13 Jan. 1980|
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I trailered for years, finally broke down and built my sled deck about 4 years ago, all aluminum with a wood deck. Love my deck, not only does it allow you to haul 2 sleds on the truck and a trailer behind it also acts as a safe storage space in your box by sealing it off to the elements and potential thieves.
Good luck on the build if you decide to go ahead with it, make sure you post some pics, I'm sure everyone would like to see the craftsmanship. I really enjoy having a sled deck, especially with the retractable sides making it narrow when not in use. The hinge point is the same as the TG hinge so yes, those cables do carry the weight of the sled.
I would have liked to run the bed liner the whole length of the deck but i was only able to get (3) 8' pieces so that meant two 8' for the ramp and two 4' pieces for the deck. Wonderful Job! I have hauled sleds in the back of my 05 f150 many times and the tailgate will not be an issue. But most people i talk to that have sled decks really like them and claim them to be very handy But i like trailers.
I gotta tell you, the deck is the only way to go! The sleds stay cleaner, you traction and ride is amazing, and I believe the fuel economy is even better in my case. I personally wont reverse my sleds off the deck, but unloading them by hand was easier than when I used my tilt deck trailer.
Now with the sled deck I don't have to, and can still haul the small trailer if there are more than 2 sleds going.
The added traction is a huge plus also, just having the deck in the pickup is enough weight for eveyday winter driving.
But he will have the full length 2x4's under the ramp when the sled is on there, just in case there is too much weight on the tailgate.