Different Types of Camper Shells for Toyota Tacomas

Updated on June 16, 2019
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Tom Zizzo, a journalist, has also spent many years selling truck and SUV accessories.

After reading so many questions from readers about camper shells, tops or toppers, it has come to my attention that some of you really just want to see pictures of various shells on a truck similar to yours. It always helps to 'see' what you want, and in this regard, the internet sadly is not always your friend. I will put together a series of articles that will mostly just feature lots of pictures of different trucks so you get an idea of what certain models look like.

Right now it seems like the Toyota Tacoma is a very popular truck, at least it is for me on the west coast of the country. The Tacoma first hit the market in 1995. It went through a radical design change for 2005, and just recently got changed in 2016. Here are tops, or camper shells from each of those eras to hopefully give you a good idea of what tops look like on the Tacoma.

It's difficult to have pictures of them all, but I have a pretty good database of photos. I took all of these pictures. As always, feel free to ask me any questions.

First Gen Tacoma (1995 to 2004)

This is another cab high SnugTop, with optional Yakima roof rack setup.
This is another cab high SnugTop, with optional Yakima roof rack setup. | Source
Cab high SnugTop on a standard cab first gen Tacoma.
Cab high SnugTop on a standard cab first gen Tacoma.
This is a leer model 100R, nothing fancy, very simple-notice the rear door has two t-handles.
This is a leer model 100R, nothing fancy, very simple-notice the rear door has two t-handles. | Source
This is a SnugTop Highliner, included are the optional roof tracks and rack.
This is a SnugTop Highliner, included are the optional roof tracks and rack. | Source
This is a Leer model 122, it's very tall. The side window options are long sliders or a slider and 'bay' window, which is what's pictured here.
This is a Leer model 122, it's very tall. The side window options are long sliders or a slider and 'bay' window, which is what's pictured here. | Source
Very roomy inside because of the tall 122.
Very roomy inside because of the tall 122. | Source
This is a SnugTop 'cab high' shell. Unique to this top is the center t-handle that pops out. This allows you to be able to lock the door from the inside.
This is a SnugTop 'cab high' shell. Unique to this top is the center t-handle that pops out. This allows you to be able to lock the door from the inside. | Source
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SnugTop SuperSport for a first gen Tacoma
SnugTop SuperSport for a first gen Tacoma
SnugTop's commercial shell (SnugPRO)
SnugTop's commercial shell (SnugPRO)

Second Generation Tacoma (2005 to 2015)

Here is a Leer 100XR with roof rack. This model has sliding side windows and a 'frame less' back door with center twist handle. These models are very popular.
Here is a Leer 100XR with roof rack. This model has sliding side windows and a 'frame less' back door with center twist handle. These models are very popular. | Source
This is a SnugTop Sport Highliner. Much like the highliner, it's a taller shell, but the back glass is a 'frameless' door. The look is very streamlined.
This is a SnugTop Sport Highliner. Much like the highliner, it's a taller shell, but the back glass is a 'frameless' door. The look is very streamlined. | Source
This shell is very unique. This is the SnugTop Outback. The tailgate is fully removed. The shell is still cab level. It offers a variety of other options, like back up camera and roof racks.
This shell is very unique. This is the SnugTop Outback. The tailgate is fully removed. The shell is still cab level. It offers a variety of other options, like back up camera and roof racks. | Source
This is a Leer 100XL. It's not much different than the 100XR, except that it has frameless side windows instead of sliders. That back section pops out like a wing window.
This is a Leer 100XL. It's not much different than the 100XR, except that it has frameless side windows instead of sliders. That back section pops out like a wing window. | Source
This is the SnugTop Rebel. It's very popular, and a lot like the Leer 100XR. The main difference is style-notice the side windows are not recessed into the mold the way the Leer is designed.
This is the SnugTop Rebel. It's very popular, and a lot like the Leer 100XR. The main difference is style-notice the side windows are not recessed into the mold the way the Leer is designed. | Source
Here is another SnugTop Rebel, but on the shorter bed.
Here is another SnugTop Rebel, but on the shorter bed. | Source
This is a Leer 100XR, but has the side windoors. These windoors are vented, meaning they have a built-in slider. SnugTop offers the same feature, but they do not run lengthwise like this.
This is a Leer 100XR, but has the side windoors. These windoors are vented, meaning they have a built-in slider. SnugTop offers the same feature, but they do not run lengthwise like this. | Source
This is a Leer 100R, or Legend. There is no difference between the 100R and Legend but the paint warranty.
This is a Leer 100R, or Legend. There is no difference between the 100R and Legend but the paint warranty. | Source
This is the SnugTop Supersport. It's a lot like the Leer 100XL in that it has the frameless side glass with pop-out wing window.
This is the SnugTop Supersport. It's a lot like the Leer 100XL in that it has the frameless side glass with pop-out wing window. | Source
This is a SnugTop 'cab-high'. It looks a lot like the Rebel, but the back door is not frameless.
This is a SnugTop 'cab-high'. It looks a lot like the Rebel, but the back door is not frameless. | Source
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SnugTop Super Sport on the extra short bed Tacoma.
SnugTop Super Sport on the extra short bed Tacoma.
This is the Leer 122-very tall shell, notice the short window and the vertical 'bay' window. The short window here is actually a 'windoor' for easy side access.
This is the Leer 122-very tall shell, notice the short window and the vertical 'bay' window. The short window here is actually a 'windoor' for easy side access.

