Buying a Used Camper Shell: Tips and Compatibility Info

Updated on January 30, 2020
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Tom Zizzo, a journalist, has also spent many years selling truck and SUV accessories.

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

A Guide to Buying Used Camper Shells

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

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

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

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

A Damaged Shell May Not Be Much of a Deal

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

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

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

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

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

Truck Beds By Make and Year

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

Ford Trucks

Ford 150/250

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 to current -The brand new Superduty trucks are slightly different than the previous years, most notably the octagon-shaped tailgate, there are other changes as well. The longbed on these trucks is darn near 9 feet now.

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

A 1997 F250 top on a 1999 F250

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

Superduty Top on a 97 - 2003 F150

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

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

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Ford Ranger

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

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

Mazda Trucks

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

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

Nissan/Toyota Shell on Mazda

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

Chevy / GM Trucks

Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra

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

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

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

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

2014 - 2018. The brand new trucks have this different shape to the rear (tailgate) area there, which for a brand new top means the back door is unique to this model year. Other than that, most of the dimensions are roughly the same. I know the lumber rack part numbers have not changed. Thankfully, the Chevy/GMC trucks are back to being the same in every way for fit and compatibility, unlike the 7 to 13 trucks.

2019- currrent. The new Chevy and GMCs are different, mostly the cab shape, and I have heard that the GMC and Chevy are different this time around. Similar to other generations, the heavy duty (2500/3500) trucks are the older body style.

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

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

1994-2003: The S-10 totally changed in 1994 and stayed that way until 2004.

2004-2012: After 2004, the old S-10 became known as the Chevy Colorado or the GMC Canyon. The shell for a '94 to 2004 S-10 will most likely not fit the new Colorado/Canyons.

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

Older Top on 2016 Fullsize Chevy

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

A 2010 Shell on a 2018 Chevy: Doesn't Quite Work

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

07-13 Chevy on a 07-13 GMC bed

Notice the subtle differences to the shape of the bed. They look the same, until you try to fit one top from the other.
Notice the subtle differences to the shape of the bed. They look the same, until you try to fit one top from the other.
From a distance, it looks pretty good, but look closely, the GMC bed is different than the Chevy shell.
From a distance, it looks pretty good, but look closely, the GMC bed is different than the Chevy shell.

F150 Top on a Chevy/GMC

This is a 1997 to 2003 F150 top on a classic body Chevy/GMC (1999 to 2006)
This is a 1997 to 2003 F150 top on a classic body Chevy/GMC (1999 to 2006)
Here's another 97-03 F150 top on a 07 to 13 Chevy/GM bed.
Here's another 97-03 F150 top on a 07 to 13 Chevy/GM bed.
This is a Tundra shell (current body Tundra) on an 88 to 98 Chevy. The fit is not good, too wide and too much front angle.
This is a Tundra shell (current body Tundra) on an 88 to 98 Chevy. The fit is not good, too wide and too much front angle.
Notice the front slope, great for the Tundra, but not for this truck.
Notice the front slope, great for the Tundra, but not for this truck.

Toyota Trucks

"Toyota Truck" (SR5), Tacoma

The basic Toyota Truck is sometimes called the SR5.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Toyota Truck Shell on Tacoma

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

Chevy S-10 Top on a Tacoma

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

Tacoma Shell on Toyota Truck

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

01 to 04 Frontier shell on a Tacoma

The Nissan Frontier shell -from 01 to 04, sits a couple inches lower than the cab, but the width and length are almost the same.
The Nissan Frontier shell -from 01 to 04, sits a couple inches lower than the cab, but the width and length are almost the same.
You can tell the top came off a Frontier because you can see how it has the cut-out in the door skirt for the Nissan cladding.
You can tell the top came off a Frontier because you can see how it has the cut-out in the door skirt for the Nissan cladding.

Toyota T-100, Tundra

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

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

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

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

Dodge Trucks

Ram Truck

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

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

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

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

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

Dakota

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

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

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

2002 to 2008 Shell on a 1994-2001 Ram

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

Rams May Look the Same, but They Aren't

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

Dodge Ram has Curves

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

Nissan Trucks

“Hardbody”/Frontier

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

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

2002-2004: 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.

