Today I completed a quick project for my truck. Last week I got a great deal on a slightly used Leer fiberglass truck bed topper for my 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 mega-cab. I have been wanting one for some time and decided to get it. The main goal for the topper was to serve as an additional protected and secure place to store items when my wife Sylvia and I go on long trips or shopping.
I watched a few YouTube videos and decided to build a platform that could double as a sleeping area plus provide more storage options for gear. My goal was to use as much wood as I had on hand and the platform had to be able to be removed and installed without any tools.
I did have to buy some 2x4s, but the sheet goods were left over from the repairs that I did a few months ago on the platform bed that we use each night in the house. I used construction screws for the joinery as I had plenty on hand. I used 2×4 joist hangers for the supports that also keep the side rails in place.
The nice thing about this platform is that if I need to use the whole bed for something, I can easily take all of the wood out of the bed and strap it on the roof racks above the cab and put the large item in the truck bed.