Transporting ? Removable In-Bed Chocks (F-150 & R1200RT)
Looking for recommendations...
F-150 with a 5.5' bed and a R1200RT... Measurements put the rear tire patch between the pivot point of the tailgate and about two inches past.
I am looking to buy a removable in-bed tire chock for my F-150/R1200RT. My buddy has one, but it is a cheaply built one (Dodge Ram/Harley Streetglide. The cool part about his is that when it is not in use, he removes the chock and all that is left is a small flat bracket towards the front of the bed (up by the cab). Also, has anyone had any experience loading a motorcycle with that new tailgate step Ford has. I can't imagine that lip, which come out and converts to a step, can take the weight of a bike. I'd hate to have to do the trailer route, but will if I have to. The Stinger looks interesting.
Any and all thoughts are appreciated.
This is What Happens When I Get Bored...
Thank you all for your replies. The last thing I want in my new truck is a bowed-down tailgate, so I will take the advice and do something to prevent that. I'm thinking of one big sheet of plywood, cut to form-fit the bed. I have the bed line-x'ed, so even if it wasn't form-fitted, it's not going to slide. And even if it did... The form-cut width would prevent it from sliding side to side, and the form-cut around the wheel wells will prevent it from sliding backwards. Couple that with some direct-to-bed tie downs and it's not going anywhere. I can mount one of the chocks you all mentioned to the board with flushed anchoring brackets under the board. This will make it so I don't have to drill/tap the bed. I can even make a few tie-down anchors to secure random stuff in the bed too.
(Insert Maniacal Laugh)
Lastly, I got creative on a flight today while headed home and sketched some random stuff. Some of it's already been done. My buddy (Awesome Fabricator) will throw in my personal touches though (read stability). A spinnable bolt to support the weight there at the bottom. We're going to weld a secondary 2" receiver hitch so I can mount my mtn. bike carrier as well. It's amazing what someone will do for pizza and good beer.
Thanks again all. Knowing me, I'll follow through with the above idea. I'll take pics and attach when I do.
As usual... Any warnings and words of wisdom to the contrary are welcome.