2005-2019: The Frontier has not changed much since 2005, but it does have this wing-style tailgate piece, which in most cases has to be removed.

Back of '98 to 2000 Frontier

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

'01 Frontier With an Older Shell

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

'01 Frontier with Correct Tonneau Cover

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

Compatibility Tips for Older Trucks

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

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

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

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

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      Jose 

      5 hours ago

      I was wondering if a camper shell on a Chevy extended cab fit on a 2014 Chevy duramax crew cab? Thank you.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 hours ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Catfish -Chevy bed-if we're talking fullsize (Silverado, NOT Colorado or S-10) is like 68/69 inches wide, the Dakota is like 63 inches wide-I don't think that would work. What I have not tried is a shell for a more current Frontier or Tacoma, because those trucks are now just as big as the old Dakota.

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      Catfish 

      27 hours ago

      How about a 2002 dakota snug top on a 2009 chevy short bed? Really just need a cover! Thanks!

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Nmartin82 -the problem is, Ford flared out that back end in 2009, so the top will sit on the bed perfectly, but it will stick out like an inch and a half out the back. It's a fairly big gap, most people don't like that, but other than that big gap, it does fit.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @crosbullet -you can probably make it work, just remember the bed dimensions on those trucks didn't change too much, it's the width of the rail-and shape, and the height of the cab that's different. Not a perfect fit, but I think that would work.

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      Nmartin82 

      4 days ago

      Great article. I am looking for a topper and I have an extended cab long bed (8ft) 2008 Ford F-150. Came across a used 2009 topper I know there were changes to the truck in 2009 but in your opinion would that long bed topper for a 2009 fit a 2008 or is the design too far off? It is fiberglass not metal, I’ve heard that makes a difference.

      If it won’t can you recommend a metal commercial topper that would fit a 2008 that’s not designed for a Ford F-150 but compatible as well as maybe fiberglass?

      Thanks

      Thanks

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      crosbullet 

      6 days ago

      Hey Tom. Thanks for helping so many people... I have a 2010 Silverado 6.5' box. Will a canopy from a 2006 Silverado 6.5ft fit properly? Color is a match and the price is right....hoping I got lucky. Thanks for your time.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      7 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Thomas -same difference, I mean, it has to do with the rear of the bed. The top bed rails of the GMC bed are a little wider than the Chevy bed. Either one will technically work, does one combination work better than the other? I don't know, maybe, it's never stood out that has left me saying oh yeah, you can totally stick the GMC shell on the Chevy bed but not the other way around, that doesn't make a lot of sense. What's important is to know why the beds are different.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      8 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Markus Urbanik -what do you have, Chevy/GM or Dodge? If they're GM trucks, the 2007 2500/3500 is the older (classic body) but the 1500 was the newer body. It's not a perfect fit but it will probably work. If it's a Dodge, they would both be the same.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      8 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Travis -I doubt it. I know it won't fit the gate, the front of the bed has a big curve to it as well.

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      Thomas 

      10 days ago

      I found a 07-13 GMC cap (a leer 122) and the salesman says it'll fit my 13 Chevy fine. He said GMC caps will work fine on Chevy's but it won't work the other way around. Is this accurate?

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      Markus Urbanik 

      11 days ago

      I have a 2007.5 2500hd short box and I am looking at a CTC topper that came off of a 2007 1500hd short box. Will this fit my pickup. It is a non skirted topper.

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      Travis 

      11 days ago

      Will a camper top off a 2010 crew cab Silverado with a 5.7 bed fit a 2018 ram 1500 crew cab with a 5.7 bed

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      Tom Zizzo 

      12 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ronald Berry -wow, those pickups are rare, my friend had one, loved that truck, built like a tank. Sadly I have no idea what the dimensions are. I can tell you that the 73 to 87 short wheelbase Chevy pickups were like 80 inches long and 72 inches wide, the longbeds were like 99 inches. Most of those old pickups were similar dimensions.

