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Old 03-02-2017, 08:21 PM   #1
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Finally Got The A.R.E. DCU Series Cap Situated


I picked the cap up a few weeks ago but just got finished setting it up how I want it (I think).

I'm sure I'll change things as time goes by but this has been far better than the cross bed box I've been working out of.

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Old 03-02-2017, 08:25 PM   #2
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Looks good. I have been thinking about a setup like this. I loved my 6x12 enclosed trailer when I first got it, but sometimes it's a pain pulling it around all the time. I cleaned it up lasted week and took out tools that I don't use but about once every six months.
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Put a bed slide in it.

Side toolboxes are a never ending pain in the ass in the winter when your passenger side is always in a snow bank and the drivers side is in traffic.
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I like the caps. The very first advantage I saw was that I can put things in the bed, when it's raining. Having some dry storage is great.

I also like the aluminum caps. The last one I had, on the truck I drive, was a steel Knaphiede. (sp?) After a couple years it started to break down the bed of the truck.

One thing we added was a full length ladder rack on top. Fabricated out of aluminum. For carrying longer items we were strapping them to the ladder. By making it more of a standard length, over the cab, it it easier to haul longer pieces.

I like the looks of that extendable drawer. Is it just friction fit and friction slide or did you add some sort of drawer slide to it?

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Looks good. I have been thinking about a setup like this. I loved my 6x12 enclosed trailer when I first got it, but sometimes it's a pain pulling it around all the time. I cleaned it up lasted week and took out tools that I don't use but about once every six months.
Thanks Russellremodel,

I've had two other trucks with these caps and liked both. This is the first one where I put the drawer under a box, which has worked out well. This is also the first one that had the 15" deep boxes and electric locks. The locks were very much worth the $350 for the convenience.

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Put a bed slide in it.

Side toolboxes are a never ending pain in the ass in the winter when your passenger side is always in a snow bank and the drivers side is in traffic.
I thought about the bed slide and am still on the fence although probably leaning against it. Besides the cost, ($2,000 for full extension which is the only way I'd go) I'm afraid it will eat up too much height at between 5-6" above the bed to the deck depending on capacity.

The 15" deep boxes only leave about 35-1/2 inches between them.

I rarely work in an area where I need to park on the street, but I can't say I have'nt had that experience.

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I thought about the bed slide and am still on the fence although probably leaning against it. Besides the cost, ($2,000 for full extension which is the only way I'd go) I'm afraid it will eat up too much height at between 5-6" above the bed to the deck depending on capacity.

The 15" deep boxes only leave about 35-1/2 inches between them.

I rarely work in an area where I need to park on the street, but I can't say I have'nt had that experience.

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I didn't go for the full extension because they eat up too much height. Although it would be nice it's really not necessary, at max extension you can still reach the back.

I have an ARE HD cap that I really dislike. I should have saved the money and gotten a DCU.
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I like the looks of that extendable drawer. Is it just friction fit and friction slide or did you add some sort of drawer slide to it?
Thanks Buiditguy,

The 3/4" drawer box sides have dados which run on maple guides, which I waxed pretty generously. It runs the full length of the side box.

I routed a groove in the drawer box also and used a machine screw for a stop, which stops the drawer about 2' from full extension. I haven't measured the length of usable space I have but it's around 6'.

I thought about using the 5' full extension guides but cost, about $300, and loss of about 1"-1-1/2" in the width of the box nixed that. I also could not find any which allowed easy removal of the drawer.

I have a fair amount of weight in it and so far so good.

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I picked the cap up a few weeks ago but just got finished setting it up how I want it (I think).

I'm sure I'll change things as time goes by but this has been far better than the cross bed box I've been working out of.

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Awesome, I had a slide out bed on the truck too. Beautiful set up you have!

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Do you happen to know the dimensions of the shelves?

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Put an alarm on it, I had one just like it and did not know how easy it was to open the doors when locked until I lost everything. They pulled on the handles and the doors bent and opened right up
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I do not know them off the top of my head but can get them for you tomorrow.

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The 3/4 extension bed slide you can reach everything. I bought mine with a tonneau and it's the best thing I have done. It's 1/2 the price of the full and does everything I need. It's amazing how useful it is once you have one. Nice set up, I cringe thinking about crawling in that thing.
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The 3/4 extension bed slide you can reach everything. I bought mine with a tonneau and it's the best thing I have done. It's 1/2 the price of the full and does everything I need. It's amazing how useful it is once you have one. Nice set up, I cringe thinking about crawling in that thing.
Fulls are too tall.
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Fulls are too tall.
I honestly never looked, how much taller? Nice for loading sleds from the snowbank too.
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I honestly never looked, how much taller? Nice for loading sleds from the snowbank too.
My sled won't fit under the cap, even if I take off the windsheild the thing is too damn tall. I need a nice toy hauler trailer.


I don't remember how much taller they were...I was thinking it was 1.5" higher or something like that.
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Do you happen to know the dimensions of the shelves?

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Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. The bottom shelf is 12-3/4" deep, 10-3/4" high and 89" wide
The top shelf is 10-1/2" deep, 17" high (after you get past the door opening) and 89" wide

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