Decorated Drawer Truck Bed Storage System
It’s the perennial conundrum for van owners: how do you organize and secure things in bed? Some manufacturers offer their own solutions, such as Ram with the RamBox storage bins built into the bedside tables, or Honda and Hyundai with their under-bed chests. Many owners resort to a tonneau cover, which addresses the safety aspect but not the organizational one. And a tonneau cover essentially turns your truck into a giant Lincoln Town Car – when you use the tonneau, the bed is a trunk, so you can’t haul your dirt bike, ATV or grandfather clock. Readya Defiance, Ohio company has a solution: its truck bed drawer system.
The idea is that you get the benefits of a hard tonneau (lockable, weatherproof, and out of sight storage) as well as pull-out drawers to organize gear while retaining the ability to carry large and heavy items. . This is because the deck is not flush with the top of the bed, like a barrel. It’s lower and rated to hold 2000 pounds, so you can load gear into the drawers and still park your Yamaha Banshee on top. This all sounded promising, so we tried a Decorated drawer system ($1499.99) on a 2022 Nissan Frontier.
The installation process is more difficult on a Frontier than it would be on a full-size truck because the larger sizes don’t require drilling (on the large trucks, the system is secured with the factory tie-downs). For the Frontier, we had to move some fasteners and drill holes in the cab side of the bed to mount the center channel that goes between the drawers. But as long as you embrace the “measure twice, drill once” credo when pointing a drill at your truck, it’s not intimidating. The extremely detailed and in-depth installation instructions are 22 pages long, and when you’re deep in the process, you’ll appreciate the sense of humor throughout.
The most important sections are highlighted in red, such as the weatherstripping page that goes to the edge of the drawers. This part reads: “IMPORTANT: Facing the weather stripping the wrong way will funnel water into the drawer: BAD!” There is also a useful facility video.
Decked recommends recruiting a friend to help with setups like this, as moving the fasteners is very difficult with just one pair of hands. The instructions warn: “You’ll need to grab a friend for this step (or have incredibly long, flexible arms).” Our Frontier installer did it solo, somehow. But the whole process will go faster if you have help. Near the end comes the fun stuff – installing the bottle opener and ruler, securing the ammo boxes (vertical bins with snap-on lids that flank the drawers).
You can just throw your gear in the drawers, but Decked includes organizers designed for space: dividers, a small fitted tool box, a larger one called D-Box. (There’s an optional soft bag dubbed, yes, the D-Bag.) Overlanders could opt for the Decked X Pathfinder Campfire Cooking Kit or the Survival Kit. If your truck does not have a lockable tailgate, you can also order locks for the drawers.
Our owner Frontier, who does contract work, fell in love with the Decked system. Now, instead of hauling his tools from his truck to the garage every day, he just leaves them in Decked drawers, ready to go. He also pointed out that the top loading surface sits above the wheel wells of the truck and thus allows for carrying sheets of plywood or gypsum laid flat, which was not the case with the stock bed. . The system also proved completely waterproof after going through a car wash – the ammo boxes, which aren’t considered weatherproof, barely held any water inside. And everything about it, from the way the drawer handles unlock to the snug fit of the lids on the ammo boxes, seems extremely well made. The dominant material is high-density polyethylene (HDPE), which is both durable and, in this case, 100% recycled.
On the downside, your loading deck gets higher, which will add a challenge if you’re using ramps to load an ATV (you’d want to back the truck up a steep hill or use really long ramps). And the system weighs 205 pounds, extra weight that counts toward your truck’s payload capacity. The Frontier didn’t seem to notice. Finally, if you like to put an inflatable pool in the back of your truck to make a redneck hot tub, that setup will now have to be above ground, so to speak. We are just warning you.
But overall, the Ready The system is a well-thought-out, well-executed solution to the compromises imposed by pickup beds. You retain the ability to haul large heavy trucks while benefiting from organized, secure and watertight storage. Once you see it in action, you wonder why truck beds weren’t designed like this in the first place.
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