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Old 09-21-2016   #1
 
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Need system for getting raft in bed of pickup truck

Needs guidance on how to set up a system to get a raft into a bed of a pickup truck. I have a 10.5 ft raft which fits the bed but getting a raft and frame onto the the bed is PIA by myself. Can't do raft trailer for I tow a travel trailer.

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Old 09-21-2016   #2
 
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Don't over think this. Us a long plank as a ramp and roll the raft into the bed. A 10.5 ft raft weighs quite a bit less than 100 lbs.
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Back the truck into the river till the water fills the bed and float it on!


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Back the truck into the river till the water fills the bed and float it on!


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Old 09-22-2016   #5
 
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That ain't gonna work. Like the last take out on my last trip (Lyons Gulch, Colorado River). No ramp, steep drop to river with 1.5 drop at bank into river. It was a huge bitch to load it. Threw out my back. Hence this thread. Not doing that again. Got to be Easy/Peasy.
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pully system

Block and tackle with a home built rack on your truck, about $75.
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Old 09-22-2016   #7
 
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I can push my 10.5' raft into the truck bed with the frame on it no problem. I am surprised you are having an issue.



during salmon fishing season, I keep it blown up all fall and winter and roll it in and out of garage on a couple harbor freight furniture dollies, pick up the bow and set it on the tailgate, then pick up the back and shove it in.

30 In x 18 In 1000 lb. Capacity Polypropylene Dolly
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Pulley and rope. But seriously those things weigh nothing are you keeping a heavy cooler and other stuff when u lift it? Take all the shit out first, get a lighter frame, do pull ups 😃


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How over-engineered are you looking for? You could add a crane to your truck:
Northern Industrial Tools Winch-Operated Pickup Truck Crane 1,000-Lb. Capacity | Truck Cranes| Northern Tool + Equipment

Or a roller bar on the tailgate and a winch up at the front of the bed
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Or a roller bar on the tailgate and a winch up at the front of the bed
Mount This winch to the front of the bed.
Toy Loader Truck Bed Winch Mount
and the mount this roller on the top of your tailgate.
Rhino-Rack Roller Accessory

I used this roller on my truck shell rack. Load the boat on the roller at an angle and push it up. I cut the aluminum pipe and pvc sleeve to fit my application.
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