to measure to the outside, just think about how the top needs to sit on there. Your best bet is a top off a 1980 to 1996 F150, or an old 1974 to 1988 full-size Chevy/GMC. The older F150 is probably the easier to find as they made A LOT of those trucks and they're not too old.

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      Kerry 2 years ago

      Hello Tom. I have a 77 Dodge Power Wagon short bed fleet box. im looking for a white camper shell and have no clue where to start with the years, makes, and models that will be compatible with my old Dodge. And how does one measure the box ? Inside edges to inside, Outside edges to outside, or in the middle ? Thanks i want to try and get this right the first time and willing to travel to do so.. Thank You for any info Tom.

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      Mike 2 years ago

      I have a 2011 Dodge Ram 3500 8 foot boxI found a topper for my truck it is off a 99 dodge 8 foot boxI was wondering if that would fit

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      SimplyTK 2 years ago

      Thanks a ton for your advice Tom, I'll keep my eye on the curve!

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @SimplyTK -The Chevy bed should be a little narrower than the Dodge, but your measurements for your bed sound about right, and looking at that picture from the Craig's List ad, it looks like that shell came off the previous generation of Chevy beds (88 to 98) notice that it seems to fit the bed fine, but the cab height of the truck it's on is taller than the top. Tops are never going to make your bed totally water tight, even the ones that are made for it, just the nature of the beast as it were. My concern for that top wold be how it covers the front wall, remember the curve I was telling you about, it might leave a gap in the center.

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      SimplyTK 2 years ago

      I got the truck bed measurements from this site

      http://www.truckinamerica.com/toppers/BedSize.htm

      I don't mean to be a pain :)

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      SimplyTK 2 years ago

      I found the 01 Dodge Ram 1500 bed size online, and it said it was 80" long 71 1/2" ~ 68" widths, and this person says he has it on a '04 Chevy crew cab short bed truck, which that same site states is 81 1/2" 71 1/2" ~ 68". So that should be a near perfect match, minus the length. I'm not sure it's a perfect fit on his truck, based on the picture.

      http://killeen.craigslist.org/pts/4732518418.html

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      SimplyTK 2 years ago

      Thanks Tom, my truck seems to measure 80" long, 72" wide behind cab, and 68 1/2" wide at tailgate. I found a camper shell that they say measures 81 inches long 70 inches at the cab 68 at the tailgate. I truly don't care if it's not a perfect fit, as i'll just be using it to move and than selling it. My only concern is if that size difference would allow any water to enter? I don't really think so as the rails are about 3" wide, but i'd like your opinion? (my measurements might not be exact)

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @batj -I don't know the 2014 Tundra, might be a little different than when I stopped selling truck accessories, probably not much though, however, the contours of that bed compared to the Ford F150 are quite different, so I doubt that would fit.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @SimplyTK -94 to 2001 are all the same, so your understanding is correct. You would measure to the outside, of the top of the bed rails, just try to picture where the top would sit, that's what you want to measure, and don't forget that on those Rams, the front wall of the bed has a curve to it.

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      batj 2 years ago

      Hello, my son has a 2014 Tundra double cab....I was wondering if a leer topper off of a 2010 F-150 will fit?

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      SimplyTK 2 years ago

      Mr. Zizzo, I'm hoping you can aid in my confusion of how to measure my truck bed for a camper shell. I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 short bed. My confusion lies in would I measure from the outside or the inside of the bed frame? Like over the bed rails or inside them? I did read your information about the Dodge trucks, however wasn't sure about what years prior to the 2001 would fit? It sounded as though 2002 and up would not fit?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Joseph R- It is technically the only crew cab, but not everyone realizes that. So, the shell is 77.5 long, 61 wide, height doesn't really help me as I only know the rough dimensions of the bed, not the cab, but your bed should be closer to 75 inches long, not 77, so the top could either be for a 2007 or newer Tundra, or a Titan, other than that, I'm not sure. You could try to locate the serial number and call the manufacturer to see if they can tell you what it was built for. Hope that helps :)

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      Joseph R 2 years ago

      I have the double cab. I thought that only the double was considered a crew cab.It is a lovely shell i am jut trying to figure out what it was meant for so I can recoup my money and find the correct shell. can you tell me by my measurements what truck it might fit??