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      Ronald Berry 

      12 days ago

      I just bought a 1972 International Pickup. Do Ford or Chevy from that generation work?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tim Harrawood -The problem with trying to put something on these new trucks that was not made for them is mostly the rear of the bed. It use to be not long ago that the bed, or box, was just that, but it's not really a box anymore. The tailgate on the F150s and 250/350s has an angular, flared out shape to it. The door skirt for the older trucks will not sit on the top of the gate, which means it not only won't 'fit' but even if it was close, it would not seal or lock. Lucky for you that bed has not changed in five years, so you can still find a used top, it just has to be for that specific bed -from 2015 to current.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Junior 79 -depends on what you mean by window seals-let me explain. Camper shell sliders are mostly all the same. There's two parts-the bulk of the window, which is what you see on the outside, and the clamp ring-that's on the inside, there's like a bunch of small screws going around it. If you took all those screws out, then literally push the main slider out, you'll see there's a thin gasket between the two-this is the main 'seal' so to speak. It's a quarter inch wide, neoprene foam, sticky on one side. The rubber in the channels that you can see on the outside cannot be replaced, you have to just replace the window. If the truck was a short bed, SnugTop used the same part on literally all the shells(not longbeds) Complete windows are easy to get, cost like $220 a window.

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      Tim Harrawood 

      2 weeks ago

      Tom,

      You seem very knowledgeable on the subject. I have a question. I just bought a 2020 Ford F-150 super crew with the 5.5 bed and am looking for a good used topper. I realize that I will have to get it painted but think I can get that done at a good price. When I measure my bed I come up with 72" long(from the front of the cross member behinf the cab to the highest ridge on the back end of the tailgate) and 72" wide (from the outside edge of the plastic rail to the other outside edge).

      I found an ARE topper that measures 72" long but only 68" wide. I'm worried that it wont fit properly? Your thoughts would be appreciated.

      Many thanks

      Tim

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      Junior 79 

      2 weeks ago

      Tom hows it going I bought a snugtop D-16742 and need window seals do you know where I would be able to find them for a older snugtop. It was off an 88 chevy

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Marty Ancin -No, Superduty bed is wider and longer, and the cab is taller. Would be a terrible fit.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Larry Gibson -Your bed should be close to 67 " -the F150 supercerew bed is closer to 70 inches, depending on the year we're talking about. That bed is hard to find anything else since it's wider than a mini truck and smaller than a full-size. A newer Nissan Frontier bed is close to the width, but like 6 inches shorter. I rarely see the Dakota, not sure what else would fit so good luck, it's an odd size.

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      Marty Ancin 

      2 weeks ago

      I have a 2004 Chevy Silverado HD I’m looking at a used cap coming from a Ford 2010 super duty. Can you tell me if they are at compatible??

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      Larry Gibson 

      2 weeks ago from SW Oregon coast

      I have a 2005 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab short bed. I have been trying to find a canopy and hasn't been easy. Are there some other make/models that are compatible? I had previously heard the ford F150 Quad short bed works. I have the dimensions (I might be off a little), the length is 66 1/2", width near the cab is 64", and the width at the tailgate is 62".

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Johnny G. In TN -bed should be around 79 and a half inches long and about 72 inches wide. Remember that in 1988, GM tapered that bed, but not on yours.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @David -really depends, what year is the truck, what model Leer is it? New, even the cheapest Leer is just over $2K, higher-end model Leer shells can be over $3K new. If you find a shell that's a higher end model and it matches your color, you might pay more, but there's just too many factors to give you any real numbers.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Juaton -yeah, probably not a very good fit, front wall would be curved so much on the Dodge shell that there would be big gaps over the front rail.

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      Johnny G. In TN 

      3 weeks ago

      Hello, you seem to be the authority on bed size and knowledge, i have a 1984 Chevy C-10 short bed, i found a place a few hours away that has a couple of hundred used tonneau covers, i have to go through the pike and find what i need, my truck is in the paint booth and i cannot take it with me to make my purchase, do you know the exact deminsions of a tonneau cover that i should get? 1984 Chevy swb fleetside

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      David 

      3 weeks ago

      How much should I pay for a use Leer topper off of a F150?

