Homemade truck bed extender.

Every stage of growth in the lawn care business can be trying in it’s own way. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who had just upgraded his equipment and had no more in the budget to spend on a trailer. So what do you do? How about design and build your own bed extender to give yourself more space to haul mowing equipment in your pickup truck?

One lawn care business owner wrote “I have grown from 5 mowing accounts to 36 accounts so far in this current season. My last 6 lawn accounts forced me to upgrade my mowing from 1/2 to 2 acre lots, so I decided to go for a riding mower.

pickup-bed-extender3I always buy my lawn care equipment cash. so after buying an extra new edger, and mower and riding mower I just didn’t want to, rush out to buy a landscape trailer. Ideally I wanted an enclosed trailer that would better suit me and I would have all that advertising space for huge letters.


I had been looking around here for a trailer I could afford when I came up with the idea of buying a cargo hitch, but that scared me. In my area people seem to have courtesy when it comes to driving but not a lot skills, if u know what I mean, so I decided to design this bed extender instead. I thought it would just overall be safer.

Now I can take my 21 inch mower with me along with my riding mower. I don’t have to unload the rider at every house, just where I have more than 3 or 4 houses with 1/4 acre yards in a row. I think this bed extender I made will get me through a financial pinch until I can afford a trailer and I hope it inspires others too. pickup-bed-extender2

To load and unload everything, I have a pair of nice ramps I got at harbor freight that I just slide underneath the rider when not in use. I used this set up today for the first time and I was freaking out a little while I was on the road, but everything worked fine and I am more relaxed now.

I am going to keep making new tweaks to the design of it to see if I can come with multiple uses for a bed extender. I love experimenting with designs and I like knowing that I am saving gas too. I’m driving a v8 5.4liter truck with not the best gas millage, 17 highway 15 in city, but that lowers to 12 to 14 when I’m hauling or towing. So towing at this time its not an option.”

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