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Hi folks! I'm a very new truck camper owner and have been thinking about how best to store skis during the winter on my 2010 Palomino Bronco 800.

It seems like there's ample space for storage in the wheel well of my 2012 Toyota Tundra, but I'm not certain how to keep items from falling out while driving. I've seen a lot of info about what other folks keep in the wheel well or truck bed, but have no idea how to begin asking about closures or external access doors (or even a strong net?) for that space so things don't fall out while driving. I may end up mounting the skis on a rack on the side, but would still love to utilize that space since there's an internal access door to it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you in advance!

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It depends on your camper for access from the inside or from the rear. I have access doors and store things in dry bags (shoes, kitty litter, shop vac, etc) in front of the wheel well, things in the rear part could fall out if they were small. I could put skis in before loading but wouldn't be able to get them out without off-loading the camper.


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Sleeping with Youtube surfing, I once woke up long enough to see somebody put tail light on hinge so could store stuff between inner and outer sides of bed. The space above wheelwell might work.
Might want to be careful though, laws in some states could take truck from you. That statement often upsets Mods, but Civil Asset Forfeiture is a risk we all must take.

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Posted: 07/06/22 07:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I usually store my bag chairs in the wheel well "gap" - I have a length of rope attached to the truck tiedown that I tie them in with, just in case....

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Most trucks made in the last 20+ years have tiedown points low in the corners of the truck bed. I would just rig up a tether with a carabiner to keep the skis from sliding back.

The B800 has storage compartments that block the rear opening of the bed, though. How are you going to get the skis in and out, and if you do get them in, how would they fall out?


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