Best 12 Tacoma Ladder Rack Models


Tacoma Ladder Rack Guide 

If you own a Toyota Tacoma and you're looking to equip it with the right rack to use it as a ladder rack or kayak rack, then this guide is for you. If you are looking to get a rack for other purposes, then you might want to look at this Tacoma bed rack guide.

Toyota Tacoma 1st Gen (1995-2004), 2nd Gen (2005-2015) and 3rd Gen (2015 to current) are all great rigs manufactured in the USA. This impressing and outstanding pickup truck has stood the test of time and is very popular overlanders, small business owners, and contractors.

In this guide, we'll cover a variety of different rack options, including Tacoma tent racks, ladder, kayak, and even other racks. However, our main focus are ladder racks, since it's not that easy to find one that works for the long ladders, and still has space to carry other gear or accessories.

Each type of Tacoma rack is quite different, and we'll explain the features, pros, and cons of each, so you can make an informed decision and fully enjoy your next off roading adventure.

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Best Toyota Tacoma Ladder Rack Models

All the racks you will find in this section can be used both as ladder racks as well as regular cargo carrying racks. Whether we mention bed racks, cap racks or roof racks, we know these are great to carry ladders or kayaks, but especially any kind of cargo. Depending on your needs and preferences, one will be a better fit than other, so make sure to read each one carefully to understand which is better for you! 

Leitner ACS Ladder Rack For Truck 

Leitner designs acs forged tacoma rack

Leitner Designs is a company that is renowned for creating some of the most innovative and high-quality outdoor products on the market. Founded by Bernhard Leitner, this company has a reputation for pushing the boundaries of what's possible in the off-road and overlanding industries. His unique ACS Classic, Forged and Tonneau bed racks are signature products that should be considered.

Here we have the ACS Forged, a ladder rack that will turn your truck into a fully-equipped vehicle that works for all purposes. It’s a jack of all trades and we highly recommend it for all uses, especially for small business owners and contractors. Weighing only 85lbs, it features a forged aluminum construction and a impressive 1400lbs static weight and 800lbs dynamic weight capacity. Moreover, it is designed to be both convenient and easy to mount.

The ACS is designed to hold a wide range of gear, including ladders, roof top tents, kayaks, boards, and more. It can also be customized to fit a variety of accessories, making it a versatile option that can adapt to your specific needs. For exmaple, you can add the Gear Pods to store work gear on the sides of the rack.

Additionally, it can be used as the perfect ladder rack, providing a reliable and secure way to transport ladders and other long items. With the ACS, you will be able to transform your long bed into the ultimate work rig.

What We Like About The Leitner ACS Forged Tacoma Rack
1400lbs static weight and 800lbs dynamic weight capacity
Lightweight and rugged materials
Minimized wind drag and noise while travelling
High strength aluminum design
Limited lifetime warranty


CBI Tacoma Bed Rack

CBI Off Road Tacoma Tent Rack

CBI Offroad is a well-known company that specializes in producing high-quality products  for pickup trucks. Made in the United States, these racks are well-known for their high quality and are popular among seasoned overlanders and off-road enthusiasts.

The Toyota Tacoma 2nd and 3rd Generation Overland Bed Rack is an excellent example of their craftsmanship; it is strong enough to support heavy loads and has multiple tie-down points and mounting options, which can come in handy if you need to carry additional gear on the sides, such as shovels, axes, or work tools.

This Tacoma ladder rack can carry everything you need, including gear, items, and even roof top tents, making it a truly exceptional Tacoma rack. This bed rack's sleek low profile design can handle any type of load while still leaving enough clearance on your Taco's bed to carry taller accessories or cargo without issue.

What We Like About The CBI Tacoma Bed Rack
1000lbs static weight and 800lbs dynamic weight rating
Made from high-quality steel and features a durable powder-coated finish.
Modular design, which allows for various configurations.
The rack is specifically designed to fit Toyota Tacoma 3rd Gen 2016-2022 models, ensuring a perfect fit and compatibility with the vehicle's features.
Easy installation with no drilling required
Limited lifetime warranty


Front Runner Tacoma Back Rack

tacoma back rack

The Slimline II is a top-of-the-line cargo carrying solution that provides ample storage space, a high load rating, and a sleek, low-profile design. It is a perfect addition to any Tacoma owner looking to enhance their off-road or working experience. It is a prime example of their craftsmanship. With its high load rating of 660lbs, this bed rack is capable of carrying all your items, making it an ideal Tacoma rack, for your next adventure.