Third Generation (2016 to Current year)

This is a SnugTop XTR. It's a lot like the SuperSport, except for the mostly cosmetic integrated roof rack.
This is a SnugTop XTR. It's a lot like the SuperSport, except for the mostly cosmetic integrated roof rack. | Source
This is the SnugTop Rebel.
This is the SnugTop Rebel. | Source
Here is an ARE, not sure of the model. Notice the way it fit the front wall of the bed and the rear, it's not as tight as the Leer or SnugTop.
Here is an ARE, not sure of the model. Notice the way it fit the front wall of the bed and the rear, it's not as tight as the Leer or SnugTop. | Source
This is SnugTop's commercial fiberglass shell, with the bolt-on heavy duty rack. It's a very thick top, much heavier than a standard fiberglass camper shell.
This is SnugTop's commercial fiberglass shell, with the bolt-on heavy duty rack. It's a very thick top, much heavier than a standard fiberglass camper shell. | Source
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SnugTop Rebel
SnugTop Rebel | Source
This is the SnugTop GB sport, notice the shape of the sides, it's a little different than their Supersport model.
This is the SnugTop GB sport, notice the shape of the sides, it's a little different than their Supersport model. | Source
This is the SnugTop XTR model.
This is the SnugTop XTR model. | Source
SnugTop XTR
SnugTop XTR | Source
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SnugTop GB Sport
SnugTop GB Sport | Source
SnugTop Sporthighiner
SnugTop Sporthighiner | Source
SnugTop 'cab-high'.
SnugTop 'cab-high'. | Source
This is a Leer 180, looks a lot like the SnugTop Highliner shell.
This is a Leer 180, looks a lot like the SnugTop Highliner shell. | Source
This is a Leer 100R.
This is a Leer 100R. | Source
100R Leer on the shorter bed, with a full Thule rack-factory installed
100R Leer on the shorter bed, with a full Thule rack-factory installed
This is a Leer model 122. It's much different than the 122 for previous generations. It has a wedge shape that many people don't like, but it's very tall.
This is a Leer model 122. It's much different than the 122 for previous generations. It has a wedge shape that many people don't like, but it's very tall. | Source
SnugTop Rebel, with roof rack set up.
SnugTop Rebel, with roof rack set up. | Source
SnugTop commercial shell, but with the frameless back door. The rack is a square style Rack-It rack.
SnugTop commercial shell, but with the frameless back door. The rack is a square style Rack-It rack. | Source
This top had to be ordered with what's called deleted wrap rails-to accommodate the rack.
This top had to be ordered with what's called deleted wrap rails-to accommodate the rack. | Source
SnugTop Sport Highliner on a 5 foot bed Tacoma
SnugTop Sport Highliner on a 5 foot bed Tacoma
Leer 122 on the extra cab. The bay windows do not open, but the other window does slide open.
Leer 122 on the extra cab. The bay windows do not open, but the other window does slide open.
I think the bay windows ook better than without them.
I think the bay windows ook better than without them.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Thannisch Tim -avoid the soft tops, the fit isn't very good, hotter than hell in them and they leak, bad. While it will look funny, you may want to go with a taller shell, for the extra headroom, if you don't care, I recommend the SnugTop mostly because the roof is so thick it's going to muffle out sound the best, and make sure you get one with the felt/carpet headliner. But be prepared that it is nearly impossible to totally seal that bed, they tend to leak in the front corners. A Sport Highliner will give you added headroom, but if you prefer cab-level, even a basic SnugTop Cab High will be good. They sell for around $2,100, after tax, etc. The sport highliner is more like $2,500.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Sorry for the late reply, no, won't fit. 05 is the first year of the new body with the composite bed, and it's at least three inches wider than the old bed, if not more. Depending on the brand of top, it might sit on the rails, but I would guess that it won't since the first gen Tacos have very thin, narrow rails.

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      Thannisch Tim 

      6 weeks ago

      Need ur expertise. Want a decent camper for Tacoma 2010 sr5 and pretty sure bed is only 5.5 feet or approx. gonna do a lot of living in it as I work at different hospitals around the west in probably off the beaten path places like forest reserve where there’s no hookups Sorry that’s irrelevant. Which model or brand is cheap but also good for sound proof as I work nights and need to sleep during day. Any info at all would b greatly appreciated. I found fabric shells that looks solid for like 500$ but I’m afraid they’ll have no sound reduction

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      Tom J 

      7 weeks ago

      Will a 05+ Tacoma shell fit on an 04 Tacoma and how well?

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