Let’s be honest here – not everybody in this world has the luxury of a garage, let alone one you can store your beloved truck’s cap in.
So if you want to be able to take the thing off, how do you store it if all you have is the back yard? Well, if you’re up for a “little” DIY, the answer is really not that complicated.
Build a rack
The way, as far as I’m concerned, to store a camper shell out there in the elements is by making a rack on which it can rest on.
The gist of the idea is to use sawhorse-like things to be able to prop up two beams on which the cap will rest on.
Doing so makes it not only easy to take the thing off, but put it back on whenever needed!
Sure, you could place the camper shell on two cinder blocks and call it a day, but when the time comes to put it back on, you’ll have to employ more than one person to help with this task.
With this approach, all you have to do is back the truck up to the landing spot, and lower the shell down to the bed rails. It really can’t get any easier than that, at least for what you can get when out there in the open.
Should I cover it?
I don’t think that’s really necessary.
I mean, pickup truck toppers are made to withstand the harsh elements, be it rain or snow. That being said, a tarp or something like that probably can’t hurt, as long as you are sure there wouldn’t be any moisture trapped underneath.
Can you store a truck cap on its side or end?
I don’t think that’s a good idea.
Camper shells are designed to sit the way they are. Once you put one on its back, prop on the side or whatever, you might stress the weak points.
In other words, you should store it the same way as if it were installed on the truck.