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Alternative to bed cover

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by dougmays, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. Sep 5, 2008 at 7:04 AM
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    dougmays

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    So this is probably a weird request/question...but here we go. I'm personally not a big fan of bed covers (personal preference). So i'm looking for something else that i can put into my Taco bed that will keep luggage and other stuff dry during the rainy season (i live in florida). So if i'm taking a road trip and have a few people and need to put luggage in the bed, i dont have to worry about it getting we.

    right now i'm envisioning a giant removable piece of tupperware that is roughly the size of the bed (4ft long and about 2 feet deep).

    Any ideas???

    thanks in advance
     
  2. Sep 5, 2008 at 7:15 AM
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    Janster

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    A big tarp?

    Search Google for 'cargo carriers'. You'll get all sorts of ideas.

    Go to U-haul, you might be able to rent something.
     
  3. Sep 5, 2008 at 8:07 AM
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    Demoncleaner

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    I have a couple 20 and 30 gallons tubs. Use them alot. Work well and can wad them where ever if bed has other stuff in it. There are larger 50+ gal you could use too.
     
  4. Sep 5, 2008 at 8:32 AM
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    natrlyst

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    I have a tool box, the diamond plate kind and it keeps everything dry I need it to all year long from rain and snow. I also put luggage in it and ski gear, etc, it all stays dry. If I need to store more gear and keep it dry, I have two rubbermaid bins that hold alot of stuff and keep it tight to the tool box with the cargo divider provided from my toyota dealership, I too do not like the tonneau covers.
     
  5. Sep 5, 2008 at 8:35 AM
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  6. Sep 5, 2008 at 8:38 AM
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    2 48gal and 2 24gal Rubbermaid tubs. This is not my truck and I can't find his post but he has a great idea.
     
  7. Sep 5, 2008 at 10:42 AM
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    BelchFire

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    ^^ Best solution yet. Awesome.
     
  8. Sep 5, 2008 at 10:49 AM
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    lsocoee

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    I have a four 27 gallon containers that I used. They're good to load smaller items in there, but a suitcase won't fit in there.
     
  9. Sep 5, 2008 at 11:50 AM
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    Thanks to everyone for your posts/suggestions....those look like nice boxes. i wonder if they are rubbermaid? i found some just like this on there site but for some reason you cant order off there site. And i found walmart and target's websites to be limited. But i think ill go by target today and see what they've got.
     
  10. Sep 5, 2008 at 11:53 AM
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    Yes, those are Rubbermaid.
     
  11. Sep 5, 2008 at 11:54 AM
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    You can buy them at several places including walmart but don't support that overgrazing behemoth shithole. And yes they are rubbermaid.
     
  12. Sep 5, 2008 at 12:14 PM
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    I am with ALL the above statements, but if that does not strike your fancy, you could always go with the Thule or Yakima luggage carrier.
    Build a couple croos bars to fit in your rails and you are set.
    Reason I stated this I did the same thing with a Thule that we put on our 4Runner.
     
  13. Sep 5, 2008 at 12:21 PM
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    Here ya go! Notice the note on the bottom of the 48 gallon that they are available together for $107.22. You would need two of each.

    48 Gal on Amazon

    24 Gal on Amazon
     
  14. Sep 5, 2008 at 1:11 PM
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    ^ It says they come from target.com so I checked there site and you can get a 48gal and a 24 gal for $97.98 thats $10 less the amazon and you might be able to just go pick it up
     
  15. Sep 5, 2008 at 1:29 PM
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    ok cool..they have a package deal? i didnt see that but i found there site hard to search. THANKS EVERYONE!
     
  16. Sep 5, 2008 at 1:32 PM
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    I too was against having a bed cover. But I came up with something that lets me use my truck for everything short of hauling large cargo like my motorcycle. I'm also a backpacker/mountain biker/skier. Sorry about the poor quality, but it's just a preliminary sketch I drew up on my lunch break.

    It will allow 2 to sleep with 4' by 6' area, 9" of ski and gear storage below, and 2 bikes on top. There will be a carpeted platform that partitions the bed halfway up. This will utilize the bed's factory ability to support 56" 2X6s and a 56.7" X 73.5" sheet of plywood. I can put my sleeping pads on this platform. I want to velcro mosquito netting between the cover and bed when it is up, making a goodweather tent type thing. There will also be a fly that allows you to use the tailgate as a welcome mat and place to put shoes or wet/muddy gear. I will need stronger pistons to support the bikes on top. This will all be easily removable when it comes time to transport my motorcycle or large cargo.

    bedtent.jpg
     
  17. Sep 5, 2008 at 1:33 PM
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    No it wasnt a package deal and but together they are cheaper then the package on amazon
     
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    This is an ideal bed storage solution. I just ordered two 48 Gallon ActionPackers from Wallie World for $60 each.
     
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