9 pickup ideas from All Around the Farm

  • Pickup hitch step

    Hitch step

    It was beginning to be difficult for Harold Fratzke's black Lab to jump into the pickup. So the Cottonwood, Minnesota, farmer built this 20×28-inch carpet-covered step from ¾-inch plywood. The lightweight, 2-inch tubing slides into a 2-inch receiver. He says he doesn't use a pin, so it’s quick and easy to install or remove.

  • Sidestep

    Side step

    This telescoping spring-loaded pickup side step built by Haarold Fratzke of Cottonwood, Minnesota, is 8.25 inches. The driver can lift up on the knob to pull it out and push it back in by foot to lock it in place. The top horizontal arm is mounted with two nuts for two bolts running through the predrilled holes in the square tubing found under the box of a Chevy pickup frame.

  • Rolling toolbox

    Rolling toolbox

    This toolbox fits under the tonneau cover on Steve Larson's pickup and above its wheel wells. The rails are made from channel iron and attach to the sides with self-tapping bolts. He can lock it to the front, rear, or center of the bed. And the Ellsworth, Iowa, farmer says he doesn't have to pick his tools up off of the floor to haul 48-foot sheets of plywood.

  • Swinging toolbox

    Swinging toolbox

    Travis Wilkinson of Culbertson, Nebraska, attached his truck’s toolbox to a bale bed on an old gauge wheel hub spindle. It locks in two positions. One is parallel to the front of the bed back by the cab for hauling bales to feed calves. Then when he needs tools for some other job, he turns it to the side, and it swings right to the edge bringing it within easy reach.

  • Winch


    This assembly can be made from square stock or pipe and is adjustable to fit any pickup or utility trailer with stake pockets. It’s useful for loading riding mowers, ATVs, or other equipment. Gary Underwood of Saint James, Missouri uses it in both the front and back of his truck bed. The hand winch is attached to a mounting plate.

  • Step up

    Step up

    Homer Heller of Galena, Illinois, found his pickup bumper was too high to climb onto in one step from the ground. So he added this assist to make that first step 9.5 inches lower. He says it saves his knees when he goes to hook up his fifth-wheel trailer. It is made from stainless steel, and a 3⁄8-inch bolt holds it in place.

  • Hitch guard

    Hitch guard

    When Lee McCulley installed a hitch on his new truck in Oswego, Kansas, he made a hitch guard. It's cut and formed from a piece of oil pipe. He says it protects the tailgate from getting torn up when he hooks up his trailer and also helps keep the license plate intact.

  • Door rest

    Door rest

    Mitchell, South Dakota farmer Darrell Waldner's pickup door wouldn't shut correctly. New hinges and pins didn’t help. Then he put a 3×11⁄2-inch piece of 3⁄8-inch-thick plastic on the floor in the doorway. Now the door rests on the plastic nicely, he says.

  • Hitch guide

    Hitch guide

    It was difficult for Martin Hegland of Peterson, Minnesota, to hitch his extended cab pickup to a gooseneck trailer because he couldn’t see the hitch itself. So he painted an easy-to-see yellow guide from the back of the box to the hitch.

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