Vehicle gear transport pic thread

27RMT0N

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WA
Thanks for all the positivity everyone, glad people like the setup. I don't want to derail this thread and make it all about me, but I'll say a few more things, because I would have loved to have had this info when I was trying to figure it all out.

When I was starting the business on my own, my old boss mentioned a setup like this a friend of his had. All I had to go by was "he made a plywood box with this "tarp system" for unloading chips, and tool boxes on the sides'. Searched a bunch of tree forums for images/discussions, but didn't find anything like what I wanted to build. From there I just figured it out on my own, building it onto the back of the truck as I was in my first ever months of being self employed, working and driving around with it in various stages which was kind of amusing.

And because I think it is important to mention for material longevity: all sides/ends/faces/whatever, of every piece of wood (that wasn't pressure treated) was primed and given two good coats of paint before being put together, so there is no unsealed wood for water to get in and start it rotting. Then there is the calking in all the seams, so no chips/dust/etc can go between the chip box and tool boxes, and no air or water can enter the tool boxes, other than a very small gap around the doors. That provides a tiny bit of air exchange, but keeps everything totally dry and out of the elements.

I'm not a skilled builder by any means, but I can cut plywood and 2x", so that's what I did. The chip box is pressure treated plywood on the bottom (since that will never really air out), 3/4" the rest of the way around, pressure treated 4x4s on all 6 uprights and framed basically like a wall. The inside of the tunnel is totally smooth, which is critical for chips sliding out easily. The tool boxes are essentially separate units built onto the sides of the chip box with some 2x4, some 2x2 and 5/8" plywood, and sits on the bedsides with a bit of rubber between. It's just wood, fasteners and paint, all from Home Depot.

Here are some 'in progress' pictures if anyone wants to see more of how it is put together:

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There was a guy on the forums like 15 years ago named “ Tree Machine” that had almost that same setup but older truck. Are you him @27RMT0N ?
Doesn’t matter really, just curious.
Very cool setup :)

Nope, wasn't me, I'm far too young for that ;)
 
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96coal449

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earth
I don't want to derail this thread and make it all about me
Not derailed or made all about you at all. You have shared a great operational system.
It works! Built on a budget to boot!

I'm sure someone will copy this setup down the road.

This is why I created this thread. To see what some have done for their gear solutions. Especially on the daily load out.
 

96coal449

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earth
One day I'll get a bedslide.
I forgot to add this in yesterday.

I have a mid 90s one ton reg cab pickup with an 8' box. I would like to make this my dedicated chase truck. Tow vehicle, with a Cummins conversion and 6spd manual. Fuel transfer tank behind the cab. I have a 105gal L style designed to go under and forwards of a regular cross bed tool box. Instead of the conventional tool box, I'd like to custom build a slide out tool box that takes up the remainder of the bed space. Slightly taller then the bed walls and with a rear door, and side doors. Aluminum would be my choice of material, including the slide system.
Gotta keep the weight down for 105gals of fuel and all that gear capacity.
 

AdkEric

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Adirondacks
I forgot to add this in yesterday.

I have a mid 90s one ton reg cab pickup with an 8' box. I would like to make this my dedicated chase truck. Tow vehicle, with a Cummins conversion and 6spd manual. Fuel transfer tank behind the cab. I have a 105gal L style designed to go under and forwards of a regular cross bed tool box. Instead of the conventional tool box, I'd like to custom build a slide out tool box that takes up the remainder of the bed space. Slightly taller then the bed walls and with a rear door, and side doors. Aluminum would be my choice of material, including the slide system.
Gotta keep the weight down for 105gals of fuel and all that gear capacity.

That would be the bees knees for a gear hauling pickup truck, I'd think.
 

Jehinten

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Location
Evansville
Still making a few changes here and there before painting but here is how I've been hauling my gear. F350 with a 12x8 flatbed. I built an 8x8 toolbox 16" high to hold all of my rigging & climbing gear, ropes and saws. Along with work signs, poles saws and any other gear needed. On top of the box rides a debris tub, clamshells, BMG rake and occasionally a hydraulic winch for the mini. The mini skid parks in the 4 foot space in front of the box and plywood sheeting goes between the mini and the cab.


This box is made of 3/4 plywood and 2x4 and 2x2, all pressure treated and is removable by pulling the stakes from the pockets and lifting the box from a limb with a rigging rope and mini. Of course I empty the toolbox before removal from the truck. 20200806_080714.jpg 20200806_080308.jpg
 

96coal449

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earth
Still making a few changes here and there before painting but here is how I've been hauling my gear. F350 with a 12x8 flatbed. I built an 8x8 toolbox 16" high to hold all of my rigging & climbing gear, ropes and saws. Along with work signs, poles saws and any other gear needed. On top of the box rides a debris tub, clamshells, BMG rake and occasionally a hydraulic winch for the mini. The mini skid parks in the 4 foot space in front of the box and plywood sheeting goes between the mini and the cab.