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      Juston 

      3 weeks ago

      Hi, I'm looking for a cap for my 93 K1500 Chevy with 6.5' bed. Not having much luck in my area, unfortunately. I did find a guy who has a really nice looking high top shell for a Dodge shortbed, he thinks a 2005. I was just wondering how, or if, it would fit my Chevy? Thanks a bunch.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Mike Rodrigues -technically nothing is compatible, and the more manufactures keep tweaking the bed designs, the less chance there is for a top meant to fit one bed will fit another. The Crewmax bed is short but wide, not sure what else might fit it. I have yet to see any used tops on Tundra beds in general that weren't built for those beds. Problem is will the back door it fit over the tailgate and how will it mate up to the rear cab. So no, I don't know what else may fit.

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      Mike Rodrigues 

      3 weeks ago

      Looking for a shell for my 2020 tundra crewmax. Any ideas on what other truck model tops would work on mine? I know if it’s a tundra it has to be 2014+ but do any other topper Brands have compatibility?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Clark Fleming -depends, you said a 2020 Ford short box, you mean the shortest of the short boxes? F150 or F250/350? It might sit on the 150, rear door will probably not shut though.

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      Clark Fleming 

      4 weeks ago

      Does a 2011 Century truck chev crew cab 5.8 fit on a 2020 Ford crew cab short box

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tomas Abromaitis -They're very different beds unfortunately, not just wider, but longer and the cab is much taller as well. It would not look good, there would also be gaps, etc. More common to find used for an 8 foot bed F150 are commercial or utility shells.

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      Tomas Abromaitis 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi Tom. Thank you for so much valuable information. I bought a 2011 Ford F150 with a long box. Around Toronto,

      there are not many used caps for the 8ft. F 150. There are some for the Superduty trucks that are 8ft. From what I understand they are an inch wider than the 150. Is it possible to make the wider cap fit the 150? Sorry if you mentioned this before and I missed it.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Matt Perry -So the Dodge bed you're talking about should be about 100 inches long, the GM bed is probably less than an inch longer. The GM bed is like 70" wide in the front and like 68" in the rear, the Dodge bed is like 72" wide, but it has more of a pronounced curve to the front wall of the bed compared to the GM body. So yeah, it will probably sit on the bed but will for sure look off.

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      Matt Perry 

      4 weeks ago

      I have someone that has a 04 long bed Dodge ram shell for sale that I am interested in putting it on my 01 GMC Sierra 2500 HD

      Will this fit properly or it will it be way off?

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      Dickl 

      5 weeks ago

      Thanks Tom, after I posted the question to you, I thought the same. The dealer I got it from in Carson has closed years ago. I looked up snugtop after looking at the plate inside the cab, they are manufactured in Long Beach. I emailed them asking about what you also recommend..... yeah, 5-6 hundred lot cheaper than buying a new one.... besides the paint, the top is in fantastic shape.... top coat started peeling. Heck, people look at my truck and think it’s only a couple years old....thanks again Tom, stay safe

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Dickl. -SnugTop -if you have a dealer send it to them to paint-charges like $500 to $600 to paint a shell like that, not much different than having a body shop do it. SnugTop will take longer, but the difference is they know how to disassemble and reassemble the parts better, the dealer will probably mark up the price, but I know I called recently on a repaint of an F150 shell for a friend and they told me $500.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Junior 79 -I would try to find another Chevy bed top, 88 to 98, and also 99 to 06, those are your best bets, even one off a 97 to 04 longed F150, but I don't think those are as common as the GM beds.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Cole T -yeah, not sure what will fit that, maybe a Tacoma shell, never tried it, I just don't see the Frontiers that much, you'd think I would but I really don't.

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      Dickl 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi Tom, any idea how much to paint a shell where the top coating is peeling. 2003 GMC 2500HD Crew Cab 8 foot bed, top will be Snugtop cab high. Thanks

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      Junior 79 

      5 weeks ago

      Tom I just read through your posts and no topper from a 95 ford will not work on my 98 chevy 3500 crewcab 8ft bed due to it being tapered. So now my question is what other toppers can fit a chevy crewcab newer chevys fords dodge etc thank you for your time and patience

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      Junior 79 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi Tom sorry to bother you again. Will a shell off a 95 ford f150 8ft bed fit a 98 chevy crewcab 8ft also missed the deal on the other shell and found this one for free. Thanks

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      Cole T 

      6 weeks ago

      Hey!

