Motorhome shells are often referred to as truck tops, camper tops, and cab extenders, which are the ones attached to a pickup vehicle’s bed to create cargo space that is protected from the weather and secured from theft.
Motorhome shells also helps in enhancing fuel efficiency particularly that the price of a barrel of crude oil in the world market has inflated. This is done by enhancing the aerodynamics of the pickup vehicle.
Motorhome shells are either made out of fiberglass or aluminum. The dissimilarity is that aluminum motorhome shells are from a standard mold that do not contour around and sold at a $400 price range.
In the otherhand, fiberglass motorhome shells are from a custom mold specially designed for the manufacturer and model. It is sold at around $1, 000 that comes painted to match the color of the pickup vehicle (Pick Up Camper).
There are four considerations before purchasing motorhome shells:
- These motor shells are comparatively heavy and hard to remove and replace on a frequent basis. It even takes two people to install motor shell on the pickup vehicle. However, there are creative owners that have planned methods to store and hoist the motorhome shells by themselves.
- Consider the lift system that is built into the truck top itself. Most truck beds were not designed to have constant 200 pounds of pressure pushing or pulling on the front corners of the bed, so the cap's lift system plays an vital role. For instance, there are gas props that add pressure to the truck bed. Some manufactures have built-in systems to their truck tops alleviating the pressure from the props, thus extending the life of the truck bed and framework of the truck motorhome shell.
- Find out which features you would like to add as options to the standard truck top. You can select from third brake lights, interior dome lights, gas-assisted shocks, rear window packages, clothes rod, tempered safety glass, paint finish, carpeted interior, style of trim, power locks, windshield wiper, defrost system, spoilers, air deflectors, side access doors, utility racks and roof mounted racks.
- Lastly, you'll want to choose from a manufacturer that makes a custom fit for your particular vehicle make and model. While the majority manufactured today will fit most in every model but, there are some that does not.
There are also two types of motorhome shells namely hard cover and soft cover. Hard cover motorhome shells wont blow off even at highway speeds but are available with hinge systems for easy lift. It provides better security because it is lockable. It is also totally waterproof so you need not worry when there is a heavy rain.
In the otherhand, soft cover motorhome shells provide less rigid top. However, some are strong enough for 1-2 people to stand on it and can even support 12 inches of wet snow with ease. These come with adjusters that allow one to select the tension desired.