Topper/camper shell

Discussion in '4x4 / Truck Forum' started by Rice Hunter, Jul 25, 2017.

  1. MJ1657

    MJ1657 Senior Refuge Member

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    I have an '18 Silverado and had a '15 before this one with a Leer topper. Accesscover.com makes a tailgate seal and box foam kit to keep dirt and snow dust out . Takes about 45 minutes or so to install and works great .
     
  2. MALLARD MAGICIAN

    MALLARD MAGICIAN Elite Refuge Member

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    I have an ARE that came on a 2005 Chevy Colorado I bought here lately....

    I kind of like having that shell, surprisingly enough, but I dont see needing it for the purpose I bought the truck for.... I'd like to sale that shell, and have been told they are valuable, but darn I sure can't find a good source of fair value. I've seen $150 to $1200 listed, so what say you guys. What is an used ARE shell, much like the one posted above, in great shape worth?
     
  3. negooseman

    negooseman Elite Refuge Member

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    The issue with selling used toppers is they are so model/color specific. Now, if you don't care about color matching that helps a lot in finding a used one. I would say that if you have a well taken care of topper, then you should be able to get maybe half the cost of new.
     
  4. Rice Hunter

    Rice Hunter Senior Refuge Member

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    Forgot I posted this here.

    Follow-up. I got a LEER shell, sliding windows, front window drops down and got tailgate seal.

    Hunted North Dakota last fall with it and ran about 850 miles of dirt/gravel roads in 5 days. There was some dust that got in, but it wasn't too bad.

    I have not gotten a hoist installed. I'm still thinking about that. I've got 12' ceilings in my garage, so I have plenty of room to lift that thing up.

    Overall, I've been really happy with it. Dog was also really happy with it this last duck season.
     
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  5. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    You can typically get about 25% of the new cost for a decent used topper. If it's in really good shape, and the color is a match for the buyer, you might get 35% of the new cost. Around here, most used toppers go for $200 - $400. They typically sell (around here) for $1500-$1800 new. Once in awhile I'll see a used ARE listed for $600-$800 but they are rare. If you are buying, you can have your pick of several if your budget is $400.
     
  6. MALLARD MAGICIAN

    MALLARD MAGICIAN Elite Refuge Member

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    Thanks
     
  7. cprodave

    cprodave Senior Refuge Member

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    Getting dust in them depends a lot on how much the shell leaks air (and sometimes water). Even some of the high dollar brand-new shells may leak which can be very frustrating to buyer and dealer alike. Other shells might be really "tight' and leakproof.

    In the past have bought 2 used shells for my S10 pickup truck. First one I paid (I am sure) less than $100 for and resold it for around same price. Second one I bought for $45. They were both well worth it, I wouldn't own a truck without one. Easy to put on and take off with 2 people...
     

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