Reply
Go Back   TexasBowhunter.com Community Discussion Forums > Topics > D-I-Y Projects
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-18-2018, 06:22 PM   #1
canny
Pope & Young
 
canny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lufkin
Hunt In: Houston & Zavalla
Default Truck bed cargo rack

Seems that with my short bed truck plus small toolbox I never have enough room. Iíve seen these around and probably even on here. But Iím having my HS AG dept build me a cargo rack that will go from bed rail to bed rail and from the tailgate to within a few inches of the tool box (enough to get your hand in and operate the toolbox). Will be built out of 1 1/2Ē square tube and sit on 2Ēx2Ē angle iron. There will be 2 rails on each side to tie stuff down to, but open on front and back. Everything will be bedlined for durability.

Any suggestions on things to add before we finalize the plans?




Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
canny is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-18-2018, 07:55 PM   #2
tazhunter0
Pope & Young
 
tazhunter0's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Wills Point
Hunt In: Anywhere I can!!!
Default

Lights on the sides and on the back. That way you can see around the truck if working in the field.

I have had this same thought after seeing a few myself. Can’t wait to see it finished.
tazhunter0 is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-18-2018, 08:10 PM   #3
Quackerbox
Pope & Young
 
Quackerbox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Magnolia
Hunt In: The woods
Default

I built something similar for my tacoma. Just large enough for coolers.

Make sure you have a solid mounting system.

That said....plenty of places for tie downs,maybe feet for coolers to rest in, rod rack, handles to remove it easy....

Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
Quackerbox is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-18-2018, 08:19 PM   #4
Dale Moser
Pope & Young
 
Dale Moser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Wise Cty
Hunt In: Young Cty
Default

I would sure consider a rail across the front and back to "truss" that span if you plan to put full coolers up there.


Cool idea, that'd be the 1st thing I built if I ever go with a small bed truck.
Dale Moser is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-18-2018, 08:20 PM   #5
canny
Pope & Young
 
canny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lufkin
Hunt In: Houston & Zavalla
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Quackerbox View Post
I built something similar for my tacoma. Just large enough for coolers.

Make sure you have a solid mounting system.

That said....plenty of places for tie downs,maybe feet for coolers to rest in, rod rack, handles to remove it easy....

Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk


I failed to mention it will have an expanded metal floor


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
canny is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-18-2018, 08:38 PM   #6
Quackerbox
Pope & Young
 
Quackerbox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Magnolia
Hunt In: The woods
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by canny View Post
I failed to mention it will have an expanded metal floor


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Cool. I used 3/4◊3/4 welded grating. It secures to the bed via small turn buckles to the bed hooks

Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
Quackerbox is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-18-2018, 08:39 PM   #7
canny
Pope & Young
 
canny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lufkin
Hunt In: Houston & Zavalla
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dale Moser View Post
I would sure consider a rail across the front and back to "truss" that span if you plan to put full coolers up there.


Cool idea, that'd be the 1st thing I built if I ever go with a small bed truck.


Do you really think it would have issues with sagging? My original plans had for them, but I removed them as I didnít like the look. Any other ideas besides a rail? What about corner reinforces on the underside


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
canny is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-18-2018, 08:45 PM   #8
Dale Moser
Pope & Young
 
Dale Moser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Wise Cty
Hunt In: Young Cty
Default

It may never bend, but It may deflect, depending on the thickness of the tubing. Braces underneath would help, or you could double that tubing underneath, that would stiffen it plenty.
Dale Moser is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-18-2018, 08:49 PM   #9
canny
Pope & Young
 
canny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lufkin
Hunt In: Houston & Zavalla
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dale Moser View Post
It may never bend, but It may deflect, depending on the thickness of the tubing. Braces underneath would help, or you could double that tubing underneath, that would stiffen it plenty.


What about a piece of angle ran on underside the length of the tube?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
canny is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-18-2018, 09:06 PM   #10
Dale Moser
Pope & Young
 
Dale Moser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Wise Cty
Hunt In: Young Cty
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by canny View Post
What about a piece of angle ran on underside the length of the tube?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
That would sure help.

