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Truck bed bike carrier project
« on: Jan 23, 2017, 11:15:13 »
Loading and unloading by myself is a real pain in the pita. Started working on a carrier that fits in the back of the truck to make this process easier. This is a v1 and will need a few renditions but so far seems like it'll be ok.  Used wood for now so I can lift carry etc myself, dont want it to heavy.  Its pinned up against the front of the bed and the front of the wheel well, and side to side as well so its not sliding.  Im using a strap across the front to the bed mount points to hold it from flipping up when using the winch. I need to grab some angle iron as im guessing when pulling the wire is going to drag on the bed. 

This was originally built to fit inside an enclosed trailer and was fastened to the floor.  While the tie downs seem to be a weak point, they held a goldwing for 1200 miles without issue so I feel they are fairly sturdy.

I'll report back up once ive given it a good try.  Let me know if anyone has something similar or any ideas within requirements of easily removable and light enough to handle solo!


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Re: Truck bed bike carrier project
« Reply #1 on: Jan 23, 2017, 12:29:15 »
I like it alot!

Made this one a while back, but I may have to put a wench on it now.... ya know since I copy everything else hahaha

I used 3/16 x 2 x 2 angle, which is over kill but I had it so I used it. ITS HEAVYYYYYYY. I leave it in my truck most of the time. Id do it much lighter next time



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Re: Truck bed bike carrier project
« Reply #2 on: Jan 23, 2017, 14:19:58 »
Love the metal base design.  If those are the Harbor Freight stocks, you should talk to Eric and his buddy Gregg about their experience with those last year leaving Thaw.  No well designed base is going to overcome the crap construction on those HF jawns.  I've been reluctant to get them ever since.

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Re: Truck bed bike carrier project
« Reply #3 on: Jan 23, 2017, 14:43:00 »
Nice, I have the HF chock on a plywood base I use in the FIL's trailer, I don't have issues with it holding my GL in place and that is not a light machine. that being said the wheel chock is just to hold it until I strap it down, then it just prevents the front from moving sideways, the rachets hold the bike, I like the winch ideal for solo loading. it pulls the bike up and you just balance it.
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Re: Truck bed bike carrier project
« Reply #4 on: Jan 23, 2017, 15:46:46 »
Great ideas. I'm getting old and fighting a bike into a truck has gotten tiresome. I see borrowing these ideas in the near future. Thanks for sharing!
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Truck bed bike carrier project
« Reply #5 on: Jan 23, 2017, 16:00:52 »
The winch is the smallest I could find without getting into weird form factors. The base was a little two wide for the 2x4 so I had to weld some support pieces to hug the board.

It currently uses a wired control which is way to short so I'll do some tests with my wife running it to make sure it even works as I imagine before spending more on a wireless remote which would be required for true one person usage.


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Re: Truck bed bike carrier project
« Reply #6 on: Jan 24, 2017, 08:21:37 »
I have a small 2000lb winch as well that will be installed on the trailer I plan to build, too many times I find myself pushing a bike with flat tires and nearly shitting my pants from pushing so hard..........so much easier to hook up and let the motor do the job for you as you steady it

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Re: Truck bed bike carrier project
« Reply #7 on: Jan 24, 2017, 09:30:48 »
Or just extend the wires so you can hold the control on the bike bars and use it.
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Re: Truck bed bike carrier project
« Reply #8 on: Jan 24, 2017, 11:50:45 »
Or just extend the wires so you can hold the control on the bike bars and use it.

You can get a Chinese wireless remote for $8 off ebay.  I would spend that in wire and have to deal with 4 20' wires not tangling up. Im thinking the wireless makes since in this case.

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Re: Truck bed bike carrier project
« Reply #9 on: Jan 26, 2017, 06:14:53 »
I like it alot!

Made this one a while back, but I may have to put a wench on it now.... ya know since I copy everything else hahaha

I used 3/16 x 2 x 2 angle, which is over kill but I had it so I used it. ITS HEAVYYYYYYY. I leave it in my truck most of the time. Id do it much lighter next time






I like the idea of the sliding/adj. mounts Levi! 

I haven't had any issues with those chocks.  I had 2 of them mounted on my moto trailer that traveled to Barber, the Thaw, and Mid-O plus more.
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