This Tacoma rack kit includes everything you need to get started, such as the Slimline tray, 2 tracks, and 4 pickup truck universal bed legs. The tracks are designed to mount the legs and provide additional tie-down points for your gear. The legs are made of heavy-duty steel and are adjustable, allowing you to level the tray and ensure a secure fit.

It's important to note that the installation of this product requires drilling, and it comes with detailed instructions and all the necessary hardware to make the process as easy as possible. This Tacoma tent rack is designed to work seamlessly with the Tacoma's factory bed tie downs and allows you to carry all your gear with ease.

It might not be a tall rack, hence limiting the ladders you can carry over it (you might want to carry shorter ladders or foldable ones), but it's great to carry any other construction or contracting work tools or power tools and keep them at arm's reach. At a low height, this bed rack allows you to easily tie down and secure any gear over it, and then take it off in a matter of minutes without having to climb to reach it, or risk the stuff from flying away due to the wind when you're driving down the highway.

What We Like About The Front Runner Tacoma Back Rack
660lbs static weight and 165lbs dynamic weight rating
Lightweight design, the load bars are made from high-strength aluminum
Modular system that allows you to customize your setup based on your specific needs.
The bed rack is designed to be installed quickly and easily without the need for drilling or modifications to your truck.
Designed to fit the 3rd gen Tacoma models perfectly
Limited lifetime warranty


Cali Raised LED Tacoma Rack

cali raised led tacoma rack

Cali Raised LED is a premium aftermarket product manufacturer for overlanding rigs. All of their products are made in the United States, and they offer a variety of accessories including racks, lights, tents, rock sliders, grills, and recovery gear. The rack in question is perfect for your Toyota Tacoma (2005-Current), as it will fit your day-to-day needs, as well as excel in rougher trails due to its strong features.

Featuring a sleek and strong, it is a one-of-a-kind design that allows for the attachment of useful accessories such as RotoPax, water tanks, shovels, work tools as well as recovery tracks. This Tacoma ladder rack is made of 80% aluminum, making it a lightweight yet extremely durable option capable of supporting the weight of even the heaviest cargo.

This Cali Raised LED Tacoma rack offers a perfect fit for your truck and comes with a lifetime warranty ensuring the highest quality and durability. You can get it in three different heights, low, medium or cab height, with the latter being the best choice for ladders or kayaks. However, the lower profiled options can be great for roof top tents or smaller cargo.

What We Like About The Cali Raised LED Tacoma Rack
700lbs static weight and 250lbs dynamic weight rating
Powder coated with a tuff black semi-gloss mini texture
The bed rack is rated to exceed the weight limits of just about any tent on the market
Lightweight, short bed short height racks weigh just 55lbs.
Mounting systems engineered and manufactured in the USA
Limited lifetime warranty



rci tacoma ladder rack

Introducing the RCI 18" Bed Rack for the Toyota Tacoma (2005-Current), the ultimate upgrade for any contractor's needs. This Tacoma rack is designed and manufactured by RCI, a company with a reputation for producing high-quality, durable products.

Strength and durability are what first come to mind when thinking about RCI and their Tacoma racks. It's made of heavy-duty steel and finished with a black powder coating to resist rust and corrosion. The Tacoma contractor rack has a weight capacity of up to 1,000 lbs, making it perfect for carrying all your gear, including the heaviest ladders, constructions materials and cargo. The unique design of this Tacoma rack allows for the attachment of various accessories such as water or gasoline tanks, work tools, or even tracks.

Multiple tie-down points on the side panels secure your gear, giving you more versatility and convenience. Furthermore, it is designed to work with the majority of bed liners and bed extenders. It is designed to fit your Toyota Tacoma perfectly and has a no-drill installation process that will not damage your truck's bed.

What We Like About The 18” Adjustable RCI Bed Rack Tacoma
1500lbs static weight and 750lbs dynamic weight rating
Compatible with different accessories to be mounted
Adjustable height feature, allowing you to set it at the right height to accommodate your gear and optimize your truck's center of gravity.
Made from high-quality materials, including 12-gauge steel and black powder coating, making it durable and resistant to corrosion and wear.
Specifically designed to fit the Toyota Tacoma, ensuring a perfect fit and compatibility with the vehicle's features.
Limited lifetime warranty


Thule TracRac TracOne Tacoma Ladder Rack No Drill

Thule TracRac TracOne Tacoma Rack

Thule is a company that is synonymous with quality and overlanding.  As one of the biggest, oldest, and best-known roof rack brands in the world, Thule specializes in high-quality, ultra-durable products that are truly unbeatable such as their ladder racks. Therefore, it is safe to say that this is an exceptional ladder rack for your Toyota Tacoma (2005-Current).

