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CharlesA

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09-13-2016 02:46 PM

I just picked up a used F-150 crew cab with 5.5’ bed.

I’m not spending a fortune on accessories, so I’m not getting a matching fiberglass tonneau for $2000. I’m wondering about some kind of cover, but I’ll be using the tie downs for ratcheting straps when I haul rough lumber or plywood, so a cover seems like a cover, however useful, would be in the way a lot of the time. I could get an inexpensive soft snap cover, but without a locking mechanism, i don’t know how useful a cover would be.

At this point I’m leaning toward leaving it open. Thoughts?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson


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#1 posted 09-13-2016 03:03 PM

I use a 12’ trailer to do most of my hauling. It has steel sides, so there is no worry about losing a load. Once in a while a pickup would be handy, but most of the loads I haul wouldn’t fit in a pickup. The trailer has the added benefit of a ramp for hauling stationary tools, or anything with wheels.

Any folding bed extenders available for your truck?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 09-13-2016 03:08 PM

I like to leave my truck open the vast majority of the time which makes it much easier to see and haul material. I did however buy a lightweight metal cover that I use for camping, hauling loose debris, locking tools in truck (if not locked in a metal job box) etc. I paid like $50 for it at a wrecking yard several years ago and it comes handy when I need it, yet is light enough to remove it myself. I’ve seen folks make lifts in the garage which raises and lowers the cover to and from the truck.

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#3 posted 09-13-2016 03:48 PM

A trailer makes sense, but it’s not in my future. I can get an extender. the ones that are like cages would only extend the bed to 7.5’, so not really helpful for my use. I can put a hitch platform on, but I’m thinking that with ratcheting tie-downs on the 7.5’ bed (with tailgate down), I might be in good shape.


I use a 12 trailer to do most of my hauling. It has steel sides, so there is no worry about losing a load. Once in a while a pickup would be handy, but most of the loads I haul wouldn t fit in a pickup. The trailer has the added benefit of a ramp for hauling stationary tools, or anything with wheels.

Any folding bed extenders available for your truck?

- pintodeluxe


-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 09-13-2016 03:54 PM

I’ve never had use for a bed cover on a pickup, especially the soft ones. The only reason for any kind of cover is if you are using it as a trunk for hauling stuff that won’t fit inside because the cab is full of people. Family of 4 going on a trip, for instance, so luggage is in the back. In that case you’d want a hard, locking cover anyways.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#5 posted 09-13-2016 03:56 PM

A rack would be useful and easy to tie down long lumber and the ply could haul in the bed.

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#6 posted 09-13-2016 04:00 PM

What kind of rack are you talking about?


A rack would be useful and easy to tie down long lumber and the ply could haul in the bed.

- waho6o9


-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#7 posted 09-13-2016 04:05 PM

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#8 posted 09-13-2016 04:07 PM

Leave it open –
I have a old F150 that I got new long long ago.
I got a topper (Shell) for it, but had a lot of times I needed it off, like when I would do any landscaping/gravel.

It is more of a Pain in the butt than a help.
I think even the fiberglass tonneau covers are a pain.
It is good if you have to put stuff in the back and go in a store, and you want it to still be there upon your return.
That is the only good use. Nice truck btw

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#9 posted 09-13-2016 04:10 PM

Great lumber rack there, that sort of setup is really functional. It doesn’t look half bad either.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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CharlesA

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#10 posted 09-13-2016 04:11 PM

That is a nice looking truck rack.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#11 posted 09-13-2016 04:16 PM

I had 1 soft cover. NEVER again! Pain in the butt.
Use an open bed now for many years.
Bill

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#12 posted 09-13-2016 07:39 PM

My truck is almost 20 years old and I got a fiberglass camper top when I got the truck. It’s on the truck most of the time. When I need to remove it I have hook eyes in the floor/ceiling joists that I use to lift it off and drive the truck out without it on.

For long items I attached wood bars with T-tracks that I can attach any fixture. I use it to carry my boats. If you want to see the setup you can look at my project posting.

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#13 posted 09-15-2016 03:35 AM

I have a solid tonneau cover and it comes in handy for hauling groceries, occasionally for hauling other things, but the tendency is to leave things back there because I can and I have to remove it to haul big things. So really I would prefer not having it. All my previous trucks were open and my vote is leave it open.

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