Transporting Guns and Gear In a Truck?


January 7, 2012, 04:02 PM
I Have an old 87 Chevy truck thats a regular cab I usually go hunting with my one friend and now that I drive Im going to start driving places with him instead of taking his car all the time. I need A good way of carrying 2-4 gun cases and 2 packs allong with a cooler and maybe some duffels if its an overnight trip. I dont think the cooler needs to be dry so I guess that can go loose But I dont really like those toolboxes in the bed. My dad actually had one broken into and about 500 bucks of tools stolen. And since I would pretty much only have Items of value In there when hunting or shooting I would rather not have the attention that brings.

Also for those of you who say behind the seat My hunting partner insists on bringing the biggest darn hardcase he can find saying that a soft case cant protect a rifle with a scope on it. So I need to dry to find a way to carry 2-4 guncases 2 packs and maybe 2 duffels. Any ideas?

Oh and also I dont really care about any legalities of locking unloaded blah blah I usually have them either empty or if its got a removable mag that would be loaded and with the other ammo. I live in PA and have never had anyproblems tranporting guns.

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January 7, 2012, 04:15 PM
There are a multitude of "bed" boxes available. Find a big one with a good lock. Keep firearms there only while traveling, even the best can be broken into if the thief wants to bad enough. You could get two, an smaller one for firearms, and a larger one for everything else.

No I have no idea what the regs are in PA. But, if the weapons are unloaded and in a locked box and the ammo/mags are in another locked box, you should be covered.

Remember, if you are young, it would be a heck of a thing to get busted on a weapons charge and loose your right to own and use them for the rest of your life.

January 7, 2012, 04:20 PM
I've seen a few gus build a "false floor" box in their bed floor. Not really a hiding spot, just a maybe 10" high floor that you can slide the gun cases under, and still load stuff on top. Most were just plywood and 2x4's.

January 7, 2012, 04:39 PM
get an aluminum or fiberglass topper that locks

January 7, 2012, 04:41 PM
To be clear Im talking rifle and shotgun cases. So I dont see how a smaller box would help for firearms.

And my problem with a the false floor is that Im going to be driving for 2-3 hours on the highway so rain and snow are complete possibilities and I need dry storage for not only my guns but also my bags.

January 7, 2012, 04:43 PM
The problem with a topper is that I still want to have a pickup truck otherwise I might aswell get a suburban. Also those things are way to expensive I wanna keep this under 200 if possible.

January 7, 2012, 04:45 PM
Ok, I'd say toneu cover, topper shell, enclosed trailor, or get another truck.

edit.. Nevermind man. Forget I said anything.

January 7, 2012, 04:47 PM
......just take your guns and gear into your hotel and keep them locked up in your room.....

that way you dont have to worry about securing them in your car.

January 7, 2012, 04:57 PM
I dont need them secured in my car. I need my guns and packs to not get wet when its raining. And we usually stay at his mountain house.

January 7, 2012, 05:30 PM

If you're not too far from Easton, PA perhaps I can help. Got severa; bed boxes in alum. diamond plate, I'll part with cheap. >MW

January 10, 2012, 09:40 AM
Look around on craigslist for a used topper...i got a really nice fiberglass one for my titan for less than 300 bucks, and alluminum ones are usually even less

They clamp onto the bed rails and can be installed or removed in less than 5 minutes

January 10, 2012, 10:58 PM
I have a '71 ford regular cab, so keeping my rifles in the cab is kind of out of the question, and my gas tank is behind the seat leaving no room. however i have a cap that i can throw on when it rains, and yes they can be found cheap and are easy to take off and put on. I have seen tupperware containers that are big enough for a couple riffle cases (usually the kind meant for sliding under a bed) you could try that out if you are not worried about theft and have a place to put it when you're not in the vehicle.

January 11, 2012, 12:56 AM
Mine go up above in a head liner rack or on the back window, but they do make those Seal bags for white water rafting that are water proof, allowing you to utilize your bed of the truck.

January 11, 2012, 01:13 AM
Used toppers can be had cheap, i've had a couple and can't remember spending much money at all. I held them on with c clamps, on or off in minutes.

I really can't think of anything not listed above. You did mention your friend likes BIG cases let him figure out how to make them fit. Theres just not many options with a single cab truck if you don't want a topper or adding a truck box.

Gun Nerd
January 11, 2012, 04:29 PM
Matt, I use a car top luggage carrier in the back of the truck. Canvas and waterproof, and we unload it at the hotel/condo upon arrival.

Blue Line
January 12, 2012, 09:34 AM
how about a nice waterproof gun case for 2 or 4. Cabela's has some nice ones.

January 12, 2012, 11:08 AM
The locks on the pickup toppers aren't so great, but at least people can't see what is stored inside. But for short term storage, they work and I would keep important stuff covered up. I doubt you want to spend an serious money for a bed cover with an '87 pickup, but that is probably your best approach.

I had one case when I was out fishing and a guy had torn a hole in his waders and was looking for some duct tape for a quick fix. I showed up and he said he was tempted to open my pickup tool box to see if I might have a roll of duct tape. I suspect he did since he knew it was unlocked. No big deal. After I got there I had stuff for a more permanent repair which I helped him out with.

January 12, 2012, 11:10 AM
how about just putting everything into a large plastic bag...and sealing it up with duct tape...

that should hold everything you want to carry and then some.......

its not a glamorous solution.....but its simple, cheap, and works.

Fish Miner
January 12, 2012, 01:15 PM
When I drive my truck in the rain I notice that not much really gets wet in the bed...if your going fast enough.

we are not amused
January 12, 2012, 03:20 PM
how about just putting everything into a large plastic bag...and sealing it up with duct tape...

that should hold everything you want to carry and then some.......

its not a glamorous solution.....but its simple, cheap, and works.

This was going to be my suggestion too. Something about great minds thinking alike...:D

I have often gone camping using an '79 Toyota 4WD pickup, or a "88 Suzuki Samurai or '72 CJ5 Jeep with nothing more than a bikini top, (for the jeep and Samurai). I keep my sleeping bags, tent and clothing in large plastic trash bags, usually double bagged. I have never had a problem with wet camping gear, despite running around in open topped Jeeps and Samurai's for weeks at a time. I just use large trash bags, which have the advantage of being opaque, concealing the contents. I would secure the gun cases with a lockable bicycle type cable, the same way I secure my more valuable camping equipment. Using large, construction type trash bags, ( 55 gal. barrel size available at Wal-Mart and building supply stores) would probably cover the largest gun case, and being opaque, have the advantage of concealing the identity of the contents.

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