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Old 05-08-2019, 07:30 AM   #1
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One person camper shell for Chevy S10 pickup


I have a Chevy S10 pickup truck and I'd like to use it more to move plants and things like that, sometimes, and other times use it to haul dirt.

Tarping is NOT adequate for the plants, especially over long distances of 100+ miles.

I'd like a camper shell that's removable and installable by ONE person, who's not Superman (or -woman) like lil' old 60-ish me.

I guess I could do a bespoke ad hoc thingie, but maybe one of our beloved DIY Chatters might have some great thoughts in your hip pockets?

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Canvas camper shell.

https://www.autoanything.com/hitch-b...RoCYYAQAvD_BwE

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Do you have a garage?




This one would be better if he could drop it on the truck, all he had to do was turn it around.

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I have a lift mounted for my Jeep hard top. It works off a drill or hand crank. Takes a few minutes to take it on and off. I only take it off for the summer and I put it back on for hunting season. It works wellAnd is pretty easy


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Do you have a garage?





This one would be better if he could drop it on the truck, all he had to do was turn it around.

Do I have a garage???

I have a garage, but the door's been removed, and it's now just a giant laundry room. Everything parks outside.

That's a really slick rig, though! Might motivate me to rig something in front of the garage.

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Canvas camper shell.

https://www.autoanything.com/hitch-b...RoCYYAQAvD_BwE

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That is slicker'n cat poop on linoleum! A bit pricey, but it's a great thought!
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I have a lift mounted for my Jeep hard top. It works off a drill or hand crank. Takes a few minutes to take it on and off. I only take it off for the summer and I put it back on for hunting season. It works wellAnd is pretty easy


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Hey Dave... those old school aluminum toppers are crazy light. But if the truck is really nice it still takes 2 people to load it to keep it from scratching up the paint on your truck.

When we finished our attached garage I built a hoist structure to remove the hardtop on our Jeep, and built a "caddy" to sit the top on and roll it into the corner. You could do something similar.

The post is a basement support column. It's removed when not in use. There is a hole in the ceiling for the pole to engage the end of the support beam.

Beam laying on the trusses is supported at both ends. The basement support column engages the loose end, and the column is screwed upward. This means no load on the trusses from the beam.
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Some ingenuity displayed by all. I'll just say make sure the topper has a sunroof to haul those palm trees you've been dealing with
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Hey Dave... those old school aluminum toppers are crazy light. But if the truck is really nice it still takes 2 people to load it to keep it from scratching up the paint on your truck.

When we finished our attached garage I built a hoist structure to remove the hardtop on our Jeep, and built a "caddy" to sit the top on and roll it into the corner. You could do something similar.

The post is a basement support column. It's removed when not in use. There is a hole in the ceiling for the pole to engage the end of the support beam.

Beam laying on the trusses is supported at both ends. The basement support column engages the loose end, and the column is screwed upward. This means no load on the trusses from the beam.
Your garage is nicer than much of my house!

As noted above, I don't really have a garage for all that rigging. But it might be worth putting up something outside.
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Gonna take my top off this weekend. Iíll send one then


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This is what I have. Except I strap the Jeep top to the bottom of the rack. Then crank it all the way to the ceiling. I just use a battery powered drill to crank it. I donít have any pictures with the top in the air but will post one when I take it off. I plan on it this weekend unless something changes. It was roughly about $250



You can look at videos. I canít figure how to post a link. ďRacor lift Jeep top liftĒ on you tube is the shortest video that will give you the concept

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Your garage is nicer than much of my house!

As noted above, I don't really have a garage for all that rigging. But it might be worth putting up something outside.
A big ole tree and a block-n-tackle would get the job done too!

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Gonna take my top off this weekend. I’ll send one then
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Only takes maybe 10 minutes to get top off. Whole process by the time I gather the drill, bits and radio. Then remove the windows maybe 30 minutes

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