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  1. LorenzoValla

    LorenzoValla Member

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    This is a simple project meant for the daily use (not off roading). Will work with any current model F150.

    Shortly after I bought by previous F150 (2015 Lariat), I put a 2x6 in the bed wall slots as a divider to help keep stuff near the tailgate. I live in a real hilly area so nothing just stays there even on very short trips.

    The 2x6 worked fine, but was tricky to get in and out because of the boxlink anchor. So I then notched out the ends and that did the trick. Later, I put in some egg crates because they hold a propane cannister pretty well, and to keep them from sliding around I wedged in a 2x2. I had this setup for a few years and it worked pretty well, except for 2 things. One is that the 2x6 was just heavy enough that I needed to get into the bed to remove it or put it back. And putting stuff to the right of the egg crates still sometimes made a big mess (I tend to bring home small plants for my yard quite a bit).

    So today I picked up a 1/4 sheet of plywood and made a simple tray. I also notched out some of the interior of the 2x6 to reduce the its weight. Both problems solved.

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    1/4 sheet of plywood (about 1/2" thick)
    1 red bull
    3 drops of blood
    1 swear word (lower than expected)

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    notched out 2x6:
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    New tray on the right (for republicans):
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    New tray on the left (for democrats):
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    New tray in the middle (for undecided voters):
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  2. smurfslayer

    smurfslayer Be vewwy, vewwy quiet. We’re hunting sasquatch77

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    Pretty crafty.
     
  3. 911 Crazy

    911 Crazy FRF Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    You really do need to go back to work, don't you?
     
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    Droid kglesq's Brother

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    Nice work.

    I'm tempted to bolt a pelican case to a BuiltRight rack, just for hitch and recovery gear. Wish Swingcases weren't made of brittilium.
     
  5. LorenzoValla

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    Hah. I work from home, so I'm lucky that not much has changed for me or my family during this apocalypse. What I really need to do is get away from home and hit the road. :)
     
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    I'm considering adding some D-rings to the bed via the factory bolts and then strap down a tool box for recovery gear when needed.
     
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    911 Crazy FRF Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    Lotsa us need road trips!
     
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    Chris Mies Full Access Member

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    I've used two milk crates captured with bungee straps for years now. Functional and flexible. Not for off-roading.
     
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    Haha I did something similar a few weeks ago. Left side measured to hold my HPA systems air lift, center and right for misc stuff or groceries. All the dividers are removable.

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    Gotta ask, off topic but how well does the air lift work and what are you using for a compressor? Thanks.
     

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