ACS Forged Featured in American Hunter’s ‘How to Set Up Your Truck for Hunting’ Story


Editors for the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) American Hunter magazine asked Leitner Designs PR guy, Nick Jaynes, to write an article entitled, “How to Set Up Your Truck for Hunting.”

Nick spoke with lifelong hunter Chris Neville, video content manager for GOHUNT, and asked him about his rig, a 2014 GMC Sierra 1500. In addition to a set of all-terrain tires, Chris added a Leitner ACS Forged rack, DECKED Drawer System, and Freespirit Recreation (FSR) Aspen Series rooftop tent to his truck, transforming it into a capable hunting rig and daily driver.

Here’s what Chris said about adding the ACS to his GMC: “There's no more packing, repacking—I keep everything in the GearPODs all year,” Chris said. “I can lock the GearPODs, so I know they're secure. They prevent my gear from getting stolen, dusty or wet. I keep my boots, pack, clothes, some food and essentials like propane and stoves stored in my GearPODs on the side of my truck.”

Another couple other Leitner accessories Chris has on this ACS Forged are the HydroPODs, which are shower pods that can hold 4.8 gallons of pressurized water each and come standard with 20-foot hoses and nozzles. Chris has two HydroPODS on his rig, one he uses for drinking water, the other he uses as a shower—for both his gear and himself.

“I've taken five or six showers out in the backcountry, and there is nothing better. When you're coming off the mountain on a 10-day hunt, and you have a nice shower that you can take behind your truck with the HydroPODs … it is a real treat,” Chris chuckled.

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Active Cargo System (ACS) Forged

Among Leitner’s nine patents, two innovations helped perfect the Active Cargo System: The sliding rear load bar, which allows owners to fit taller items in their truck without removing the rack, and side-mounted GearPods that offer indispensable eye-level, locking storage. Customers are able to install additional utility and storage features on the ACS Forged throughout ownership thanks to Leitner’s ever-growing line of accessories.

The Leitner Designs ACS Forged rack is available now and priced at $1,950, including a two-year limited warranty. Buyers can find more information online at