New pickup. I used to build caps for them, but
this time I've made a cover and want to avoid
a cap. I've hinged the cover in the middle. It
works for most things. I can buy materials and
keep them dry in the rain. But long lumber and
ladders need a rack. I'm looking for options. I
need something that attaches outside and doesn't
angle in, so that I can still use the cover. I've
seen them made of welded steel, but I don't know
whether that's a retail item or custom. So far I've
just looked at ladderracks.com, but their racks,
in addition to angling inward, are crazy expensive.
I could really do it myself if I just had the rack
hardware legs -- something like Ls that are high
enough to clear the cab on the vertical side with
a stubby foot to bolt into the bed wall.
I went through that exercise a few years ago, but wound up not getting a
cover. Instead, I keep 4 large plastic bins back there.
My recollection is that the right cover can co-exist with tilted-in
FWIW, I went with these things:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
On the plus side:
- They are seriously strong - something like 250# capacity per bar
(500# total) - unlike those pretty-but-wimpy alu racks.
- The price is right
On the minus side:
- The coating is not great and I would have paid $50 extra for
a galvanized version.
- They do not adjust vertically - probably curable with a hacksaw,
a drill, and a little welding...
I am pretty sure that somebody with more skill than I could fabricate a
sectional cover that integrates with the side rails
that those racks attach to.
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