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"Cargo Shuttle" For Pickups
Mickey Arnold of Louisville, Ky., got tired of having to climb up into the bed of his Ford F-150 Supercrew pickup to load cargo. So he built his own "cargo shuttle" that rides on rollers and pulls out for easy loading.
  "It's ideal for our luggage when taking trips," he says. "It simply rolls in and out of the pickup bed."
  The cargo shuttle consists of a vinyl-covered plywood platform that rides on four 2-in. caster wheels, which ride in grooves in the bed's ribbed floor. The platform is as wide as the bed and about 3 ft. deep. It rolls out with a fold-down, T-shaped handle made from thin-walled conduit. The tongue that supports the T-bar handle is just long enough to fit against the tailgate when it's in the raised position and keep it from moving whenever the pickup is moving.
  The tongue is connected to a pair of metal supports, also made of thin-walled conduit, that are screwed to the platform. A bolt where the three pieces meet serves as a hinge, allowing the tongue and handle to fold down over the tailgate where it's out of the way when loading.
  "It's really user friendly. The T-bar has rubber handles on it that are similar to bicycle handle grips," notes Arnold.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mickey D. Arnold, 14204 Pauleys Gap Rd., Louisville, Ky. 40272 (ph 502 937-6738).


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2007 - Volume #31, Issue #5