8 x 4 SUV Sheet Carrier System

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Project by Fleamo posted 08-31-2020 01:24 AM 1765 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently traded in my old 2004 Honda Pilot for a new one. Mrs. Fleamo didn’t want me to trash the interior on my lumber runs, so I engineered and built a set of shelves that permit me to easily slide drywall or plywood in and out without scuffing the nice leather and trim. The front two shelves drop into the cupholders and the back one I will glue and screw now that I have the correct pitch. Added soft flocking on the thin uppers of the rear shelf to protect the vehicle. Put old backpacking bedroll padding on the backside of the front one to protect the front seats. Works real well and Mrs. Fleamo approves!

-- Visit the forest and appreciate the source of our craft’s raw material.

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#1 posted 08-31-2020 02:59 AM

dude you need a truck!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 08-31-2020 04:00 AM

Dang, that’s the Pilot? Roomier than I would have thought inside. We have an Odyssey and it will just barely swallow a 4×8 sheet, but there is a lip by the trunk that gets scuffed until the sheet is fully inside and can drop down. I may need to steal some of your ideas to keep our van looking good.

Nice job!

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#3 posted 08-31-2020 10:37 AM

That’s a great improvision but I just can’t imagine life without a truck

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 08-31-2020 01:19 PM

I would be going to auctions looking for a beater truck. that looks like a lot of work and stuff to store but I admire your creativity. The only other way I can think of is to get a cordless track saw and break down sheets in the parking lot.

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#5 posted 08-31-2020 04:03 PM

Neat idea… now all I need is a Honda CRV to SUV conversion kit.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#6 posted 08-31-2020 05:33 PM

Just another option. I have the Crysler van. It holds a 4×8 sheet and has built in hand holds so you can reach underneath the sheet to pull it out. I use my van as a truck… I never take the seats out of the floor. So cargo is protected from the weather. A pickup is nice, but I never used it to its potential, except pulling a big boat…

Another plus for the van is that lift height is very low. And, I put in those 2×2 interlocking foam mats for the floor. Everything is well proteted. The interior stays nice. Plus, the Mrs would not drive my Ford F150… could not park it. Mrs had no problem with the van.

So, just saying. Get what fits your needs.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#7 posted 08-31-2020 05:54 PM

Great idea! I don’t buy trucks anymore since they have grown so big for the same bed size. Also truck prices are ridiculous. I used to purchase a truck for a second vehicle because they were cheaper than a sedan, not so anymore.

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#8 posted 08-31-2020 08:03 PM

Great idea! I don t buy trucks anymore since they have grown so big for the same bed size. Also truck prices are ridiculous. I used to purchase a truck for a second vehicle because they were cheaper than a sedan, not so anymore.

- Eddie_T

My kids and other relatives have solar panels on their roofs, Electric cars, and such. They collect water in rain barrels from their gutters to water their gardens. It’s all great stuff. In the long run, they really are right to do this. I am supportive of it.

When they need to pick up something though. They call me and my F150. The name of my truck is “Big CF” cf stands for ‘carbon footprint’. They save the planet and call me when they want to burn some carbon.

And don’t get me wrong… I’d love a vehicle that doesn’t pollute. I just need something to haul wood and my camper.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#9 posted 08-31-2020 08:07 PM

This will do the trick.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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John Smith

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#10 posted 08-31-2020 08:21 PM

nicely done !! and thanks for sharing.

I recently sold my Dodge Durango and I had to pick a kazillion wood splinters
out of the backs of the fold-down seats with TWEEZERS.
so much better to plan ahead for these things.


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Ron Stewart

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#11 posted 08-31-2020 09:11 PM

Great solution to a common problem. I think the concept is applicable to many vehicles. It seems common for rear openings to be wider about 1/3 the way up or so, and the supports would raise the sheet goods to the sweet spot. Other vehicles might accommodate 48” wide sheet goods inserted diagonally, and angled supports like yours would allow for that.

Do you use the strap clipped to the hitch to hold the lift gate closed during transport? Does the gate bounce around much? (I’ve used bungees a few times on my ancient Honda Element, and the gate tends to bounce, so I just drive very carefully.)

-- Ron Stewart

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#12 posted 08-31-2020 11:03 PM

Ahhh Yes…Happy wife….Happy life:)

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#13 posted 09-01-2020 02:48 AM

I’ve had Chrysler minivans for couple decades and the ability to pick up 4’ x 8’ sheet goods in inclement weather days was always a good thing. I can fold the seats in the floor and get 10’ x 12” rough cut down the center if un-clipping the center console. Once I picked up 400 board feet and the front end was really light on the trip home. Never considered doing that again.

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#14 posted 09-01-2020 03:45 AM

Hi Ron, I do use that bungee cord to snug down the hatch. I have a cheap Harbor Freight moving blanket that protects the hatch on the ride home. Fortunately, living in Lakewood, Ohio I have a short drive on 25 MPH roads so the hatch never separates from the sheets.

-- Visit the forest and appreciate the source of our craft’s raw material.

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#15 posted 09-01-2020 04:19 AM

I really like the felt details you added in to prevent scuffing the plastic. I don’t know what it is about the modern plastics in vehicles but they scuff like no other. My boots have left a scuff mark on the door of my Tacoma that won’t come out. It wouldn’t bother me so much if the damn things were so expensive to begin with. Anything you can do to keep resale or trade in value as high as possible is worth the effort in my book.

And don t get me wrong… I d love a vehicle that doesn t pollute. I just need something to haul wood and my camper.

- Craftsman on the lake

I really like my Tacoma but I would love it if it was a hybrid. I’m hoping someone has a hybrid or some magical battery tech by the time I need a new a truck.

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