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Tips and Compatibility Info for Buying a Used Camper Shell

Updated on August 29, 2017
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Tom Zizzo, a journalist, has also spent many years selling truck and SUV accessories.

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

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

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

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

A Damaged Shell May Not Be Much of a Deal

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

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

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

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

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

Truck Beds By Make and Year

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

Ford Trucks

Ford 150/250

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A 1997 F250 top on a 1999 F250

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

Ford Ranger

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

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

Mazda Trucks

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

Chevy / GM Trucks

Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Older top on 2016 fullsize Chevy

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

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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      Tom Zizzo 5 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

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

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      AJ 7 days ago

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

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

      Thanks for your time! AJ

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      Tom Zizzo 2 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

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

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      Benjamin M 2 weeks ago

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

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

      Thanks,

      Ben

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      Tom Zizzo 3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

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

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      Norvin Porter 3 weeks ago

      I just got a 2002 Ford Ranger XLT and it has a bed liner that also covers the top of the side rails. I am interested in buying a used bed liner for it and am concerned about the fit due to the bed liner. The one I am looking at came off a '99 Ford Ranger XLT and measures 61 "W X 75"L. Can you offer me any advise regarding the fit?

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      Tom Zizzo 3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @marco Walters -yeah, it will probably fit no problem, the bed dimensions on those trucks are nearly identical, but the shapes changed a little.

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      marco Walters 3 weeks ago

      Hello Tom. Thanks for your help. Do you think a shell for a 2006 Silverado long bed WT would fit a 2009 Silverado long bed WT?

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      Tom Zizzo 4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Dana -normally I would say a 'wrapped' rail shell from a newer Tacoma wouldn't work, or should be avoided as it would scratch the hell out of your bed-on the outside-but that top is an ARE, and they're flat rail tops, because they're two-piece constructed, so yes, that top will likely fit your truck.

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      Dana 4 weeks ago

      Hi Tom. Thank you for this great article. It is so helpful. I am looking for a camper shell to fit my 2004 Tacoma, Access Cab. I just saw this on Craigslist. DO you think it would fit my truck? I am waiting to get the dimensions from the seller, but my truck bed is: 76x60. Thank you so much!!!! Dana https://austin.craigslist.org/pts/d/2007-tacoma-ar...

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      Tom Zizzo 4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Danny -not sure what you mean by a forward flare. The Dodge Ram beds -now know as just the RAM- have a very curved front wall.

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      Tom Zizzo 4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ryan303 -I don't know what a 67.2 Tundra bed is. Do you have a CrewMax or the other style cab with the small second doors. Everyone measures beds differently. If you DO have the CrewMax bed, and even if the measurments are close, just remember that it may not fit the contours of the bed, best to set it on your bed and see, it really is the only way with some of these new trucks.

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      Danny 4 weeks ago

      What truck beds are curved in the front and have a forward flare?

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      Ryan303 4 weeks ago

      Hello,

      Would this fit my 2016 tundra 67.2 bed thanks in advance

      https://richmond.craigslist.org/pts/d/f150-leer-ca...

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      Tom Zizzo 5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Berks -your truck is the 'classic' body, which is different than the truck in that picture (ad). However, the shell on that truck is clearly not made for that truck. Given that, I really couldn't tell you.

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      Tom Zizzo 5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ryan -no, that shell would fit 2009 to 2014. The 2015 to current F150 has an almost octogon shape to the tailgate. The top would not fit that back gate, and trying to replace the door on the top is not an option.

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      Tom Zizzo 5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Doug -no, the new Ram has VERY curved tailgate. You just can't fit anything else on there unless it came off an 09 or newer Ram.

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      Berks 5 weeks ago

      Great article.. Thanks! Would value your opinion whether this might fit my 2006 Silverado 2500HD Ext Cab, Short Box:

      https://utica.craigslist.org/bar/d/truck-cap/62881...

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      Doug 5 weeks ago

      Will a topper from a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 6ft4 box fit a 2017 6ft4 box

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      Tom Zizzo 5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ceaser -yes, if it's the classic bed, that means it looks like the 2006 truck. Just look at what a 2005 Sierra looks like and see if that's what you have.

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      Tom Zizzo 5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Darren C Kern - Your best bet is probably a 95 to 2004 Tacoma shell-standard cab shell. The door won't fully sit flat on the top of that tailgate due to the big Nissan plastic piece on there, but I've seen it done.

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      Ceaser 5 weeks ago

      Ey... Glad I found your feed. So I have a 2007 gmc Sierra 1500 Classic, which means it is a 2006 body? And so a shell from 1999-2006 Silverado or Sierra will fit?

