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Old 05-04-2013, 09:44 AM   #15
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i know you are talking about something permanent. i'm an old fat girl and was driving fullsize truck and all i did was put a tonneau cover on it and put many totes in it. i left the lids off when i traveled...and if i couldnt reach something i used my cane to snatch it and drag it to the tailgate

it really worked well-i could separate so many things that i didnt have to sort thru all the kitchen stuff to find the towing stuff

i just bought the 2013 taco and already have the back seats down and 3 totes in there. one is a dog bed.

i'm not sure if i should get the tonneau or a cap. yours looks really good. i just dont know if i will need the vertical space occasionally.

totes and a cane or once i used a hoe work for temporary tho!
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:57 AM   #16
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and if i couldnt reach something i used my cane to snatch it and drag it to the tailgate
I do something similar. I have six plastic boxes, three across in the front and three across in the back. The ones in the back have a rope attached so if I need something out of one them, I relocate the one in front if it and pull the rope. Then use the front tote to push it all back in place. It's easy, cheap, 100% removeable, and works great.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:44 AM   #17
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I have the same kind of problem with access to stuff near the front. I'm thinking about trying to replace the side windows on the canopy with those that lift up for easier access. That way I wouldn't be adding weight and expensive mechanisms.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:11 PM   #18
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We purchased heavy duty storage boxes, from either Lowe's or Home Depot. We store things with like purposes in the each of the different boxes. I taped big pieces of white cardboard on the boxes, with a list of everything in the boxes in bold letters, so we can read it from the rear of the truck

We have kitchen things in one box, emergency tools in one, Dutch oven gear, in one, etc. You get the idea. Less used things go toward the cab, with more used things working toward the rear.

We have this handy, long handled garden tool that has a flat, hook like spade, metal piece on the end. We store that down the edge of the truck bed and pull everything we can't reach towards us with it. Works out great for pushing everything back in place, too.

Cheaper than building a bunch of stuff and still needing to buy the boxes. The boxes we bought also all stack nicely, which is also helpful when loading and unloading. terry r.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:50 PM   #19
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Google is your friend: Pull Out Drawer for Pickup Bed
THANKS Donna.
Found this among the links.
Looks viable....................but DIY will probably still be the most cost effective.
BedSlide : A.R.E. Truck Caps and Tonneau Covers

I've sent for info from the dealership.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:52 PM   #20
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Thanks everyone.....................lots of ideas to ponder.
I should have known this was a concern to others.
Now I have a better idea how I can solve mine.
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:06 PM   #21
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this is a good thread. terry r i like a lot of your ideas and see how they can help

its different for me now with the smaller truck...i can actually reach in and get something from the side-not possible with the full size truck. so i am wondering about a cap with side windows etc.
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:11 PM   #22
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I had purchased a new LEER 180 cap.
I did get the front window option that opens to clean the truck window.

Members suggested the doorwindows. I didn't go for them because our
budget was really tight at the time. But now I am thinking of revisiting
those suggestions as earlier in this thread. May get my windows replaced
in the future. It would definitely be a big help. Almost a necessity.

I will be getting some kind of storage system..............SOON...........lol.

If I build it I'll document it. And it may be just as easy with tubs as suggested.
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:29 PM   #23
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I have an A.R.E. canopy (love it!) and when I ordered it I thought about the door windows. But, I was thinking if the item(s) I needed were at floor level and heavy, I'd never be able to pick it up and get it out the window without bashing the canopy. Then, I might as well just crawl in and get what I need. Doesn't happen often, for sure. And, I consider it exercise

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Old 05-04-2013, 01:37 PM   #24
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I have an A.R.E. canopy (love it!) and when I ordered it I thought about the door windows. But, I was thinking if the item(s) I needed were at floor level and heavy, I'd never be able to pick it up and get it out the window without bashing the canopy. Then, I might as well just crawl in and get what I need. Doesn't happen often, for sure. And, I consider it exercise

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You have a point Donna.
Seems there's always the need for "planning." lol
Seen your cap.........love it.
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:57 PM   #25
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Well the nice thing is that the Windoors are a direct replacement for the standard windows as just like our trailers there are few manufacturers of the windows.

I drove to Indiana where my shell was made and it was an hour job to switch them out.

You can look at them any way you need to but.....they have changed my life and for the better.
It is not a small difference in any way and even if I can not drag things through the window all the time they are much easier to to the rear with the fully opened side.

On the other hand I use the truck for work too and am moving things in there all the time,it just makes it so much better when I need to switch over from work to play to be able to do most of the moving without having to get in the bed at all.

For me they are simply another tool.

Either way I would urge you to get the shell and live with it for a while and see what you think then,none of this may matter and it is tough to tell before trying it sometimes.

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We do have a truck cap, thus the need for the garden tool. Something I forgot to add in my previous post. terry r.
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We do have a truck cap, thus the need for the garden tool. Something I forgot to add in my previous post. terry r.
I do use a hoe or rake when at home. Why I didn't think to take something with me must be the senior moments that follow me around. I even have a shepherds staff I could take so people would think it was a walking stick. lol.

Now I'm more comfortable with the tub ideas while I'm making up my mind as to what my semi-permanent solution will be. Even a thin sheet of ply on the floor would help as those ridges are really hard on the knees.

I can tie a rope on my spare, pile the jack, etc. on the tire and pull it out if need ever arises (God forbid). Friends are telling me to join AAA since it's really hard for me to change tires.
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The ridges in my truck bed were killing my knees too. I got a Bedrug. It's fantastic!

http://www.bedrug.com/products/bed-m...-in-liner.html
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