      I'm currently on the hunt for a camper shell (hopefully hi-rise) for my 2014 Nissan Frontier king cab 6ft1 bed. Are there any options for something older that will fit?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jim Grantland -Titans are rare, Nissan doesn't sell many of them. I'm not sure what else might fit it. They are NOT the same size as the Tacoma. If I had to guess I would say try to compare with like an 04 F150 bed, but I've never tried it or seen it.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Junior 79 -not sure what you want to know now, thought I answered your question.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @MICHAEL -If your CrewMax is a 2019 you need a top off another CrewMax no older than 2014, so I'm afraid the rear of the shell off the 2013 will be a little too short. The shell would probably sit on the bed but the door wouldn't shut.

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      Jim Grantland 

      6 weeks ago

      Are there any camper shells that cross link with a 2005 Nissan Titan 6'6" bed size?

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      Junior 79 

      6 weeks ago

      I mean as long as its flush against rear window

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      Junior 79 

      6 weeks ago

      The shell I am looking at is a snugtop and was told it was off a 2004 chevy duramax and I want to buy it for my 98 k3500 crewcab

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      MICHAEL KIMIC 

      6 weeks ago

      WILL A 2013 LEER TUNDRA CREWMAX CAP FIT ON A 2019 CREWMAX?

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      MICHAEL 

      6 weeks ago

      good morning! i have an opportunity to buy a 2013 leer tundra crew max cap. do u know if it will fit on my 2019 crew max? Thank you!

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Junior 79 -not too much different between the 88 to 98 beds and the 99 to 06, the body lines are a little different so it will look off-depending on what type of shell we're talking about, but the overall bed dimensions are roughly the same, so yeah, it would probably work-not a perfect fit though.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @John -85 Toyota is not much different than anything Toyota made up to 1994, so long as you don't put a top meant for an extra cab on a standard cab. The bed dimensions should be roughly around 60" wide and about 75.5" long-roughly. So with that, you can use a top off of most old mini pickups, except the D50 Rams/Mighty max -too short, and the cab plus Mazda beds.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ben S. -yes, for 02 to 08, quad, regular or mega with the short bed are all the same molds.

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      Junior 79 

      6 weeks ago

      Sorry Tom the shell is off a 2004 chevy truck and trying to see if it fits my 98 chevy crewcab both have 8ft beds

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      Junior 79 

      6 weeks ago

      Tom hows it going,

      Question I have a 98 chevy k3500 crewcab 8ft bed would a shell off a 04 fit my truck

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      John 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi Tom!

      How are you?

      I have a 1985 toyota im looking for a camper for it what other camper would fit on it.whould a dodge F1500 fit? If not what whould?

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      Ben S. 

      6 weeks ago

      Tom, Thanks so much for being a great resource. Do you know if a topper from a 2002-08 Quad Cab Ram would fit the same year Standard Cab? Both are short bed. Thanks!

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Darren Sands -It will sit on the bed, will look off, and there will likely be gaps and it won't seal very good. Is it unsafe? As long as ANY top is clamped down tight, or bolted on good, you should be fine, however, be aware that it may damage your bed, with dings and scratches.

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      Darren Sands 

      7 weeks ago

      This article is AWESOME and I so appreciate you sharing this information.

      Question:

      Would a 2000 GMC Sierra long-box topper fit my 2007 (newer style body) GMC Sierra long-box if they're both Regular cabs?

      I'm aware the body style changed and it may not be a perfect fit, but I can't find any used shells where I live for my exact model. As long as it would function and keep water out, that's good for me.

      Also, in your judgement, is it unsafe to put an imperfectly fitted topper on a truck as long as it clamps down and is "close enough"?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      7 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Sam N. No, 04 is when it changed, very DIFFERENT truck compared to the 97 to 03 body.

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      Sam N. 

      7 weeks ago

      Will an '05 ford f150 camper shell fit an '01 f150?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      8 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Harveyone -no, Tacoma is not the same size, it's narrower. I'm not sure what the size is actually, Titans are kind of rare, Nissan doesn't sell many of them. I'm not sure what else might fit it, and there really isn't a four door king cab, normally a 4 door is a crew cab, king cab is just that, a king cab, and a 'king' cab is a term used by Nissan, otherwise it's just an extra cab with suicide doors, or at least I think that's what it has, I just rarely see them.

