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anyone ever build one of these?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by wraenking, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. wraenking

    wraenking 1/2 ton status

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    http://www.truckspecialties.com/hitch_rack.htm

    i have some angle iron and i want to practice on the new elder more. my brother has one and its perfect for those days i dont want to be on the boat but want to drive out on the beach and do some surf fishing.

    ideas

    pics


    thanks
     
  2. muddyblzr

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    a worker at my dads shop made one out of just scraps of angle iron and expanded metal. it came out real good for not spending any money on it. he copied that picture more or less
     
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    My dad built one for his S10 blazer out of a piece of 2" tube and some angle. He also built a lockable plywood box on top of it, with a removable shelf. He uses it to pack gas cans, chain saws, and other things of that nature he doesn't want in the cab. He had to build up a couple of welds and grind them to the right shape to "shim" the tube inside of the receiver and take up the extra slop so it doesn't flop around.
     
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    I saw one version of that where it had a draw bolt like the gooseneck on a bicycle. Slide it in, push the pin thru, tighten the bolt to take up the slop.
     
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    I think it's Harbor Freight that offers a hydraulic lift like that, so you can easily load up to 500 lbs. into your truck!


    I would play with it too much.:blush:
     
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    My brother and I built one for his Jeep... We used 1" square tubing with some flat 3/16" for under bracing. It has sides on it similar to a roof rack.... No pics, but I can try and get some.
     
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    I *believe* Cabela's sells these things for a real good price...

    hitch haul

    Same size, half price, carries double the weight?

    Anyways, for that price, unless I had ALL the metal around, it wouldn't be worth making. Even if you have the metal, your time and tools have to be worth that price!
     
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    I have an aluminum one. Same size, same weight rating, less than half as heavy. It makes taking it off and on a piece of cake.
     
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