Introduction: Rethinking Truck Box Innovation
A truck box is no longer just a basic storage unit. Over the years, there have been significant advancements in design and functionality. From enhanced safety features to integrated lighting systems, manufacturers continue to push the boundaries. Today, we’ll be discussing a revolutionary truck box mod that redefines what a truck box can be and the materials it should be made of: the Decked Truck Tool Box.
Advantages of the Decked Truck Tool Box
- Easy installation
- Metal reinforced construction that won’t sag over time
- Convenient and accessible opening mechanism
- Optional ladders for improved gear access compared to other chests
- Wide range of optional accessories
- Lifetime warranty
- Proudly made in America
- Not compatible with Decked drawer systems on full-size trucks with short or full-size beds
If you want a closer look, check out our video review!
Installing the Decked truck tool box is a breeze. Start by laying out the protective rubber mat, then place the box on top. The four brackets have a V-shaped bottom that securely grips the sides of the rail. Afterward, thread the upper side. No drilling is required for this process. In our case, it took only 15 minutes with two people working together. While you can install it solo, we recommend asking for assistance to ensure ease and precision.
Deck Truck Toolbox Construction
When I first heard about the Decked truck tool box and its high-strength resin construction, I had concerns. While resin offers design flexibility, its tendency to sag over time is a drawback. However, the Decked team took a different approach, reinforcing the box structurally with galvanized steel and aluminum. This combination of materials ensures durability and prevents any compromise in strength.
The box also features overlapping edges and an EPDM gasket, making it watertight. Breaking into the lid is challenging, even when using tools such as a spudger. With the lock secured on the driver’s side, you can have peace of mind. In fact, Decked is so confident in its construction that it rates the truck tool box with a 500-pound capacity and backs it with a lifetime warranty. It’s worth noting that all Decked storage systems, including this box, are proudly made in the USA.
- Weight: 103 lbs without ladder, 114 lbs with ladder
- Storage Area: 9.82 sq. ft., 73.4 gallons
- Capacity: 500 lbs
- External Dimensions (L/D/H): 76.1 x 22.3 x 20.6 inches
- Height above bed rail: 5.8 inches
The base truck box includes a snack tray and a sliding tool tray. However, please note that the snack tray is not designed for storing food. If you plan to keep a sandwich inside, make sure it’s tightly wrapped to prevent any unwanted spills.
Unlike many truck boxes that rely on gas struts for lid support and opening assistance, the Decked truck tool box utilizes torsion springs. This innovation makes opening the lid incredibly easy. Whether you’re on the driver’s side or the passenger’s side, the springs ensure a smoother and more convenient opening action compared to most struts. No need to reach into the middle of the box or use your other hand. Simply press the release and lift the side handle.
The Ladder Option
What sets the Decked truck tool box apart from others is its integrated ladder option. The telescoping ladder design unfolds from the box, extending over the side of the truck without scratching the surface and reaching down to the ground. The ladder has two base rung sections that lock into place, ensuring stability. With a reach of up to 5 feet, it accommodates various truck sizes. Folding the ladder is a straightforward process that only requires two hands. By pressing both release buttons simultaneously, you can fold the ladder and store it back into the box with ease.
Is the ladder worth adding? Absolutely! Even at over 6 feet tall, reaching into the box from the side was challenging for me due to the size of my truck’s wheels. The ladder greatly improves accessibility and convenience, making it a valuable addition.
Can I Use a Deck Truck Tool Box with a Drawer System?
To use a full-size truck box with a Decked drawer system, you must have an 8-foot bed. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough clearance on trucks with a short or standard bed.
The basic full-size truck kit we are reviewing is priced at $899. If you opt for the ladder, the price increases to $999. Rest assured, Decked stands behind its product with a lifetime warranty. Additionally, there are numerous accessories available for purchase:
- Snack Plate: $20
- D-Box Hanger Kit: $20
- Toolbox Fixture (mounts to the front base of the case): $25
- Super Snack Plate: $30
- Toolbox Tray: $30
- Core Clamp (connects gear to the front of the box – requires Core Trax): $55
- Box D: $60
- Core Trax (attaches to the front of the box, includes an eye ring): $80
Decked offers a comprehensive range of accessories that can be integrated into your truck box or drawer storage system. For the complete collection, click here.
You can order the Decked truck tool box online or visit one of their authorized dealers. With numerous dealers within a 30-minute drive of our store, accessibility is not an issue.
The Bottom Line
Initially, I was interested but skeptical about the Decked truck tool box’s resin construction. However, after installing it on my Ram 1500, my doubts vanished. The concept is brilliantly executed, and I am confident it will serve me well for as long as I own my truck. The Decked Truck Tool Box excels at storing and securing gear, surpassing other designs in terms of usability.
Remember, innovation and smart design are essential when choosing a truck box. With the Decked Truck Tool Box, you can expect outstanding performance and quality. Don’t settle for anything less; choose Decked.