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Bed organisation (with a shell)

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by supralight, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. Apr 23, 2011 at 9:11 PM
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    supralight

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    Now that I have my shell, this is what I did for a roadtrip setup (could be used for camping also). I still don't know if I will let the setup in the bed or I'll just put back my bed separator until I actually need the setup.

    Feel free to copy me as needed, and if you have questions, just ask. Though, this is not a DIY since I didn't take pictures of the process.

    I took the original idea on this post by wolf73 http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/13598-show-me-your-shell-13.html#post1157678

    But the big difference is that the ''second floor'' sit directly on the wheel wells, which gives you 1.5 inch more head clearance. Also, this setup is easily removable from the bed, I alone can do it, you just have to take off the rear plate (which is not fixed), and pull the rest out.

    First, you have to do the main frame. I have used cheap bungie ropes to do the separations between the compartements to keep the weight down:

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    The frame shall fit firmly into the bed once the door is closed.

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    Then, you can setup the rest as you like, but the general idea is to have access to all of you bed. All of the hardware I used is available at home depot.

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    Final cost was approximatly 120$ in hardware (canada). I have used 3/4 thick plywood, so this is very solid.







    Edit: added a third handle to lift up the rear plate. Also, I'm currently out of bracket to secure the rear plate carpet (like the fwd ones), so that will be done tomorrow.

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  2. Apr 24, 2011 at 9:44 AM
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    Nice job.
     
  3. Apr 24, 2011 at 10:06 AM
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    oil change...
    very cool!
     
  4. Apr 24, 2011 at 10:14 AM
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    Hey,
    That really looks cool. good job
     
  5. Apr 24, 2011 at 6:04 PM
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    update with 2 more pics to show how the setup gets out of the truck and how it's stored. From my feeling, the weight is between 50 and 60 lbs. And thank you for the above nice comments!

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  6. Apr 24, 2011 at 6:40 PM
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    Nice job I wish I could take mine out by myself.
     
  7. Apr 24, 2011 at 7:25 PM
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    Well... if you use a design similar to mine, you will probably get a lighter setup, so you'll save some tenths of a MPG in town, so that's just a good reason to build a new one :)
     
  8. Apr 24, 2011 at 8:48 PM
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    this is my setup .75'' ply with marine carpet it is not heavy just difficult for one person to handle
     
  9. Apr 28, 2011 at 12:55 AM
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    Ugh, I gotta get on building mine...
     
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