Homemade landscape bed for small truck?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by StihlMechanic, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I am planning to build a dovetail ramp gate bed extender (if you can call it that) this winter for my small v6 1994 dakota just to do mow and go's. I have a 92 ford diesel f250 with a 6x12 trailer for hauling but when I dont use my 60 incher, its just a waste of fuel hauling it all around.

    Anyone build there own? Pictures?

    I plan to leave my bed, remove the tailgate and go from there. My plan is to get a 32 or 36 inch wb, a 21 inch and misc to go up the ramp and fit securely.
     
  2. chrispondilm

    chrispondilm LawnSite Member
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    built one on the back of my toyota tundra and it works great. I carry one TT36 and a 21. No problems with sagging. Saves on gas too.
     
  3. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
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    any pictures?
     
  4. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
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  5. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Very cool website, thanks. Yes, I just want a dovetail ramp gate for the rear of the bed too. Found a guy that has one near me but it just has a 26 inch ramp gate, would like to load at least a 32 inch toro. So I am going to build one in the off season for my dakota. Thinking I need to remove the rear bumper and install it there for structure. Not sure yet.
     
  6. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have the same thoughts as you. Definately mount it to the frame where the bumper mounts. Then I was even going to make some bed rails that went the full length of the bed and continued down the dovetail so ya have sides that are rigid too. Then from your reciever hitch, I'd even get some long square tube (like a 4' long reciever hitch) and mount it right to the center of the end of the dovetail.
     
  7. ashs inc

    ashs inc LawnSite Senior Member
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  8. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    they make ramps for trucks that just go into the hitches for support and fold up that way. no mods needed.
     
  9. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I've seen those, and don't like them. They are a little bit to generic/cheezy looking. And would not have the strength of an actuall fabricated dovetail. With the dovetail it would allow the ramp to be much shorter too.
     
  10. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    whatever, it allows you to be more flexible and are cheaper than going all out custom. They are strong enought to put ztrs on
     

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