Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Coastal NH
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I want to build a truck-bed-cap stand for storage
I've got a Leer 100xl fiberglas truck cap. Weighs approx 200 lbs. I also have a new (to me) truck camper. I will need to switch between the camper and the cap quite frequently during camping season. I am looking for an easy means of removing the cap, and storing it on a "rack" type device.
I saw a plan that a guy made where he dug 4 footings and stuck 4 vertical 4x4 fence posts in with concrete. He had cut a rectangular notch out of the top (end) of each one. What he does is he backs the truck between the posts, gets in the back and removes the clamps. Then he lifts one end of the cap with his back, and slides a 10 foot 2x4 (on edge) between the cap and the bed rails. He repeats this on the other end of the cap.
Then he lifts one end of one 2x4 (and cap) so the 2x4 fits in the notch on the top of one of the fence posts. He repeats this with the remaining 3 sides, then just drives out.
I don't have a spot in my yard where I can sink poles. I was hoping to build something out of 2x4's or similar, that would be movable. Something like 4 A frames (like a 5 foot step ladder type of stucture) and then like the guy above, lift the cap, slide in a couple of 2x4s and set it on (into) the A frames. I realize that this is a simple description, but that there are many variations.
I am also toying with the idea of building a gantry type structure, and lifting the cap off. The problem with this is; How do I move the cap to a storage area (away from the gantry)? I don't have any suitable trees to hang it from either.
Anyone have any ideas?
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