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @joseph rogover- 2004 Tundra, the important question is, which crew cab do you have, and before you think that's a dumb question, the big reason for all this truck confusion is because many times, people don't realize what they have and how specific it is. Tundra had the 'double cab' and the 'access cab' -both were technically crew cabs, but the double cab really is more like the crew cab, and the beds on these ARE different. The access cab rear doors are like suicide doors I think, and the handles are close together, where the double cab doors are like regular doors all around. I don't know a whole lot about Innovation, never sold that brand before.

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      Joseph R 2 years ago

      oops, Innovation

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      joseph rogover 2 years ago

      Hey Tom bought a camper shell for my 2004 crew cab Tundra from a guy with the same truck. It was cheap so I snagged it up. it is definitely not the correct shell.it is 1"+ long, and high. I originally believed I could remove the plastic rails on the Tundra. However that does not solve the length problem. It is inovative high rise shell. It is 77.5" long, 61 wide, and 28'' tall at the cab. any ideas what it should fit so I can sell it.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Henry, you don't have a whole lot of options with a step side. SnugTop used to make a nice top for that truck, what they call a 'hammer-head' style, meaning the shell fits the narrower bed, and flares out in the front to cover the cab window. Stockland-long since gone-used to make one that was rather unique, and it's hard to describe, but honestly, I rarely, rarely ever put tops on step side beds-mostly hard tonneau covers, so I really don't know what might fit it that wasn't specifically designed for it. It would have to be narrow, and it won't look great.

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      Henry 2 years ago

      What camper shells will fit a 2005 GMC Sierra step side single cab short bed pickup truck?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Fred -that's the older bed, and there are probably a lot of tops that will fit it. If the bed is now technically a trailer, precise fit won't be too much of a concern, so I would say that anything off a 1980 to 1996 full-size Ford will fit. Anything off a full-size Chevy, pre-1987 will also fit it, and technically, something off a 1993 or older Dodge will work too, although not as good as the other two. Hope this helps!

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      Fred 2 years ago

      134 Mentions of the word Ford in this article! wow... Do you have any information or advice about fitting a 1968 Ford F250 Pickup bed? Further info,its just a trailer so in my case looks aren't as important as functionality.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jay -there was no difference between the GMC or Chevy beds until the newer body styles were introduced in 2007, and even then, they aren't that much different. So, yes, a GMC shell will fit your bed. Hope this helps!

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      jay 2 years ago

      I have a 2005 chevy crew cab truck. I would like to know what will fit it. The extra short bed and extra wide pastic bed rails seem to give it odd dementions. Will gmc fit? Anything else?

      Thanks Jay

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Mahfam -probably not worth a two hour drive-the 91 Nissan is the old hardbody truck, and it's different than the newer style 2000 truck. Your truck is actually a little longer and narrower, at least it should be. If it was in your neighborhood, it wouldn't hurt to try it, but I wouldn't make a road trip for that.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Duane -I honestly don't know. I've tried to explain this to many people, newer trucks are just not 'compatible' like people would hope to believe they are. The front of a Dodge bed has curve to it, the back end of the Chevy has a tailgate piece that gets in the way, these trucks are not just boxes like people think they are. That may have been true 30 years ago, but not today. For $50 though, the Yakima gear alone is worth that.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Steve Rine - a long bed T-100 is pretty rare, and unfortunately it's a mid-size truck, so it's wider than smaller trucks and narrower than most full-size. I honestly don't even know the dimensions to that truck, I know it's probably like 98 inches long, but I think it's just a little narrower than like a Ford or Chevy bed. Wish I had better info for you.

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      Mahfam 2 years ago

      Tom, first of all, what an amazing resource. Thank you! Secondly, I am looking for a camper shell for my 2000 Nissan Frontier. The only one I've come across anywhere near my area is a shell that fit a 1991 Nissan truck. Do you think it's worth the couple hour drive to see if it fits? Thanks in advance!

