Camper Shells on Toyota Tacomas

Updated on November 18, 2018
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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 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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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

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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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
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

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