Custom 'Roof Rack' for Tacoma -
Well, I have cast about here in search of ideas to solve some limitation in storage for my Tacoma. Keep in mind that, although it is a pickup, the bed / topper area is reserved for Max and something had to be done to extend the range / capabilities of our trips. I have ordered a RTT (not smooth - more details to come) and needed a sturdy platform for that, some additional lights, fuel storage and mounting points for the high lift, shovel and axe.
The rack is pretty much like many ladder racks, this one being HEAVY duty tubular construction with the top most bars being square for the Yakima Track system to facilitate the tent or canoe transport. While a bit high it leaves room under the Yakima rack for small cargo and puts the tent in all but the biggest bears reach. A metal mesh floor runs the entire length - I have fantasies about waking up in the RTT, going out the 'front door' and plopping down in a comfy camp chair high atop the world and taking in the views, hot cup o'joe in hand. The bottom bar, running under the topper front to rear serves as a step to make using tie downs etc a little easier.
The entire rack is Line-X coated as well. My hope here is that will wear as well as the fender flares have, provide good traction for gear lashed to the top, and give me a good purchase on the metal when climbing around on it.
This was all done last night - I am on my way to a friends to mount the LightForce 170's up top and square away the high-lift mounts etc.
More to come, but i wanted to get this started to document the progression.
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