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hey guys im new to the ct i need so help i own a small framing company and i got a little nissan truck and im tired of having to unload and load ever thing in the bed got a saddle tool box but it only fits the hand tools and my impact and drill need some ideas how to store my stuff
 

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Enclosed trailer? Camper shell or several big tools boxes that you can attach to the truck and put locks on.
 

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c i thought about the cap and trailer but im leaning more towards the cap but i just dont care to much for them cause when my old man ran the show thats what he used and i just hated crawling in to get what ever i need and it always seems to be clear in the front
 

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Vans work the best for framing in my opinion. On larger jobs, we usually have a gang box on site and store our cords/hoses/nails in there. We use a cable with a padlock for our picks and ladders. I have owned pick ups, vans, and box trucks. Never had a trailer. Just didn't see it working for our situation.
 

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Okie has it with a shell. The pain is that you have to crawl in and out to get stuff. that's where a bed slide/pull out comes in handy. I worked out a Nissan hardbody for 7 years now I have a Chevy Express 3500 van. I miss the truck only for dump runs and 4x4, I don't miss having to crawl over all my chit to get what's up front. Check Craigslist for a deal, sometimes you can find them on there for free.
 

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They make shells with doors on the side as well as the rear. Makes it easier for grabbing stuff out of it.
 

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How high is the top of the bed? If it's a 2wd older Nissan, about waist high at the bed rails, you can reach more than half way. Get a cap with doors on the side. I like caps that are flat with the top of the cab so you can mount ladder racks.

We have a roofing truck that has a ladder rack and crossbed box. Granted it's a Chev 3500 dually, but still - the crossbed holds a couple of saws, several nail guns, and several (small for roofers) nail bags with basic hand tools. And Javi's truck is a wreck - not well organized at all.

I'd bet with a little organization you could fit everything you need for a 4-6 man crew in a little nissan with a cap.
 

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thats the game plan so far but its four wheel drive so itll be a little harder to reach the center but im sure i can come up with some ideas
 

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There is hope for your little truck! I drive a 4x4 Toyota Tacoma for work, I have a lumber rack and canopy with flip up windows on all 3 sides. I do remodel work and am always loaded up with almost any tool you'd need to use from demo to finish trim. There are some things I only carry when I need them for sure. I have long arms and can reach/unload/load everything from the outside, almost no matter what. I also riveted hooks and tie straps up to the canopy frame(it's an aluminum top.) so I can hang air hose, extension cords, framing squares, extra saw blades, etc where they are out of the way. It took me a long time to figure out exactly how to load the things in my truck the most efficiently, but anyone could do it with a little thinking. Sometimes I wish I just did framing, I could skate through with my tool bags, drill/impact kit, air compressor/guns, hoses/cords and worm drive saw 90% of the time! I could drive a car at that point:laughing::laughing::laughing:.
 

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Put a sliding deck in the truck and put a cap on it. You just unlock and pull the deck out like a drawer and get what you need.
 

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How much stuff does one need to frame?

I have a saddle box.
Contains: corded circular,multimaster,sawzall,drill/impact combo,jigsaw,24,32& 48" level,framing square,hacksaw, rotorzip, a couple of cords,clamps, 3 hand tool organizers and a couple of pouches. The top tray has holes saws,drill bit cases, step flashing & other stuff.

I could loose a few of these tools in place of nails guns if I were a regular framer. I think you need a bigger truck than a Nissan. A van is obviously more storage but I like driving a pick up and having the bed for debris and other stuff.
 

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Here's my setup. The tray setup is over 20 years old. 4'x6' in an 8' bed. Compressor sits in front.
 

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Okay tell me why making a pick into a van by putting a cap on it is better than a van?

Inquiring minds want to know, is it how it drives or what?
 

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I don't see many vans at the boat ramp......
 

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i just took a couple scrape piece of t11 form the sight and ran a 2x4 up each side so it wouldnt slide around that way all my tools are covered and if i need to haul any mat it only takes a sec to tear down on site
 
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