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I'm considering getting a couple roof rack bars for my F150. Why? It's a 4 door short 5.5 bed. Basically, close to a 5.5' square about 18" high when using the tonneau cover. Hauling a long ladder would be easier, on top or even if I did the angle the ladder in the bed over the cab. I'm NOT tying anything against the cab roof unless it's an emergency [emoticon]
I'm looking at no drill strap on roof racks.
Anyone already have done this?
Which brand rack?
I have a soft bag roof luggage carrier from a previous vehicle that I could use again as a bonus.


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That's one reason I just don't understand why pick up manufacturers build such a short bed. 6' should be the minimum and even that is too short for many items. If you had a 10' ladder or 8' sheet of plywood, think how much would stick out past the truck...

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I've used Yakima roof racks on several different trucks, never an issue.

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Thermoguy wrote:

That's one reason I just don't understand why pick up manufacturers build such a short bed. 6' should be the minimum and even that is too short for many items. If you had a 10' ladder or 8' sheet of plywood, think how much would stick out past the truck...


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I use a Thule roof rack in combo with a Yakima bed rack for our kayaks. The reason for the combo is I have a tool box mounted permanently behind the cab. Without the tool box you could use a pair of Thule on roof or a pair of Yakima on the bed rail. Yakima and Thule are not cheap but Very stable. Both can be easily removed.
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Edit: The Thule is not strapped on. The have rubber pads designed for a specific vehicle and are tightened down with a hex wrench. Real nice fit

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My new Silverado is tall enough. I wouldn’t add to that height.


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Thermoguy wrote:

That's one reason I just don't understand why pick up manufacturers build such a short bed. 6' should be the minimum and even that is too short for many items. If you had a 10' ladder or 8' sheet of plywood, think how much would stick out past the truck...

Concur, except...
With 4 full size doors, my "little" F150 is about 10" longer than my 1998 Expedition was and does not fit in my 1940s garage. This F150 was bought primarily as a daily driver and tow vehicle, moving up from an Explorer. The short bed still provides a lot of utility, but more like a fat mini-truck [emoticon]

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riven1950 wrote:

I use a Thule roof rack in combo with a Yakima bed rack for our kayaks. The reason for the combo is I have a tool box mounted permanently behind the cab. Without the tool box you could use a pair of Thule on roof or a pair of Yakima on the bed rail. Yakima and Thule are not cheap but Very stable. Both can be easily removed.
2018 F150 CC short bed Eco

Edit: The Thule is not strapped on. The have rubber pads designed for a specific vehicle and are tightened down with a hex wrench. Real nice fit


Thanks, I'll have to research those. I was hoping to avoid the cost level of the top brands for an occasional use tool.

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I use a Yakima roof rack, takes about 15 minutes to put on. We haul our kayaks on it while pulling th FW.


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I've used a Thule Rack to haul bicycles on my last truck and also my current truck.

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