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Old 02-02-2015, 08:44 AM   #1
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Bed Slide for truck

I am thinking about getting some form of bed slide for my truck. It is a Ford with standard bed 6"5". Would like info from members that use one. What are the things to look for when shopping for this item. Questions are
should they have multiple stop points and tie downs. Do they come out all the way or only part way. We now have a ARE topper on truck and have to crawl in to get at things in the front of bed. Also our truck has the tailgate with the built in step and handle for getting in back of bed.
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Old 02-02-2015, 08:56 AM   #2
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I've got one for sale only used for two weeks. Why you may ask?

Love the product and it's a Bed Slide Pro for a 6.5 Ford truck, F350 and would fit an F250 as well. Might not fit an F150.

Here are the reasons I took it out. We have a soft cover for our bed and do not want to go to a high shell. The bed slide worked perfectly with multiple stops and multiple tie downs, however it sits almost four inches off the deck of the bed and therefore with a soft cover restricts what we can carry in the back of the truck with the cover in place, ie Satellite antenna, folding lounge chairs, extra five gallons of diesel fuel (don't ask) two honda generators and so on. Therefore, we took it out, it's sitting now at the install dealers and he is also trying to sell it on ebay.

If you have a shell and or want to put one on it would be terrific and we could make you a great price, our dealer will install it as well.

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Old 02-02-2015, 10:23 AM   #3
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I made my own 'slide' out of 2x2 and plywood.. Can't find the pics.

Can hand draw for you..if interested. PM.
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Old 02-02-2015, 10:34 AM   #4
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Old 02-02-2015, 10:42 AM   #5
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We have a Bed Slide for our 8 foot bed in our F-250 which is covered by a cap. I could not live without it! This is the brand we used, they have different models based on carrying capacity. We got the "sport" model. It does have tie downs and about three stops. It extends almost completely (I believe that about 18 inches or so remain in the truck bed.) It does take up about 4 inches of your vertical space so consider that when you select your cap. If I had a tonneau cover in lieu of a cap as an earlier poster had, I would think that the Bed Slide would be less useful.

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Old 02-02-2015, 11:37 AM   #6
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I have had a Bed Slide in my F-150 for several years. Yes, it does take about 4" vertical space. I am even able to load my Kawasaki ATV in under the cap (front wheels removed and handle bars folded down) and take it on my annual trip to Quartzsite, AZ. BBQ and generator have to ride in the Airstream, although.
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Old 02-02-2015, 11:53 AM   #7
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I expect to take delivery of a Cargo Slide (an ARE product) tomorrow. I believe it is a 1000 CG? I too have an ARE cap on our 2500 Duramax and found climbing into the front of the bed a non-starter. I also noticed the four inch rise of the slide, but don't think with the height of the cap that it will make any difference. It also has three or four stops along with tie down slots. I'll have to let you know how I like it later this week.
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:09 PM   #8
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I have an 8' bed and find the slide a real back saver. Here's a previous post of mine with pictures. Uses a little over three inches of vertical space and cost me $150 or so and a partial weekend.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f314...ss-123929.html
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I have an 8' bed and find the slide a real back saver. Here's a previous post of mine with pictures. Uses a little over three inches of vertical space and cost me $150 or so and a partial weekend.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f314...ss-123929.html
That is a much finer idea for the slide !!! I vaguely recall seeing that before... I would definitely go that route.. especially if you can keep it from 'tilting' when loaded.
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Old 02-02-2015, 01:11 PM   #10
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We bought a Century cap for our 2500HD this past fall. It has worked flawlessly and the truck holds all of my tools, Strongback chairs, Weber grill, 32' of 4' high fencing for the pups, Coleman stove, 20# propane bottle, two aluminum folding tables and the Yamaha 2400 with a couple of containers of fuel right at the back. The only problem was loading, unloading and access. Watched for months for a used bedslide and found one for $200. Called Bedslide and got an installation kit for 9.95 and it has made all the difference in the world. Priceless to us.
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Old 02-02-2015, 01:35 PM   #11
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Back in 2001 I installed a Joey Bed in our '98 Tahoe 2door . After removing the rear seat it's just like having a camper shell on a PU.

In 2005 bought an Avalanche and I installed another Joey Bed in it. Again the only way to fly.

2007 I picked up a 2004 SSR. They don't come with a spare tire just a can of Slime and a compressor. We travel the back roads out of cell service , So a spare is a necessity .
I used the factory tie down rail in the SSR to mount , you guessed it, a Joey Bed.
Then mounted the spare to it.

The beauty of the Joey Bed is it's only 1" of the floor The sad thing is Joey Bed sold to www.Kwikee.com and they cut the line down to basement slides for motor Homes
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Old 02-02-2015, 09:32 PM   #12
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I have a pair of 24" wide slides made by Knee Saver. You can use them as singles or as a pair. They have worked well for 2 years.
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I have an 8' bed and find the slide a real back saver. Here's a previous post of mine with pictures. Uses a little over three inches of vertical space and cost me $150 or so and a partial weekend.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f314...ss-123929.html
The one demonstrated in the Fine Homebuilding video is really a brilliant job. Build This Sliding Truck-Bed Drawer, and Get Easy Access to All Your Tools - Fine Homebuilding Video
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I would definitely go that route.. especially if you can keep it from 'tilting' when loaded.
See picture #4 of that post. The hex-head at the front end of the slide hits the "C" channel to keep 3+/- feet in the truck bed. The hex head drops into a hole and by removing it (one on each side) you can then pull the entire bed out. You do that once a year to clean out the crickets, lost pocket change, ear rings and whatever else got sucked underneath

If I can do this right, here it is again, viewed over the side wall of the bed and right over the wheel well :
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