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Old 08-02-2016, 02:25 PM   #11
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Looks fugly.
Well, yes, there is that!

The BedRug Bed Mat or similar might be better.
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Old 08-02-2016, 02:32 PM   #12
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Well, yes, there is that!

The BedRug Bed Mat or similar might be better.
Something like the BedRug would look better, but is it as thick as the rails are high?
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Old 08-02-2016, 03:37 PM   #13
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Assuming you have the space to store it, I am thinking that a couple of 2x4s cut to the length of the bed and laid on the outside of the rails and a third 2x4 cut into 3 pieces and laid down the middle of the bed, overlaid with a piece of 1/2 or 3/4 inch plywood cut to fit (wouldn't have to be attached to the 2x4s) would provide an easily installed/easily removed flat surface for the occasional times one might find a flat bed surface desireable.
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Something like the BedRug would look better, but is it as thick as the rails are high?
In the photo I saw, I think so, but it would be wise to check. The various BedRug products are different thicknesses, and the Bed Mat is relatively thick, with a 3/4" foam backing. Even if it is a little lower than the tops of the rails, the rails have rounded sides so it might be okay.
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In the photo I saw, I think so, but it would be wise to check. The various BedRug products are different thicknesses, and the Bed Mat is relatively thick, with a 3/4" foam backing. Even if it is a little lower than the tops of the rails, the rails have rounded sides so it might be okay.
Brian, the only question I would have is wouldn't the Bed Mat compress. The OP indicates at times he might want to move large kitchen appliances. While a foam backed mat may make the bed appear to be (somewhat) even with the top of the rails (appearance), but would it serve to keep the appliance from rocking (function) on the bed of the truck. I'm not familiar with the Bed Mat product, so I really dont know. I mean, if it were me and I wanted to move something large and was worried about interference/problems from the rails, I would just place dunnage around the rails, put the object on top of it and tie the object down.
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The OP indicates at times he might want to move large kitchen appliances.
I'd rent a utility trailer, if for no other reason than the deck is a lot lower than any pickup. Oh my aching back!
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I'd rent a utility trailer, if for no other reason than the deck is a lot lower than any pickup. Oh my aching back!
Couldn't you just get your cabana boy to do the hard work?
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Couldn't you just get your cabana boy to do the hard work?
No, he's to busy mixing cocktails
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As I am refining my options/necessities for my planed F150 order, it occurs to me that I've never heard (or seen) any mention of an after-market product that would raise the bed to make it level with the 5th wheel rails. I would think that some type of injection molded, honeycomb panels (trimmed to fit) would work. Is anyone aware of such a product?
I would keep it simple like Jim said and just throw a piece of 3/8 plywood over the rails if needed. When we had our truck camper I had a sheet in the bed for almost ten years with thousands of miles with nary a problem. Hauled dirt, rocks ect.

Had a bed rug when I was running with a canopy, they are nice but I wouldn't put dirt on top of one. Scott

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