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camper shell dilema

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by imatacomaowner, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. Apr 13, 2012 at 9:10 AM
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    imatacomaowner

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    Hi All:

    Ive been wanting a shell forever but they are so pricey... I finally found a reasonable one (but its a drive) thats the same color as my truck. BUT, its a stockland, which is out of biz.

    This shell is about $500, whereas a new one is about $12-1300.

    Is it worth it to buy a out-of-business brand?
     
  2. Apr 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM
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    Depends on what kind of shape it is in.
    They tend to hold up very well (not sure about that brand) but overall fiberglass holds up well.
    Just about anything else can be repaired.
     
  3. Apr 13, 2012 at 9:26 AM
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    Thanks. Can even the windows be repaired? Im told its in "pretty clean" shape. Waiting for more photos before I make the drive.
     
  4. Apr 13, 2012 at 9:36 AM
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    I think most brands of canopy shells have the same size windows (if they are the standard windoors or sliders). Leers makes some shells with the big windows that just crank out on the bottom, but other than that they should be standard.
     
  5. Apr 13, 2012 at 9:41 AM
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    glass can be repaired by almost any automotive glass place.

    So no worries even though the company that made the shell is in no in business.
     
  7. Apr 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM
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    Ya, truck got broken into in '98 and a local shop was able to replace the side window with something out of his boneyard. It was an Innovation cap and he didn't carry Innovation.

    The ones to stay away from if "orphaned" are the newer SUV-looking style windows and doors that are getting popular on the Leer, Snug, and ARE caps. Those are proprietary, and while a good glass shop might be able to replace them, it would probably be more economical to replace the cap.
     
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