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msethkua
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I'm new to the forum and this is my first post. I recently purchased a 1993 toyota 4x4 extended cab. I am looking for a rack for the rear of the bed that a can convert to a canvas tent and put a bike rack on the top... I would consider other ideas. any good places i can look for these. it seems some are so industrial and I like the round bar as opposed to the square tubing i see on so many "work" trucks

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Thread necromancy.... bump?

I want to do almost exactly the same thing with my truck now that she's running. I want basically a ladder rack that I can roll up canvas on one side and unroll to make the bed a tent or make a canopy off the side of the truck to have some shade at the beach.

Any recommended brand for this type of ladder rack for the 94 pickup?
 

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it might have to e custom made.... which is what i'd personally do :D
simple cage is all that's needed i believe.
 

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I've been toying with the idea of constructing
one out of 1" PVC and a tarp but I'm at loss on
how to secure the cage to the bed.
It would be a cheap project.
 

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If you look they actually make roof-top tent setups.
First time I saw one I LMAO wondering what this guy was on the trails with what looked like a mattress bolted on his roof. It's great for camping trips, but typical wheeling with it mounted on top limited things for him.
 

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If you look they actually make roof-top tent setups.
First time I saw one I LMAO wondering what this guy was on the trails with what looked like a mattress bolted on his roof. It's great for camping trips, but typical wheeling with it mounted on top limited things for him.
I don't want to sleep on the damn roof! I want to sleep in the bed and use the rack as a frame for a canopy.

I did a little research and you could buy something that would work well for $4-500; maybe find something for $2-300 on Craigslist. DIY would be fairly straightforward. But PVC I think would be too flimsy, and steel would be too heavy, meaning now you've got to weld aluminum which makes a difficult project.
 

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I bet you can get a nice frame made out of square aluminum from your local home depot/lowes


you can even probably extend a aluminum frame about 12"s over the cab without any kind of support.

also another thing, some kind of solid flooring that can be removed.
 

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i think if you were to use 1 or 1.5 inch pvc, the black stuff, you'd be fine for strength....the canopy isn't going to weigh too much you know?

i was for some reason driving the other day thinking about how you could connect a wooden frame the the bed....well i came up with this...

if you were to use the pvc concept, you could make the whole cage to the size/height you wanted then attach by using multiple things (this is all of course theory ideas):

1. use a 4-post connection to each bed ring inside the bed with muffler clamps (the U shaped ones you can pick up for a couple bucks)

2. simple cable connection either tie each on individually or go to somewhere like harbor freight and pick up one/two cheap 1" tow cables with the simple rope lock mechanism (can't think of the actual name but i'm sure you understand what i'm talking about---similar to a ratchet cable but you just pull it to tighten it) also to each of the 4 rings in the bed corners

3. drill and bolt it into the bed with as many posts as you'd like

4. use 1" pvc and a rubber mallet and jam it into the square holes near the cab and just tie it down like above near the tail gate

5. make it a little bigger than the bed width and jam it into the bed

6. use a pvc cap. mount the cap where you would want the posts to be, drill through the bed, bolt the cap down, assemble the posts and cage.

these are of course just some random thoughts i had when driving back from work...haha

to attach the canopy, i would just use small hooks with bungees and drill holes (1/4 - 1/2 inch tall) into the pvc so everything can stay nice and snug. making your own holes in whatever type of material is easy with a grommet kit (walmart sells them or get them online cheap). so, in theory, it would be tarp with grommet, bungee, hook connected to hole in pvc.

hope this all can someone...if not...well at least i got to throw out my randomness thinking
 

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what about using a boat rack as a base..? They're pretty cheap, and easy to build, or buy if you want to look for one.. Weld some hooks on the top of each side and hang a canvas down to some hooks on the bottom.. Roll it up when you're done and bam, or just roll it up and take it off and all you have left is a boat rack..

I've been toying with the idea for a while now..

Either cut the front off (that goes above the roof, or, weld some mesh on top and use it as storage..)
add some hooks

rock some canvas

throw some rings in the canvas so it doesn't tear when you hook it


Bam, make shift canopy..
 

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hahaha im thinking a whole different thing, I too want a rack of some kind but no for a canvas I want to sleep on top of the rack above the car :facepalm:
 

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All is not lost if you do it that way as well, you can keep the boat rack idea and instead put some boards, or again weld the mesh, to the top of the boat rack and just plop a tent up there.. Get you away from bears and such.. Have an air mattress that you deflate and take down so all you have when you drive around is a boat rack..
 

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That is the coolest truck based camper ever!
 
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