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BarabooBob

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Posted: 12/01/20 02:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When I built my garage I built it with 10' walls so that I could store kayaks, canoes and my truck topper above my vehicles and out of the way. The trusses were built to be load bearing. The engineer that designed the trusses said that he was surprised more people didn't do it. I just hook my topper to the overhead winch with the attached eye bolts and hit the button. My wife keeps telling me to work smart, not hard. She lets me buy some great toys.


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joe&julie81

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I built a rack / shelf in the corner of my backyard, the height of the bed rails of my dually, to store it on. With the tailgate down I can back up to the rack, unclamp the topper, get inside and lift it with my back, and walk it / slide it onto the rack, by myself. It's a fiberglass eight footer, heavy for my son and I to lift to or from the ground. This way is pretty easy so far, although I haven't done it in reverse to load it back on. I don't think it would be any harder. I built the rack 8 feet wide by 6 feet deep, out of 4x4's and 2x6's, for about $100, pressure treated.


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