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    DIY Tonneau Cover Ideas?

    I'm thinking of going on a road trip and would like to have a cover for my truck bed. Last time I went I was able to fit my 26" Camber in the extra cab of my Tacoma, I just had to take the wheels off and seatpost out. This time I'm thinking of bringing two bikes and it would be nice to have just a few things in the cab. The cover wouldn't have to be super secure, just enough to prevent loss while I make a pit stop at the gas station or go inside a restaurant for a meal. I'd still bring the bikes and bags into the motel at night.

    I've got plenty of wood to make one, just can't seem to find anything I like on the internet. I'd like it to be in three sections so it would be easy to store when not in use. I'd also like to avoid drilling holes into the bed rails, so I'm looking for ideas on how to clamp something to them. I don't have a locking tailgate so I'm thinking I might need some kind of panel that locks just inside the gate.

    Truck is a 2000 Toyota Tacoma Xtra-cab with full size bed. Thanks in advance for any help!
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    just build a wooden box with bolts so it can be taken apart.
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    I don't want anything more than panels and rails or a frame the panels lay on. I want it to be light so it doesn't drop my mpgs too much.
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    I got a ride down to Mexico and he just threw mesh over the whole thing. Tuck it in around the sides and it works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark_BC View Post
    I got a ride down to Mexico and he just threw mesh over the whole thing. Tuck it in around the sides and it works great.
    I'm afraid of Americans...

    I'm also thinking I might like to stop at a few trails along the way for quick rides, so I wouldn't want to leave my stuff out like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deke505 View Post
    Some good ideas here, but needs to be easier to break down when not in use. I was wanting the panels to set inside the bed rails, which would be neater looking, but wouldn't be so neat in the rain...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    I'm afraid of Americans...

    I'm also thinking I might like to stop at a few trails along the way for quick rides, so I wouldn't want to leave my stuff out like that.
    Your best bets is either that screwed-in wood cover... or locked camper shell/fiberglass bed hood. Sorry, the latter is not cheap... but implementing cheap protection for something as expensive as our bikes should be re-thought.
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    I'm sorry, but there's too many parameters to follow to make you happy Korn.

    Alright here's an idea. Get a piece of plexiglass cut the size of the bed. Implement some metal rails around the edge of the bed for the plexiglass to slide into. Take black spray paint and paint the under side of the plexiglass to prevent it being translucent. Implement a lock through a hole at each back corner near the tailgate to put padlocks through, done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cayenne_Pepa View Post
    Your best bets is either that screwed-in wood cover... or locked camper shell/fiberglass bed hood. Sorry, the latter is not cheap... but implementing cheap protection for something as expensive as our bikes should be re-thought.
    I actually have a fiberglass topper that I bought for $100 a while back. It's a POS and doesn't fit right, and it's too heavy. I would prolly trust something I build over that thing anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I'm sorry, but there's too many parameters to follow to make you happy Korn.

    Alright here's an idea. Get a piece of plexiglass cut the size of the bed. Implement some metal rails around the edge of the bed for the plexiglass to slide into. Take black spray paint and paint the under side of the plexiglass to prevent it being translucent. Implement a lock through a hole at each back corner near the tailgate to put padlocks through, done.
    You're probably right. I think I've figured out how I'm going to build one with the materials I already have. Plexi and metal rails would be too expensive for this cheapskate.
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    I took the idea of bolting/screwing on strips underneath the bed rails and the overlapping panels in the video Deke posted and applied them to my design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    I took the idea of bolting/screwing on strips underneath the bed rails and the overlapping panels in the video Deke posted and applied them to my design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deke505 View Post
    to compicated, just buy a cargo van.
    In high school wood shop I built a sleeping platform with storage underneath for the bed of my Mazda B2000. I lost interest in it and left it there after I graduated, lol.

    I didn't have enough plywood to cover the bed, so I'm going to use this OSB sub-flooring, I think.

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    Something something piano hinge something...
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    No hinges of any kind, please.

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    I was thinking of a way to access the entire left or right side with one panel movement. So, a hinge running down the fore-aft centerline. You could flip the right side over the left or vice-versa.

    But instead of a hinge, your tongue & groove seam could run fore-aft.

    edit: not a truck owner so TIFWIW
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    Quote Originally Posted by the one ring View Post
    I was thinking of a way to access the entire left or right side with one panel movement. So, a hinge running down the fore-aft centerline. You could flip the right side over the left or vice-versa.

    But instead of a hinge, your tongue & groove seam could run fore-aft.

    edit: not a truck owner so TIFWIW
    I could see that for something more permanent, but I just want something I can throw on/take off in minutes and be on my way.

    The thing I like best about a pickup is the versatility. Sure, I'd like a better topper, but I know that I'd need to move a fridge as soon as I put one on.

    I'd really like to get a 4Runner to have as a road trip/recreation vehicle, but that's not happening for a while.
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