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Building a similar setup - where did you get the "box" for storage / sleeping deck?

When you load your bike, is that 2x4 block secured to the bed or you just secure the fork to the mounted 2x4 and lean it against the side of the bed with the rachet strap?

I was wanting to make a pull-out slider shelf for the bike mount but might be easier said than done.
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Building a similar setup - where did you get the "box" for storage / sleeping deck?

When you load your bike, is that 2x4 block secured to the bed or you just secure the fork to the mounted 2x4 and lean it against the side of the bed with the rachet strap?

I was wanting to make a pull-out slider shelf for the bike mount but might be easier said than done.
The 2x6 is just to stabilize the bike with the bars spun sideways to save room.
https://www.f150gen14.com/forum/threads/diy-in-bed-mountain-bike-mount.17549/post-353369

I built the storage box.
My F-150 thread, see page 5 for the box build.
https://www.f150gen14.com/forum/threads/regular-cab-swb-build.11001/

IMO Slide out units/drawers/ etc take up space with the slides/brackets and add complications I don't want. KISS, Keep It Simple Stupid! 😂🤣
 

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My set here up which are all prototypes for my brand that I'm working to finalize by the end of 2023.

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What cap do you have that installed on? Looks like a nice setup.
 

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I've been happy using dome ground tents for years. LOL Like the light weight, ease of use, low cost and low center of gravity on the trail. Bunch of our group use Gazelles T4 etc, RTT's and trailers. All good. Also If we setup camp for more than 1 night then go wheeling I'm good to go.

Have to admit though solo camped a few times in bear and mountain lion areas and jumped out of tent and slept in the truck cab. LOL Just got slip on window nets for those occasions.

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The 2x6 is just to stabilize the bike with the bars spun sideways to save room.
Why do you have to loosen and spin the bars? Couldn't you just turn the bars 90* which would also turn the forks the same direction? Or then the 2x6 is not stable enough?
 

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Why do you have to loosen and spin the bars? Couldn't you just turn the bars 90* which would also turn the forks the same direction? Or then the 2x6 is not stable enough?
When the forks are turned the dropuots are no longer parallel to the floor. Won't sit flat. It's quick and easy to loosen 2 allen bolts.
 

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in the bed or on top of the roof?
I prefer to pitch for truck mobility etc. Quick night any quick set backpack tent. Multiple nights something like this my Kodiak Canvas 10'x10'. Basically a portable cabin.

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After a fun 18 day trip out west camping (some may have seen my post on trip from ON to AB), we decided to pull the trigger on a rtt. Smittybilt XL was delivered this weekend. End goal will be to convert our little 5x8 utility trailer, change out the axle and tires, put a cage on it and move the tent back there. Asked the family if they wanted to trade in our travel trailer yet and the looks I got.🤣

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