      Thanks,!

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      Darren C Kern 5 weeks ago from Gibsonville, NC

      Can you tell me what cap will fit my '02 Frontier XE king cab (extended cab) long bed? The inside length is about 73 1/2". I have been trying in vain to figure out what will work, help would be greatly appreciated. Awesome write-up, thanks!

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      Tom Zizzo 5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Mat -the only problem with trying to put an 05 to 15 taco top on an 04 is that most brands for those tops have what are called wrapped rails-they mold over the plastic top caps. Your truck doesn't have that. Unless you find a top that has a flat rail, -I think AREs have flat rails on those, it might work. Wrapped rails on beds they aren't meant for can scratch the crap out of the bed.

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      Tom Zizzo 5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Kirk - Not sure on the older Tundra, it's kind of an odd size, it's not quite full-size and it's larger than the Tacomas and Frontiers. Wish I could be more help.

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      Mat 5 weeks ago

      I've got a 2004 Tacoma Access cab that I'm trying to find a shell for. I saw in that photo that an older SR5 shell will fit (kind of) a 1st Gen Tacoma, but will a newer 2005+ shell fit my truck?

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      Kirk 6 weeks ago

      Is there any fiberglass caps that will fit a 2006 Toyota Tundra crew cab w/ 6.5 bed other than one from the exact truck?

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      Tom Zizzo 6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Maggie004 -I think that truck only came in the extra short bed, which should be around 5 feet long. I honestly don't know of anything other than what's made for it as an alternative. My bet would be to try to get something from a 2001 to 04 Tacoma crew cab, but I have a feeling the Colorado bed is an inch or two wider.

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      Maggie004 6 weeks ago

      I have a 2005 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab. I'm trying to locate a cap that will fit. Are there any other models from other trucks that will also work? It's been very difficult trying to find something that will fit. Any suggestions?

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      Tom Zizzo 6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @David -So, both beds on those trucks are roughly the same length, around 76 inches, however, the S-10 bed is like 62 inches wide in the front, and like 59 inches in the rear, where the Tacoma is not tapered, it's like 60 inches wide, but it also has very narrow rails, so the top from the S-10 may slide off and not sit on those narrow rails, never tried it, so I'm not certain.

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      David 6 weeks ago

      Will a 2000 S-10 camper shell fit a 1995 1/2 toyota Tacoma?

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      Tom Zizzo 6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Chris -it will sort of fit, problem is, the newer cap (off the 2014) on the older bed (2008) it will stick out the back end, i.e., there will be a big gap between the tailgate and door-think of it like laying down on a bed and your legs are like 6 inches longer than the bed.

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      Chris 6 weeks ago

      Can anyone who would know that a 2014 Chev Silverado 4x4 Crew Cab Truck Cap fit a 2008 Chev Silverado 4x4 Crew Cab which I just bought thank you.

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      Tom Zizzo 6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Rodger -yeah, that will totally fit. The pre-93 Ranger had a little boxier shape to it, but the overall dimensions are pretty much the same.

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      Tom Zizzo 6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Glenn -Probably not, mainly because the 93 F250 is a regular, rectangle-shapped bed, where the 93 GMC is tapered, meaning it's wider in the front than it is in the rear, so measure everything.

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      Glenn 6 weeks ago

      Will a 1993 F250 8' canopy fit on a 1993 GMC 2500 Long Bed?

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      Tom Zizzo 7 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Diana. Opensky111@msn.com

      -well, you measured it, why not try it to see if it fits. Remember to measure the front, and the rear of the bed, and also remember it's not just the measurements of the bed, but the contour of the cab-does the top have a leaning angle to the front of it that will hit the top of your cab? Just set it on the bed, see if it fits.

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      Diana. Opensky111@msn.com 7 weeks ago

      I have 2006 Tundra short bed 74.438x61.36. I have found a raven top that measures from the outside 75x62 1/2

      Will that fit.l? The box is pretty square. Only a slight difference from cab to tailgate. The raven has sun damage in top. Can that be fixed?

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      Tom Zizzo 7 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @dave.barrett07@gmail.com

      -no, the issue mainly will be the F150 top will be too narrow to fit on the Superduty bed.

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      dave.barrett07@gmail.com 7 weeks ago

      You guy,s seem to know your stuff,I have a question for you,will a cap of a 2004 F-150,8 ft box fit an older F-350 with an 8 foot box.Thank,s

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      Tom Zizzo 7 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jay in NC -no, both are very different trucks.

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      Tom Zizzo 7 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Gary -no, your back tailgate is curved-very different than the 2007.

