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Old 03-01-2014, 10:08 PM
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tips for one guy removing/re-installing a camper shell (bed topper)

i really want to take this thing on and off. it's fiberglass. on a long bed pickup. how heavy are we talking here? is it something i should attempt on my own? i've got some 2x4's i can use as 'ramps' next to the bed rails... herc' it up, easy it down, do some minor swearing and light grunting... should be good to go right?

any one have any advice or tips from past experiences trying to man-handle a snug top on their own?

any and all advice/words of wisdom are appreciated in advance!
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save your back & winch it on & off if possible,inside of a shop or garage that has high enough ceiling /eves,even seen people use strong tree branches with winch.other options depending on resources.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:10 AM
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The previous owner of my topper built a giant U shaped frame that the truck could drive into. Hard to describe, but if you were holding a soft tortilla in your hand and filling it with fajita stuff, your hand would be the frame and the fajita stuffing would be your truck. There are two pipes that span across the frame holding the topper just above the bed. I drop the tail gate, lift open the topper rear window, back the truck just about all the way under it. Then I crawl inside the bed, hunched over, and like a giant turtle lift one end of the topper just enough to spin one pipe off of the frame and set it in the bed. I do the same for the other pipe. I push it to it's final location and tighten down the clamps.

Removal is the exact opposite, just remember to pick up a pipe before you lift so you can spin the pipe under the topper and on top of the frame.

It was welded out of about 1" galv pipe but it could be made so many different ways. If you have the room you could sink tall fence posts for uprights and make the front to back rails out of pipe, or 2x4, or what have you.

My topper is only on the truck a few days a year. The rest of the time is is giving shade to my push mower and keeps the rain out of my wheelbarrow.

I'll posts pics when I get back home this weekend.
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Old 05-31-2014, 10:31 PM
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Funny with the fajita analogy! I lived in California where they call them 'shells.' I now live in Oregon and they call them 'Canopies.' And now I see you call them 'Toppers.' It's just funny to me that different areas call them different names.
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