Can't tell if you have a piece of tubing running side to side in the center either, but that would probably get you all the rigidity you need and not change the profile any.
Dale Moser is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-18-2018, 09:10 PM   #11
canny
Pope & Young
 
canny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lufkin
Hunt In: Houston & Zavalla
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dale Moser View Post
That would sure help.



Can't tell if you have a piece of tubing running side to side in the center either, but that would probably get you all the rigidity you need and not change the profile any.


All the tubing runs front to back as that was the shortest span. Could very easily add some cross bracing between them if you think it would get it right


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
canny is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-18-2018, 09:31 PM   #12
Dale Moser
Pope & Young
 
Dale Moser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Wise Cty
Hunt In: Young Cty
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by canny View Post
All the tubing runs front to back as that was the shortest span. Could very easily add some cross bracing between them if you think it would get it right


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
I would run 3 across from side to side, then bridge them front to back so they share the weight equally.
Dale Moser is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-19-2018, 10:44 AM   #13
apc10
Ten Point
 
apc10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Brenham
Hunt In: Rocksprings
Default

Cool idea. What type of capacity are you planning for the rack to support? I would definitely keep heavier coolers and stuff in the bed, and put lighter bags or other items on the rack. One reason is to keep the rack lighter so you can easily remove it, but also because it can be hard enough loading full cooler in the bed of a truck, much less an additional 3' higher.
apc10 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-19-2018, 11:44 AM   #14
canny
Pope & Young
 
canny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lufkin
Hunt In: Houston & Zavalla
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by apc10 View Post
Cool idea. What type of capacity are you planning for the rack to support? I would definitely keep heavier coolers and stuff in the bed, and put lighter bags or other items on the rack. One reason is to keep the rack lighter so you can easily remove it, but also because it can be hard enough loading full cooler in the bed of a truck, much less an additional 3' higher.
I don't foresee having full coolers on the rack, normally its just for things that we carry to places like the beach like folding chairs, pop up canopys, fishing rods, etc. I will carry my kayaks in the bed of the truck underneath the rack. As far as weight is concerned I am not sure really on what my goal is. I am considering building a removable vertical brace that will attach to the underside of the rack in the middle and will extend downwards to rest on the truck bed. I could put it in place any time I'm expecting to have more weight on the rack and remove it when not needed.
canny is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-19-2018, 01:32 PM   #15
Stoof
Pope & Young
 
Stoof's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Souther Austin
Hunt In: Will work for hunts.
Default

In for the end result. I have been wavering between a camper shell and something similar to this.
Stoof is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-20-2018, 03:00 PM   #16
basskicker24
Ten Point
 
basskicker24's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: San Antonio
Hunt In: Guadalupe county/ Kinney county
Default

Following as well.
basskicker24 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-20-2018, 04:50 PM   #17
Ouch
Pope & Young
 
Ouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Noonday
Hunt In: a camo banana hammock.
Default

I have one that my dad and I built. It's handy as a pocket on a shirt.

I think you'll want the rail to go across the back (at least, and assuming the tool box will provide a "lip" in the front), even if it's a tad lower than those along the sides. You'll end up riding around in the field with stuff on that rack that's not strapped, I promise. If your tailgate locks, you can secure everything in the bed.

Mine is 1" tubing with 3/4" expanded metal, ~5" rail all around. Two pieces of 2" angle run front to back, inside the rails. I have aluminum camper shell clamps that hold mine on, clamping the aforementioned angle iron to the bed rails.

Last edited by Ouch; 12-20-2018 at 04:52 PM.
Ouch is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-20-2018, 04:51 PM   #18
Ouch
Pope & Young
 
Ouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Noonday
Hunt In: a camo banana hammock.
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by canny View Post
I don't foresee having full coolers on the rack, normally its just for things that we carry to places like the beach like folding chairs, pop up canopys, fishing rods, etc. I will carry my kayaks in the bed of the truck underneath the rack. As far as weight is concerned I am not sure really on what my goal is. I am considering building a removable vertical brace that will attach to the underside of the rack in the middle and will extend downwards to rest on the truck bed. I could put it in place any time I'm expecting to have more weight on the rack and remove it when not needed.
You'll put full coolers up there.

