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So I'v been working on some renovations and finally got tired of borrowing my father's van for drywall... (4x8 sheets slide nicely into a full size cargo van!).

As they say, necessity is the mother of all innovation, or something like that, so this is my version of a poor-mans ladder rack. Lumber isn't so bad: just prop it over a closed 'gate and ratchet it down. Drywall is a little harder to carry w/out b****ing it up. I plan to eventually paint it up and use it for canoes also.

Loaded up: could carry more if you extend the side supports.


From below: utilitrack tie-does help secure the 2x4 as well as a mounting point for the ratchets.


Frame: two 2x4's up front with center supports. The rear portion is held in place by the vertical 2x4 in it's bed slot along with the tie-down.


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That's putting the ol' noggin to use. :goodjob:
 

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Thanks! It wasn't really intended to be permanent - my fathers van isn't running and I really wanted to get some drywall for next week, so I just broke down and slapped it together. Only took 30-45mins to make, and I wouldn't feel *too* bad about tearing it down if I desperately need the lumber.

I never honestly thought that I'd put those lumber slots to much use.

PS - any tips on hauling 16' 2x6's? My brother says he puts them through his cab window, rests them on dash/tailgate (F350)...

The bottom sil of this sliding window is raised up a bit: at that angle the 2x6 would be in the middle of the windshield on the frontier.
 

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So I'v been working on some renovations and finally got tired of borrowing my father's van for drywall... (4x8 sheets slide nicely into a full size cargo van!).

As they say, necessity is the mother of all innovation, or something like that, so this is my version of a poor-mans ladder rack. Lumber isn't so bad: just prop it over a closed 'gate and ratchet it down. Drywall is a little harder to carry w/out b****ing it up. I plan to eventually paint it up and use it for canoes also.

Loaded up: could carry more if you extend the side supports.


From below: utilitrack tie-does help secure the 2x4 as well as a mounting point for the ratchets.


Frame: two 2x4's up front with center supports. The rear portion is held in place by the vertical 2x4 in it's bed slot along with the tie-down.


Another angle:
Yeh Buddy, you should be proud of that home-made rack. it looks great and guaranteed to last 10 times longer than any chinese made crap you could buy.
 

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i would get a trailer for 16ft boards
 

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That looks terrific
 

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that looks great, just need to paint it...
Agreed: I got some funny looks at the guy at HD, but he said 'I have a ladder rack and don't even use it'.

Just figured I'd throw some pictures out there for those looking for ideas.

Cheers,
Jamie
 

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good job, Jamie! I've thought of making something like this, now I have a design to copy! :)
I can post up dimensions if you want: pretty much just cut everything to fit.

With 10sheets of 1/2" and a sheet of 3/8" I was loaded at about 550#: that's close to the max of most commercial racks.
 

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I had to haul 16 footers the other day. Built a little rack in the bed right behind the sliding window. This supported the load and I stuck it through the slider into the cab. Strapped the load down onto the tailgate.
 
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