I recently added a truck cap to my Tacoma. I was conflicted about the cap, because an open bed is darn convenient. Regardless, the compromises pointed towards a cap, and now I seek tips in learning to live with the cap.
So cap owners, please share your tips and tricks. How do you "file" gear into the truck bed in a manner such that you don't have to crawl in and get it?
So that it is not rolling around every time you take a curve?
How workable is sleeping in the bed? Do you layer the load and sleep on top of it?
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I use a cap|
Posted by: ice9 on Jun-23-11 11:59 PM (EST)
that has side windows which open. You can reach everything through some window. Also I bought some rubber mats for Sams. The are about 3/4 inch thick and interlock like a puzzle. They keep things from sliding. They are now sold as exersize mats also.
Posted by: pblanc on Jun-24-11 5:11 AM (EST)
I have a Tacoma as well with a Leer cap. My cap does not extend up higher than the roof of the cab, as some do, so one is pretty much limited to crawling inside on all fours.
We use the large Rubbermaid|
Posted by: jackl on Jun-24-11 1:14 PM (EST)
boxes to hold the equipment.
Boat Hook Pole|
Posted by: Waterbearer on Jun-24-11 6:24 PM (EST)
I don't have a cap over the bed but do have a tonneau cover. Stuff that slides forward towards the cab is tough to access.
20 Years Experience - Three Trucks|
Posted by: barracuda on Jun-24-11 7:15 PM (EST)
Assessories in the back|
Posted by: thebob.com on Jun-24-11 7:25 PM (EST)
A couple of assessories that I leave in the back of my truck cap are several lengths of rope, a hammer, and a good pair of leather gloves. A rag rug is in there to use as a "knee saver".
Good on you for rebuilding|
Posted by: salty on Jun-28-11 10:33 AM (EST)
Lots of folk assume it's all over at 250k and go out and buy another vehicle, which takes a lot of energy to build and costs a lot of money. Lets say you put 10k into a blue-printed engine, re-done gear box, driveline etc. You'd have a mechanically good as new truck! What would a new one cost? As you know, lots of low mileage Japanese engines out there. Old Dodge at over 500k is doing great on the local organic farm (donated it). Newer 06 is a nice rig but all the electronics are scary. So far not as reliable as the old 95. Case in point: Lift pump on old rig was $150 and two bolts. Changed every 200k for good measure. New rig: In tank lift pump that lasts about 120-150k and fails. Upgrade to a legit pump like a FASS = $750 installed! These newer vehicles are very costly to work on. And that's true across the range of brands.
Sliders on tracks|
Posted by: pikabike on Jun-25-11 12:28 AM (EST)
If you have a system such as Nissan's Utilitrack rails, you can install a tool box that slides and locks in place. There are probably other versions for other trucks.
Posted by: Goobs on Jun-25-11 12:46 AM (EST)
Have a 2000 Tundra|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-25-11 9:39 AM (EST)
with a Jeraco cap.
What do you have|
Posted by: remintn on Jun-25-11 12:07 PM (EST)
Tacoma...Regular,extended,or crew cab?
Use the hitch if you have one|
Posted by: pikabike on Jun-25-11 2:41 PM (EST)
You can put a hitch-mounted gear platform on to hold stuff you can't put or don't want in the bed.
curious Chip , what's your plan for ....|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jun-25-11 9:19 PM (EST)
...... carrying the rear end of the boat ??
The answer is...|
Posted by: remintn on Jun-25-11 10:30 PM (EST)
Since I wont be around all next week I will just give a few answers on assumptions.
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Jun-25-11 11:00 PM (EST)
My father had a ford pickup. He towed his boat, and had a cap on his truck. He rigged up a shelf on the back next to the cab. The shelf was two pieces, one rectangular (full length and width), and the other a trapozoid. The irregular shaped piece he used to extend the shelf in such a way that he had a diagonal bed to sleep on.
Look into a Bedrug|
Posted by: old_user on Jun-27-11 3:55 PM (EST)
I have really enjoyed mine. Things stay put in the back, but I bought a nice box from Lowe's that is lockable and I keep alot of stuff in there. Still have to use a camping pad, but it is very comfortable. The camper shell I have has carpet on it so it matches well.
Lots of experience in those replies|
Posted by: booztalkin on Jun-27-11 5:42 PM (EST)
Waterbearer, it has been hard for me to give up the open bed. I don't even like the tonneau idea, although it has its pros and cons. Loads of mulch, top soil and wood have ridden in my truck bed. That's going to be way more difficult with a cap. But yours is so clean...you don't let that refuse in your truck, do you?
couple more ideas|
Posted by: kblackyak on Jun-27-11 9:46 PM (EST)
The Windoors (as they are called around here) on the sides that have hydraulic lifts like the rear door are the way to go to help save your knees- you just reach in and slide those rubbermaid boxes and stinky gear all over the place. I have also attached hooks to the rod and bolts that attach my Yakima racks to the topper and use them to hang mesh bags full of webbing straps and other small loose gear. I have rigged clotheslines off the hooks as well to hang my paddling gear on while driving to the next put in. If you have a plastic bedliner inside a lot of them have grooves to stick two by fours in so you can suspend a partial sheet of plywood for sleeping over the rest of your stuff- works great. Cheers---------------
truck cap storage organizer|
Posted by: old_user on Jul-26-11 10:56 PM (EST)
Check out the link below. i have one in my truck with a cap on and it works great. I throw a foam on top and sleep in the back with the gear in this storage system.