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How/Where Do You Store Your Hard Tonneau Cover?

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by dirtfondler, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. Feb 3, 2011 at 3:12 PM
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    dirtfondler

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    I really like my hard tonneau cover, but it seems to always be in my way. If it is on my truck, I need to load a dirtbike, if it is in the garage, I need the floor space to store the bike. I wouldn't mind selling it, and getting a roll up, or going without, but since I like it, I am not willing to just give it away. Since it looks like I might be keeping it for a while I need to find a better way to remove and store it. I've been taking it on and off by myself every time I want to go ride which is getting old quick. It is always in my way when off so I rush to put it back on, only to be in my way the next weekend.

    I've thought through suspending it in my garage as well as storing it outside on a custom rail along my fence. In the garage seems best, but I am not one of those clean garage guys who can drive my truck right in and rig it up. I am curious how others have suspended them, remove them, and where others store them?

    Bonus points for pics of any contraptions.
     
  2. Feb 3, 2011 at 4:09 PM
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    I had an undercover that I loved but hated having to take it on and off depending on load, usually stored leaning against the wall but you could probably use three ropes to rig up something to unload with.

    I ended with an F1 also.
     
  4. Feb 3, 2011 at 4:57 PM
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    Wish I had one of the lighter ones too, but there were only 3 options when I bought mine in Aug 2005 (Leer, Snugtop, and ARE). No one else made the hard tonneaus at that time for the 2nd Gen. And they're just too heavy even for two people at times. So I was forced to devise a way to remove it without any help (and as cheaply as possible). I took two 2x4s and drilled a hole through each end. Added 4 eyebolts to the ceiling, knotted one end of 4 pieces of rope, run the rope up and through the holes in the 2x4s (knots are too big to go through the holes), then run the rope up and through the eyebolts and back down to loop around the ends of the 2x4s. Takes about 5-10 minutes to unbolt the 6 bolts holding the tonneau on, slide the 2x4s under the tonneau, then lift each corner and tie it off. I back into the garage a few inches further than where I normally park it, so when it's hanging I can back in and out from under it. Pics below:
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  5. Feb 3, 2011 at 5:48 PM
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    This is kind of what I was thinking, except I was planning on 1 rope and 4 pulleys. Not sure how stable it would be which is part of the reason I started this thread.
     
  6. Feb 3, 2011 at 6:46 PM
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    I did the pulley thing with a kayak once. I didn't like it because it was just too heavy. So you have to use the right pulley to handle the weight and be in a position where you can tie it off while holding all that weight. But I'm watching the thread to see if anyone has pics of a pulley setup and its cost. I think I remember someone posted a link to a pre-made unit some company makes to lift and store it above, but it was around $200. I'll stick with my $15 setup.

    Edit:
    I think this is what I remembered:
    http://www.hoister.com/
     
  7. Feb 3, 2011 at 9:41 PM
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    Store mine outside between the house and shed. Hell its outdoors on the truck anyway a lot of the time
     
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