Things good to be known about Camper Shells
Camper shells in different shapes and sizes offer protected
storage and versatility.
Protected storage is an important asset for RV owners, and for
the owner of a pickup truck towing a travel trailer, a camper
shell is virtually essential. It provides storage practicality
and increases the truck's usefulness, both for travel and as a
second vehicle for transportation around town, not to mention
potential esthetic improvements.
A camper shell can provide sleeping space after dropping the
trailer in a campground. Since many great camping spots are near
lakes or streams, it's simple and inexpensive to add a car top
or a pair of canoes by installing a roof rack on the camper
The interior of a camper shell offers plenty of room to carry
additional equipment in good conditions. Therefore, the right
camper shell can greatly expand your versatility in a surprising
variety of RV pursuits.
Camper shells come in different shapes and sizes and they are
basically constructed from two materials: molded fiberglass and
aluminum with an internal frame and sheet-aluminum exterior
covering. Some manufacturers build camper shells out of steel
that are similar in appearance to the aluminum models, but use
steel for the frame and exterior.
Most fiberglass camper shells manufacturers strive to echo the
truck styling in the shell's contours, windows and so on,
creating an image that's cosmetically integrated rather than the
shell looking like an obvious add-on.
The aluminum and steel versions have a rather distinctive
commercial look, but they offer some unique features and can be
dressed up with matching truck-body color and tinted windows for
recreational use. The only camper shells using wood framing with
an aluminum exterior appear to be direct-to-public custom
Aside from the marked difference in looks of fiberglass versus
aluminum or steel, the main difference in the selection of
camper shells is in overall height, as measured from the top
rail of the bed to the top of the unit.
Regardless of the style of a camper shell, it's a very important
component in the usability of a truck-and-trailer combination,
boosting practicality and appearance.