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Old 01-05-2018, 08:52 PM   #1
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Modifications to Your 3/4-1 ton TV

So many discussions about the actual TV lately, I thought about starting a thread about what modifications have you made.

To make it more specific and and thus hopefully more helpful, letís limit to 3/4 and 1 ton pickups.

Camper shells?
Tonneau covers?
Air compressors?
Brake upgrade?


Please refrain from discussions regarding payload capacity unless a modification specifically addressed increased payload capacity.
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Old 01-05-2018, 09:38 PM   #2
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So many discussions about the actual TV lately, I thought about starting a thread about what modifications have you made.

To make it more specific and and thus hopefully more helpful, letís limit to 3/4 and 1 ton pickups.

Camper shells?
Tonneau covers?
Air compressors?
Brake upgrade?


Please refrain from discussions regarding payload capacity unless a modification specifically addressed increased payload capacity.


Mine is a 1 ton, but I added:
Camper shell
Air Compressor
Yamaha generator
Solar shades
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Old 01-06-2018, 04:43 AM   #3
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Dashcams, and FluidFilm undercoating.
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Old 01-06-2018, 05:53 AM   #4
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22k lumen light bar up front, electronic tailgate release, tailgate EZ lower, and dashcams ordered but not installed.

Oh yeah, and TPMS monitor for the AS.
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Old 01-06-2018, 08:14 AM   #5
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I think the best addition I made was a cap with what the mfgr (ARE) calls windoors. These are on the sides, hinged at the top and allows easy access to gear in the front and sides of the bed. Keeps stuff dry, out of sight.

My style of camping includes a lot of cooking gear, some a bit heavy, some bulky. For the bulky stuff I made a shelf platform the rests on the cap on the inside front and make elevated space for the Weber grill, box oven etc.

Then to help access some items I made a 6' long or so wood pole with a hook. It allows me to reach in and grab stuff, push stuff around etc.

Also have two crates, one holds a 2 burner Camp Chef and DO cook table and the other is fitted for a Coleman stove, lantern and a utility compartment for cast iron. Keeps them from getting beat up and they have their places and stuff goes on top of the crates, no harm.

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Old 01-06-2018, 10:10 AM   #6
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I have a 1\2 ton F150 but I'm commenting anyway.
Topper. Dash cam. Front hitch receiver to carry motor cycle. Back up camera. CB radio.
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Old 01-06-2018, 10:27 AM   #7
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My Westin HDX grill gaurd with proximity sensor extension kits. We feel better knowing it will reduce the damage to the front end when we clip the moose and flip it through the windshield. Click image for larger version

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I couldn’t get along without a topper shell and I will also say side hinging windows are so handy! Keep bikes, pontoon boats for fly fishing, generator, and barbecue stuff under there, safe, dry and locked!
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Old 01-06-2018, 10:37 AM   #9
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Old 01-06-2018, 10:44 AM   #10
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So many discussions about the actual TV lately, I thought about starting a thread about what modifications have you made.

To make it more specific and and thus hopefully more helpful, letís limit to 3/4 and 1 ton pickups.
Camper shells?
Tonneau covers?
Air compressors?
Brake upgrade?
Please refrain from discussions regarding payload capacity unless a modification specifically addressed increased payload capacity.
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I put a wind deflector on the front hood to cut down on stone chips. Put a Leer topper cab height on the back, VIN color matched to the truck. Activated the OnStar features, bought into Sirius, put in dash cam, use Rand McNally GPS because it can be easily updated and customized to my size and weight unlike the GMC dash GPS which I leave set on music. Use a dash monitor for the AS tire pressure sensors. Carry a 2nd AS spare in back of pickup, and sometimes a generator, and always a roof magnetic mounted Wilson antenna and Cobra CB. I carry a small compressor which probably would take forever to pump anything up, my big compressor is just too big. We run WAZE when on the road to watch for police, traffic congestion, accidents etc.
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Old 01-06-2018, 10:49 AM   #11
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I love my DECKED drawer and raised bed system. Allows me to store camping and cycling stuff in the drawers (dry storage) while still allowing use of the bed. In my case I mounted my bike rack into the integrated T-Tracks..

Still leaves room for the generator and a few other bits in the bed when needed...
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I added a Tru-Cool 45K BTU transmission cooler, an FS-2500 bypass oil filter, and had a custom rear bumper made for the truck. Next mod will be a US Gear exhaust brake.
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Old 01-06-2018, 10:56 AM   #13
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I think the best addition I made was a cap with what the mfgr (ARE) calls windoors. These are on the sides, hinged at the top and allows easy access to gear in the front and sides of the bed. Keeps stuff dry, out of sight.

My style of camping includes a lot of cooking gear, some a bit heavy, some bulky. For the bulky stuff I made a shelf platform the rests on the cap on the inside front and make elevated space for the Weber grill, box oven etc.

Then to help access some items I made a 6' long or so wood pole with a hook. It allows me to reach in and grab stuff, push stuff around etc.

Also have two crates, one holds a 2 burner Camp Chef and DO cook table and the other is fitted for a Coleman stove, lantern and a utility compartment for cast iron. Keeps them from getting beat up and they have their places and stuff goes on top of the crates, no harm.

Gary
With that much cooking do you need help eating it ? If so could you please post your travel plans :-)
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Old 01-06-2018, 10:58 AM   #14
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We just Got a new tow vehicle for Lucy. She is a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Duramax with crew cab and 6.5' bed.

We have added a Swiss Cap topper in matching color. The bed of the truck houses our Honda 3000 Generator that we operate from inside the topper. We are also equipped with an air compressor.

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