BedSlide ReviewIf you use a truck for hauling, you've no doubt climbed into its bed to grab a box or bag that's sitting against the center of the cab, or maybe stuck in the middle of the bed, just out of reach. If you're like me, you might even hesitate to pack the bed as full as you'd like, keeping cargo in more accessible areas. But there are solutions to the problem... pickup truck bed accessories that help us handle cargo with ease.
The BedSlide 1000 Pro SE is one option -- a unit that mounts in the truck bed and slides easily in and out for handy access to all cargo. The blue bin in the back of my truck is within easy reach in the photos above, but take a look at the bin's position before the the slide was pulled out.
No matter whether you're a contractor hauling tools, saws and other equipment, or someone who makes monthly trips to the local big box discount store to stock up on supplies, the BedSlide can help save your back and knees from sore muscles and scuffed knees caused by reaching and crawling. With a 1000 pound capacity, you can even haul heavy items, such as a generator or washer and dryer, loading and unloading them with the slide extended.
Assembling the BedSlideThe folks at BedSlide sent me the 1000 Pro SE unit to review. It arrived in a large, study box and a friend helped me stabilize the main section on top of a couple of sawhorses. It took about 30 minutes (and 10 bolts) to install the slide's front and side panels.
BedSlide's instructions are easy to follow -- most of the slide comes assembled, right out of the box (component photo on page 3; The only reason assembly is a two-person job is due the unit's weight.
After assembly, we slid the unit into the truck bed. I didn't drill holes in the bed for a permanent mount, because the review unit was shipped back to the manufacturer. But attaching the slide appears to be a simple process: drill four holes in the bed, install four rivnuts using the supplied tool and then secure the BedSlide to the truck by screwing bolts into the rivnuts. The final assembly steps should take about 30 minutes.
BedSlide 1000 Pro SE Construction
- The BedSlide is constructed of heavy exterior grade plywood with a rubberized, skid-proof coating to keeps cargo from sliding around; plywood is mounted to laser cut steel framework.
- The unit glides on rollers within the framework.
- A full-width handle just behind the tailgate lets you pull the slide out from the center or from either side.
- The BedSlide locks in four different positions: all the way in, all the way out, and with two stops in-between, preventing the slide from moving around during loading and unloading cargo. A smaller handle sets and releases the locks.
- Heavy duty tie-down cleats.
Load Capacity and WarrantyBedSlide 1000 Pro SE has a load capacity of 1,000 pounds. Because I didn't mount the slide to the truck's bed, I opted not to load it with 1,000 pounds of cargo, but the slide rolls smoothly and appears to be solidly built. A 5-year warranty is included with each unit (read BedSlide's guarantee).
Additional units are available, with load limits ranging from 800 to 2,000 pounds.
Depending on the slide size required and where you buy the unit, the 1000 Pro SE model sells for $1,000 to $1,150 (Compare BedSlide Prices). If you use your truck to haul, that price is reasonable for the utility and quality you'll get with the BedSlide.
Custom ModelsBedSlide builds units for trucks and cargo vans. Custom sizes are available:
- Maximum length is 96"; minimum length is 36"
- Maximum width is 48"; minimum width is 24"
Visit BedSlide's Website for more information.
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