Homemade Truck Rack
Posted by: old_user on Jul-15-10 9:55 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
I just picked up a used A.R.E. commercial cap for my Tacoma. The top of the ladder rack is heavily worn, sharp & jagged. I'm thinking about building my own rack out of wood, and I'm looking for suggestions. How long should the cross bars be to hold 2 tandem canoes? What type of wood and finish would best hold up to the elements?
I'd appreciate some links to pictures / designs - can't seem to find a lot on the net.
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Posted by: ice9 on Jul-15-10 10:29 PM (EST)
If you have a topper you can get "fake rain gutters"(I can't think of anything else to call them. They are only about 3" long and you bolt them to the cap. They are made by the two main rack manufactures. I think they cost about $25-$35. Then you can get the Quik-n-Easy towers, add you own 2x4's and have a very solid rack you can remove for very little $$$.
Posted by: TNCanoer on Jul-16-10 11:18 AM (EST)
6 ft. wide at the top rack (I typically will haul only 1 tandem with a kayak or solo canoe but could haul two tandems if needed) and I used treated 2X4s. I padded the top of my rack with pool noodles and used eyebolts to strap. I can haul up to four boats with my rack. Hope that helps. Let me know and I will be glad to send you some pictures.
Posted by: ScottT on Jul-16-10 8:47 PM (EST)
Steel or stainless steel would hold up better to the elements, make the crossbars 6 1/2' for two tandem canoes, otherwise it can get tight. This is the one I built:
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Posted by: old_user on Jul-17-10 6:39 AM (EST)
When I was searching I cam upon your rack. Looks real nice but way out of my league since I have no welding experience.
Posted by: ScottT on Jul-17-10 2:40 PM (EST)
Often you can put wood right over your..|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Jul-17-10 1:27 AM (EST)
It's a DCU|
Posted by: old_user on Jul-17-10 6:32 AM (EST)