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How to Replace a Window on a Truck Shell

by Brooke Pierce

Truck or camper shells are fixed over truck beds for privacy purposes or even to give travelers somewhere to sleep. Your camper shell window may crack over time. You can easily remove it and install a new one by following simple do-it-yourself procedures. Replace your truck shell window with a partner to avoid breaking of the new window.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

  • Putty knife

  • Putty tape 

  • Replacement window

  • Silicone caulk       

Take measurements.

Identify the size of your window and purchase a replacement window from an auto parts store. Buy exactly the same size. You can also ask for a frame kit that will contain the tools needed to replace your truck shell window. You can find the different types of truck shell windows from this website.

Check for the presence of a screen.

Examine your truck shell window from the inside for a screen. If it is present, use your fingers to pry it out starting at the corners. Pull it out once it is free.

Remove the screws.

If needed, use your screwdriver to remove the screws holding the window in place. There may be several screws, so take your time removing them being careful not to drop your window. Have an assistant on the other side to avoid dropping the window. Remove the window from the frame of your truck shell once all of the screws are out.

Scrape off old sealant.

Use the putty knife to remove any old sealant or caulking that may be present on your window frame.

Place the putty tape.

Acquire putty tape from your nearest hardware store under the windows, moldings, vents and doors section. Fasten it to the inner frame of the opening of your window.

Insert your new window.

Carefully place your replacement window inside the opening of the frame. Let your assistant stand outside and hold the window as you install it. Cautiously insert the screws, if needed, as you work the window into place.

Apply silicone caulk.

Bolster the frame of your window frame with a fine film of silicone caulk. Give the silicone caulk 24 hours to set fully.

Replace the screen.

Do not forget to place the screen onto the frame of the truck shell window.

Items you will need

About the Author

Based in Amsterdam, Brooke Pierce has been writing automotive-related articles since 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science in automotive engineering technology from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI.

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