Anybody use the forks on their tractor to remove/install a pickup truck topper?
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    Anybody use the forks on their tractor to remove/install a pickup truck topper?

    I'm going to buy a new implement and I can save a hundred bucks on shipping if I pick it up at the shipper's depot about 35 miles away. I have a topper on the back of my pickup that may need to come off for the new implement to fit.

    I'm wondering if anybody uses the forks on their tractor to remove and install their truck topper. My topper is 6 feet long and about 200 lbs. My forks are 36 inches. I'll have to remove the topper's window at the back (which is designed to be easy to do). But with the window and structure at the front of the topper, it's center of gravity is going to be past the end of my forks. To keep it from falling off, I'm thinking of buying a 2 foot trailer hitch extension and putting in it the trailer receiver on the fork frame. (It as well as the forks will have to be padded to prevent scratching.) So I'll sandwich the topper between the forks and the bar protruding from the trailer hitch. What could go wrong?

    I'd appreciate your wisdom regarding the approach I proposed and especially any other ideas you may have. I've wanted to take the topper off many times to get landscaping materials. I'm hoping there's a simple and safe way to do it.
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    You can get fork extensions such as these https://www.amazon.com/Titan-Pallet-.../dp/B00YQ9U1CI that should do the job just fine. Just Google pallet fork extensions. Many choices out there.

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    X2 on Pallet Forks Extensions.

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    A boom pole is my preferred method, I never could figure out a good way to do it with forks with out damaging the topper.
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    I have an 8 foot cap, with the 4 ft forks, I put a piece of wood inside between the forks and cap, also tie off a rope to the front of the cap and run it back to the tractor, also park the truck on an up hill slope, it comes off just fine, but mine is still front end heavy, so I just pick it up, drive the truck away(quickly), then lower the cap down where the tractor sits, also works for putting it back on but a little more interesting.
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    Not a topper but I have a 6X10 plywood box that is 42" tall that I put on my dump trailer for sucking leaves and I strap an 8' 4x4 to each fork and take it easy. Works great.
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    problem solved.
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    Topper Shelter

    I built an 8'x8' shelter for my topper. I left the sides open. Using pulleys mounted to a beam in the rafters, I attached a rope that hooks to small tow straps and the straps connect to these flat hooks I bought from Amazon. What once was a killer job for me and my wife can now be done by me alone. I can back under the shelter, attach the hooks to the bottom corners of the fiberglass topper, pull the rope that's attached to the pulleys, and I'm clear of the truck. Tie the rope off and pull away. Installation is just the reverse of this.

    I bought the 1025R after I built the shelter. Winter happened and I needed to get the tractor under cover, so I'm parking it under the shelter until I get my garage addition built. You can see in the pic below that I covered the sides/rear of the shelter with sunshade cloth to keep the snow from blowing it. I'll probably end up with a boom for the JD and can see that these hooks could still be used with the boom.

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    When I had my truck with caps I've slid the cap to the back of the truck with me inside , and then carried the cap over to some saw horses.

    I've also lifted the cap, slid some 3/8 rope between cap and bed rail. then connected them to pulley system I had in the garage. Lift it up and a few inches pull out from under the cap and away you go. I always had the truck backed up a foot or two further in the garage so I wouldn't hit the cap backing in the garage.

    One or two of the caps had ladder racks, so just connect the ropes from the pulleys system and lift away
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    Quote Originally Posted by etcallhome View Post
    When I had my truck with caps I've slid the cap to the back of the truck with me inside , and then carried the cap over to some saw horses.
    I remember being able to do that when I was much younger and the cap was aluminum;-)
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