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Help with Short Box

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by riftsawn, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. Mar 2, 2009 at 7:20 AM
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    riftsawn

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    This is kind of a long story but I ran into a problem with my short bed this weekend that I'm hoping some of you others can help with a solution. I'm in the process of finishing my basement and I needed to pickup 20 sheets of drywall this weekend. Since the bed is not 4 ft wide between the wheel wells, I cut some 2"x6" boards to fit into the pockets on the side of the bed, so I could lay the drywall on top of the wheel wells. Then I laid 3 2"x4" on top of the 2"x6" running the length of the bed so tail end of the drywall hanging out the back of the truck would be supported.

    Here is where the catch comes in..... the support pockets near the rear of the bed are only about 4' 6" back from the front of the bed, so when you load the truck up with 8’ sheets of drywall it basically becomes a giant teeter totter. To get the stuff home I tied down the front the best I could and bought a couple of tubes of traction sand that I stacked on the front of the drywall as well…. Not exactly a sano solution.

    What do you guys do? I would love a trailer but I just don’t have a place to store it… Thanks!
     
  2. Mar 2, 2009 at 7:32 AM
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    Rtrn2taco

    Rtrn2taco Nostalgia...

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    Although I was never in your predicament, there is a possible solution borrowed from the GM engineers. I hope I can explain with little confusion. On the canyons and colorados there are two attachment points on the tailgate cable. When using the shorter of the attachment points the top of the tailgate is even with the top of the wheel wells creating an additional support further from the front of the bed. Now where to get shorter tailgate cables? but I will leave that up to you.
     
  3. Mar 2, 2009 at 7:39 AM
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    tacomaman06

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  4. Mar 2, 2009 at 7:43 AM
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    ^ x2 on the above. If you are creative, you can rig that thing up to haul alot of items besides building materials.
     
  5. Mar 2, 2009 at 8:22 AM
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    That's brillant! After your post I did a little looking and found these as well... http://www.extendatruck.com/ and http://www.lundinternational.com/lund_int_truck_product_detail_objectname_Hitch_Hand___truck.aspx
     
  6. Mar 2, 2009 at 8:26 AM
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    X3, if you know a welder and can do some fab work may be cheaper....
     
  7. Mar 2, 2009 at 8:54 AM
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