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Old 05-20-2015, 10:22 AM   #1
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pickup truck bed

hey guys and gals


I have seen some trucks that have pickup beds that have storage compartments built into the bed so it looks like a regular pickup bed.


I know Royal truck bodies used to make these but it doesnt look like they offer them anymore....


does anyone know who currently makes them?
( I already hopped on the google machine but only came up with service body truck beds)

here are some links for the type of bed I am looking for


https://www.pinterest.com/pin/377035800024448454/

http://www.wanderthewest.com/forum/t...r-fwwc-camper/

http://www.clintoncountylepc.org/hazmat.html
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Old 05-20-2015, 12:06 PM   #2
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Sorry - nothing to add, but I love the options shown in the first link you posted. I've just got the Ram boxes that came on my Ram 1500. They hold quite a bit and I use the heck out of them. Very useful in keeping crap out of the cab or floating around in the bed of the truck.
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Old 05-20-2015, 01:48 PM   #3
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Don't understand why regular truck beds don't have that. So much wasted space there and with truck makers having such a tall box, would be even more convenient.
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Old 05-20-2015, 03:06 PM   #4
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those look slick, Ram should have done the same thing for all of their trucks, that would have been really awesome.

I got tons of crap in the cab and the bed and I am always adding more, it would be nice if someone still builds a bed like that
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Old 05-20-2015, 05:03 PM   #5
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Just order a new Dodge Ram with the cargo box management option.

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Old 05-20-2015, 05:28 PM   #6
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Probably not the nicest option, but what about installing some hinges and sheet metal on the inside of the box? It's been a while since I've taken a serious look inside the back of a pickup truck, but IIRC the bed is really just some metal risers, the horizontal upper section, and some sheet metal bolted on the outside. I figure you could rivet some piano hinges to the floor (in line with the inside of the upper rails), then attach a section of sheet metal (or plastic, or fiberglass, or what have you) to fit between the floor and the rails, in between the risers. Use a lock/handle of your choice at the top of the panel to prevent it from being opened on the road (or by idle hands). If you're feeling really creative, you could put a couple "shelves" inside the new box for storing things.

Depending on your truck, you could probably do the same thing, but with access from the outside. Use a plasma cutter (or an angle grinder, if you're daring) to cut out the opening, weld in some reinforcements, add a lock, and weld the inside of the box shut with a steel plate. It might not be cheap (depending on how nice your truck is, and whether you're able to do the work yourself), or it might not be pretty, but if you can't/don't want to get an entirely new box, then it might be an option.
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Old 05-20-2015, 05:29 PM   #7
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Just order a new Dodge Ram with the cargo box management option.

that sounds like a cheap route to take, I already have a 2013 Ram 2500
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Old 05-20-2015, 05:43 PM   #8
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I found a used one but its for a Chevy, I wonder if it would fit on the Ram rails?
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Old 05-20-2015, 05:45 PM   #9
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I found a used one but its for a Chevy, I wonder if it would fit on the Ram rails?
Anything will fit with enough time, money, and motivation...

But I have nothing productive to offer, sorry.
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Anything will fit with enough time, money, and motivation...

But I have nothing productive to offer, sorry.
thats true too, I have friend who owns a fab shop so that helps but a bed straight from a manufacture would be nice

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Old 05-21-2015, 11:46 AM   #11
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there are companies that make tool boxes that go over the wheel wells, but then I also saw this recently.. looks like a cool idea

http://www.swingcase.us/
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Old 05-21-2015, 12:07 PM   #12
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Royal Truck Body was the company that used to make utility beds with the OEM look. It was called a Royal Sport Body. Google-Fu says they lost a lawsuit filed by Ford, Chevy, and Dodge claiming it was an infringement of the patent on the molds.
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Old 05-21-2015, 12:20 PM   #13
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I found a used one but its for a Chevy, I wonder if it would fit on the Ram rails?
I think a dodge cab to axle dimension is different then the normal 56" found on ford and chev. Measure it to find out. The utility body frame is usually flat and a truck frame has humps over the axles and at the rear so it may take some fab to fit.

I just bought a '15 F250 with a Reading utility body. When I was researching the bodies I googled till it couldn't any more and did not see anyone making those these days. The utility bodies are super handy for working out of. I would like to get a low profile for my truck I pull the fifth wheel with.

It would be a great opportunity but the truck manufacturers have to change body styles every few years so the after market tool body builder would have to retool to keep up. You could always go buy a used pickup box for cheap and used utility body that somebody made a trailer out of and build your own. That would be a pain in the keester. Somebody made something similar for a one ton special for goosenecks and fifth wheels but it was $$.

If that one you found fit a short bed crew cab chev I might be interested............
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Old 05-21-2015, 05:06 PM   #14
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I'll research the specs on cab to axle lengths

the reading body looks sharp, but I need a bed with the same profile as stock.

Do you have a link or pics to the one someone built?


Royal Sport Body for sale is for a long bed
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Old 05-22-2015, 07:52 AM   #15
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Honda Ridgeline has a huge storage compartment under the bed. Had mine for 8 years. Best truck I have ever owned!
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