Pickup trucks are great for hauling heavy gear, but loading and unloading heavy/bulky objects is nearly impossible for the lone worker. One solution is to get a boom crane installed in your truck bed, which requires you to sacrifice a good chunk of bed space. A more flexible solution would be to install this wicked Fold-A-Way Bumper Crane, captured on video at this year's Work Truck Show by Tools of the Trade:
They're made in the U.S.A. by California-based Western Mule, which has been retrofitting trucks with lifting solutions for over 30 years. Here's a demo of some of the Bumper Crane's applications:
Their beefiest model will lift a whopping 2,500 pounds, enabling one man or woman to haul huge items without requiring a helper. We're impressed with how little space it takes up, and how quickly it deploys and stows away. American ingenuity FTW!