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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-10-2012, 02:51 AM Thread Starter
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Truck cap storage

I'm looking for a way to store my riser truck cap outdoors. I would like to find a way to make it so it could be stored directly above where I park the truck and somehow easily lower or slide it onto the truck with little or no help. Any ideas/plans?

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Re: Truck cap storage

I use cinder/concrete/ hollywood blocks (whatever you want to call them and two 2x6's. You'll need 4 stacks of the blocks; they have to stacked higher than the top of your bed plus the added thickness of a 2x6 layed flat. Two stacks on either side of your truck bed, front and rear of bed length, and wide enough that you can back you truck in between them without damaging anything. After removing the holding clamps, lift up a corner and slide one end of the 2x6 under it, than do the other side. May not be the easiest, but it works. Of course the 2x6's are laid flat and crosswise across the stacks, front and rear. Length of the 2x6 will depend on how wide your bed is plus the width of the blocks.
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Re: Truck cap storage

I made a "large size" set of saw horses. The wife and I set the back end of the cap on the first horse. She pulls the truck up a little as I hang on to the front end. Then We set the second horse up, and drive out.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-18-2012, 12:47 AM
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Re: Truck cap storage

My dad and I made a pulley arrangement for our garage that lifted a 100 lb. aluminum boat up against the joists above the car. When you wanted the boat, you just lowered it onto the cars rack. If you can clear your garage door with your cap on, the same arrangement should work for a cap. Makes it a one person operation.
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Re: Truck cap storage

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My dad and I made a pulley arrangement for our garage that lifted a 100 lb. aluminum boat up against the joists above the car. When you wanted the boat, you just lowered it onto the cars rack. If you can clear your garage door with your cap on, the same arrangement should work for a cap. Makes it a one person operation.
A 4 post frame made up of pressure treated 4x4's can be used without a garage in the same way with a pully system.
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Re: Truck cap storage

Years ago I made a "U" shaped frame work that I could back into. It was about 6" higher than my truck bed. I would back into it, raise the cap door, drop the gate, and then lift one end of the cap at a time with my back and legs while sliding a 2x4 under the cap. Once up I drove out and there was the cap all ready to re-install when I needed it.

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