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Old 10-22-2017, 10:04 PM   #1
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I had a cap on my truck and it broke just from taking it on and off so many times for my dirtbikes, plus it was 16 yo. Wanted some advice and opinions on if I should stick with a cap or switch to tool box set ups or use a roll up cover. What systems work for you guys. I own my own carpentry/remodeling business, I haul tools, material, and use my truck to haul away debris from demos. Let me know what systems you like and what works for you!
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Old 10-22-2017, 10:59 PM   #2
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I've had a cap when I worked for others. Small truck, Toyota something or other. It was good for what I was doing which was cableless encrypted TV installation. But for what I do now it would be a big fail. If I wanted something covered it'd have to be a small box truck or a Sprinter type van.

I have Weatherguard Super Boxes on my truck. 16"w x 2't x 8' long. You can put a lot of stuff in them. It's nice to be able to carry installation tools with you all the time without switching out per job. I put a wood rack on the drivers side, I've had them on both sides at one time. The wood rack give me a great deal of options for carrying and securing a variety of panels, cabinets, boards and trim.






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I've had a cap when I worked for others. Small truck, Toyota something or other. It was good for what I was doing which was cableless encrypted TV installation. But for what I do now it would be a big fail. If I wanted something covered it'd have to be a small box truck or a Sprinter type van.

I have Weatherguard Super Boxes on my truck. 16"w x 2't x 8' long. You can put a lot of stuff in them. It's nice to be able to carry installation tools with you all the time without switching out per job. I put a wood rack on the drivers side, I've had them on both sides at one time. The wood rack give me a great deal of options for carrying and securing a variety of panels, cabinets, boards and trim.






Do those doors hit your truck bed when opened?



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If your used to a cap, you will miss it. Not on sunny days, but the first day it rains, you will miss the cap.
Everything stays dry. You kind of get spoiled, not having to think about it.

I can't say about toolboxes and bed cover.
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I'll look into those weather guard super boxes. Looks like a nice set up
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I've found that there is no perfect setup. I run an open truck with system one racks and boxes. It works for what I do. I used to have a cap but no longer do. I used to have a roll cover with racks but no longer do. I will eventually go to a flatbed with racks and boxes when my
Bed rusts out. If I need something covered and dry I stick it in my tool trailer. Ideally I'd have another vehicle like a sprinter transit for everything not pickup truck related.
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My truck bed? No, the doors swing the opposite way Mike

They don't hit the quarter panel either, they have cables on them that stop them from coming in contact with the truck.

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In my opinion, a service body is the only way to go.

I have a flatbed with boxes on it now, and I need to get a rack for it, but even without the lumber rack, it's far better than my pickup with tool boxes.

But it still ain't a service body.


Edit: You can even get a service body with a rolltop cover that locks.


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I had a cap for years and hated it - hard on the knees and needs to be removed for larger cabinets, equipment, pallets of materials, etc.

The last two trucks have had roll-up covers and I’ve been happy. The negatives are:

• Security. If someone wants your stuff, it’s easily obtainable.
• Weather: They can freeze pretty much solid with snow/ice.
• Space: They do limit what you can get under cover – out of the elements or out of site.

We get around the negatives by:

• Only working in good neighborhoods.
• When it snows, we take the day off.
• When it rains and we need to get something large to/from the job site, we take the day off.

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In my opinion, a service body is the only way to go.

I have a flatbed with boxes on it now, and I need to get a rack for it, but even without the lumber rack, it's far better than my pickup with tool boxes.

But it still ain't a service body.


Edit: You can even get a service body with a rolltop cover that locks.


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I've had a half ton with cross bed box. (6.5ft bed was terrible and I'm short so I got tired of crawling in and out)
Had a 1 ton dually... same issue plus reaching over the fenders.
Had a Ford Ranger with side boxes. Worked great for tool access but couldn't haul anything.

Finally got this Chevy with a Pronghorn bed. Tons of boxes with easy access and I can haul sheet goods on the flat bed! Mileage is getting up there so I've got to figure out a plan soon.

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Get a utility trailer for tools and keep the bed open. Get a larger capacity axke(s) and larger size than you can fill so you can throw materials in if it rains. Leave the bed of the truck open for materials/dump runs, etc.
A trailer full of tools can be left on site for the **** kickers to work with while you are out getting stuff/dumping etc. It also leaves the bed open for extra curriculars
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I hate caps on pickups and In my humble opinion if you are going to put a cap on a pickup then you should just get a van. Especially the newer mid roof vans are sweet cause you can stand in them.

For years we had pick ups with caps on them and anything towards the front of the truck was pretty much inaccessible. Crawling on your knees hitting your head on the cap to get stuff that slid all the way to the front when you hit the brakes is silly


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From the picture it looks like twine holding that door. Haha

I know most of the service utility bodies have actual chains to hold the doors so they also double as work shelves but I know your toolboxes are probably too big for that


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From the picture it looks like twine holding that door. Haha

I know most of the service utility bodies have actual chains to hold the doors so they also double as work shelves but I know your toolboxes are probably too big for that


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The boxes came with a cable that let the doors drop down to horizontal. That made it very difficult to access the interior with a 2' wide door keeping you away from the truck. I fabricated more cables that were longer so the doors would open as wide as possible without hitting the truck. I used 1/16" Galvanized Aircraft Cable, rated for 480lbs.
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The boxes came with a cable that let the doors drop down to horizontal. That made it very difficult to access the interior with a 2' wide door keeping you away from the truck. I fabricated more cables that were longer so the doors would open as wide as possible without hitting the truck. I used 1/16" Galvanized Aircraft Cable, rated for 480lbs.
Have they stretched any?

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Not that I've noticed. Been 10 years. I don't drop the door very often, but they do catch it without it hitting the truck. The cables that came with it were 3/32", but my hardware store only had 1/16" or 1/8" and the 1/8" was to stiff for the use.
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I should add that when I had a cap, it was a commercial aluminum one with side doors. I built a 2nd level on the truck and had sliding boxes under it for more tools. I could access everything from it very easily. Only tough thing was carrying big things. Just couldn't do it. That is when I moved to a tool trailer. Also, racks are usually limited in their weight capacity with a cap as they have to cantilever over the bed rails instead of sitting right on them.
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I hate caps on pickups and In my humble opinion if you are going to put a cap on a pickup then you should just get a van. Especially the newer mid roof vans are sweet cause you can stand in them.

For years we had pick ups with caps on them and anything towards the front of the truck was pretty much inaccessible. Crawling on your knees hitting your head on the cap to get stuff that slid all the way to the front when you hit the brakes is silly


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