My journey with GFC began fall of 2018 when I first read about GFC. I thought about it until May 2019 when I placed my deposit for a build spot #733, estimated start date September 2020. The build was to go on my 2017 Tacoma Pro.
GFC improved production times as I expected and 15 months later, 8/13/2020 I picked up my Camper for my 2020 Tundra Double cab!
This thread will be about my build and my adventure’s. I hope to answer questions about Tundra Specific questions, provide documentation in what I add over time and some pictures of my GFC on adventures.
Here is my Tacoma setup, which is what really provided the basis for going all in with a GFC.
There are two sides to the foam - one is softer than the other. Took me a few nights to figure that out. Unzip the cushion and you can feel which one is softer (I can’t remember which colour is which).
First shout out to @WVTRDPro, his initial single drawer setup was my inspiration/template!
I wanted to have some storage for miscellaneous items that hang out in the bed all the time. It is a partial drawer 32” long and storage behind
Used Baltic birch plywood 1/2
28” locking slides
Truck Bed liner
And a ploy coating on non bed treated parts
I will add my fridge with tilt and finalize tray/shelf for goal zero after a couple trips.
Sorry for Delay @pcurran , was out on a trip this weekend
2 heavy duty 28” slides with lock out Amazon
VEVOR Heavy Duty Drawer Slides 28" Length, Locking Drawer Slides 500lbs Load Capacity Long Full Extension Drawer Slide 1 Pair Side Mount Ball Bearing Drawer Glides Push to Open Drawer Runners Rail
3 pieces of 4x8 x 1/2 Birch 9 ply plywood
1 of these from Amazon
Southco C2-32-25 Series Powder Coated Zinc Alloy Adjustable Lever Hand Operated Compression Latch, 0.20" Thick, 0.04"-0.94" Grip Range, Black
Stainless steel screws and some 1/2 aluminum c-channel for front
1/2 in. W x 1/2 in. H x 96 in. L Aluminum C-Channel with 1/16 in. Thick
Angled aluminum for length, 96” all from Home Depot
My objective was to be able to use my bed to haul every day loads but have some storage for my bike gear, fridge elevated to use as dog step and storage for chairs or misc stuff not needed in a drawer. I also wanted a little cubby on side next to bed to throw hiking poles, hatchet and other little misc stuff always in my way.
I put my most camping gear in a taped square on garage floor and then built drawer based on these dimensions
Below are some photos with measurements let me know if you need something specific.
Thanks for sharing your awesome build with us! I followed your path and went with the exact same rear awning setup. Using the Leitner Design awning mount kit with 1/4 20 bolts, locktight, washers and GFC track nuts, I’m getting too much wiggle in the whole setup. On a rough road, this awning would bounce around. Did you encounter this, and if so, what was your fix?
For rear awning mount I used 1/2” thread length to the button head and 1/16 stainless steel washer. Also note, I changed from 1/4 to 10/32 when reinstalled. The awning mount was rock solid when I just check it for any play. It’s been on this second round for about 10 months.
You are awesome! Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I’ve concluded that the lack of stability is due to the fact that the t-nuts from GFC are too think for their own track meaning that the threaded portion of the nut sticks out of the track about 1/16 of an inch. This of course prevents the bracket from sitting flush against the outer edge of the track. I’m using the 1/4 20 screws GFC provides with the corresponding track nut. I notice that the smaller size 10-32 track nut sits flush, but I don’t dare use such a skinny screw to hold the weight of the awning. IN short, how did you get the larger t-nut to sit flush in the track / what was your work around or was this not an issue for you?
We’ll upon investigation I goofed. I have been using 10-32 the entire time. I just switched out the bolts to button heads to match my other bolts. I wish I could edit but I’m unable to edit those old post. For a solution can you drilling the rack hole to same dimension as the track nut? This how the factory awning brackets look, see attached. Sorry for the confusion.