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      Duane 2 years ago

      99 dodge short bed regular cab to 2012 silverado extended cab short bed. The dimensions he is giving me are close but he is 2 inches wider in rear. Length is same. It is same color as my truck and has a Yakima roof rack for only $50. He is parting out the truck. Any chance of making this work?

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      Steve Rine 2 years ago

      Good info you have posted. I have a '96 Toyota T-100, regular cab long bed. As you know that's a rare truck... my question is what other caps will fit it? I have been told that 88-98 Chev/GMC will work. Will it? Also, any other specific make/models that you know of would be appreciated.

      Thank you. -enirevets@gmail.com

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      Mike Valyou 2 years ago

      OK Tom, thanks so much for the clarification. I appreciate your time.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Mike Valyou -You need to make sure those beds are the same length. A crew cab with a 6.5 foot bed is not very common. There shouldn't be a problem with the fit or rubbing, so long as those beds are the same. You may absolutely have the 6.5 bed, or, you might just think it is, remember that the extra short, or what the industry sometimes refers to as a 'V' bed, indicating that it's less than 6 feet long, is 5.7 feet, so we're talking about a difference of less than 12 inches here, so like I said, just make absolutely sure they are the same. I once ordered a shell for a truck that I thought was a 6.5 foot bed, and it wasn't. It was obvious when the shell was like 7 inches too long. If it IS the same, also remember that removing the cargo light on top of the cab will help with any potential rubbing, which a shop would do even with a specific made top. Hope this helps!

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      Mike Valyou 2 years ago

      Hi Tom,

      Will an ARE truck cap for a 2005 GMC 2500 ext cab 6.5' box fit my 2007 GMC (classic) 2500 crew cab 6.5' box? Do you think that there may be rubbing issues on the crew cab?

      Thank you!

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @jovo -That is a VERY difficult thing to do, trust me, I've thought of trying to put that together, and it just gets very complicated. I don't have dimensions on every truck bed, and trying to dig it all up is next to impossible.

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      jovo 2 years ago

      thanks for the history but why no size refrence chart..boo

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Larry Hicks- I don't know much in the way of what could be compatible for that truck. I've seen people put shells meant for your truck on Toyota Tacomas, but not the other way around, and yes, that doesn't mean the other way around would work. A shell from a Ranger would be too wide. Remember that you have that bulging piece on the tailgate to deal with. I hate to say it, but anything that might fit would likely be more difficult to find than one that's more specific to your truck. Wish I could offer better advice.

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      Larry Hicks 2 years ago from Djibouti, Djibouti

      Sorry for the double post.

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      Larry Hicks 2 years ago

      Tom, I know you're out of the business now, but need your expertise. I have a 2010 Nissan Frontier King Cab p/u. Other than specific made shells, are there any compatible shells that would fit? Thanks in advance.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jlawson -not a common truck, or a common size as the T-100 was a mid-size truck. It's wider than just about every mini truck, but narrower than most full-size trucks. So, you may have to have something custom made for that.

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      Jlawson378 2 years ago

      Anything fit 97 t100 standard cab long bed

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      alxpeace 2 years ago

      Thanks Tom !

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Alex-it's hard to say, 74" long sounds about right for that year Tacoma as the bed should measure 73.85 inches. The width of your truck though should be more like 57" in the front and 56" in the rear. Being that wide, my best guess is that top came off an older Tundra, short bed, regular cab, which is not that common at all. Even their access cabs, aka, extended cabs, have a shorter box than that.

      @Garrett -the older Ram, 94-01 is more closely matched to a LB Superduty than anything else, and you're right, if it's not a molded fiberglass top, than it will probably fit. Hope this helps!

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      Garrett 2 years ago

      Hey Tom, read through all of these posts and am getting a couple mixed signals. I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 LB and am looking at a Caravan Camper off an 02 F250 Superduty LB. I read that you said the 94-01 Dodges are hard to match up, but because that Caravan is a fairly industrial style shell do you think it will fit? Thank you.

