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So, foam sealant tape for a camper shell. On the shell, or the truck-bed?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by CRCs Reality, Jun 30, 2018.

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Foam tape on the shell, or bedrails?

  1. The shell

    17 vote(s)
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  2. The bedrails

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  1. Jun 30, 2018 at 9:24 AM
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    CRCs Reality

    CRCs Reality [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Picked up a used ARE shell a few weeks ago (got a great deal) for my Taco. One thing I noticed on the truck of the guy I bought it from was that the installer had put the foam tape on the bedrails instead of on the shell.
    Now, I've had a few (older) toyotas with shells, and I always had the tape on the shell and it was never an issue, so when I installed this one on mine I put the tape on the shell.

    Then it leaked fairly well from the front corners. Now, I've been all over the threads about sealing the front of the bed, and will be working on that this weekend while the shell is out being painted to match my truck.

    My question, and I haven't seen it discussed in any of the threads, is for those of you with shells that work well and don't leak much was the tape on the shell or the bedrails? Looking at the design of this truckbed compared to previous ones I've had I can see where putting the tape on the bedrails may be preferable.
     
  2. Jun 30, 2018 at 9:27 AM
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    jwctaco

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    Buy a good double bulb seal and install it on the cap. Amazon is your friend.
     
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  3. Jun 30, 2018 at 9:31 AM
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    Taco16LB

    Taco16LB wut ?

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    I t is easier to put it on the truck bed because it is not upside down , and that is why dealers probably do it . If you are going to take the cap on and off , put it on the shell . The tape on the truck without the shell looks bad , and can easily be damaged and have to be replaced more often .
     
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  4. Jun 30, 2018 at 9:35 AM
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    CRCs Reality

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  5. Jun 30, 2018 at 1:42 PM
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    hillcoach

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    I have a Leer 100R that doesn’t leak at all. It has a bulb seal all the way around the bottom of the cap plus it has 1 layer of foam seal on the front top of the truck bed. The front top corners are also caulked. The shop where I bought the cap really knows their stuff. I’ve had them install caps on 4 different trucks and all have been 100% dry.
     
  6. Aug 3, 2018 at 1:16 PM
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    Volksparts

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    I've done a few things to make mine virtually leak proof and also to decrease the noise between the cab and shell. One is I used a series of foam at each corner and also garage foam seal. Another is using garage seal between the cab and shell. See pics.

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  7. Jul 7, 2019 at 9:50 AM
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    What did you use to attach the "Garage door bottom seal" to your truck cap? I can't seem to find any tape or caulk that will stick to it well enough. Also, how has it held up?
     
  8. Nov 9, 2019 at 5:13 PM
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    How did you attach the garage seal to the cap?
     
  9. Nov 10, 2019 at 5:00 AM
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  10. Nov 10, 2019 at 5:03 AM
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    Dirtridercrf250

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    Tale the plastic rails off and fill around all the holes with clear silicone. Reinstall and they put foam on the cap and install. Water likes to seep under the plastic rail caps and trickle into the cap
     
  11. Nov 10, 2019 at 5:56 AM
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    Kevin Jones

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    I would never attach foam to the truck bed rails as it will look like hell if you or anyone else ever decides to remove the shell. And will most likely look even worst if you try to remove the foam.
     
  12. Nov 10, 2019 at 6:28 AM
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    It might sound a bit drastic but I used rivets to attach the garage seal to the bottom portion, below the window. Then I put silicone on both sides of the rivets and coated the top portion of the garage seal (where it touches the truck cap) with silicone. It has held up great. It use to leak so bad that I was at the point where I was about to buy a brand new truck cap. But now it does not leak at all, not one drop.
     

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