Suspended Truck Platform
I just finished another version of my truck platform on my F-150. My requirements were as follows:
1)Have adequate clearance to hold 19" cooler below the platform.
2)Maximize headroom while still meeting the first requirement.
3)Easily removable without tools
5)Does not take up any of the lower space with supports, etc.
6)Strong enough to sleep 2 people and to carry a full array of heavy gear in off-road travels.
The did the following.
1)Mount the topper with 5" bolts.
2)Add a flat piece of steel between the head of the bolts and the topper's fiberglass to distribute the weight of the bolts over the topper.
3)Suspend 2" x 2" x 1/4" angle iron from the bolts.
4)Use Thule load bars to sit on top of the angle iron, spanning the width of the truck bed. (I used 5, but am going to add 1 more.)
5)Cut wood or HDPE sheeting for the platform. ( I used 1/2" hdpe, but would use 3/4" plywood if I could do it over again - price/strength. Oh well.)
The sheets fit up under the lip of the topper and keep them from bouncing out of place during fast dirt road driving. I can also lock the platforms in place, along with the tailgate. Underneath is out of thiefs sight at the parking lot, and would require a great deal of energy to pry/cut apart by a would-be thief.
I hope this provides a clear representation. If not, I would be happy to take some pics. Just message me.
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