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      Alex 2 years ago

      Thank you so much, amazing information

      I have a topper that "fit" on my 2010 Tacoma, the topper was an inch or two taller then the cab in the front. The topper outside measurements are about 63" wide in the front, 62" wide in the back, and it is 74" long

      Do you have any ideas on what it was originally made for?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Lee-those are two VERY different truck beds. The F150 changed in 04, I wouldn't even bother with that. You need something off a '97 to '03, or, if it's an '04 Heritage model, those had the same body as the '03.

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      Lee 2 years ago

      A little more info on the top I'm looking at. It came off of a 2003 F150 Super Cab short bed. Mine is a 2006 F150 Super Cab short bed.

      Thanks again :)

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      Lee 2 years ago

      Will a 2003 f150 cap fit a 2006 f150?

      Thanks for your time.

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      James Owensby 2 years ago

      Thank you so much for your expertise

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @James-not likely, any shell that was made specifically for that new body style F150 had 'wrapped' rails, if it's fiberglass. Shell makers did that to cover up those plastic bed caps, so it really won't sit on the rails of your truck right. A 98 Silverado extended cab (I'm guessing a short bed) is VERY common, you should be able to find something for that-any GM, full-size top from 88 to 98 is specific, but even some of the years after that fit as well.

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      James Owensby 2 years ago

      My question is will a 1997 Ford f150 shell fit my 1998 Chevy silverado extended cab thanks for your time

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      Pelle 2 years ago

      Ok, appreciate it Tom, thanks.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Pelle -probably not, the rails on a Tacoma bed are very narrow, the Ranger is very wide, it would likely sit inside the bed, but not on top of the rails.

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      Pelle 2 years ago

      Will a shell from a ext cab Tacoma 97-04 fit my Ranger ext cab 05?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @john -yes, those beds should be identical.

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      john 2 years ago

      Hi Tom,

      Would a topper from a 1997 f250 fit my 1993 f150?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Daniel -1988 to 1999/98 are all the same, Chevy or GMC, standard cab or extended cab.

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      Daniel 2 years ago

      Hey, I have a 1998 GMC Sierra 1500 short bed and I'm trying to find a used camper shell for it. What campers for other models would be compatible with this truck's bed?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @yarg-a hard tonneau is different than a shell/top that doesn't always have to be perfect, main reason being the entire lid is like a functioning door, or like the hood of your truck, it needs to be right, so you are correct, it would need to go to an 88 to 98 Chevy/GMC , standard cab or extended cab would be fine. Hope this helps!

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      yarg 2 years ago

      Got a fiberglass leer tonneau from a 97 Silverado ext cab (short bed) and I' m having trouble selling it. I'm trying to find all the models it would be compatible with, but no one seems to have a conversion chart out there. Your site is the best I've seen.

      Do you know, outside of the 88-98 Chevy/GMC line, would this fit any other trucks? Also, am I limited by the extended cab, or all the short beds in this age range the same (obviously excluding crew cabs)?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @william -What I wrote under the heading of Tips for older trucks probably answers your question. First off, no, they won't fit, the front of the top might sit on the front of the bed, but it won't in the rear, and I've seen people try to do it. Look for a used top from a 1980 to 1996 F-series Ford, it should fit your truck, and there were a ton of those Fords made, so it should be easier to find.

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      william 2 years ago

      Will a topper for a 94 Chevy long bed fit on a 86 long bed? Measurements are close but I know bed rails are different on the 94. Its a little hard to find a used cap for an 86. Thanks in advance

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Phil-not sure I understand your measurements. If your bed is 75" long and roughly 60" wide, and the other truck the shell came off of is 60" long and 76.5" long? Is it 76.5" long and 60" wide? Remember too that if your liner goes up and over the top of your bed rails, you will have to trim that off-to get a good seal and to be able to access under the rails to bolt the shell down-DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT use self-tapping lag screws, this is how tops end up on the sides of freeways.

