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Hard tonneau bed cover hoist

Anyone know some way I can lift an A.R.E. tonneau bed cover on and off my truck by myself? I thought I'd use a 1/2 ton hoist with some nylon tiedown straps hooked onto it. Or something. Is there a better way? :shrug:

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Not sure if you have the room..but I built a shelf in my barn, slightly above bed rail height. I can slide a full cap off and on by myself.

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That would work, if I only had a barn... I thought about building a rack out in the yard, but I'd have to find some way to keep wind from blowing it over in a storm, not to mention convincing my wife that it doesn't look too redneck. I'm trying to find some way to hoist it up to the ceiling under my metal carport. I can actually hook tiedown straps on it and get it off the bed, but then it's hanging shoulder heighth and kind of in the way for parking the car.

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Here you go. http://www.topcaplift.com/

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THAT'S IT! Just enough pictures to see how it works, too.: Thanks!

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Anyone know some way I can lift an A.R.E. tonneau bed cover on and off my truck by myself? I thought I'd use a 1/2 ton hoist with some nylon tiedown straps hooked onto it. Or something. Is there a better way? :shrug:

I have a nice inexpensive way to do it. I will post it up for you in a bit as I'm off to a meeting. It's an idea out of a magazine called the Wisconsin Farmer.
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This was rigged up to remove a topper off of a truck but I think it would work for you to. What the guy did was took one of those inexpensive engine hoist. And built a simple frame work that mounted on the end pointing up. So all he had to do was slide in the engine hoist and frame under the topper drop the clamps and give it the jack a few pumps and roll it off the truck. I though it was a pretty slick idea.
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$40 worth of rope and pulleys will do the trick. I rigged one up in my garage.
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