This Tacoma ladder rack offers a high weight capacity of 800lbs, allowing you to transport heavy items such as kayaks, surfboards, ladders, and even roof top tents with ease. The rack is designed with the latest technology, featuring a quiet gurney and is manufactured with top-quality materials to withstand all of your off-road and overlanding adventures.

One of the best aspects of this Tacoma ladder rack is how simple it is to install. It does not require drilling, making installation and removal simple, and it will not damage your truck bed. The Thule TracRac TracOne Pickup Truck Bed Rack System is not only an affordable option, but it also offers exceptional quality and durability.

What We Like About The Thule TracRac TracOne Tacoma Ladder Rack
1000lbs static weight and 800lbs dynamic weight rating
Made of lightweight aluminum material, making it easy to install and remove.
The aerodynamic design reduces wind noise and drag, which can improve fuel efficiency.
Installs quickly and easily without drilling or any additional modifications to your truck.
The system is compatible with a range of Thule accessories, such as cargo boxes and kayak carriers.
Limited lifetime warranty


OVS Discovery 3rd Gen Tacoma Ladder Rack

3rd gen tacoma ladder rack

It is safe to say that this is the perfect solution for truck owners looking to add versatility and functionality to their off-road vehicle. With an adaptable design this bed rack from Overland Vehicle Systems is designed specifically for those looking for a 3rd Gen Tacoma Ladder Rack.

This product offers the highest quality performance a truck bed rack can provide with its side panels and crossbars for additional mounting options. With a static load capacity of up to 1350 lbs and an impressive dynamic load capacity of 450 lbs, it is more than capable of carrying even the heaviest cargo, ladders, roof tents and accessories.

Constructed of heavy-duty materials the ladder rack comes with a limited lifetime warranty that pretty much guarantees (sorry for the redundancy) it'll last forever and can handle a beating. Overall, it is the ideal choice for those looking for a strong and versatile rack.

What We Like About The OVS Discovery Rack

Weight rating of 1350 lbs for maximum utility and versatility

Design and built to last with engineered aluminum construction and powder-coat finish

No Drill system only clamp and grip design

Compatible with rooftop tents and accessories

T-slot attachments make adding gear mounts and accessories fast and simple.

Lifetime warranty


Front Runner Tacoma Ladder Rack Camper Shell

FRont Runner Tacoma Truck Cap Rack

Smart Canopies, like RSI toppers, are specifically designed to protect the bed of your truck and what is in it. They provide an extra layer of protection from rain, dust or snow for your cargo, making it always safe. Now, what if you want to protect your stuff and mount other equipment on your off-road truck? With this Tacoma truck rack kit, it is possible.

The Slimline II Roof Rack Kits by Front Runner with a 5'5' Bed Size allows your pickup truck to mount more gear on your RSI Canopy while protecting everything inside. This is the perfect approach when you want to add extra cargo space to your truck.

This Tacoma camper shell rack features the same quality materials used with all Slimline II racks and is composed of high-strength steel and T6 aluminum with black epoxy powder coating. Having this roof rack system for your topper is a great deal! It ensures that all your accessories are protected inside while you mount heavy and space-consuming equipment on your Tacoma.

What We Like About The Front Runner Tacoma Truck Cap Rack

1320lbs static weight and 660lbs dynamic weight rating.

This rack is designed to fit the RSI Smart Canopy, making it a perfect fit for Tacoma owners who have this canopy.

The low profile design reduces wind drag and noise while improving fuel efficiency.

Compatibility with Front Runner Accessories.

The rack is made of high-quality materials, including 3CR12 stainless steel and black powder coating, making it durable and resistant to corrosion and wear.

Lifetime warranty.


Eezi Awn Toyota Tacoma Ladder Rack With Camper Shell

Eeezi Awn Tacoma Truck Shell Rack

The K9 Roof Rack Kit, made in South Africa and tested on the toughest off-road trails imaginable, is one of the world's strongest and most reliable platform racks. Depending on the size of your Tacoma's shell cap, this model will fit perfectly. Unlike many others, this Tacoma truck rack is thinner, lighter, stronger, quieter, more functional, more aerodynamic, more durable, and aesthetically complementary to your Tacoma.