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      Phil 2 years ago

      Hi, Tom. Nice column! I'm looking at a Raider Renegade canopy off a "90's Toyota truck". I have a 1988 Ranger XLT extended cab with a plastic bedliner. Edge to edge (measuring the liner with lips covering the edges of the bed) it's 75" long X 59 5/8: wide. The numbers quoted by the seller are 60" long by 76.5" long. What are the chances of a good fit? Is this worth a ferry ride to check out? Thanks for the excellent help! --Phil

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jerry -The problem with the newer Rams is that curved tailgate in the rear (it's not just a top plastic piece, that gate is really curved) and that bow to the top rail in the front of the bed. While tops from other truck beds will be close in dimension, they will leave big gaps where it counts most. As I have tried to explain to other people that ask, today's newer trucks just don't have the square boxes like they used to. I know that's not what you want to hear, but believe me when I tell you that if you try to put something else on there it won't fit great and it won't look good.

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      Jerry 2 years ago

      I have a 2010 Dodge Ram long box 3500 and am looking for a topper to fit it. What toppers will fit it other than 20010-2014 ram obviously? I was wondering if Ford or Chevy would fit and what years? Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @joebarge -The Superduty bed is about 3/4 inch longer, and about 1.5 inches wider in the front and like an inch wider in the rear. So, it's close. The 122 is a fairly flat rail, so if you push it in, then clamp it down, it could work. The back door on the new top will probably have a bow in it to compensate for the step in the tailgate on the F250 though.

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      joebarge 2 years ago

      Hi Tom,

      I have a 2004 Sierra 8' bed 4x4 and need a high top to replace my normal Leer cap. I found an 8' model 122 on a 2008 F250 in great shape and also red in color, will it fit?

      Thanks!

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      streetmedic 2 years ago

      Its really not that much work when you look at it. One single cut and attaching 2 sides. To bed rails then just use clamps and 1x12 to set its proper levels and straight lines on truck. Once its supported and looks like your final ajustments are to your liking

      Start to add in your fiberglass cloth.

      Ive always been ok and can do alot with my hands. Im not a finish carpenter but my end results are not bad at all.. i wish i could afford a new shell. to but i just bought this truck and a new crf 450

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      Tom Zizzo 2 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      -@streetmedic Uh, ok, some might say that's a lot of work, no offense, but not everyone is that willing or able, but kudos to you for making it work. From my experience, people are either really handy, or not at all. I write for a website now called drive.net, and I'm amazed at what people do on our DIY page, you should check it out. It's a totally free site, community-based, like social networking, new to the US, but it's been in Europe for a while. Fiberglass is great stuff, and it's incredibly durable. If you do it right, it will last a long time.

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      streetmedic 2 years ago

      Tom ,

      So yesterday i came across a shell that was to narrow but was within 3 inches each side. Out of fit 3 inches left and right 3 inches. So today i popped out both windows and took off the shell that was from who knows what vehicle. Tyhe measured down the middle and cut it into two equal hailve length wise. The down my cut line i sanded back about 3 inches on the shell. Once that was done i took the halves and bolted them into place. They fit pefectly . My next step was to install fron cab window back in it centered position. Now remember it was a perfect stock fit , but now i have a total of 6 inche gap running from front to rear and around the left and right of the window a 3 inch gap,

      See where im taking this.. FIBERGLASS .

      So i bougt a gallom of epoxy and some fiberglass cloth that 9 ibches wide and 50 yards in legnth.. glasses up the 6 inch gap and remade the windows gap in left and right. . All i have to do tomorrow is make the rear window left and right gaps that were there prior the the legnt cut.. total labor and total materials. Were 100.00 dolkars for clotg resign and brushes. Labor hours were 4 up to the rear window. So if anybody wants a way to make a shell fit that is close to your vehicles specs make sure it fits on one side then rip it and make a leghthy cut and fiberglass your heart out.. very easy to do..very cheap fix also since you can pick up a shell for about 100 -200 on. Craigsliast.. ill post links after im done

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      streetmedic 2 years ago

      just want to say thank you for keeping up your replies on this topics now. Maybe you can edit the nissan to include more specific. Titan info i have come across this for those that need sone info .

      http://www.snugtop.com/availability/nissan

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