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Erickson Truck Bed Ladder Rack Review - etrailer.com

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Today we'll be taking a look at the Erickson truck bed ladder rack, part number EM07708. This side-mount truck bed ladder rack is the ideal solution for carrying your ladder, your lumber, and any other equipment up and over the bed of your pickup. It features adjustable telescoping arms that go from 19" all the way out to 34". Its universal construction is going to allow it to adjust to fit most truck beds. You can fit it on the driver or passenger side. It's going to be compatible with toolboxes and bed liners.

The whole truck bed ladder rack is made out of a sturdy steel construction with a weight capacity of 250 pounds. It's got a black powder coat finish so it's going to resist rust and corrosion. It's an easy bolt-on installation and it includes all the hardware you need to install it. Now that we've gone over some of the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. You want to make sure that your stop bolt is loose and that the bottom portion of your ladder rack, the plate here, is loose. That way we can adjust it to fit the bed.

Let's head up in the bed now. What we'll do is we'll stand our ladder rack up, making sure that it's facing inward. We want to get the bottom plate as close to the inside as possible. That way we can get our stop bolt up underneath the rail and it stands up straight. Well push that up underneath. I'm going to move the stop bolt up underneath the rail as you see here.

That way it gets under there nice and flush. Then I'm going to hand tighten this bolt down. Get that nice and secure. I'm going to put a little pressure on the bottom plate and make sure that it's all the way butted against it as far as it will go. Then I'm going to tighten my bolt down here. What that's going to do is it's going to pull it up against the side rail there and keep it from moving around at this position.

Then the next thing I'm going to do is I'm going to go ahead and tighten my Allen bolts down here to put pressure on the bottom plate to keep it from kicking out on us. Now it's a good idea to alternate between the two because one is going to push down on the plate and you'll need to adjust the other one down with it. Then finally with our Allen bolts adjusted and pushing our plate down, we can tighten down our adjustment here. Now with everything tightened down and secure, as you can see, it's nice and snug up against the bed rail and down to the floor, and it's not going anywhere. We're just going to repeat that same step on the front side and then we've got it. Now that we've got them both installed. Let's go ahead and throw a ladder up there. now as you can see, the ladder is just a little bit too big for the ladder rack. No big deal. We can adjust those telescoping rails by loosening up here, pull it out, and then push it right back in. Once we've got it where we want it, we'll just tighten that down. Now I'm just going to strap it down. Now it doesn't come with any straps so you will need to provide your own. We've got plenty here at etrailer.com. Go ahead and pick some up. Now with it nice and secure let's go ahead and take it out on the test course and see how it performed. Here on our test course let's first go into our slalom. This is going to show side to side action such as going around corners or evasive maneuvering. Then on to our alternating speed bumps. This is going to show a twisting action such as going over potholes or uneven pavement. Then finally on to our solid speed bumps. This is going to show an up and down action such as pulling in and out of a driveway or out of a parking lot. That's going to complete our look at the Erickson side-mount truck bed ladder rack, part number EM07708.
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