There are no holes drilled in the universal mounting rail. The bottom of the rail saddle has an indent to ensure that your hole drilling is centered. It's indeed possible to have a dynamic capacity of 500 pounds. On a 2.2M long rack, an RTT, awning, dual fuel can holder, aluminum storage case with recovery gear, shovel, axe, under mount table, light bar, and other items can be hauled.

Moreover, a static capacity of 1000 pounds can be reached. People can be standing over the rack, reaching for other gear or accessories up there, and still hold strong Please keep in mind that these capacities apply only to vehicles with modified suspensions designed to handle this amount of weight. They are not warrantied or guaranteed in any way. The load capacity of your vehicle will vary.

What We Like About The Eeezi Awn Tacoma Truck Shell Rack

1000lbs static weight and 500lbs dynamic weight rating.

Widths of load bars to choose from.

Stronger & With More Load Capacity than Thule or Yakima Sport Bars.

Adjustable along full length of rail.

The Eezi Awn K9 Roof Rack has a sleek and stylish design that adds to the overall look of your vehicle.

Limited lifetime warranty.


Prinsu 2023 Toyota Tacoma Ladder Rack

Prinsu roof rack tacoma

Looking for the ideal Tacoma rack to store everything from kayaks and ladders to rooftop tents and more? The Prinsu Cab Rack for Toyota Tacoma 2005-2022 is an excellent option for any off-road enthusiast.

This versatile roof rack is ideal for hauling anything, whether it's a ladder rack for a job site or a kayak rack for a day on the water. When combined with a good bed rack, it's the ideal way to transport longer items like kayaks or ladders, giving you even more options for your outdoor adventures.

The Prinsu Cab Rack is constructed of lightweight and durable aluminum, making it both strong and easy to use. And, thanks to its adjustable design, you can tailor it to your specific requirements, ensuring a perfect fit for all of your gear. Furthermore, the rack includes tie-down rings that make it simple to strap and secure your kayak, ensuring that it stays put even on the most difficult off-road excursions.

So, if you want a high-quality Tacoma kayak rack that can do it all, the Prinsu Cab Rack is the way to go.

What We Like About The Prinsu Roof Rack Tacoma

1000lbs static weight and 500lbs dynamic weight rating.

No need to drill or modify your rig
All assembly hardware comes in a black zinc finish so as to match the product

1/8" 5052 aluminum plate wind deflector to help with aerodynamics and prevent wind noise.

Many different solutions for tie-down options, cargo security, or adding other rack accessories

Limited lifetime warranty.


Front Runner Tacoma Ladder Rack With Toolbox

front runner tacoma ladder rack roof rack with kayak on top

This Tacoma ladder rack is the perfect solution for contractors looking to carry their ladders as well as their equipment and toolbox. This kit includes a custom-fitted Slimline II Roof Rack that mounts securely to your vehicle's existing roof rails, allowing you to carry extra gear and equipment on your next job or adventure.

Crafted from high-quality materials, the Slimline II Roof Rack is engineered to handle heavy loads and withstand harsh weather conditions. The sleek and aerodynamic design reduces wind noise and drag, improving fuel efficiency on long road trips.

With a maximum load rating of up to 660 lbs, this Tacoma rack offers ample space to carry a variety of gear, including ladders, roof top tents, kayaks, bikes, and more. The rack features multiple tie-down points and optional accessories to keep your gear secure and organized. As a matter of fact, Front Runner has special straps, and mounting points (sold separately) that can go over the rack and help secure safely and tightly any box, especially tool boxes. Easy to install with no drilling required, this rack includes all the necessary hardware and instructions to get you on the road and ready for adventure.

What We Like About The Front Runner Slimline II Tacoma Roof Rack

1470lbs static weight and 660lbs dynamic weight rating.

The rack is made of lightweight aluminum, making it easy to install and remove.
Add Stratchits and Cargo Chocks to make sure you keep a kayak, ladder and tool boxes safe and secure.

No drilling required.

Sleek and modern design that adds to the overall look of your vehicle.

Limited lifetime warranty.


Rhino Rack Vortex Tacoma Crossbars With Ladder Tie Down 

rhino rack tacoma ladder cross bars

The Rhino-Rack Vortex is a premium roof rack system designed for the modern adventurer. This sleek and stylish Tacoma rack features a low-profile design that blends seamlessly with the lines of your rig, providing a streamlined look and reducing wind noise and drag.

