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Rola Ladder Rack

I am considering buying the Rola Haul-Your-Might T3 Truck Bed Ladder Rack from etrailers for my 2017 Limited Tundra DC 7 ft bed w/ deck rail system. I run an Extang Solid Fold 2.0 cover on the bed normally which I will have to remove when I want to mount the ladder rack - won't run the ladder rack all the time. I think I will have to remove or at least relocate the Solid Fold mounting brackets every time to slide the Rack brackets into the deck rail which will be a PIA but not thinking it will be horrible. Any comments or other suggestions?

https://www.etrailer.com/lr-2017_Toy...ck+Rail+System

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Ok buddy, let's dial it back with the big fish stories.
At this rate, you'll be telling your grandkids about how you single handedly stopped WW3 with your 12 ft bed. Then killed a rogue albino blue whale with your bare hands and delivered the meat to a starving African nation in your 13 ft bed.
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Ok buddy, let's dial it back with the big fish stories.
At this rate, you'll be telling your grandkids about how you single handedly stopped WW3 with your 12 ft bed. Then killed a rogue albino blue whale with your bare hands and delivered the meat to a starving African nation in your 13 ft bed.
Nominally, it's a 7 ft bed. As the link indicates, it's actually a 6'-6" bed. Do you have any constructive comments on my post?

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I apologize, I didn't see the no joking around disclaimer in the title.
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Jokes are good....but it's hard to tell the difference between joking and sarcasm in posts....you ought to use one of those winky-eyed emoji's to avoid confusion.

So what do you think about the Rola Ladder Rack?

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Not sure. I'm still thinking about it.
Personally, I've never really know anyone who needed a ladder rack and didn't just leave it on all the time. For me, a cap works.
I'm trying to imagine switching back and forth from a cover to a rack and if it's practical or more of a pain than it's worth.
But I'm not sure how it will be used.
Is it for a kayak? Do you do trade work seasonally?
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I have a canoe (which, unfortunately does not get enough use) and I do work for various folks, relatives & friends mostly. My son is buying his first house so I can imagine I will need to be hauling my 32' extension ladder and construction materials over there. I think I will be putting it on when working on a project and then taking it off. I thought this one might go on & off better than most. Plus, it's got an 800 lbs capacity which I like.

I have a 2000 T4R with an aftermarket roof rack that I have been using but it is on it's last leg. Mechanicals are great but I am welding the frame for the third time - pretty much a mess. My son loves it otherwise it would have been gone a few years ago.

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The hassle won't be the shuffle between rack and tonneau, it will be storing the tonneau without the seals going to crap at a hinges/bends or the side edges as it leans against the wall and floor. There are systems that let you run both a tonneau and a ladder rack, and selling the current tonneau might help offset the costly sting of doing it right.

https://bakflip.com/p/bakflip-cs-ton...a/tundra/2017/

I think this is listed at retail pricing; you can get in for (not much) less and use a coupon code somewhere else probably. Etrailers has codes sometimes, and a rebate offered now, but their site wasn't clearly sending me to the right P/Ns. A call to their awesome tech team might help you. Good luck!

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The hassle won't be the shuffle between rack and tonneau, it will be storing the tonneau without the seals going to crap at a hinges/bends or the side edges as it leans against the wall and floor. There are systems that let you run both a tonneau and a ladder rack, and selling the current tonneau might help offset the costly sting of doing it right.

https://bakflip.com/p/bakflip-cs-ton...a/tundra/2017/

I think this is listed at retail pricing; you can get in for (not much) less and use a coupon code somewhere else probably. Etrailers has codes sometimes, and a rebate offered now, but their site wasn't clearly sending me to the right P/Ns. A call to their awesome tech team might help you. Good luck!
Thanks for the input. I had not seen this one but was looking at the Adarac which can also be used with a cover...I just don't think I want to get rid of my Solid Fold 2.0. The heads-up on seal damage in storage is good - anybody have suggestions for that?

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Thought about it some more... I think I’d still go with the rack I linked, and use that to swap back and forth. That way, when it’s time to replace the tonneau you have, or you see it deteriorate or whatever, the option to buy a new tonneau includes this one.
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Appreciate your thoughts. I did not see this rack offered for sale as an individual item....only as a bundle with the cover but maybe I missed it. Some of the comments indicated that it might be a somewhat light weight unit vs the Rola I was looking at. Do you know anything about the Rola? Can't find much discussion on it.

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FYI....I did decide to buy the Rola rack. One good heads-up - the provided T-bolts that mount in the factory bed deck rail seem to prevent lifting off the assembled rack posts so you have to disassemble them to take them off. I am going to mount them using a T-slot nut so I can lift them off easily for switching back to the bed cover...will have to replace the provided knobs with SS bolts. This is what I'm thinking of using for the T-slot nuts....

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...59BTJP4J&psc=1

Will post back with a review when I get it installed and give it a go.....

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