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I bought an 08 F250 FX 4 for a great deal. The truck is almost too nice to be a work truck. I like the idea of putting a ladder rack on the truck but I am not sure if it would look right or is needed. I currently own a trailer with a ladder rack but is so high off the ground it is some times a pain to reach. I have never had a ladder rack on any truck I have owned. I feel that during this slow period one must be as organized as possible. I have been in the situation were I needed to go home to get my trailer to pick up long material and killed the day. I hope to get some feed back from anyone who can or can't live with out a rack. I like the Kargo Racks and plan to cover it with Line-X. Good idea?? Thanks in advance for everyone help.
 

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Jim? Is that you? pretty boy pickup.

once you go rack you will never go back.


Work occasionally with a guy in NJ who every three years or so buys a brand new pickup truck. He hates the look of racks on a pickup. absolutely refuses to buy one as much as i keep harping on him. So whats he do? Buys a used cutaway and has to climb 10 feet to get his aluminum break. Most of the time we use mine for one day jobs
 

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I have the TracRac setup. Tracks mount in the stake pockets and the racks slide on and off as needed. There's a bunch of options available too, like a rear window guard, sliding tool box, etc.
 

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once you go rack you will never go back.


Couldn't have said it any better myself!

My dad has never owned a truck with a rack on it, everything just hung out the bed or was delivered. At first I worked like that too, but my last two trucks I put racks on them, wow what a difference! My truck has a cap so instead of having crap hanging out the back, I can stack it on the rack and lock the back. I will never own another truck without a rack.

How about a set of those weekender style ladder racks, ones that you can lift off . A welder that just joined the site, Stforeman makes some nice stuff.



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Found a pic. I've had 8 pump jack poles, a 28' pic, a 20' pic and a 40' extension ladder on them. They are very stable.:thumbsup:
 

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disclaimer, I didn't actually drive the truck any distance like this, I just needed to get the material behind the dumpster that was blocking the driveway , So i had the lumber delivery "hitchhiker" lower the load onto my truck and then i backed it up to the dumpster and handed it over to my then partner to the back yard. This is going back about 4 years

 

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Here is the rack that I bought last year.

Rhino

It's worked great and hauled a sh!tload of lumber this year. Plus ladders everyday. I like the fact that I can take it off my bed in about 10 minutes if needed. I got it on eBay for less than $250 - new.


Here's a birds eye shot of it on my truck. Sorry, no closeup...!! But you get the idea.

Property House Roof Home Backyard
 

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My dad has never owned a truck with a rack on it, everything just hung out the bed or was delivered. At first I worked like that too, but my last two trucks I put racks on them, wow what a difference! My truck has a cap so instead of having crap hanging out the back, I can stack it on the rack and lock the back. I will never own another truck without a rack.

Dave
A friend has a cap with racks but always carry's 16' trim through the cap and slide window into the cab

He's on his 4th windshield by now:laughing:
 

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Like they said, once you have a rack you never go back..
I have a System One rack system with the work winches,
best investment I ever made. This is the 2nd truck I put this
same system on, one of the best out there, IMO. Aluminum,no rust, strong, well thought out! My wifes Tracker also has a rack, every now & then I use it to pick up trim 16' stock no problem, in & out of the lumber yaard quickly, back to the garage to load up ath P/U.
 
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