You shouldn't need the brace. I could throw a party on mine.
Ouch is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-20-2018, 04:56 PM   #19
canny
Pope & Young
 
canny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lufkin
Hunt In: Houston & Zavalla
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ouch View Post
You'll put full coolers up there.



You shouldn't need the brace. I could throw a party on mine.


Iím interested into what you have. Can you post a photo of it.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
canny is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-20-2018, 04:57 PM   #20
AgHntr10
Pope & Young
 
AgHntr10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Shepherd
Hunt In: Where the thieves and poachers roam
Default

I have contemplated one of these except I wanted to go flush with the bed rails so I could lock the tailgate with it on and not have to worry about guns, bows, coolers etc. when I stop somewhere while traveling.

In to see the finished product.
AgHntr10 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-20-2018, 04:58 PM   #21
Ouch
Pope & Young
 
Ouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Noonday
Hunt In: a camo banana hammock.
Default

I will ASAP. Not sure that I have any pics with it on the truck, but you'll get the idea.
Ouch is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-20-2018, 05:02 PM   #22
canny
Pope & Young
 
canny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lufkin
Hunt In: Houston & Zavalla
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by AgHntr10 View Post
I have contemplated one of these except I wanted to go flush with the bed rails so I could lock the tailgate with it on and not have to worry about guns, bows, coolers etc. when I stop somewhere while traveling.

In to see the finished product.


I would have like to do it that way but my 2 dog kennels stick up higher than the bed rails, which is the main reason Iím building this.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
canny is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-20-2018, 09:07 PM   #23
Swampa
Pope & Young
 
Swampa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Tomball
Hunt In: Coleman
Default

I need one of those!
Swampa is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-20-2018, 09:15 PM   #24
canny
Pope & Young
 
canny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lufkin
Hunt In: Houston & Zavalla
Default

Alright folks a friend of mine got me thinking...Diamondplate on the floor instead of expanded metal and also enclosing the sides with diamondplate. By doing this and locking my tailgate anything I have underneath would essentially be protected from theft. I could even enclose the rear (above the tailgate) with diamondplate but I would have to put it on a hinge where I could open it to fit my dog kennels in.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
canny is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-20-2018, 09:52 PM   #25
Dale Moser
Pope & Young
 
Dale Moser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Wise Cty
Hunt In: Young Cty
Default

Now yer talkin..


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Dale Moser is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-21-2018, 09:12 AM   #26
Ouch
Pope & Young
 
Ouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Noonday
Hunt In: a camo banana hammock.
Default

Does your tool box sit on the rails or in the bed?

I will get some pics of mine this afternoon/evening.
Ouch is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-21-2018, 09:35 AM   #27
Mbbriggs05
Four Point
 
Mbbriggs05's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: TX/LA Coast
Hunt In: Orange, Newton, Sabine
Default

I’m ready to see some pics of this thing
Mbbriggs05 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-21-2018, 09:51 AM   #28
Smithwr
Ten Point
 
Smithwr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Midlothian TX
Hunt In: Vernon TX
Default

Maybe I missed it but how you going to hold it down? C Clamps
Smithwr is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-21-2018, 09:51 AM   #29
canny
Pope & Young
 
canny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lufkin
Hunt In: Houston & Zavalla
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ouch View Post
Does your tool box sit on the rails or in the bed?

I will get some pics of mine this afternoon/evening.


On the rail, itís a narrow box...only about 12Ē wide


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
canny is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-21-2018, 09:52 AM   #30
canny
Pope & Young
 
canny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lufkin
Hunt In: Houston & Zavalla
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Smithwr View Post
Maybe I missed it but how you going to hold it down? C Clamps


Yes will build some clamps


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
canny is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-21-2018, 02:35 PM   #31
bobc
Ten Point
 
bobc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Temple
Hunt In: Bell County, New Mexico
Default

Following! Any rough calculations on weight if you go with the diamond plate?
bobc is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-21-2018, 02:38 PM   #32
Ouch
Pope & Young
 
Ouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Noonday
Hunt In: a camo banana hammock.
Default

https://www.amazon.com/GCI-Clamp-Tru...77893662&psc=1

These are identical to my clamps. Keep in mind that mine are inaccessible with the tailgate up and locked)
Ouch is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-21-2018, 02:55 PM   #33
canny
Pope & Young
 
canny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lufkin
Hunt In: Houston & Zavalla
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ouch View Post
https://www.amazon.com/GCI-Clamp-Tru...77893662&psc=1

These are identical to my clamps. Keep in mind that mine are inaccessible with the tailgate up and locked)


Iíll definitely do that thanks for the link. I have some similar that I use for my kayak racks, but I like those better


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
canny is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-21-2018, 03:51 PM   #34
canny
Pope & Young
 
canny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lufkin
Hunt In: Houston & Zavalla
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bobc View Post
Following! Any rough calculations on weight if you go with the diamond plate?


Not really...lol


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
canny is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-25-2018, 08:42 AM   #35
AgHntr10
Pope & Young
 
AgHntr10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Shepherd
Hunt In: Where the thieves and poachers roam
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by canny View Post
Alright folks a friend of mine got me thinking...Diamondplate on the floor instead of expanded metal and also enclosing the sides with diamondplate. By doing this and locking my tailgate anything I have underneath would essentially be protected from theft. I could even enclose the rear (above the tailgate) with diamondplate but I would have to put it on a hinge where I could open it to fit my dog kennels in.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Might want to add some of these if you havenít already thought about it since you mentioned putting your dog kennels under there. Canít wait to see the finished product, you just might motivate me to build one.
Attached Images
 
AgHntr10 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-25-2018, 08:53 AM   #36
Lawhunter
Ten Point
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Default

In for the result
Lawhunter is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-25-2018, 09:29 AM   #37
canny
Pope & Young
 
canny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lufkin
Hunt In: Houston & Zavalla
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by AgHntr10 View Post
Might want to add some of these if you havenít already thought about it since you mentioned putting your dog kennels under there. Canít wait to see the finished product, you just might motivate me to build one.


Will be open front and back so I wonít need the venting. Great idea though.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
canny is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-27-2018, 12:25 PM   #38
Ouch
Pope & Young
 
Ouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Noonday
Hunt In: a camo banana hammock.
Default

Sorry, canny. I completely forgot about you. I'll get you some pics.
Ouch is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-27-2018, 12:30 PM   #39
canny
Pope & Young
 
canny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lufkin
Hunt In: Houston & Zavalla
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ouch View Post
Sorry, canny. I completely forgot about you. I'll get you some pics.


Iím not worried. They wonít actually start building it for at least a few more weeks. Gotta wait for school to start back up


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
canny is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-28-2018, 10:55 AM   #40
mooch
Eight Point
 
mooch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Midland
Default

I've been contemplating this exact idea also because of our dog kennel.

If you diamondplate all sides, will there be sufficient ventilation for your dogs on hot days? Maybe I'm not visualizing your diamondplate idea correctly


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
mooch is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 12-28-2018, 10:57 AM   #41
canny
Pope & Young
 
canny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lufkin
Hunt In: Houston & Zavalla
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mooch View Post
I've been contemplating this exact idea also because of our dog kennel.

If you diamondplate all sides, will there be sufficient ventilation for your dogs on hot days? Maybe I'm not visualizing your diamondplate idea correctly


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk


Diamondplate would only be on top and sides not front and back. I actually thinking about not doing it on the sides anymore cause it would be easier to get stuff out of the bed if it was open.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
canny is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-02-2019, 06:06 PM   #42
Spoiled_TN_boy
Six Point
 
Spoiled_TN_boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: South Austin
Hunt In: Public Land
Default

Google search - Toyota Bed Racks and look at the pictures. Lots of great ideas there.

I have been wanting to do one for my 4dr shortbed Tacoma.
Something I can use to increase hauling above bed and be able to drape a tarp for bed sleeping.
Spoiled_TN_boy is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-03-2019, 05:30 PM   #43
LCall47
Spike
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Default

Nice build!
LCall47 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-08-2019, 07:36 PM   #44
danceswithbucks
Nubbin' Buck
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Default

Cool design. Sent to a buddy that is looking at something like that to put his three hole dog box elevated but have storage underneath
danceswithbucks is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:47 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright 1999-2012, TexasBowhunter.com