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the color isnt off to bad to be ok for awhile but deff need to be painted in the near future
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I had it painted at one of the better shops around here. did a real nice job. they rebuild old antique cars. so painting a topper is a walk in the park.
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Looks great man
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I want a camper shell. . . .
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Looks awesome!

That looks great, especially for $300! I like having the camper shell, I rigged up a set of boards above the wheel wells that accepts a 53" x 72" mattress,(commonly found in sofa beds, so you even have a place to store it when not in the truck). I love sleeping in the back of the truck! Not that there's much space to do anything but sleep! I put all my stuff underneath the built up platform in Rubbermaid totes. Not only does the weight help in the snow, but I found my fuel economy was better with the canopy (as they're called in BC), as it creates better airflow at the rear of the truck vs. open box w/ tailgate.
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I had it painted at one of the better shops around here. did a real nice job. they rebuild old antique cars. so painting a topper is a walk in the park.
yea so that made it a little more pricey. i dont need it perfect as my paint on my truck isnt all that great. so a soso job will do but ill have to look at the price difference.

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man i got to say i have had it a few days and i love it. just like woofer said below you!!!

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That looks great, especially for $300! I like having the camper shell, I rigged up a set of boards above the wheel wells that accepts a 53" x 72" mattress,(commonly found in sofa beds, so you even have a place to store it when not in the truck). I love sleeping in the back of the truck! Not that there's much space to do anything but sleep! I put all my stuff underneath the built up platform in Rubbermaid totes. Not only does the weight help in the snow, but I found my fuel economy was better with the canopy (as they're called in BC), as it creates better airflow at the rear of the truck vs. open box w/ tailgate.
man thats a great idea and i didnt even think about it. a bed in there and storage under it. and im doing a mpg test right now to see the difference. and the weight in the rear really help in the rain here in this storm here.
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my mileage stayed the same when i had the shell on my old truck (99 b2500 xcab) , but it was made for a tacoma so it was a lil higher than the cab and hung over the tailgate a bit
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my mileage stayed the same when i had the shell on my old truck (99 b2500 xcab) , but it was made for a tacoma so it was a lil higher than the cab and hung over the tailgate a bit
oh ok yea im doing a mpg test right now so ill update.
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I found a pic of the bed setup I made when my GF broke the glass in our Fiberglass shell, and I went the summer with a replacement aluminum one (waaayyyy lighter, but impossible to put roof racks on.) The uprights supporting the bed are 36" apart and made from 1/4" ply. They fit in the slots of my bedliner. If you don't have a bed liner you could cut the slots in a 6' 1x3". The three pieces that make up the bed frame are 5/8" ply wit a 1/4 dado to accept the uprights. I drilled 3" holes in the 5/8" pieces for ventilation and to lower the weight. I can fit 6 rubbermaid totes in the center section under the bed (or backpacks, cooler,whatever,) and shovels and lawnchairs along the sides. You can buy the rubbermaids 12" or 16 " high. with the 16" high ones, there is not a lot of room to sleep, but tons of storage. I just love looking in the rearview mirror and seeing my bed back there, and knowing how comfy it is. The rubbermaids are locked outta site. It's all good. With tinted glass, nobody ever bothered me. I guess you could always make curtains if you wanted. If you need even more space, just put stuff in the cab that you have stored on the bed when you are parked for the nigh
Be careful though, next you'll want a slide in camper! I did.
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i would paint it right away. missed matched paint drives me nuts.
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I found a pic of the bed setup I made when my GF broke the glass in our Fiberglass shell, and I went the summer with a replacement aluminum one (waaayyyy lighter, but impossible to put roof racks on.) The uprights supporting the bed are 36" apart and made from 1/4" ply. They fit in the slots of my bedliner. If you don't have a bed liner you could cut the slots in a 6' 1x3". The three pieces that make up the bed frame are 5/8" ply wit a 1/4 dado to accept the uprights. I drilled 3" holes in the 5/8" pieces for ventilation and to lower the weight. I can fit 6 rubbermaid totes in the center section under the bed (or backpacks, cooler,whatever,) and shovels and lawnchairs along the sides. You can buy the rubbermaids 12" or 16 " high. with the 16" high ones, there is not a lot of room to sleep, but tons of storage. I just love looking in the rearview mirror and seeing my bed back there, and knowing how comfy it is. The rubbermaids are locked outta site. It's all good. With tinted glass, nobody ever bothered me. I guess you could always make curtains if you wanted. If you need even more space, just put stuff in the cab that you have stored on the bed when you are parked for the nigh
Be careful though, next you'll want a slide in camper! I did.
man that is too sick!!! thats totally something i would love to do oneday. put my bike in a trailer or on one of those trailer hitch bike racks and go! it seems like a pretty cheap addition

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i would paint it right away. missed matched paint drives me nuts.
yea man it does bother me but my bank account makes me deal with it for now. i called a few places and it looks like about 200 to paint it.
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Dirt bike or bicycle?
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dirtbike haha
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a little update... my mpg went up about .5 mpg with the shell on. that slight increase was also including a bed full of stuff from our vacation. i got 18.18 mpg..
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Nice man!
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