This box is made of 3/4 plywood and 2x4 and 2x2, all pressure treated and is removable by pulling the stakes from the pockets and lifting the box from a limb with a rigging rope and mini. Of course I empty the toolbox before removal from the truck. View attachment 69706 View attachment 69707
That's an awesome daily load out. Another member thinking outside the box with home ingenuity.

Well done.
 

96coal449

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earth
Hey Tom, let's do something different with this and create a contest for "Best daily load outs. Ready to handle most."

Truck names included for nominations and hold a poll.

Just a thought for a something different and a little fun.

What do you say? ......could be interesting.
 

Jonny

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Location
Buffalo
To take advantage of a little more usable space, get a small weatherproof toolbox, bolt it to the top of a chipper or trailer fender, and bolt a small vise to the top of the toolbox. Box is handy for files, screnches, spare chains or whatever else, and depending what size box you stick on there, the vise may be at a comfy height for sharpening saws.
My chains are so much sharper if I use a vise.
 

Tr33Climb3r

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Wisconsin
This is a great thread! It brings me back to when I was a kid and my dad had built plywood tool boxes on his truck. I know there are some pictures of the truck and chipper when he was finished with it. This was on a 1/2 ton truck I believe. Then he upgraded to a dodge 3500 one ton. We still have this truck in the fleet.
 

OasisTree

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Central Missouri
Pickup truck here. This is headed to a no clean up job, otherwise you might spot a leaf blower in there and a dump trailer in tow. One day I'll get a bedslide. View attachment 69639 View attachment 69640
Here is a bit of feedback on that - I have a bed-slide in my 6.5' half ton bed, its super nice but does cut into your bed space. It is just my bid truck, what I can haul on it is a foldup ladder, 2 ropes, 2 saws, spurs, chaps, 1 rake and 2 small pole saws. There would be room for maybe another saw, but not a lot more.

Not sure if it is the best option for lots of gear, because if you load up the corners of the bed stuff can fall down along the side and keep you from being able to pull it out.
 

AdkEric

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Adirondacks
Here is a bit of feedback on that - I have a bed-slide in my 6.5' half ton bed, its super nice but does cut into your bed space. It is just my bid truck, what I can haul on it is a foldup ladder, 2 ropes, 2 saws, spurs, chaps, 1 rake and 2 small pole saws. There would be room for maybe another saw, but not a lot more.

Not sure if it is the best option for lots of gear, because if you load up the corners of the bed stuff can fall down along the side and keep you from being able to pull it out.
Thank you for the feedback. My biggest concern with the bed slide is the dead space where the bed contours around the wheel wells. Seems like it becomes wasted space. I've been considering a service/utility bed built to my specs as well.
 

Tayer

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Location
North east
I’ve got a gmc 1500 with a tailgate unloader tarp system for $50 from harbor freight. And an enclosed trailer that houses my 5” power king chipper and yard max mini track skidder. Also all of my 7 saws, ropes, poles saws, hedge trimmers, blowers, rigging and climbing gear. The 16’ orchard ladder is locked to the racks on top. The brush mower usually isn’t in there I borrowed it for a job this weekend. Whole set up is awesome for pruning and removals I push for chipping into the woods as well as the customer keeping firewood when I can.
 

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Reach

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Atglen, PA
I’ve got a gmc 1500 with a tailgate unloader tarp system for $50 from harbor freight. And an enclosed trailer that houses my 5” power king chipper and yard max mini track skidder. Also all of my 7 saws, ropes, poles saws, hedge trimmers, blowers, rigging and climbing gear. The 16’ orchard ladder is locked to the racks on top. The brush mower usually isn’t in there I borrowed it for a job this weekend. Whole set up is awesome for pruning and removals I push for chipping into the woods as well as the customer keeping firewood when I can.
Looking good! I like the setup, I have a thing for well designed equipment trailers.
 

27RMT0N

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WA
Looking good! I like the setup, I have a thing for well designed equipment trailers.
Agree. Honestly I think it's a super under-utilized setup.

Edit: Because it can be moved from truck to truck as needed, keeps everything organized, out of the weather and out of sight.
 
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Merle Nelson

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SF Bay Area, CA
@27RMTON I thought of you when I saw this picture. Couldn't find the other thread where you showed your build a bit more and said something like you had wanted your chip body in aluminum but didn't have time etc. (Eloquip site.)
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That is based on an insert dump unit by the way.
 

27RMT0N

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WA
@27RMTON I thought of you when I saw this picture. Couldn't find the other thread where you showed your build a bit more and said something like you had wanted your chip body in aluminum but didn't have time etc. (Eloquip site.)
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That is based on an insert dump unit by the way.

Neat setup, that's the first commercial product I've ever seen in that kind of form factor.
 

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