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Old 01-05-2018, 07:52 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, 08:38 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, 03:43 AM   #3
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Old 01-06-2018, 04:53 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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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, 09:10 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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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, 09:44 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, 09:49 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, 09:56 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.

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With that much cooking do you need help eating it ? If so could you please post your travel plans :-)
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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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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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Added a 115 gallon aux fuel tank, US Gear exhaust brake, Predator tuner, retractable running boards, XM sat radio, GPS, topper painted to match truck...Bedslide, sometimes I carry a 2000 watt generator, AirSafe/Reese Dual Cam hitch lashup..

This combination has been a great combination for 130,000 miles on this 2003 Dodge/Cummins.

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Like GCinSC2 I have a cap with side opening windows. A Jason, also has an extra 5 in of height. Have made a shelf of 1x8 boards across the cap. Use many smaller boards as it makes it easier to remove. Access is great. In the bed I have a bed slide which makes it easy to get stuff from there. Have a 100 watt solar panel on top of cap which keeps battery I put in bed charged up. Can also be charged by plugging into trailer connection in truck bed. Use this battery to power Engle fridge in cab. Took out small driver side of back seat and made platform For Engle 45. In the tool bin on this side have run power from bed battery to a small circuit board. From there run power to 12v outlet in back of truck and to a 12v outlet and usb charger inside glove box. Have a Viar compressor in bed hooked to auxiliary battery. Battery and compressor are in wasted space behind wheel wells. Have added LED back up bulbs which are much brighter. Just finished wiring a front LED light. Right now itís wired straight to battery, but have ordered a divice by Rostra which will turn off power when truck stops. I donít want to tap into wiring on new trucks. Itís a 12Ēlight bar which I will replace if not bright enough. Also carry a Fantastic Breeze fan shock corded to Engle and hooked up to auxiliary battery. I put out on top of Engle for dogs when stopped. Sorry kind of long winded.
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My nearly 20 year old truck has:

A heavy duty transmission cooler... you definitely need this if you tow in the mountains of West with a gas engine.

I have a Hensely weight distribution/sway control hitch. No more white knuckles when the semis blow by me. Several good choices in the market, but GET something if you tow a large trailer. Not inexpensive, but worth it.

An ARE MX series walk in truck cap with black out windows. Lots of room for extra stuff, extra height, lockable, keeps "stuff" out of the rain and out of sight and relatively secure. I have never been broken into in 20 years of travel.

The truck bed is lined with an old rug pad and a carpet remant for some padding. It harkens back to the days of when I camped and boondocked in the back country of the West and slept in the back of the truck. (as well as a few times when I was young and cheap making a long distance journey cross country and did not want to pay for a motel along the way...)

A box at the front of the bed keeps "stuff" in that stays in the truck all the time. Stuff like a large powerful truck powered spotlight, road flares and emergency road triangles, an extra quart or two of oil, a spare gallon of coolent (how many people have I "rescued" with that over the years, in the heat of the deserts and mountain hills in Arizona and California... well, more than 20 for sure...), a wool blanket in a bag, space blankets and poncho liner, a bag with some racket straps and bungy cords, two rolls of duck tape, a piece of easily cut rigid insulation board large enough to cover the largest broken window in the Airstream, a case of 24 bottles of water (why do families with children not carry extra water when traveling the deserts?).

The tool box and another plastic bin with rain jackets, a blanket, a couple of books and some water bottles are kept in the cab of the truck. So is the bag with the extra long, super heavy duty jumper cables.

Canoe carriers on top of the truck cap to carry bikes, a canoe, or kayak, or another cargo box if really needed.

A plastic tub containing a small compressor capable of 100psi to top off truck tires, trailer tires, and bike tires. I camp 2-3 months a time and use it at least twice during that period on every trip.

Two Honda EU 2000W Quiet Generators to run AC and repower batteries when boondocking with the Silver Bullet. (...have also used one of them to power a generator while on the road to repressurize tires of others broken down with low air spares more than once along the way.)

Michelin Tires all around... never had a blow out since I started using them over 15 years ago but had several previously...

TPMS on both truck and trailer. Ever had damage on your trailer or truck due to a blow out? I have... but not since I started using TPMS and Michelin tires... (see above notes on Generator and compressor)

I too have a 6 ft pole with a padded hook on the end to grab "stuff" without having to climb into the truck. I keep all that misc. "stuff" in easily accessible tubs the hook can reach.

I also have a receiver hitch in the front of my truck... don't use it to carry a small motorbike, but I could, but it sure comes in handy moving other trailers or, with the hook attachment and my 5,000lb tow strap, makes pulling folks out of a ditch alot easier.

I have a length of 2x6 board across the back bed of the truck with two attachments that accept the front tire frame of the two bikes I usually carry. Keeps them secure, and out of sight when traveling. Using the bicycle locks when in use, never had one stolen in 20 years either.

A dashcam to record all the idiots who cut in front of you in case one day I have to prove their stupidity in court because that time I could not brake hard enough to save them.

I have a CB radio, small ham radio and cell phone antenna extender. I never want to be unable to talk to someone in an emergency and some parts of the West are pretty remote.

Finally, and I am sure I have left out a few things... I also have a security button lock under the steering column that when engaged... locks the hood down so that it cannot be opened and by-passes the ignition by disabling the fuel pump so that the truck cannot be started, even with the key, without unlocking the button lock. Had it for years, but hardly ever used it as my truck was usually parked in a large garage or behind locked gates. Now that I live in a retirement community where 5 trucks (mostly all Dodges...easier to steal...) have been stolen in the last month and my truck is stored in the driveway outside, I use it every night... this is my LAST truck and I do not want to have to spent $55K+ for a new one at this point in life...

Hope this has given you all a few ideas...
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With that much cooking do you need help eating it ? If so could you please post your travel plans :-)

I didn't say I was the best camp cook I just enjoy camp cooking. The cardboard box oven is a show stopper. If it fits in it we can cook it. My biggest skillet is a 20" Lodge a pan cake making wonder.

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