If I'm buying/building a brand new truck I'm not going to ghetto it up with some homemade plywood chip box.Stake dumps are easy and inexpensive to build plywood boxes on. The steel stake sides add a lot of sturdy reinforcement to the lower 4’ of the box.
You’re welcome! Eby can probably do the build, but I’m not sure Gap Hill certainly can handle it, everything they do is custom. They’re a small Amish shop though, so they don’t have email or a website, and their only phone is outside in a separate building, but they return calls pretty well. If you end up driving cross country to see them, let me know and we can meet up here somewhere. I’ll introduce you to the Gap Arborist gang too, if you don’t know them already.Reach, thanks for the aluminum bed builder info. I want to do a hook lift aluminum chip box and the only builders I could find were in Canada.
I just want to throw out that those things are expensive, but they're a royal pain and a lot of downtime if you do them yourself.So far quotes have come in at between 19 and 29k. These mf’ers are out of their minds. The L pack boxes I can buy for between $3-4K and the hoist is another $2500 ish (those are prices I can get them at I’m guessing they get them much cheaper).
So they’re charging Well over 10 k for the equivalent of a glorified dumpster. I might be in the wrong business.
I’ll second that! As one who has installed beds, and has a shop that can handle it, I will still avoid it if possible. A new truck is definitely going to have the bed professionally installed, it’s too much work to do it in our shop, and if something goes wrong, it’s the installers problem.I just want to throw out that those things are expensive, but they're a royal pain and a lot of downtime if you do them yourself.
You still end up paying more if you value your time.
Building a good-looking dump box for a truck sounds pretty simple until you do it.