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      Jay in NC 8 weeks ago

      I have a 2011 Tacoma quad cab and want to know if a ARE V Series off a 2005 Dakota would fit. Thanks.

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      Gary King 8 weeks ago

      I have a 2014 ram 1500 will a cap from a 2007 fit ?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Sarita -a lot of the old import mini beds are around 75 long and 60 wide. My guess is, look for a top from an older Toyota, like an 86 to 94 bed, standard cab (Toyota extra cabs had a sloped angle to them).

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Shay -longbed S-10s are rare, you probably won't be able to find much. Those S-10s have very narrow rails, and the contour of the cab is kind of unique. Long bed minis are rare in general.

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      Sarita 2 months ago

      Your Nissan lists started in 1986 and mine is a 1985 Nissan King Cab 720 with bed measuring at 75 long and 58.5 wide.

      What will fit this truck I love so much?

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      Shay Arnett 2 months ago

      My son bought a used 1996 Chevy S10 long bed and is looking for a shell. What should fit? It's a really odd bed length, 7'6".

      Thank you!

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Rip -the problem with trying to fit the older Tacoma with the brand new one is the rear, aka, your bed is like maybe two inches longer, so it will hang off the back. I'm sorry to say that with most brand new trucks, older tops will not work.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Thomas Bouche -sorry, that goes way beyond what I know, you will just have to measure it. I know that Access Manufacturing (they make the Tradesman) will custom make a top for just about anything.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Steve Benson -I don't always know dimensions, and dimensions will not always help you out, and there are many reasons why. Try any top off a 1989 to 1999 Chevy/GM truck, even up to 2012 may work.

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      Rip 2 months ago

      Just got a 2017 Tacoma Access Cab with 6' bed. For sale I found a Leer 180 that was on a 2012 Access Cab Tacoma. Dimensionally seems similar except seller states the front measures 66.5" wide. That is about 2.5" wider than my bed near the cab. Not sure if there is a measurement error with the shell being in a "free state" for measurement. In other words, wondering if it would bend in to conform or not... any idea? The shell is about 2 hrs away so not sure about driving to see it if not gonna fit...but is a great deal so considering!

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      Thomas Bouche 2 months ago

      Any thoughts on a topper that will fit on a 53 International pick up bed?

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      steve benson 2 months ago

      Looking for a cap for my 1996 GMC Sierra extended cab. What size should fit ( what are the (dimensions )& what other truck takes this size? Thanks

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @big john -it might work, I've never tried to interchange those, but I know the dimensions are close, keep in mind it's not always just dimensions; truck beds are not the simple rectangular boxes people think they are.

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @John Howard-older long bed Tundras are very rare. If you can find a used utility shell off an F150 long bed, it might work, but not one where the tailgate is removed.

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      big john 2 months ago

      so would that tundra long bed top fit the long bed ford???

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      big john 2 months ago

      thinking of buying a top off of craigs list. its sitting on a 2004 tundra reg cab long bed, hoping to get it on a 1997 ford f150 long bed. lts a leer brand top. thanks!!

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      John Howard 2 months ago

      I have a 2002 standard cap Toyota Tundra 8 foot box .

      I currently have ARE flat style cap on it it measures 99'' x 68''

      I would like a utility style cap with the side tool boxes .

      What other model trucks will fit this truck ?

      Thanks

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @ScottyMac -good question, yes, there is a difference, not much, but it might rub the cargo light, of course, ARE's didn't always have the most custom fit of the top three brands, so you might be just fine. Hope this helps!

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      ScottyMac 2 months ago

      I'm looking at an A.R.E. camper shell that came from a 2007 Chevy Silverado extended cab. I've got the same year standard cab. Both are the same body design...ie, not classic.

      Will the cab counters be the same?

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      Tom Zizzo 2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @gstutter -not compatible with a 2013 Tacoma, but if you find something from a 1995 to 2004 Tacoma extended cab, it might work, the only real difference is the cab height. I actually have a picture posted in this hub of one on like a 1990 Toyota. It sits higher-the newer truck has a taller cab. So, between the mid 80's up to 2004, you should be able to find something, but it should be for an extended cab as you will need the angle in the front.

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      Woody 2 months ago

      So I have 2500 ram a 4 door 74" inside, guy is selling a topper for the same year model in 1500 inside is 73.5 all out inside measurements are about .5" off will it work

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      gstutter 2 months 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 2 months 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 months ago

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

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      Tom Zizzo 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

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

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      Tom Zizzo 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

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

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      neal bunker 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

      Will a 2006 nissian titan camper fit on a 2013

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      Tom Zizzo 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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.