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LOOKING FOR A TRUCK ACCESSORY? CONSIDER A TOOL BOX FOR YOUR WHIP

DECKED's drawer system can be ideal for activities like fishing

 

LOOKING FOR A TRUCK ACCESSORY? CONSIDER A TOOL BOX FOR YOUR WHIP

 

Searching for the right truck accessories can be a fairly daunting task. Afterall, it probably took you more than just a minute to find the right kind of truck, with the right specifications to fit your needs. So, finding the right accessories – everything from toolboxes to grille protectors – should be a priority too. This isn’t 2020 or even 2021 anymore. It’s 2022, which means it’s time for a fresh start and definitely time to do things the right way.

There's a lot to store in your truck

WHAT TYPES OF ACCESSORIES CAN YOU GET?

 

This is a tough question to answer, because really the sky’s the limit when it comes to how you can pimp your ride. And, pimping the right truck accessories could help you protect your truck’s interior and exterior from dirt, mud, and other not-so-sexy materials. Some common accessories include cameras, lighting, floor mats and seat covers, and truck bed liners.

 

Accessories like cameras can serve a useful purpose in helping to keep your truck safe. For example, a dash camera can be used to record whether someone has done something to your truck and leave you with evidence to catch the perpetrator later. Or, a camera gives you some extra wiggle room so you could attach a wagon to your truck and still have a way to see what’s behind you when you back up. Meanwhile, other interior accessories like seat covers can also help you keep the truck clean but also make your truck look super fresh.

 

DECKED's Drawer system helps you store all your tools

 

SOME ACCESSORIES MATTER EVEN MORE

Some truck accessories are more than aesthetically pleasing. They are key to the functionality of your truck and can help you do your job. For example, people who use their trucks to haul around tools for their construction jobs or other work are so dependent on their vehicles. Those people also rely on their truck accessories to keep their important equipment and materials safe.

Truck tool boxes can be a lifeline for some people. They are made to help people store their precious cargo and tools, which can run hundreds or even thousands of dollars. The right toolbox can also help people keep their equipment organized and easily accessible – turning a truck from a simple vehicle into a mobile workstation.

 

2020 RAM 2500

LOOKING FOR ACCESSORIES THAT FIT YOUR TRUCK

 

Let’s talk about one of the more common and desired trucks out on the market – the 2020 Ram 2500. This is a fairly chunky truck with a towing max of nearly 20,000 pounds and a payload weight of 4,000 pounds. So, this heavy-duty pick up truck can do a lot.

 

Some of its advantages are that it has off-road capability, which is perfect if you like to go camping off the beaten path or exploring places with rough terrain. And, the truck has leather seats, which is very classy. Buyers have a choice of two types of engines - a gas V-8 or diesel inline-six. Of course, the diesel, which does cost a little extra, helps give the truck that extra boost of power for when it's hauling lots of cargo.

 

But, all good things have some cons too. The diesel engine is still on the slower end of the spectrum. And, depending on your budget, you might be able to seat two or three passengers. The mega cab cariant seats up to 6 people. But, what type of truck you ultimately get depends on a host of factors, like price. Some key competitors to this truck are the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and the Ford F-250 Super Duty.

 

So, to make sure your truck can perform at its best, you might look for some accessories that can elevate the existing features of your vehicle. Maybe you don’t want to have to invest in another car to store all your equipment and cargo. You don’t need to buy a promaster cargo van. Instead, just put the right accessories on your truck.

 

 

A DECKED D box accessory

WHAT A TRUCK TOOL BOX CAN DO

 

A truck toolbox can really make or break your vehicle, depending on how you use your truck. For some, a truck is what helps you do your work and literally put food on the table. For other people, a tool box may just be exactly what you need to hold all of your favorite recreational gear – your fishing rods, hunting rifles, and camping tents. All of this cargo can amount to hundreds or even thousands of dollars, and you don’t want it to be damaged or stolen.

 

Even trucks like the RAM 2500 have their limitations, such as interior space. Depending on what model you get, you might not have that much space in the truck for all this equipment plus multiple people. That’s where a tool box can come in handy and be a perfect accessory for your vehicle. And this type of accessory can have a number of other attributes you’re looking for too, like being waterproof.

 

You want everything to look good on your truck, including your pup

 

HOW DO YOU KNOW THE RIGHT FIT?

 

There is one issue, however, when you do decide to take the plunge and buy accessories for your truck – the fact that the market is big and there are hundreds of options. Picking your truck was hard enough, so now wading through all the different brands you could purchase could potentially be a nightmare. What’s worse is that you could end up with something you don’t even like.

 

Like with any good you’re buying, there are some simple things to consider – affordability, longevity, storage capacity, and of course, how the accessory looks.

 

Maybe you do want to “pimp your ride” and those grille covers and lights could be the right move. If you’re looking for slick-looking and sexuy storage options, you probably want to find a toolbox that seems like it was made in this century at the very least.  

 

Looking at some of the most common brands on the market, there are a few that regularly show up at major retailers. These brands include  Dee-Zee, Milwaukee, and Dewalt, among others. One that comes up a lot is the Husky brand. Some of these range between a few hundred to close to a thousand dollars. But there’s still a question: Are any of these brands right for you?

