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2001 Dodge Dakota Truck Bed Cargo Slides
Things to Consider when Choosing a Truck Bed Slide
Truck bed slides are a handy addition to any pickup, significantly easing cargo loading and unloading; however, there are several brands, models, and sizes on the market. To ease your decision, consider the following factors:
How large is your pickup’s bed? And how much of the bed’s cargo space would you like the slide to take up? While bed slides come in several sizes, most consumers will benefit from the largest possible bed slide they can fit into their pickup’s bed, i.e., an 8-foot slide for an 8-foot bed, a 6-foot slide for a 6-foot bed, and so on! Regardless of your preference, measure your pickup’s bed before placing an order to ensure a perfect fit.
Regarding weight capacity, consider the limits of the bed slide, as well as your pickup’s payload capacity. While it’s nice to have a bed slide with a high weight capacity, you’ll have to consider the weight of the slide compared to your pickup’s payload; there’s no point in having a bed slide with a 2,000-pound capacity if your truck can only handle 1,000 pounds!
Depending on your needs, expectations, and climate, you may have preferences regarding your bed slide’s construction. In a half-ton or mid-size, a lightweight aluminum bed slide may be the best option; however, in a heavy-duty application, rugged steel may better suit your needs.
While some bed slides are low-tech, others feature several security and safety features like automatic locks, side rails, and non-skid decking. Before placing an order, determine which features are vital to you, and verify that your selected bed slide includes them!
Top Truck Bed Slide Brands
At Realtruck, we carry all of the top cargo slide brands, including:
CargoGlide: Commercial-grade bed slides featuring rugged steel frames, TPO-coated plywood decks, and aluminum rails to keep cargo safe and secure.
Bedslide: Whether you’re a trade worker or weekend warrior, Bedslide’s premium cargo slides are up to the task!
Decked: Durable, composite drawer systems ideal for contractors, trades workers, frequent campers, and others who work from their pickups. With lockable drawers, a 2,000-pound weight capacity, and built-in tie-downs, the Decked bed system is one of the leading bed slides on the market.
Maintaining Your Truck Bed Slide
While most truck bed slides feature sealed bearings, corrosion-resistant frames, and maintenance-free decks, it’s still wise to routinely clean and inspect the moving parts for damage/excess dirt and debris. Every so often, inspect the rails for excess dirt, grease, or corrosion, clear any debris wedged beneath the deck, and inspect moving parts for any excessive wear.
Truck Bed Slide FAQs
How much weight can a truck bed slide carry?
Depending on the brand and model, bed slide cargo capacities can vary; however, most can carry between 1,000–2,000 pounds.
How long does a truck bed slide last?
While this question is highly subjective, a cargo slide that’s used responsibly and according to the manufacturer's instructions should last indefinitely.
How difficult is installing a truck bed slide?
While not exceptionally challenging, installing a truck bed slide typically requires drilling holes into the bed floor. Additionally, due to the bed slide's sizable dimensions and heavy weight, it’s best to have an extra set of hands.