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      Harveyone 

      8 weeks ago

      Compatibility for 2006 Nissan titan four door king cab 4x4SE short bed

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      Harveyone 

      8 weeks ago

      I have a2006nissan titan no way can i even afford a used one from a dealer but on local San Diego app i can,but i can't get a straight answer about compatibility. It's a four door king cab 4x4 titan SE.i justy read tocoma might be the same size. Please help thank you

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      Tom Zizzo 

      8 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @whb62683. -I wish they fit, but the 2nd gen shell is like an inch and half shorter than the shell for the current generation, which is most because of the way Toyota designed the rear gate to flare out. It really sucks because it fits everywhere else. I set a new shell on a 2nd gen truck and it sticks out significantly, sorry, but it does, and the Tacos are so popular right now, used tops-if you can find one-are in short supply. One thing to try is look for someone selling a used truck-like yours, with a top on it and see if they'll part with the shell. That's how I got my used top.

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      whb62683 

      8 weeks ago

      I have a 2017 Tacoma short bed. I can’t afford to buy a new topper so I’m trying to find a used one. How well do camper shells for the second generation Tacoma fit on a third generation? Is there camper shell for a different truck that would be a decent fit? I don’t need it to be perfect. Just trying to find a cheap option for a trip. Thanks

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Matt B -just about any Chevy or GMC bed, provided we're talking about the full-size trucks, not the S-10 or Sonoma, will fit, from 1988 to 1998, but 1999 to 06 should fit. You can also try a shell from a 97 to 03 F150 bed-NOT a super crew.

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      Matt B 

      2 months ago

      Hi. I have a 1997 Chevy with a standard 6.5 bed. What other shells (any brand or any truck) will fit? I don't care about looks but just anything that would be remotely close to fit in an emergency. Thank you!

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Anga-Lee Problem with the Dakota is, it's a little wider than the older small pickup beds that were mostly around 60" wide or less. Your bed is more like 63" wide. It's likely closer to the current bed of a Nissan Frontier or Tacoma, but I have no idea, never tried it.

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      Anga-Lee 

      2 months ago

      I have a 1999 dodge dakota club cab. I would like to know what type of shell off other brand trucks would fit mine to open my options.thank you in advance

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Ace -those shells are going to be too wide for that bed. The Dakota of that era is closer to the current Tacomas and Nissan Frontiers. I don't know if those would fit that bed, but full-size beds (Silverado, F150/250, Ram) all are too wide.

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      Ace 

      2 months ago

      Hi. I have 2003 Dakota Club cab. Looking at used shells from F150 F250 Silvirados can any of them fit? Must be a commercial cap with side storage...

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @jack c -sorry Jack, the Tacoma is in HIGH demand, and if you try to fit an older one on there, it just doesn't work, the new beds are a good inch and half longer. That may not seem like much, but it is, and if you try to fit a first-gen on there, it's way too narrow.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jim Grantland -I really don't know what fits a Titan, I just don't see those trucks enough. You may want to try a shell for a super crew F150 -04 to 08 maybe.

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      jack c 

      2 months ago

      hi Tom!

      I am pretty desperate at this point for a shell that will fit my 2018 SR5 Toyota Tacoma - It has the 6' (73.2in) bed with access cab -

      Im only looking secondhand as I'm young and on a budget- looking to camp for surf trips- there are tacoma campers and other truck tops that pop up in my area on craigslist fairly often but I never know what to go with.

      Whats the deal with the post-2015 tacoma? What tops will fit it? will earlier tacoma tops really not do the job?

      It doesn't have to be a perfect, perfect fit, just need something that will stay on and lock!

      Would truly appreciate a response here.

      Cheers,

      Jack

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      Jim Grantland 

      2 months ago

      I am looking for a camper shell that will fit my 2005 Nissan Titan 6.5' bed. Do you know of any shell that would cross over to the Titan?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @NKHub -I don't know. I've seen someone do the opposite, that is they put a top from a 80-98 F250/F350 on a Superduty. The problem with the Superduty bed is it's wider, tapered, and the cab heights are very different.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @smashton818 -no, can't see how that would work.

