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Old 03-23-2005, 06:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to build a truck-bed-cap stand for storage

Greetings,

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?

Thanks

Paul.../NH
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Re: I want to build a truck-bed-cap stand for storage

I did something similiar in my 2-car garage. I used 4 weight-rated eye-bolts and screwed them into the roof support beams. I have lengths of chain attached to each with a quick-release latch at the end. I cut 2 lengths of 2x6 lumber and attached another eye-bolt at each end. When I'm ready to remove the topper, I remove the clamps and slid the boards between the topper and the truck. One at the front, one at the back. I back into the garage, hook the boards with the chains and drive out from under it. I can easily remove or replace the topper by myself. The topper remains suspended by the chain until I'm ready to put it back on.
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Re: I want to build a truck-bed-cap stand for storage

My biggest question is it a slide in camper. If it is and you are able to drive to the camper can you build the rack alongside the camper.Think of a boat house and the way they lift boats out of the water.
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