What materials did you use to make truck side boards on stock bed or bump?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by C Jovingo Landscaping, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. C Jovingo Landscaping

    C Jovingo Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Just bought EZ Dumper for my truck. Was thinkin all night what materials to use for side boards. My current boards are are 2X12 with 2X10 on top with 2X2 stakes for bed pockets with carriage bolts for fastners. The insert has 2X4 pockets (4 on each side). I want at least 2' high. Don't wanna spend a fortune but also don't want it to look cheap/cheesy. I was thinkin 2X4's & plywood, but I like the look of slats, like 1X6 instead of plywood but may be a bit more money.

    Post what materials you used...

    Wood/other
    Fastners (carriage bolts, lag bolts, deck screws, etc)
    Dimension (hight & length), add if it includes cab protection ( my EZ Dumper does not have)
    Approximate cost
    Post pic or post link to a thread with what page your pic is posted

    Edit/title correction...stock bed or dump. (Not bump) lol!
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  2. McG_Landscaping

    McG_Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    Look at the end of my thread in my signature. I have a 2x10 and a 2x8 spaced apart mounted to 3 2x2s? Paint them and throw a few eye hooks inside to use as tiedown points
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  3. C Jovingo Landscaping

    C Jovingo Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Bump, for the guys that are going to get off work soon. What I am interested in is an alternative to wood, if there's 1 out there that looks good and is cheaper.
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  4. McG_Landscaping

    McG_Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    haha seriously? cheaper than wood? that by far is going to be your cheapest option.
     
  5. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    If you can't afford wood sideboards just sell the truck
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  6. C Jovingo Landscaping

    C Jovingo Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Wow you guys are being hard on me! I thought I would just see what was out there. You never know, someone could have found something like 12" by 8' fiberglass panels that were meant for something else but look great as sideboards and cost 25-50% less then wood. I can afford wood. I just try to get deals when possible.
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  7. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    I would use trex or similar boards but they are much more expensive than wood
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  8. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    I thought of those plastic boards that are being used for decking. Though as some one pointed out they are more expensive then real wood.

    Plywood looks cheap.

    Woods that don't rot such as cedar, mahogany. Expensive yes they will last a long time. Google wood species to find best to use.
     
  9. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
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    I don't know what the OP plans on hauling, but have you ever hit fiberglass with gravel or rock? It usually doesn't end well. Mine are 2x12 pressure treated with angle iron, flat stock and 5/16 carriage bolts, and their over 6 years old.
     
  10. C Jovingo Landscaping

    C Jovingo Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Fiberglass was the wrong word to use, should of said "some kind of composite material." Mainly haul grass/leaves & mulch. My truck is only 3/4 ton with EZ Dumper, so if I did haul rocks/gravel, it would be very small amount, probably not even enough to reach the hight of side boards.

    Looks like I'm just gonna put my 2X12 & 2X10 boards on the EZ Dumper from my bed before the insert, with probably adding another 2X12.
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