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Old 08-13-2014, 06:51 PM   #1
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Do Bed Slides help w/ cargo access?

I'm rigging an F350 long bed to tow a 31' Classic. I'm considering a bed slide to make it easier to reach the cargo in the front of the bed without having to remove everything in the way. Anyone have a bed slide, an opinion on bed slides?

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Old 08-13-2014, 07:06 PM   #2
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Thought about and don't have one yet. You lose about 3 inches due to the bed itself.
Also doesn't seem like much use if hooked up. Does make access easier than climbing in to retrieve stuff. I have a cap on mine so the only way to access the front is by climbing in and crawling forward.
I'm leaning toward getting one. I like the one from Highway products.

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Old 08-13-2014, 07:11 PM   #3
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I have been thinking of this for a while and have kept this idea in mind for my new truck Build This Sliding Truck-Bed Drawer, and Get Easy Access to All Your Tools - Fine Homebuilding Video
Simple idea and easy to build.
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Old 08-13-2014, 09:01 PM   #4
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I have had one for about 3 yrs. and love it. You do give up some space, but not having to crawl in the back is worth it. I rigged it to also work with my 30 gal additional fuel tank.
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Old 08-19-2014, 06:36 PM   #6
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A.S. has it right - ABSOLUTELY.
Having spent all our children's inheritance on the AS, we couldn't afford the $2000 they were asking for a slide, but my ancient back couldn't take crawling in and out of the bed either.

For less than $120.00 I built a 7-1/2 foot slide that's made our trips a pleasure. It eats up 2-1/4 vertical inches and took a weekend to build, including the trips to Home Depot.

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