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Old 05-06-2019   #11
 
Aurora, Colorado
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A ladder rack is the only way to go. Also a ladder rack is an incredibly handy thing to have for all kinds of rigging and hauling applications. Bonus is that you can take a ladder if you plan to put up new siding on your Mother's house on the same trip!!! 2 rafts? No problem.
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Old 05-06-2019   #12
 
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Go for a longer bed, if at all possible. I have a6í, and it gets me by, but I usually wish I had more space.

K2, make sure you keep a close eye on that roof rack, Iím sure it will do you well, but I had the exact same one on my truck, till it catastrophically failed, and a sheet of plywood went over two lanes. Iím lucky I didnít kill someone.
I think screws must have backed out on it. Maybe thread lock of some type to prevent it....
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Old 05-07-2019   #13
 
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I will mounting to the shell wasnt my first plan...wanted to make a ladder rack to go around and over the cap. Scratched that because it's so heavy and on the truck 24/7. I put red loctite on the fasteners, figured I'd never need to remove the rails. I dont plan on running much up there...biggest will probably be the 12' cat, they'll just be for short shuttles and such. Frame only up there is over 45mph.
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Old 05-07-2019   #14
 
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Though it would be nice I don't like the look of roof racks or paying to drag them through the air every day when I'd only use one a few times a year. I bought a bike rack and had it extended so I can haul frames on anything with a 2" hitch. So far I've only used it around town, it works really well!
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Old 05-07-2019   #15
 
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I really like the Thule Xsporter Pro.
Expensive, but I think I got the one for my F150 for like $300 from Craigslist four years ago.
I have it so I can put a big ski box on it in the winter, as my 5.5í bed limits me, but I knew that when I bought the truck.
I currently have the bars removed so I only have the lower assembly on.
I have a prior Thule rack system for my diesel long bed. Works just as well in that truck.
Great system, especially for the guy who doesnít need a rack full time.
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Old 05-07-2019   #16
 
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Though it would be nice I don't like the look of roof racks or paying to drag them through the air every day when I'd only use one a few times a year. I bought a bike rack and had it extended so I can haul frames on anything with a 2" hitch. So far I've only used it around town, it works really well!
That's a neat idea, but what's the weight capacity of the rack?
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Old 05-07-2019   #17
 
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Though it would be nice I don't like the look of roof racks or paying to drag them through the air every day when I'd only use one a few times a year. I bought a bike rack and had it extended so I can haul frames on anything with a 2" hitch. So far I've only used it around town, it works really well!
That's a neat idea, but what's the weight capacity of the rack?
The manufacture rates it for 35# per bike which seems conservative to me. The extension is built out of pretty heavy material, I doubt it derates the capacity. The horizontal bar on there is intended to keep frames from pivoting into your tailgate and give s place to strap cross bars to keep the frame from flopping about. At 225+ pounds I can climb onto the horizontal bar to secure the top hold down and everything feels fine minus the wiggle in the hitch.
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Old 05-08-2019   #18
 
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another vote for the 6.5 inch bed, I have a tundra, and often find the bed full. I run the thule xporter on it, but you have to also get the clips for a tacoma to make it work on the tundra bed. I run a tool box most of the time (awesome locking storage) and then I made a cover out of 5/16 ply with a sheet of carbon fiber wetted out with Raka uv stabilized epoxy over arched supports that straps down so folks cannot shop in the bed while I am not there. It is strong enough to stand on, and pretty light, with the bed up and locked it is semi dry too.
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Old 05-08-2019   #19
 
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oops, had a picture from a weekend hudson expedition
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Old 05-08-2019   #20
 
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oops, had a picture from a weekend hudson expedition
Ok, that's really slick!

I didn't understand what you mean about leaving the crossbars off but now I see you're resting the frame members directly on the uprights. So no crossbar to get in the way of loading and unloading.

Very nice!
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