Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ladder Rack project

A friend of mine wanted a ladder rack to haul boats on top of his Flip-Pac pickup topper.   The tricky part is that the top of the topper flips forward and becomes a tent.   There is no commercial rack made that is compatible with this topper, so he asked me to make one.   This one has a rear rail that extends past the back of the topper, and the front rail is removable.  

I did not want to break my back maneuvering the rack on and off his truck, so I made up a system that will let a single person move the rack into position.   It is a bit awkward for a single person, but will be very easy for two.  I basically move the rack a little at a time, and then set it on a platform behind the truck.