Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts!

Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts! (http://www.fordrangerforum.com/)
-   Fabrication and Tool Tech (http://www.fordrangerforum.com/fabrication-and-tool-tech/)
-   -   Help me design a rack to haul a boat (http://www.fordrangerforum.com/fabrication-and-tool-tech/33792-help-design-rack-haul-boat.html)

ObsoleteE 05-18-2011 06:14 PM

Help me design a rack to haul a boat
 
Today I picked up a 14' aluminum boat, and I want help designing a rack so that I can haul the boat above the cab/bed. I've got a tool box in my bed, so this pretty much rules out a traditional ladder rack, but I would consider one if a better option isn't found. I will likely have to build this rack out of wood because I do not have access to a welder. Here are some pictures to help you guys out.

Here is a good side view for drawing purposes.
http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/m...cksideview.jpg

Here is the truck with my tool box installed.
http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/m...E/IMAG0345.jpg

The boat.
http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/m...E/IMAG0406.jpg
http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/m...IMAG0405-1.jpg

ObsoleteE 05-18-2011 06:35 PM

Re: Help me design a rack to haul a boat
 
Here is my first idea. Pretty much straight forward, but I would put a pad between the cab roof and frame to prevent scratches.
http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/m...ackdesign1.jpg

mudrider1322 05-18-2011 07:02 PM

Re: Help me design a rack to haul a boat
 
Looks like you pretty much have it figured out, the only thing I would add was maybe some diagonal supports connecting the front legs to the part of the frame over the cab so that you don't stress the connection point over time.

TerrenceStuart 05-18-2011 07:41 PM

Re: Help me design a rack to haul a boat
 
ever thought about getting a trailer for the boat? those are a bitch to take on and off by yourself.

ObsoleteE 05-18-2011 07:48 PM

Re: Help me design a rack to haul a boat
 
I have, but I will already be pulling another trailer. Does anyone know if a ladder rack off of an S10 would fit? I found this on CL.
http://rochester.craigslist.org/pts/2330627950.html

HazardousRanger 05-18-2011 10:01 PM

Re: Help me design a rack to haul a boat
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ObsoleteE (Post 425497)
Here is my first idea. Pretty much straight forward, but I would put a pad between the cab roof and frame to prevent scratches.
http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/m...ackdesign1.jpg

very similar to the one i gave u :) stoill think a support on the rail would be good

----------

Quote:

Originally Posted by ObsoleteE (Post 425642)
I have, but I will already be pulling another trailer. Does anyone know if a ladder rack off of an S10 would fit? I found this on CL.
http://rochester.craigslist.org/pts/2330627950.html

if the s10 beds are the same size yes but i dont think they are

bcghosttowns 05-18-2011 10:13 PM

Re: Help me design a rack to haul a boat
 
Wood wont be strong enough,and if you do make it strong enough it will be so over built it will look stupid.I know because i just went through this.I also had a tool box and what i did was buy an adjustable rack off ebay and modify it so the tool box still fit.Real cheap and looked good,actually probly cheaper than you can build one from wood.

----------

Here is a pic of the rack,i cant find one after i modded it but all i did was cut off the front gusset,the rack went on first then the tool box mounted on top of that and was bolted to the bed sides right through the rack as well.It worked great.I would love to sell it to you but i would want $125 for it and the shipping would kill you.They sell them here at Princess auto so i am sure they are out there but like i said i got this one off Ebay.


http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/3...ust2010078.jpg

----------

----------

http://shop.ebay.ca/i.html?_nkw=ladd....c0.m270.l1313

pooleo 05-18-2011 10:20 PM

Re: Help me design a rack to haul a boat
 
heres an idea! sorry not the best illustration :eek:

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/h...cksideview.jpg

HazardousRanger 05-18-2011 10:21 PM

Re: Help me design a rack to haul a boat
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by pooleo (Post 425761)
heres an idea! sorry not the best illustration :eek:

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/h...cksideview.jpg

towing a trailer behind

pooleo 05-18-2011 10:24 PM

Re: Help me design a rack to haul a boat
 
Sorry, Fixed! tehehehehe

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/h...sideview-1.jpg

HazardousRanger 05-18-2011 10:30 PM

Re: Help me design a rack to haul a boat
 
u know what if u made it higher he could do thayt because there are systems w two recivers and hey are not that long at all

i ve wanted one but ehhh

----------

http://www.cabelas.com/product/2-Dua...h-All+Products

pooleo 05-18-2011 10:32 PM

Re: Help me design a rack to haul a boat
 
^^^ I like that!

HazardousRanger 05-18-2011 10:33 PM

Re: Help me design a rack to haul a boat
 
ME TOO lol i want it for my bikes when i go camping and dont have room to put them over the tailgate like normal

pooleo 05-18-2011 10:35 PM

Re: Help me design a rack to haul a boat
 
seriously, that could work out, Boat is 14', 6' on the bed, support it out to 10' overhang 4'. As long as the trailer tonge is long enough to clear, I dont see why not.

bcghosttowns 05-18-2011 10:37 PM

Re: Help me design a rack to haul a boat
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by pooleo (Post 425780)
seriously, that could work out, Boat is 14', 6' on the bed, support it out to 10' overhang 4'. As long as the trailer tonge is long enough to clear, I dont see why not.

Check your local laws,here that would be illegal,too much overhang.Not to mention the trailer sway if it had any weight at all.


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:32 PM.