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My Rhino's bed is just shot. Totally rusted out. The dealer wants like $1500 for a new bed and that's just out of the question. eBay has a bunch of used beds, but they're going for like $500-$700 for a POS and half of those are roached out anyway.

I googled but couldn't find where anyone has either done a DIY or any kind of aftermarket solution. Anyone have ideas on how to DIY something or seen someone that has done this? I was leaning towards doing some kind of retro-looking wooden slat bed. Thanks for any ideas!
 

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My Rhino's bed is just shot. Totally rusted out. The dealer wants like $1500 for a new bed and that's just out of the question. eBay has a bunch of used beds, but they're going for like $500-$700 for a POS and half of those are roached out anyway.

I googled but couldn't find where anyone has either done a DIY or any kind of aftermarket solution. Anyone have ideas on how to DIY something or seen someone that has done this? I was leaning towards doing some kind of retro-looking wooden slat bed. Thanks for any ideas!

What about just banging out some sheet metal and riveting in place then apply something like Rhino Liner to seal it up?
 

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I would probably just cut out the bottom (assuming that's where the rust is) as a template for a flat sheet of steel, and just weld that sucker on. Mine doesn't seem to have any important bends that would need to be replicated, or I couldn't live without.
 

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I have seen people take their GOOD beds off and make their own flat beds, so they can carry more cargo .... may look into that, but I am sure they had a shop with welder and all like I have.


I googled for a pic and found one hosted here


 

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Since it is steel then you could probably cut out the rust and if the edges are in good shape use it for a shelf angle to lay another bottom in it. If no edges are left then cut up the sides to get to good metal and use some galv gauge angles that will drop to bed level. You could use exterior grade metal stud track that you can get in different gauges and split them to make your angles. Raw steel metal should be primed with zinc rich galvanined primer to extend the service life. If you use a deformed corrugated shape for the bottom it will be lighter as the steel is stronger with a bent shape than a solid piece, weight-wise. Coat with a bed liner like Rustoleum . Leave some drain holes.
 

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Since it is steel then you could probably cut out the rust and if the edges are in good shape use it for a shelf angle to lay another bottom in it. If no edges are left then cut up the sides to get to good metal and use some galv gauge angles that will drop to bed level. You could use exterior grade metal stud track that you can get in different gauges and split them to make your angles. Raw steel metal should be primed with zinc rich galvanined primer to extend the service life. If you use a deformed corrugated shape for the bottom it will be lighter as the steel is stronger with a bent shape than a solid piece, weight-wise. Coat with a bed liner like Rustoleum . Leave some drain holes.

Turtlehead - you still monitoring your post?
 
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