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Camper shell or toolboxs

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by zjw, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. Jul 25, 2010 at 3:35 PM
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    zjw

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    Thinking about putting a camper shell on my 03 double cab need something to keep my tools in. I also would need to get a hitch carrier to haul my dirt bike then. I dont know if it would worth the money or just better off setting up some toolboxs. Thanks for any input.
     
  2. Jul 25, 2010 at 8:06 PM
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    First things first, how many tools do you need to keep in your truck?
     
  3. Jul 25, 2010 at 8:07 PM
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    I like the toolboxes better though...
     
  4. Jul 25, 2010 at 8:22 PM
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    I have both hahah!
    Toolbox for summer and cap for winter!

    The box is great in the summer because I carry tools and saws and cold beer in it, but I need the cap in the winter to carry my ski equipment permanently without fear of it being stolen, not to mention it keeps the snow off them.
    I have also slept in the back with the shell on.
     
  5. Jul 25, 2010 at 10:56 PM
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    I'd say toolbox unless you have a crap load of tools and you're gonna have the ones that run all the way down the bed rails and make your bed essentially useless.
     
  6. Jul 26, 2010 at 5:26 AM
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    I guess it depends on how you use your truck. ...i can't have a shell because i haul things that just wouldn't fit.

    i do, however, like the way the shells look. ..just won't work for me.
     
  7. Jul 26, 2010 at 8:18 PM
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    i really like the best top soft tops but i have a tool box that i keep everything in
    and i mean its packed full of tools and things i need
    is there no way to use both
    mines bolted down to the top of the bed rails too so i doubt i could use that but their are those low pro ones that just bolt down to the bed floor
     
  8. Jul 27, 2010 at 6:07 AM
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    I have had the shell on my 2002 since new and admit it is good and bad. It's in the way a lot of times but I have trailers and a bike carrier. The tool boxes I've had on other trucks are good and bad too so I'm not much help in your decision.
    Like STLharry says, makes a place to sleep at Bike Week or for a nap on the road.
    I have a rack on the shell so it nice for carrying long things like ladders, lumber, kayaks,etc.

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    Maybe, keep an eye on craigslist for a used one to try out? If it doesn't work out for you then resell it.
     
  9. Jul 27, 2010 at 11:21 AM
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    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    +1 on a dry place to sleep. I have a trailer for oversized items.
    You can pack more stuff in the bed with a topper. One with side doors is easier for accessing a loaded bed.
    I have a box and topper. When I have a garage, I'm making a hoist for the top. I love my topper with sealing foam on the tailgate it stays clean.
     
  10. Jul 28, 2010 at 2:32 PM
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    I just bought a used tacoma that came with a craftsman tool box on the back. It looks really convenient, but I haven't had a chance to use it yet as I have no keys and the lock is broken.
     
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    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    You have three choices for that lock. Hire a locksmith, learn to pick locks, or drill it out.
     
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    Actually I've been trying to get a hold of craftsman to see if I can get it serviced. The box I have has two locks on it (one on either side of the car), and one of them is broken and not locking. The other one is unlocked though.

    Not to high jack the thread, but how much do you think it'd cost?
     
  13. Jul 28, 2010 at 3:40 PM
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    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    Since you have one side open, you might be able to unscrew the other lock. Otherwise, $60 or so for locksmith. Call around for the best deal.
     
  14. Jul 30, 2010 at 7:31 AM
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    Thanks for your input on this. I could fit all the tools I need in in a tool box or two just was thinking a camper might be better. I have had about $1500.00
    worth of tools ripped off in the last year so I need to mount some tool boxes or get a camper. Thanks again this site is cool.
     
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