Some of the best camper shells are those made by Snugtop, although the best model depends on which features the buyer needs. Other popular manufacturers of truck shells include Leer, A.R.E. and Century.
Hardtop camper shells are the most common kind. They are fairly simple to buy and install, but it can be tricky to fit some trucks with extended beds or other unusual features. A good fit is essential for weatherproofing and safety. Optional features can include interior locks, screened side windows or lift-up side windows for easy access to the truck bed. Some include roof racks for other equipment, which can be a good choice for people who enjoy skiing, kayaking or other outdoor activities.
Soft or collapsible camper shells may be a good option for people who need to remove the shell often. They can often be removed by one person and may fold up for easy storage when not in use. However, they are less durable and need to be replaced more often.
A reputable truck or RV dealer can help buyers determine the best camper shell for their needs. These dealers often have a large selection of truck caps in a variety of materials, styles and colors. Buyers should always inspect the camper shell before purchase, making sure the windows are straight and seal properly and that the shell fits the bed well.