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Custom soft topper out of canvas, pic and velcro

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by sureshot, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. Oct 7, 2017 at 7:05 PM
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    sureshot

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    Well, I didn't want to pay the price for a topper that I would use 2 or 3 times a year at most, so I made one.

    Base is made of wood with the skeleton made from 3/4 pvc with some 1/2 pvc for some stability bars and such.

    I lucked up and found a patio table and chairs cover at a discount store that was plenty big for this project. I looked at reviews online and gathered all my research and engineering thoughts and came up with this.

    $39 for canvas
    $60 ish for the pvc (got some good deals on Craigslist for 3/4 of the pvc)
    $20 in velcro
    $15 in wood (already had all the wood)
    $10 in brackets (already had the brackets)
    $10 in t handles (already had for other uses, though not shown in the pics)

    All in all I have about $120 and a couple of Saturdays time worth in it.

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  2. Oct 8, 2017 at 2:12 PM
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    Kelly6773

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    Very nice! Very tempting. Please keep posting. I need one for about as much You use yours. But also don’t want to spend $2,000
     
  3. Oct 11, 2017 at 2:59 PM
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    sureshot

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    Here is the canvas I bought at a discount store for $37.

    https://www.amazon.com/Classic-Acce...&keywords=ravenna+patio+furniture+covers&th=1

    Here are more pics and pics of the brackets I used to secure it.

    The brackets are 2x4 brackets that I trimmed to work for this. T handles go through the bracket and the 2x4 insert. I used adhesive velcro ($20 for 20') on the canvas to adhere it to the bottom of the main wooden base as well as wrapping the canvas around the door opening.

    I mounted it and yanked on it and it seemed very solid. I put my go pro in there and will be having my wife watch it on the tablet to see what kind of wiggle and flapping I get from the wind/drag.

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  4. Oct 11, 2017 at 3:02 PM
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    Good Job! I like it.
     
  5. Oct 11, 2017 at 3:27 PM
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    What size canvas did you get medium?
     
  6. Oct 11, 2017 at 3:32 PM
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    I'll sell you mine for $1500.

    Of course, I think they're $800 new.

    ;)
     
  7. Oct 11, 2017 at 3:33 PM
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    Damn nice work :thumbsup:
     
  8. Oct 11, 2017 at 5:02 PM
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    I'm not sure but based on the dimension I measured, I would say medium.
     
  9. Oct 14, 2017 at 4:04 PM
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    I hope this works as good as it looks. Well Done
     
  10. Oct 15, 2017 at 3:57 PM
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    Just curious. Your corner pieces. Did you buy them like that or cut a hole for the other pieces to fit in?
     
  11. Oct 16, 2017 at 12:32 PM
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    Are you talking about the PVC corner pieces? If so, I bought 3 way connectors and heated them up to make the angles.

    Also an update, I took it this weekend on a camping trip. It held up great at highway speeds, didn't move and didn't leak (but a few drips at the corners where it meets the bed) during a torrential downpour for 15 or so minutes on the interstate (slowed down to 55 to 60).
     
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  12. Oct 17, 2017 at 2:11 PM
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    How much did you have to trim to get yours to fit. I like how nice an tight it looks. I have a long bed. Hoping you cut it down some or I’m not sure that medium will fit!
     
  13. Oct 17, 2017 at 2:12 PM
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    I cut a good bit off of it. long bed = 1 extra foot... I know I trimmed at least a foot off of the side where the back window is.
     

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