Originally Posted by piercedtiger
PT thanks for posting. The pics pretty much show you the deal. But suppose I should put the full details down. 2 years of abuse, and its still working great. I hang on wall when not in use. 5ft Shortbed owners will have 79 inches/ 6.6 ft of space. Regular bed gets 92 inches/7.7 ft.
The wood is solid rather than Plywood. Thickness is 5/8", the height is 16 inches (good match for bed depth), the plank was 8ft long and cut it into pieces.
Measurements: two 17 3/4 inch long pieces for the tailgate sides, and 53 inches long for tailgate back.
Parts: Twelve 1 1/2 in wood screws(six on each side), four 6 inch 'L' braces.
To secure, two gate latches (gravity held through the tailgate latches), two 'O'end wood screws, and two double ended snap clips (not in pics, the clip with string is replaced) to secure the unit the the Bed 'D' rings.
Paint, add refelectors, and put six little rubber pads on the bottom so it doesn't vibrate on the tailgate.
Total cost was about $50. About $200 cheaper than the tube ones and holds more without pipes or skipoles slipping through.