Crafted from high-strength materials, this Tacoma kayak rack is built to last and can handle heavy loads of up to 220 lbs (100 kg). This makes it an ideal choice for carrying extra gear and equipment, including ladders, bikes, kayaks, camping gear, and more.

The ditch mount system allows for a straightforward, no-drill installation, ensuring a secure fit and maximum stability on the road. The roof rack is also compatible with a wide range of Rhino-Rack accessories, including the Rhino-Rack Kayak/Ski/Bow Strap Bonnet Tie Down. This handy accessory lets you safely and securely transport your ladder, kayak, canoe, or other large items on the roof of your vehicle.

Whether you're a weekend warrior, a contractor or a full-time explorer, the Rhino-Rack Vortex RLT600 Ditch Mount 2-Bar Roof Rack is an excellent choice for any adventure.

What We Like About The Rhino-Rack Crossbars

Ideal for low clearance.

The base and leg allows for 33 degrees of swivel to suit contoured or curved surfaces.
Santoprene rubber pads won't rub off onto your vehicle.

Fits the Rhino-Rack Vortex Bar, with a fitting kit available for the Heavy Duty Bar and Pioneer models.

Simple trigger locking system

Limited lifetime warranty.


Let's Wrap It Up!

A Toyota Tacoma is simply a top vehicle when it comes to work, off roading, overlanding or testing new trails. These are excellent high quality vehicles, every single version is outstanding. Whether you have a 1st Gen Tacoma, a 2nd Gen Tacoma or a 3rd Gen Tacoma, they are all more than capable cars for adventures.

We listed different models, from different brands, designs, and dimensions. All of them suit different people and different uses in different situations. No matter if you use your Taco for work or adventure, all these racks will be a perfect fit for any situation.

Read about them, inform yourself about them, and then make a decision on picking one of them. You can contact us and we will gladly give you some advice.

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  • Do you have any advise? I want the roof top tent to go over my cab on my toyota tacoma. I have not found any roof top bar/rack system for tent to go over the cab.


  • What for, 2019 Toyota Tundra roof racks ??


  • What for, 2019 Toyota Tundra roof racks ??


  • Hi, I search same product for Toyota hilux revo xtra cab ? Does exist ? Thanks and sorry for my english

    Garceran Jérôme

  • @David
    About a bed rack that can work with the Bak tonneau cover. We do have one, so great news!

    The bed rack you want must be an RCI bed rack:

    And add the tonneau cover adapters:

    And you’re good to go!

    If you have any other question, let us know.

    Off Road Tents Team

  • Great article! Any suggestions on a rack for Tacoma 2nd gen with a folding bakflip toneau cover?


    David Ostrovitz

  • Hey Gary,

    Thanks for the kind words, we’re happy this review on the different rack systems for a Taco helped.

    If it’s a non screw rack, no, it the window rain wind deflectors should not interfere. But send us pictures if you need and we can help out. Feel free to call or send us an email anytime:

    Off Road Tents Team

  • Will wade window wind, rain deflectors interfere with a rack that will not require a screw down installation?

    Gary W. Donicz

  • Long time Toyota enthusiast. My compliments, most informative, unbiased review I’ve seen, much appreciated. Considering a canoe, previously ruled out anything on the paint, chronic OCD. Own an ‘02’ 4RNR with the stock rack, & a 2011 Tacoma/with a Leer cap. Checking specs on the 4RNR & cap. Very helpful, thanks a ton. I’ll be in touch if need be.

    Gary W. Donicz

  • @Qwegly, to answer your question: Most of these bed racks will also work for the Access Cab no problem whatsoever. If you want a ROOF RACK for your Access Cab Toyota Tacoma, I recommend this one by Prinsu:

    Off Road Tents Team

  • James, the Cali Raised roof racks are also a great choice, we just didn’t include them because we offered plenty other options and didn’t want the list to be too long. But you can trust us: Cali Raised LED is a top quality brand and their bed racks and roof racks are a great choice for your Taco.

    Off Road Tents Team

  • Racks for a 2017 access cab? Everything in the article is for a double cab.


  • Is there a reason you didn’t mention the Cali raised roof racks. I was about to make the purchase fir my ‘16 lifted TRD SPORT. I liked the 360 lighting option and it’s rating for noise.
    Love to hear your opinion.

    James schindler