Monday, January 31, 2011

Redneck Truck Cap

Hey, don't laugh. And yes, it's mine. We needed a way to transport just a few animals, like sheep, goats or pigs, without having to hook up the 2 horse trailer each time. And an actual truck cap is very expensive. So we built this wooden box to the size of the truck bed and strap it down with ratchet straps. It's made from a frame of 2x4s with barn siding covering it. The back swings up just like a regular, bona fide truck cap would. But hey, it works. Farmers are very inventive people when the need arises. I guess that makes me a redneck with a New Hampshire accent. But I'm OK with that - a-yup.


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7 comments:

Chelle Benson said...

I LOVE IT! :) We rednecks must stand tall and stick together... you are right, the camper shells are spendy. We broke down and bought one last year...
So which animal was privileged to ride in the back first???

Sandy@American Way Farm said...

3 piglets who are now all in the freezer. We had to put it on the truck this past week so we could transport the buck to his new home. It's a little heavy but 2 people can manage to put it on and off. As my MIL used to say "It's cheap and cheerful".

Delirious said...

Love it! I think you should paint it hippie style. ;)

MaggieMaeFarm said...

Love it, a-yup, I do! We made one ourselves by bending and welding a piece of cattle panel. Actually transported 11 lambs in the back of the pick up truck once using it.

Yours is heavier, but better for cold weather transport....

Andrea said...

Good Ole Yankee ingenuity!
It might be a bit heavier than those new fangled ones but that helps in the snow too, I'll bet. Stay warm!

Gerald Vonberger said...

That's one way of doing things. Very innovative. Have you weighed it to see how heavy it is? Regardless of how it looks, it sure appears to get the job done. Keep the truck posts coming! I'm trying that truck cap you have there.

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Sandy@American Way Farm said...

No, I haven't weighed it, but it does takes 2 people to load it onto the truck. I have done it alone with the help of the bucket on the tractor though. Hey, looks funny, but it works.