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SammyN
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05/02/2024 02:36PM  
Hi all,
Can anyone recommend a canoe or ladder rack brand that works in the stake pockets of a 6.5ft truck and it doesn't interfere with a roll-top tonneau cover?

Thanks!
 
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05/02/2024 07:52PM  
I like my Adarac. I was limited though because my F-150 5.5' bed doesn't have real stake pockets. If it did, I probably would have just have built something myself out of 2x4s. The Adarac rails clamp to the holes so you don't need reinforced pockets.

I keep the rails on all the time and they don't interfere with my Truxedo LoPro cover. Takes about 5 minutes to put the rack on. I have to do that outside the garage because with the load dividers it doesn't clear the 7' door. Without the load dividers there is about an inch of clearance.

I'd recommend the bare aluminum instead of the black powder coat, which is fairly easy to damage.

 
KjerJoy
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05/09/2024 09:15AM  
We have a US Rack Stake Pocket Truck Rack and we've been happy with it. We've had to modify it with some 2x4's to get 2 canoes on it, but it works well, inserts into the stake pockets and allows us to use our roll-up tonneau cover.

Fairy easy to install, but once we put the stake pocket inserts in in springtime, we leave them in until fall. Then we just need to pop the rack on when we're taking the canoes on our travels. We do remove the stake pocket inserts in the fall, but probably is not necessary, it's just personal preference.

 
Ryeman
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05/09/2024 10:00AM  
I use an extend a hitch model like this one Extend A hitch ( Amazon)
I have used it with a 2000 Silverado Extend Cab and 6' bed and with my Tacoma 5.5' bed with a hard tonneau cover. I would also recommend getting the hitch tightener.
Hitch Tightener
 
Breezybass
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05/25/2024 06:22PM  

I use this from US Rack it is very large
you could just build with wood
 
05/30/2024 07:42AM  
plmn: "I like my Adarac. I was limited though because my F-150 5.5' bed doesn't have real stake pockets. If it did, I probably would have just have built something myself out of 2x4s. The Adarac rails clamp to the holes so you don't need reinforced pockets.


I keep the rails on all the time and they don't interfere with my Truxedo LoPro cover. Takes about 5 minutes to put the rack on. I have to do that outside the garage because with the load dividers it doesn't clear the 7' door. Without the load dividers there is about an inch of clearance.

I'd recommend the bare aluminum instead of the black powder coat, which is fairly easy to damage.

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Well just to update this for any future readers, after buying my Magic I found it hits the cab of my truck using this rack. It caught me off guard because it has less difference in sheer line than the Nighthawk Leo in the picture (5" vs 6"). But since the Magic is shorter it can't be as far forward and doesn't clear the cab. If I load it backwards it just barely sits high enough which I didn't really trust not to flex and hit so I used some foam rooftop pads as well. And there is no way to tie down the front. I strapped a thwart to a crossbar as a safety measure.

You can buy 2" height extensions for the Adarac but that's another $100 which is kind of ridiculous. Since it isn't wide enough for two canoes anyway I'm probably going to attach 2x4s to it, though when I contacted Adarac they were willing to custom make crossbars any width I wanted, which is one advantage of US manufacturing. I didn't bother getting a price on that.
 
lean
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06/02/2024 08:06AM  
SammyN: "Hi all,
Can anyone recommend a canoe or ladder rack brand that works in the stake pockets of a 6.5ft truck and it doesn't interfere with a roll-top tonneau cover?

Thanks!"
I just put a roll top cover on my truck, it doesn't cover stake pockets. And I built a rack out of 2x4's.
 
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