10 tools to manage your pickup’s cargo - In ControlPosted in Product Reviews on May 23, 2014
Pickup cargo beds are awesome, but even their awesomeness can be improved by utilizing some of the latest and greatest accessories. Are you tired of loose cargo slamming into the sides of your pickup’s bed as you drive? Are the contents of your truck’s bed in disarray? Have items mysteriously gone missing? If you answered yes to any one of these questions, this story is for you. We’ve collected a few cool and unique items that’ll help you restrain, organize, and secure the cargo in your pickup’s cargo bed.
Lund Cargo Bar
You want your truck’s transmission to shift, but not the cargo in your truck’s bed. A simple, inexpensive way to keep cargo in place is the Lund Cargo bar. It uses a unique ratcheting adjustment system that makes the bar fully expandable from 40-70 inches. The bar has rubber ends that hold it securely in place and won’t scratch the walls of your vehicle. Street price is approximately $40-$50 at time of print.
Just as its name implies, the SwingCase is a storage system with the ability to swing out over the tailgate so you won’t have to stretch to get to the contents of the unit. The SwingCase offers 1.5 cubic feet of storage space and can handle loads up to 75 pounds. It is said to install in minutes with six self-tapping screws, and it has a lockable lid and a padlock loop so it can be secured to the hinge/mounting bracket. The SwingCase is also easily removable so you can take your gear with you, and it offers two inches of clearance between the bottom of the unit and the cargo bed floor so it won’t interfere with hauling items such as plywood. MSRP is approximately $245 at time of print.
Info: 866/900-8800, undercoverinfo.com
Do you want secure cargo bed storage but still require a fully functional load floor? The Decked system features two, 200-pound-capacity, lockable, weatherproof drawers that roll on oversized sealed-bearing wheels. Inside drawer dimensions are 18.1 inches wide, 8.4 inches tall, and depending on bed length, inside drawer length is either 61.4 or 72.1 inches. The 2,000-pound-capacity deck is made from recycled high-density polyethylene precision-shaped to match your truck bed, features four multipurpose ammo cans, and has edge and end guards. Street price of the unit ranges from $975 (shortbed) to $995 (longbed) plus $75 shipping.
Info: 208/806-0251, decked.com
Access Cargo Management Kit HD
If you hate stuff sliding around in your truck’s cargo bed, the Cargo Management Kit HD from Access may be what you need. It’s one of three kits offered by Access, and it includes two items. The first item is the Access Truck Bed Pockets HD, which is made from diamond-plate aluminum and is easy to install. The other item is an extendable EZ-RETRIEVER, which makes it possible to reach items that have slid to the front of your pickups cargo box. The Bed Pockets have notches to accept the EZ-RETRIEVER so it can also act as a cargo bar. The Cargo Management Kit HD is offered on the company’s website for $131.90 at time of print.
Info: 866/414-5422, agricover.com
If your pickup truck has a plastic bedliner, the unique Liner Locks can offer a quick and easy way to secure cargo. With just a quarter-turn of the eyebolt using the supplied lever bar, the Liner Lock clamps down on any one of the 50 bedliner ridges. The cargo can then be easily secured with a bungee cord or rope. The company says the Liner Lock can also be used as a chock to keep a load from sliding. Each lock is manufactured from 16-gauge steel and will hold up to a 400-pound direct pull. The two-pack of Liner Locks has an MSRP of $9.95, and the four-pack has an MSRP of $19.95 at time of print.
Info: 901/493-7162, linerlocks.com
Tuff Truck Bag
The Tuff Truck Bag is a giant waterproof bag that you can stuff full of, well, stuff. It measures 40x50x22 inches and offers 26 cubic feet of storage. The Tuff Truck Bag is made from heavy-duty, non-breathable PVC material and all seams are water-tight sealed using heat fusion and epoxy. The bag has a 40-inch zipper opening, and it rolls up for easy storage. Each bag has heavy-duty metal rings in all four corners in order to easily fasten the bag to any truck bed. Four adjustable bungee cords and a tote bag are included. The Tuff Truck Bag is available on the company’s website in black or khaki for $149.95 at time of print.
Info: 877/535-8833, tufftruckbag.com
The Humpstor requires no drilling and mounts above the rear wheelwell so it takes up no floor space. The unit offers 2.3 cubic feet of storage space and weighs 26 pounds. It’s made from heavy-duty polyethylene and sports lockable latches and a rubber seal on the lid to keep out dirt and moisture. The mounting bracket can be adjusted up or down to your height preference. It also includes an organizer/gun rack set that is made of soft material so it won’t damage guns. The manufacturer says it’ll hold two shotguns or one rifle with scope. The Humpstor is advertised on the company’s website for $274.95 at time of print.
Info: 866/306-3842, du-ha.com
The Cargo Catch Pickup Truck Bed Organizer is designed to hold loose items in the cargo bed of your pickup truck. It features two heavy-duty adjustable tension bars that fit between your truck’s bedrails, and they hold a netted bag with four partitions. The Cargo Catch is designed so that the netted partition bag rests on the cargo floor. The entire unit weighs less than 10 pounds and is easy to install and remove. Two sizes are available to fit medium and fullsize trucks. At time of print, the Cargo Catch is available for $117.50 on the company’s website. Info: 805/633-1235, cargocatch.com
Gladiator Cargo Net
A super easy way to ensure your load stays put in your pickup bed is with the patented Gladiator Cargo Net. There are numerous sizes, but the large-sized net fits 8-foot truck beds. It’s made from heavy-duty 1½-inch webbing rated at 2,250 pounds and the heavy-duty rip-stop mesh fabric is rated at 278 psi. It features triple-layered reinforced edges and multiple grommet anchoring points. This net has an MSRP of $218 at time of print, but if you order in the months of May and June 2014 from the company’s website, use the promo code “4wheel” and you’ll receive a 20 percent discount on cargo nets.
Info: 888/386-4271, coverhookgo.com
The Cargo Revolver from Bully Truck Accessories allows you to use the principal of leverage to move heavy loads with minimal effort. The Cargo Revolver holds up to 6.8 cubic feet of cargo and comes with two baskets that can be loaded with up to 150 pounds of gear. A lever allows the baskets to be easily lifted from the tailgate into the bed of the truck and back. The company says that this system is ideal for use under a tonneau cover and will operate with the tonneau cover closed. The entire rack, made from heavy-duty powdercoated steel, removes in seconds to allow complete access to the truck bed. The Cargo Revolver has a street price of approximately $200 or less at time of print.