 

 

Quality matters in production of tool boxes

SOME COMMON PROBLEMS THAT COME UP

So, as we’ve discussed, shopping can be a pain in the neck. And it may especially be a pain if you have other things going on. You might really just need to invest in a good accessory, like a truck tool box, install it, and get to work as soon as you can.

 

Unfortunately, online and in-store shopping can be a less than ideal experience. But, there are some key issues to look out for.

 

Husky Diamond Plate Aluminum Full Size Crossbed Truck Tool Box

ISSUE 1: QUALITY IS DECEPTIVE

 

A lot of house-name brands and commonly stocked accessories are actually made via mass production. These brands may seem to be reliable because so many people have bought them, but don’t be fooled. You may buy a product that only lasts a few months.

 

One example is with the Husky brand. First, let’s talk about the good. Husky is the home-brand of Home Depot. Husky products are available in all the Home Depot stores around the country, and because of that the product tends to run a bit cheaper. Their tool boxes tend to hover around $300 to $400. That can be really nice for people who aren’t looking to spend too much.

 

However – and this is a big however – mass production does not always equal high quality.

 

Even though Husky products may be sold around the entire United States, that doesn’t mean they are made by American workers. Home Depot works with a manufacturer that actually produces a large chunk of Husky product in countries like China and Taiwan.  

 

So, that means the tool box you end up getting – which also may not be the best quality – wasn’t made locally.

 

From Craftsman brand

ISSUE 2: DESCRIPTIONS OFTEN AREN’T COMPLETELY TRUE

So, we’ve talked about quality issues. The Husky website won’t talk about this. And most tool and tool box brands won’t talk about this issue on their website either. Another thing that won’t come up is the fact that when products are made fast and with cheap materials, they fall apart easily.

 

Much like Husky is mass produced, so is the Craftsman line. At least most Craftsman is made in the United States. They make fairly inexpensive toolboxes, ranging from around $300 to $500, and some of their tool boxes feature nice attributes like aluminum construction, ergonomic paddle handles, weather seals, and a low-profile construction.

 

But as the saying goes – it’s not a good idea to judge a book by its cover. When digging through reviews at the bottom of most of these websites, buyers discuss issues like denting, rubber seals peeling off, installation problems, and the tool boxes not even working for the model of truck you have.

 

DECKED's Low-Profile Tool Box

 

ISSUE 3: SAFETY

 

You’d feel pretty silly if your intention to buy a tool box was to keep expensive tools safe and then a thief easily got into it. Look, you can never buy something completely indestructible. There are some forces – like maybe lava – that can destroy basically anything. But a lot of tool boxes boast safety mechanisms, when they can be easily dented and opened up with a hammer or crowbar. So, when shopping around, you’ll want to be on the lookout for features that ensure your precious cargo will stay safe.

 

The system is made from high-density polyethylene with galvanized and stainless steel construction.

COULD DECKED BE THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOU?

 

Buying your first truck is a huge deal. That truck will be like your first girlfriend or boyfriend, meaning you’ll never forget them. And, your first truck tool box may be like your first child.

 

Ok, maybe that’s a bit dramatic. But, a tool box is truly something you’ll want to keep around, no matter what.

 

Husky, Craftsman, and other widespread brands make fantastic products. But, based on some of the shopping concerns above, your best bet for a first time buy could be DECKED’s Tool Box[a][b] or drawer system.

 

FIRST, THE PROS

DECKED’s products are made entirely in the United States, and quality is the number one concern. The team has a lot of pride for the fact that their accessories are manufactured in the heartland of the country and engineered in the motor city. They’re also pretty proud of the fact that they work with a number of family-owned businesses.

 

DECKED in the Good Ole USA

 

 

“American workers” also means that the quality is really good. DECKED loves to show off the fact that its products are basically indestructible. For example, they even have videos where they basically beat their low-profile tool box to death with a hammer, without it having a single scratch.

 

THE DECKED TOOL BOX

 

That’s because the DECKED Tool Box is made with galvanized steel and aluminum reinforcements. In fact, it can handle a 500-pound dynamic payload. That’s also what makes it safe and sound. It’s incredibly difficult to get into the Tool Box or the drawer system because of the lock systems the team has put in place.

 

 

DECKED Tool Box

 

The Tool Box has torsion springs instead, which makes a break in even more difficult. The DECKED team didn’t just think about pesky thieves. The Tool Box is protected against some softer elements, like water and snow.

 

The DECKED Drawer System

 

The DECKED drawer system was built with convenience, price, and longevity in mind. The entire drawer system can replace the bed of your pick-up or working truck, leaving tons of cargo space. The top is incredibly resilient as well. In fact, each of the drawers, which can be pulled out independently of each other, can store up to a 1000 pounds of tools and equipment. The best part is that these drawers live in the truck. All you have to do is pull one of them out, grab what you need, and go about your day. And of course, the drawer system is safe. It includes a highly reinforced locking and security system. You can sleep easy at night knowing the tools in your truck will be there in the morning.

 

DECKED's Drawer system

 

THE TAKEAWAY

 

One con to consider is the fact that DECKED’s products might run you a slightly more expensive tab than some of the other brands. The Tool Box, for example, is still under $1000. And, the drawer system is around $1500.

 

But, if you want something durable and that will last long, that slight price difference may not be an issue. The DECKED team focused on creating a product that can last for generations. The accessory should look good and last long on your truck, and you should look good next to it too.

 

 

 

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