TS Custom Bed Cover

Havock

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Well I threw the bed cover in the Titan tonight and snapped a few pics. I started it last July for our 2500 mile trip to Florida. I have had it in the garage since then to seal and repaint it. The next and final step is to put spray in bed liner on top instead of the black enamel paint. I also installed 6 cleats to provide tie down points on top of the bed cover. It is extremely strong so it can support more weight than I will ever need. Consequently is it a little heavy, but maybe my next one will be lighter and still really strong.



The middle legs are hinged to swing up and out of the way when not needed. the outside legs have the long runners that are cantilevered to allow for the cover to be installed, removed over the 1" lip up on the tailgate. The top sheets slide into the utilitrack, and that is a piece of insulation to cushion the tailgate when it shuts so it doesn't crash into the plywood. It went through torrential storms in Florida and barely got any water inside, which was much to my amazement! And with the tailgate locked, it is totally secure.
 

Havock

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Yeah, but it isn't too bad since I don't haul that much stuff. On our trip to Florida last summer, it handled all our luggage and other crap just fine. I have never really built anything before and I managed to design and build that one in 2 days before our vacation. I just have had it in my garage for the past 10 months because we didn't have it water sealed.



I think my next version will use some angle iron or some other metal to give it strength without the use of the legs.
 

Agent47

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too bad i don't have the utility track or else i would have done the same thing!!! looks cool Havoline!!!
 

Austin

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I know you're supposed to get better mileage with a toneau, but I've had covers and canopies on all my trucks and I've never seen a change in fuel mileage.



Did you?
 

Havock

New Member
[quote name='Clint']Will the spray liner coating make it much heavier to handle? That stuff goes on thick.



Clint[/quote]Never used it before, so I have no idea how it will affect the weight.
 

Havock

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[quote name='Austin']I know you're supposed to get better mileage with a toneau, but I've had covers and canopies on all my trucks and I've never seen a change in fuel mileage.



Did you?[/quote]Have only used it on the trip to Florida last July and for a few weeks around town this month. End result is that the trip to Florida was our first real highway trip, so we had no baseline. Around town the past few weeks, I have not seen anything definite on the gas mileage.
 

Havock

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[quote name='Austin'][quote name='Havock']End result is that the trip to Florida was our first real highway trip, so we had no baseline.[/quote]



Bummer... I say you do the trip to Florida again, this time with an open bed <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/002.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt001' />[/quote]No thanks. Even if it cost me a little mileage, it was worth it to keep our stuff dry (through torrential thunderstorms) and locked safe while we were at the hotel, beach, etc.
 
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