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      NKHub 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2015 F350 with 8' Bed. The cap is A.R.E. with a step up in the rear. I need to get rid of it and a gentlemen with a 1997 F350 wants it. Will it fit?

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      smashton818 

      2 months ago

      Tom, will a 2017 Chevy 5.8 shell fit a 2016 Ram 5.7 bed?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Aaron Curtis -the beds aren't that much different-dimensionally so to speak, but try to remember that a truck bed is not a perfect rectangular box, the lines bend on the rails, so for lumber racks they're almost all the same for full-size GM trucks, ie, an 88 short bed extra cab used the same rack as a 2017 double cab short bed.

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      Aaron Curtis 

      3 months ago

      I believe I read this whole post. If I missed the answer to my question I apologize. My question is this. I have a 2006 Chevy 2500 with an 8ft bed. Will a cap off of a 2013 GMC 8ft bed fit? I notice the GMC and Chevy beds are not the same for the 2013 models but was wondering if the GMC bed was close enough to the 2006 chevy

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Edgar -If by Barn Doors you mean the double-walk-in doors, it must be specific-as far as I know. The inner dimensions on beds around the tailgate area, when it's removed, are just not something with a lot of wiggle room I guess.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jim Grantland -I don't have any suggestions, the Titan just wasn't that common of a truck. Maybe it's like an 04 to 08 Supercrew F150? Not sure.

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      Edgar 

      3 months ago

      Hi, I have a 2017 Tundra Double Cab and am looking to add an ARE DCU or Leer DCC or comparable contractor cap. I want a cap with barn doors which is limiting my search results. Any ideas what a good match would be?

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      Jim Grantland 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2005 Nissan Titan with a 6.5' bed and looking for a topper. I have found several used toppers but I don't know what other trucks have close to the same dimensions. Do you have any suggestions?

      Thank you in advance!

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jake -it's not the bed dimensions that are different, it's the angle to the front of the shell. I have a picture of a Leer top from a 07-13 Tundra on an 88-98 Chevy, you'll see what I mean, too much angle to it.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Bryn Morrison -you nailed it, your bed is no different than my old Mazda, nearly identical. A top off a first gen Taco will fit just fine, just make sure it's for a standard/regular cab. Your cab -from the top of the bed rails-is like 19-20 inches, the Tacoma is a good inch or more taller.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Matt-it will totally sit on the bed ok, it will just stick out the back like an inch and a half. That may not sound like much, but it's a huge gap.

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      Jake 

      3 months ago

      Hi,

      I am looking for a used topper for my 2014 silverado double cab, 6.5 foot bed. I found an 07-13 Tundra Topper online that would be perfect if it fits but its a bit of a drive for me to pick it up. The dimensions look pretty close, any idea if it would possibly fit? I'm going to be camping in it for two months.

      Thanks!

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      Bryn Morrison 

      3 months ago

      Great information!

      Tom, I have a 1994 regular cab Toyota Pickup. Will a Leer 122 or a SnugTop Hi-Liner fit this? I suspect they would be slightly taller but how about the footprint of the bed?

      Thanks!

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      Matt 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2011 f150 6.5 ft bed, I found a top from an 04 f150 6.5 ft I know the tailgates are different but would it still sit okay on top of the bed rails and tailgate? The top is an A.R.E.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Brad -I don't think that will work, given the shape of the tailgate and most of all the leaning front angle of the cab, a shell for a Tundra has a very unique front shape to it. Simply measuring the bed width and length is not enough. It will probably sit o the bed, but the front won't match the cab very well and the tailgate won't fit.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Big Rich -it will sit on that bed, it might be a little wider, the fit will look off, but the dimensions of those beds aren't that different, everything else is though: cab height, etc.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Bill Whitaker -yes, that's the same generation, it's the 2015 that's different, and what they currently use.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Don Mangini -if your truck is a Ram, yes, they're the same. If it's a GM truck, they're different.

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      Brad 

      3 months ago

      Currently considering buying a topper from a 97 Silverado for my 19 Tundra. Measurements seem to match up, but would greatly appreciate any insights you have before I drive halfway across the state. Thanks!

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