Trucks have always been about getting the job done, but today’s trucks have a lot more places to store cargo than the bed alone. Here’s a look at three innovations for storage.
CARGO MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Most truck owners use their pickups for hauling all kinds of things — from bags of fertilizer, to yard waste, furniture and motorcycles. Since they’re used for such versatile jobs, it makes sense to have a versatile system to keep everything tied down properly. Many trucks offer cargo management systems, either from aftermarket suppliers or from the factory, as shown here on the Ford F-150. They make it easy to secure cargo of all sizes with adjustable tie-downs.
Dodge found an innovative solution for storage with the RamBox, a large, water-tight compartment built into the sides of the truck. It can be used to carry tools, guns, or anything you want to keep dry. It also has a drain plug at the bottom so you can use it as a cooler for tailgating or camping trips, as shown here in the Ram Power Wagon.
People who use their trucks for work often need extra storage in the cab, too. Papers, small hand tools and electronics can slide around if not properly stored, which is why Chevrolet created storage spaces under bench seats in the Silverado. It’s a smart use of space that would otherwise be wasted, giving drivers another option for storing things while on the road.