How Do You Lift a Truck Camper Shell?

Lifting a truck camper shell is a great way to provide a well-ventilated, secure, and covered storage space for your camping gear and other items. It’s also an easy way to add extra protection and insulation to your truck bed.

With a few basic materials and tools, you can lift your camper shell in no time.

Materials Needed

To lift your truck camper shell, you’ll need some basic materials such as:

  • Four 2″ x 4″ boards (length depends on size of truck bed)
  • Four 2″ x 6″ boards (length depends on size of truck bed)
  • Eight 1/4″ lag screws
  • Eight 3/8″ lag screws
  • Sixteen washers
  • Silicone caulk or plumber’s putty

Tools Needed

In addition to the materials listed above, you’ll also need the following tools:

  • Power drill with 1/4″ bit and 3/8″ bit
  • Hammer
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      < li >Measure the size of your truck bed. You’ll use this measurement to determine the length of the boards needed for lifting the camper shell. Cut the four 2″ x 4″ boards and four 2″ x 6″ boards to length using a power saw.< br />

      < li >Lay two 2″ x 4″ boards parallel along each side of the truck bed, one at each end. Place two more 2″ x 6” boards perpendicular across the ends at each side. Secure all eight pieces together with 1/4” lag screws and washers.< br />

      < li >Place four 2” x 4” boards parallel along the top of the frame created in Step 2. Secure these pieces with 3/8” lag screws and washers.< br />

      < li >Carefully lift up one side of the camper shell so that it is resting on top of the frame created in Steps 1-3. Make sure that it is centered over the truck bed. Secure it to both sides using 3/8” lag screws and washers.< br />

      < li >Repeat Steps 1-4 for the other side of your camper shell.< /ol>

      Lastly, apply silicone caulk or plumber’s putty around any areas where metal may touch wood on your frame to prevent rusting.


      Lifting a truck camper shell couldn’t be simpler if you have all of the necessary materials and tools handy. With just a few simple steps, you can easily create an elevated storage space for all your camping gear or other items that need extra protection from weather or theft.

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Karen Watkins