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Old 06-01-2013, 12:45 PM   #1
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Sliding Beds for Pickups

Does anybody have experience with sliding beds for pick-ups? I'm finding it a challenge to keep the back organized so thinking that a sliding bed will make it much easier.

I've been looking at the XT-2000 (2000 lbs capability) from Highway Products. But there are certainly others - Bedslide for example has a variety of models.

Any experience good or bad with products, or with the company would be useful to hear about. I've been searching - but not found too many reviews of the different models available.
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Old 06-01-2013, 02:13 PM   #2
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Smile sliding beds

I have 2 bedslides in both my trucks. They are the contractor grade 1500's. In my younger days I would jump in & out of the beds like a gazelle, however now with a topper and a little age, it's a no brainer that my "gazelle" days are history.
The bedslides are the best! everything is accessible and they work great with no problems. Go for it, you will not regret it,[after the sticker shock fades of course] Chip
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Old 06-01-2013, 03:04 PM   #3
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my winter neighbor had one for a few years and loved it. when he got a new truck the slide was a "must have". he said thet you lose a small amout of spacen and he's had to climb up to retrieve something that fell off the bed up front but it is the best thing since sliced bread :-)

don't forget to factor in the weight if you're high up in the truck payload area.
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:08 AM   #4
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don't forget to factor in the weight if you're high up in the truck payload area.
One of the questions I ask the slide manufacturers is the height of the bed and the weight so that all this can be factored into the decisions.

Towing with an F150 - even will all the payload and tow packages, I still need to watch the amount of gear that gets thrown into the back.
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The bed slides are nice, but like everything else, they're not perfect. Cost, weight, consumed space, and operation when hitched are my concerns.

Yet, getting in and out of the back of a truck is a pain, and the worst to me is the kneeling on the hard metal. What I did to somewhat ease the pain is install a Bedrug. BedRug Truck Bedliners vs Drop In Liners and Spray-In Liners BedRug - Next Generation Bedliner

This is the third truck I've had one in, and I really like them.
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:14 PM   #6
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The bed slides are nice, but like everything else, they're not perfect. Cost, weight, consumed space, and operation when hitched are my concerns.
Agree that these are the major concerns - I have to assume since there are few folks writing about these in various forums, they are not all the common.
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Agree that these are the major concerns - I have to assume since there are few folks writing about these in various forums, they are not all the common.
I have not used one, but a friend of mine had one before he traded his rig for a motorhome, and watching his usage of it, I made my decision. If I get so that I cannot get into the pickup bed in the future, that would be a totally different situation.
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Old 06-02-2013, 02:43 PM   #8
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I had a bedslide installed this winter before our 7 week trip in Feb. It made packing and unpacking the truck effortless. I did lose a little height in the opening as I have a straight cap, but it was worth the investment. I mounted Thule fork mount bike racks on one side so the bikes just come right out with the slide. Greg
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Had one for four years and it is great ...... I thnk it is named Bedslide.

You lose a little height and it rattles on bumpy roads, but would not leave home without it.
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Thanks for the info...

If I'm keeping score -

2 thumbs up for bedslide - and 1 neutral to no for the concept.

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Add another vote for BedSlide. I found out about them on this forum and got one for my new 2011 Dodge. I've had mine for two years and I love it. It's a must have with a camper shell...I guess you folks in the east call them a topper.

Mine is the 1000 pound model. For my use it was the right fit but they have them with much higher capacity. By my estimate you lose less than six inches and that's not much sacrifice for the convenience.
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Price tag roughly?
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I have the 1000 Pro SE....$1150. The 2000 is around $1600.
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Why not just build one? A couple sheets of ply, glue and screws....add some rollers, and you're done. Save a ton of money...and customize to your needs.
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