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Old 06-26-2017, 05:18 AM   #1
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So I've been trying to decide on something here. .should I do a tonneau cover or a camper shell on my truck.

I know here where I live in Florida, I'll get looked at like an old guy if I decide to go with a camper shell or do I go with a tonneau cover. My stepdad has always had a camper shell on his trucks, and well I'm looking at the same thing solely to make sure I can carry that emergency roadside tool kit if I needed one, and also a place to put my groceries after shopping since the cab is too small.

Here's the problem I run into, in the last 3 months I have checked probably half a dozen sites that sell truck covers including Leer, and I haven't found anyone that sells camper shells for my truck..

Any help here
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Old 06-26-2017, 06:13 AM   #2
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It's personal preference. I've had both a hard tonneau, and a shell, and I prefer my camper shell I have now. Having more space that you can lock taller/bigger things up into is invaluable in my opinion. I love being able to throw my dogs back there (has screened windows too), and love the old school mini-truck look. I never hauled anything significant with my Nissan that would have required removing it anyway.

Scout Craigslist. They get sold on there fairly often, especially in a more populous area like Florida. I live in a small town in very rural NW Kansas, and still managed to find one a few hours from my house FOR FREE. Just takes time. You might have to paint it to match, but still way cheaper than a new one.
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Seems like I heard once the mid to late 80s S10/S15 caps will fit the Hardbodys...
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Old 06-28-2017, 05:03 PM   #4
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I've really been thinking about doing a tanneau cover.. Just have to save the money
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mine had a camper top when i got my truck. it was on there for the trip home then immediately shitcanned when i got here.
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I run a soft tonneau most of the time. It's old school and I like the looks. Never been a camper fan though they look alright on some trucks. Hard tonneaus are like having a huge trunk, the front of the box becomes tougher to access. All I have to do is roll my cover up to the front and I have full use of the bed when I need. All my opinion though.
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A place for tool and groceries. That's the requirement?

Here's how I see your issues: Camper top makes you look like a grandpa, and tonneau cover is expensive, renders your bed useless in an emergency (because you have to drive back home and take it off to actually use the bed of your truck) and personally I think that takes a truck and ruins the whole point for buying a truck instead of a 2-door car.

Solution: toolbox. Doesn't look grandpa and you still have your truck bed.

Here's a nice example from thread http://www.infamousnissan.com/forum/showthread.php?t=15878:



Walmart has this black one on clearance:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Better-Bu...e-Box/37226229
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I made storage in my bed, plywood deck on top of the wheel well, I kept my camping equip, fishing etc.. (had a camper shell) also ran a piece of plywood across the bedrails as a sleeping platform, anytime I had a wild hair I was gone!
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Old 06-30-2017, 04:41 AM   #9
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A place for tool and groceries. That's the requirement?

Here's how I see your issues: Camper top makes you look like a grandpa, and tonneau cover is expensive, renders your bed useless in an emergency (because you have to drive back home and take it off to actually use the bed of your truck) and personally I think that takes a truck and ruins the whole point for buying a truck instead of a 2-door car.

Solution: toolbox. Doesn't look grandpa and you still have your truck bed.

Here's a nice example from thread http://www.infamousnissan.com/forum/showthread.php?t=15878:



Walmart has this black one on clearance:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Better-Bu...e-Box/37226229


Funny you mention that. One of the parts guys at the dealer I work at said the same thing. Having a camper makes me look like an old man.

I am kinda leaning more towards the truck box instead. It's fairly inexpensive and at least it can be locked....decisions decisions..
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Old 07-23-2017, 12:26 AM   #10
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Hey guys, I don't really care about looking like grandpa (shoot, I am Grandpa - have one grandson already!).
Question: Would the shell from a 02 Fronty extended cab, short bed fit on my 94 D21 std cab short bed? I think the answer is probably no, unfortunately. There's a nice one for sale very cheap in my area.
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