Organize Your Truck Bed Without Sacrificing Space
Most of us purchase trucks for their bed functionality, whether it’s for work or recreation. However, many accessories hinder this functionality. The Decked Truck Bed Drawer System stands apart by enhancing, rather than hindering, the practicality of your truck bed. To verify its claims, we enlisted the help of local rancher and country singer, Eli Mosely.
Here are some notable advantages of the Decked Truck Bed Drawer System:
- Each drawer can hold up to 200 lbs.
- Top load capacity of 2000 lbs.
- Smooth drawer operation.
- Optional drawer locks for added security.
- Compatible with various add-on accessories, some included with purchase.
- Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
- Made in America.
While the Decked Truck Bed Drawer System has numerous advantages, there are a couple of shortcomings worth mentioning:
- Prior to installation, you need to remove any embedded sheets.
- Installation with a truck kit is only possible if you have an 8ft bed.
If you’re curious and want a closer look, check out our video review!
Installation Process: Decked Truck Bed Drawer System
Though not as straightforward as installing Decked’s truck toolbox, the installation process for the Drawer System isn’t overly complicated either. Due to its weight (over 200 pounds), you will require assistance during installation.
Each box is specifically designed to fit your truck’s length and bed dimensions, so choose accordingly. Furthermore, remove any built-in bed liners before installation, except for spray liners.
Assembly is necessary, but it’s not excessively complex, and the provided instructions by Decked are clear. However, allocate a few hours to complete the task.
Once assembled, our team lifted the drawer system and slid it all the way to the back. We suggest waiting until the frame of the drawer is in place before installing the drawer itself. It worked seamlessly for us.
Decked supplies J-hooks that securely fasten each corner by attaching to the truck bed’s tie-down points. In most cases, no drilling is required. However, you may need to drill drainage holes in the bottom of each ammo box, especially if your truck bed lacks a nice roof. We chose to skip this step since our test truck had adequate protection.
Quality Materials and Construction
The Decked Truck Bed Drawer System primarily uses HDPE, a material derived from recycled resources. Carbon black coloring is added to maintain a consistent appearance, along with UV inhibitors for protection.
To reinforce the box and enhance durability, corrosion-resistant steel and aluminum are incorporated into the construction.
The final product is weatherproof, but not entirely watertight or dustproof. While your gear will remain dry during rain, be cautious about spraying water directly onto the drawers from the side, as mist or dust may infiltrate.
The essence of the Decked Truck Bed Drawer System lies in providing truck bed organization without compromising functionality. So, how well does it deliver?
The system sits 12 inches below your bed. If you have a tonneau lid or top hat, you may lose some vertical storage space. With an accordion-style tonneau cover, folding it back may not be feasible. Thus, factor this in when making your decision.
The system’s design works to maximize space, with only 3 inches of clearance between the drawer and the backsplash. Essentially, you won’t experience a significant loss of space.
An added benefit is the box’s metal reinforcement, allowing you to place up to 2000 lbs of gear on top. Yes, you read that right – a ton of weight!
The Drawer Experience
Moving on to the drawers themselves, Decked has replaced traditional drawer slides with a polyurethane wheel system. This design choice helps prevent sticking or derailing over time, considering the drawers are located at the back of the truck and subjected to various forces.
The presence of weight in the drawers actually enhances their smooth rolling due to premium sealed bearings. Each drawer can hold up to 200 pounds of gear.
The drawers slide almost entirely open but stop before reaching the end. A brake mechanism engages, preventing accidental closure when parked on an incline. Additionally, the spring-loaded handle ensures the drawer remains securely closed during transit.
In terms of security, the tailgate acts as the primary barrier. When closed, there isn’t enough space to open the drawer and access your gear. If you have a locking tailgate, it serves as an added layer of security. Decked also provides the option of installing a drawer lock for an additional $50.00, with keyhole plugs included by default.
Moreover, the box’s height is advantageous since it remains inconspicuous to passers-by when the tailgate is open.
Ammo Can and Compatibility with Truck Tool Boxes
In one of the corners, you’ll notice what Decked refers to as the “ammo can.” However, it’s important to note that these boxes are not weatherproof. Nonetheless, they offer convenient extra storage space. Just make sure anything stored inside them can withstand exposure to water.
As for compatibility with truck tool boxes, it is possible to combine the two in select cases. However, you must have an 8-foot bed for it to work. Standard and short bed options lack the necessary space to accommodate both the Drawer System and a truck box. Decked does offer a compatible model for their CargoGlide, should you prefer a combined setup.
Pricing and Accessories
The Basic Drawer System price is set at $1449.00 and includes a Limited Lifetime Warranty. It’s worth noting that the system is proudly Made in the USA. With your purchase, you’ll also receive several accessories:
- Crossbox (desert brown)
- D-Box (desert brown)
- Drawer organizer
- 2 x drawer dividers
Here’s a pro tip: If you require additional accessories, order them simultaneously with the Drawer System. Decked will pack them together in the drawer, saving you extra shipping costs.
The Bottom Line
The Decked Truck Bed Drawer System deserves high praise from our team due to its thoughtful design, impressive load capacity, durability, and user-friendliness. It seamlessly achieves the goal of enhancing truck bed organization while retaining the bed’s practicality. The design team’s evident attention to detail and the product’s American-made quality further add to its appeal.