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Old 10-09-2014, 02:48 PM   #41
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It would not be that big of a task. I would estimate about 40 -50 hrs of labor/cutting/welding/etc. an approx. $4-500 in material not including the ramps.
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Old 10-10-2014, 12:17 PM   #42
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You also need to think about where to store the ramps, once the cart is up there. If you do get it all figured out I'm sure you could make a few bucks if you patten the idea.
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Old 10-10-2014, 01:06 PM   #43
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Just thinking out loud again...
I wonder if you could take truck camper mounts, the ones that would be closest to the cab of the truck, and use them as an anchor point for the rear of the rack?
Most trucks these days have the frame exposed on the front of the truck to mount "tow hooks" so you could tie the rack into that up front.
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You also need to think about where to store the ramps, once the cart is up there. If you do get it all figured out I'm sure you could make a few bucks if you patten the idea.
Either truck bed or part of the rack itself. I just always assumed of securing them in the truck bed.


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Just thinking out loud again...
I wonder if you could take truck camper mounts, the ones that would be closest to the cab of the truck, and use them as an anchor point for the rear of the rack?
Most trucks these days have the frame exposed on the front of the truck to mount "tow hooks" so you could tie the rack into that up front.
The truck camper mounts are a good idea. If I know my wife- she'll want the truck clean and pure when it's taken off so that it's all pretty-pretty.

I was hoping the front could be taken to the wheel well area instead of the far front of the truck just to try and keep it out of the site vision. Back when I carried kayaks on my car and whatnot, she never cared for even the bow lines.
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...The truck camper mounts are a good idea. If I know my wife- she'll want the truck clean and pure when it's taken off so that it's all pretty-pretty. I was hoping the front could be taken to the wheel well area instead of the far front of the truck just to try and keep it out of the site vision. Back when I carried kayaks on my car and whatnot, she never cared for even the bow lines.
If you look, there is nothing in the fenderwells to hook to. You need to go to the front frame horns. With all the restrictions you are imposing, it is impossible to do unless you invent a skyhook. I was willing to work on it, but will withdraw and go back to reading a book.
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Old 10-10-2014, 06:59 PM   #46
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You need to think outside the box. Pull motor out of truck and install in golf cart. Install hitch in golf cart. There you have it a diesel golf cart that can pull your 5er. I am sure Old Coot and Turbs can engineer it.
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If you look, there is nothing in the fenderwells to hook to. You need to go to the front frame horns. With all the restrictions you are imposing, it is impossible to do unless you invent a skyhook. I was willing to work on it, but will withdraw and go back to reading a book.
Pie-in-the-sky, baby! My wife and I are extremely "particular" (ok, excessively and neurotically picky may be more like it). We've spent our lives going after what I've deemed "the magic third option" where A) and B) are the only possible (or reasonable) options. She or we aren't 100% happy with them and we do everything we can to come up with the magic 3rd option (usually at great expense, hassle, and aggregation).

So, that said- would it be possible to go laterally out from the frame tow hook supports (or angle/making a triangle) for support as long as the verticals are out of the main sight-line.

But again, this is just a pie-in-the-sky exercise; we don't even have a golf cart or budget for saving up for one yet. So- just know that any brain cycles or design exercises are solely theoretical.
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You have to determine where you consider your main line of site. The verticals only would be approx. 1-1/2" in dia or sq.
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She didn't like when I used blue ropes to tie down the fronts of our kayaks. I think coming up from the corners of the vehicle would be acceptable.

What would be idea is having the supports near the base of the windshield so that the door pillars block the view of them, but that's getting quite away from the front of the truck.
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I know someone already posted this pic but I think it's what you are after.



Looks like the vertical supports are far enough to the outside that it might not be as distracting. This looks like it would be ideal if you could end the platform at the rear of the cab and tie into the frame with supports there (like truck camper tie downs).
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