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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:32 pm 
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Been a busy fall. Finally got up to my vacation home to prototype a system for loading/carrying the PA in the bed of my new truck using a bed extender.

I scavenged one of the bunks from my PA trailer setup. I cut 2x4's and beveled one end to create a pointed edge. I framed these perpendicular to the bunk to create a track to match the troughs/indentations in the underside of the PA as well as I could. I soon learned that these troughs are not staight paths. They arch slightly. I made the tracks in two sections to roughly line up with the inflection point under at the front scuppers under the seat area.

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I attached the bunk to the end of the bed extender and laid out the tracks in the truck bed. The bunk provdes some protection during loading.

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It worked out pretty well. I need to make some mods to improve the fit of the tracks to the troughs, etc. I also plan to carpet the tracks.

Here's a few more pics with more on Photobucket: http://s272.photobucket.com/albums/jj187/bob_mccollum/PA%20truck%20loading/

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Tight lines.

Bob

PS: I apologize for the crappy iPhone pics.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 9:22 pm 
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nice! how hopefully no one will rear end you! :o


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:31 pm 
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Yeah. I'm thinking about mounting trailer lights on the end of the extender frame to prevent an incident.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:55 am 
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TroutNoDoubt wrote:
Yeah. I'm thinking about mounting trailer lights on the end of the extender frame to prevent an incident.


Attaching a battery powered bicycle tail light to the PA handle works well, is inexpensive, and easily detachable.

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