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  1. 19RCSB

    19RCSB Junior Member

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    When I ordered my truck I was going order the Rambox option until I went and looked at one in person. It's a great idea, but I was not impressed with the construction and fit and finish. The one I looked at didn't close and fit as nicely as I had expected. After thinking it over, I decided not to order the Ramboxes.

    So I went a different route for lockable storage. I made this plywood box which fits into the bed divider slots in the side walls of the box. It is completely removable by lifting it out with the top handles. It locks down securely with toggle clamps attached to the tie down hooks in the bed.

    When the tailgate is locked it is completely secure. You can't release the clamps and remove the box with the tailgate up. They are only accessible from the rear. It's made of 1/2" marine plywood, and I coated it with Herculiner bed liner paint. Most of the hardware is stainless.

    I think it will be handy for things like golf clubs, or anything that I don't want exposed. I'll try it for a while and see how it goes. If it gets to be in the way too much I can just take it out and store it in the garage.

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  2. John Jensen

    John Jensen Senior Member

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    Nice work. Looks factory.
     
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    McBroom U.S.Marine Veteran Retired 88-2000 Military

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    I looked at a 19 Power Wagon with the Ram boxes and one of the putter trim pieces was already coming off so that alone turned me off of getting the Ram boxes.
    Back on subject... your storage chest... How has it affected your mpg’s??
    I really like the box excellent construction BTW


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  4. 19RCSB

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    I just finished it up so I don't have any miles on it yet. I'm hoping it won't affect the gas mileage. The top is flush with tailgate top, so I don't think it will make much difference.
     
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    Turned out nice......

    And looks easy enough to remove if needed
     
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    What if I just so happened to have a 6" hole saw in my pocket?

    Well fabricated, are you against a tonneau cover? I'd imagine even a cheap $150 one would pay for itself quickly in aerodynamic fuel savings if you do any highway driving.
     
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    This.
     
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    Lol. Factory plywood, but It does look well made . Still prefer a tonneau and bed divider myself though.
     
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    Does it not rain where you live? Nice work but I don't think it would last long in Houston weather. I would like something to keep my junk towards the tailgate area as well.

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    huntergreen Senior Member Military

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    I am thinking it will affect mpg on hwy trips by changing the airflow in the bed. As you said though easily removable. Nice job. Will warping in the hot sun be an issue ?
     
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