HELP With Preparing 3rd GEN Taco For GFC install

Can anyone share any tips, pictures or information on how to prep third GEN Tacoma for install of a GFC. Curious of what people are doing to seal the bed, bed rail caps and the big gaps at the bulkhead on the left and right sides. Thanks Chuck

Maybe I missed the opportunity, but I did not prepare my 3rd gen with any of those ideas. My stock bedrail caps have done fine. I’ve heard earlier gen bedrail caps offered less support. Have not had any issues elsewhere. I did add some bed stiffeners, but I’m not sure they were necessary. I bought them before the GFC install, so installed them. Perhaps I will notice the gaps at the bulkhead if I drive off-road in dusty conditions more… Welcome to the club!


Hm, I didn’t do anything, either. I can get dust coming in, mostly from the tailgate side gaps (I have a seal for the gap on the floor)…it really hasn’t been too much of an issue, but I have a naked inside without any fancy stuff.

Can you update this thread in the future and let us know what you did/how things are working?

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I stuffed a bunch of this in the gaps at the front of the bed.

I also took off the rails, silver taped over the holes and put down a bead of silicone. Lots of dust gets in the tailgate. I haven’t made it there yet.


I would recommend sealing under the bed rails and sealing the front corners before install. Once the gfc is on those are tough or impossible without removing it. If you decide after install there is a problem here and you want to seal these it is difficult.

Sealing the tailgate, cubbies, bed drainage holes and other areas can just as easily be done after gfc install if desired. These you can wait and see if there is a problem for you first.

Everyone probably has a different level of acceptable dust intrusion.


Im mostly looking to prevent water from getting in. And the bed stiffeners are a must for the Tacoma. They will help prevent the bed from boeing out.

around the tail gate this is good stuff

for the bottom of the tail gate


under bedrails - the stock 3rd gen ones are better than the stock 2nd gen - line with tape and i used a silicone too (not sure how successful the silicone was)

fill gaps in front of the bed with silicone, and then work on bed storage boxes ( i sealed mine up)


this might be useful


Highly recommend sealing your truckbed first with the advice shared above. I live in Oregon and had inches of water in my truck bed right after I got the GFC installed in January. I’ve had to take the GFC off twice for water proofing the bed since then. Don’t make my mistake.


@oddball read over this thread

@oddball this is what I used under the bed rail. I got it at Home Depot for like $5 for a roll. It’s super thin and very sticky it’s Also flexible. It’s pretty cold here on the East Coast so what I did was took a torch and very lightly heated the top of bed so that the adhesive would take better. Then after it was applied I took a razor knife and cut just a small enough hole so when I put the cap back on the clips would go through it. Also before I put the cap back on I ran two to three lines of Permatex On top of the rubber tape on each side. I went to advance auto and found a caulk tube size of it for $20. I went with the very flexible permatex. It’s your choice but I also removed the bulkhead rail and applied three or four lines of Permatex under there also. And for the left and right corner where the gaps are behind the cab I used some duck seal also in the gaps also Got it from Home Depot. I slid the end caps out until they touched the side. Then then jammed the duct seal up in the hole from underneath. Then I ran some Permatex over it all for extra measure. Don’t remember if I read it here or over at Tacoma World but take a flashlight and laid on your bulkhead corners if you can see light coming in that means dust and water will get in. There is also 2 1/4inch gaps at the back of your bed on the floor you may want to fill those too. In the picture with the stiffeners you can see the Permatex in the corners. And then finally you have your little box cubbies in the bed you may want to seal up too. Also invest in a set of bed stiffeners to prevent your bedside from bowing out once you get your camper on your truck. I went with the total chaos stiffeners because they come all the way up to the top rail the other ones on the market only come only halfway up the side. I also wanna give a big thanks to everybody in this thread for all the tips and advice they gave me.



Sweet thanks, man. I also hail from the beast coast so I appreciate the advice from a fellow right coaster :call_me_hand:

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@oddball What part I’m in Maryland.

New Hampshire. Live free or die! :call_me_hand:

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@crazyfingers is the tape you used the aqua-seal one? How well has it worked?

Yes I believe that is what I used. Here’s a picture of the inside of the role of what I have left. So far so good Ive had my GFC on my truck since November. No leaking or dust coming in from the bedrails. A few tips When applying the tape make sure you don’t stretch it to much. Just enough to keep it taught when you’re applying it. When I installed it on my truck I use a heat gun the heat the top of the bed rail so The adhesive would that better. It was pretty cold in my garage. I would also take a razor blade and cut a tiny slit in each of the holes to allow your bed rail clips to easily snap in. You don’t want to make the splits too big just enough to allow the clip to slide in it’s rubber so it’ll give a little you just want to have a little hole enough for it to start to stretch. I didn’t do it on my driver side but learn my lesson and on the passenger side I did it. If you have anymore questions feel free to reach out to me. Chuck


What are folks doing to seal at this seam to the right of the cargo tie-down rail? I will fold the weather-seal tape down over the large hole in the sheet metal. And then below that, at the seam between metal and bed side, should I try wedging some butyl tape? Should I also remove the cargo rails and silicone along the whole length of sheet metal edge?

I used permatex under my bedside cap on the bed rail. Reason I use that was it’s a little bit more flexible than silicone. And for the 4” hole on the side all I did was use some of the rubber tape I bought to cover it.

Thanks to all who contributed to this thread- have sealed the front corners and bed rails now, will do the tailgate once I get my bed stiffeners.

One question that I had is that the front rail seems to sit about 1/8"-1/4" higher than the top of the side rail caps on my 3rd Gen (2021). I’m assuming this is the case on all 3rd Gens and that the seals GFC uses / camper design account for this?