I've had one cargo bar to keep things from heading all the way up to the front of the 8-foot bed for a long time. But I've always put it down low. I got it at Tractor Supply for $24.99. Surfing around at Cabelas some more, I found that they sell just the 3-rod holders without the bars and clamps and ratchets for $29.99 the pair. See where we're going with this?
So, back to Tractor Supply for another cargo bar, order the rod thingies online from Cabelas, and I now have a 3-rod rack in the making for $79.97 plus some tax and wicked high shipping from Cabelas. Let's call it 90 bucks.
The rod thingy attaches to the cargo bar with a couple hefty zip ties:
You may notice that both my cap and my truck's cab have sliding windows. And its a crew cab truck with an 8-foot bed. In fair weather, I can haul 13' rods fully assembled.
In crummy weather (admittedly that seems to be most of the time) I move the forward bar back towards the rear bar and break the rods down into two pieces, no problemo.
And I still have my cargo bar!
By the way, you math whizzes out there have probably already figured out that you can buy the two cargo bars and two sets of rod thingies for about 110 bucks....cheaper than the Rod Loft Pro gizmo, but you don't get all the hanger doo-dads. You just have a nice heavy duty set-up that might work in other vehicles, too. Happy rod racking!
Oh, here's the beast at rest: