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Old 07-22-2019, 10:18 PM
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Luggage box in bed

What are you guys using for storage in the bed of your pickups. I'm looking at finding something or building something to throw luggage in for road trips or things that may come up that need to be hauled like in the picture. I was thinking about building some sort of wooden trunk and holding it down with hood pins in the bed. I would love to see any pictures of what you guys have done.
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Old 07-23-2019, 05:13 AM
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Anything you build out of wood will be heavy and a PIA to move in and out of the bed, or even to slide around. I would look at large action packer boxes or some other premade solution. They are usually lighter, and should also be water tight.

As far as how to hold it down in the bed, I'm not sure what would work best. They sell the collapsable rods that you put in the truck bed to hold materials, and maybe one can be adapted by adding clamps to attach it to the box. I'd prefer to not drill any holes in the bed floor, but there may also be some brackets that could attach to the side rails and be used to hold the box.

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Get one of these, you know, for haulin' lol That bed looks awfully nice to be toting stuff.

I'm thinking some classy flushed recessed tie downs in the corners of the floor and one of those thick trim to fit rubber bed mats you can take out and store. At least you could strap a tote or other goods down and not worry about paint or the wood floor getting trashed.
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I got a regular pickup for hauling. We got a couple of road trips planned. One of the trips is going to be around 3000 miles, so I am more thinking for mainly luggage. I would like it to blend with the rest of the pickup too.
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I think what you are trying to accomplish will be very challenging, Especially with the painted bed strips.

If I were going to design a trunk, I would try to make it sit an inch or so off the floor to protect the bed strips but that would mean drilling into your wood. Maybe you could find some stainless escutchions to put in the holes that would look good when the trunk was removed.

I also wonder if you wouldn't be better off looking at a small trailer.

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John, that's what I was leaning towards. I was thinking about using Hood pins. I would put the stainless disc part in the bed and put the pin in the bottom of the trunk so it would be raised off of the bed an inch or so like you said.I was thinking about using an old school trunk and putting a waterproof plastic tote inside of that. That way we could just lift the lid open on the chest and grab our luggage . A trailer could work too, but it would be kind of a pain dragging that around everywhere. On a side note, I've been watching 54 build for a long time, your work amazes me!
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i typically have the biggest trunk at the event
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