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Old 08-22-2014, 12:14 AM   #1
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Truck bed tool box

Hello, I am looking to put a tool box in the bed of my 2003 Sierra. I am wondering what others have put in for a tool box?


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Old 08-22-2014, 12:00 PM   #2
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I do not have any in my truck as of now, but any type that sits below the sides of the bed will work as far as I can tell. If I get a box, I will look for a V box across the back of the bed and remove the tailgate. There are numerous box mfg.'s out there and a wide range of prices. Look at them and buy what you are happy with.

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Old 08-23-2014, 01:18 PM   #3
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I use a low profile box, rail to rail. Just make sure you have clearance, if not, one of the below rails would be better.
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Another vote for 'below the rails' box.

Had one in my T-100. Liked it. I'll be getting one for my F-350.

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Old 08-28-2014, 07:38 AM   #5
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This is what I have. And love it.Click image for larger version

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I have an RDS 60 gal auxiliary fuel tank sitting below the attached tool box. It sits just even with the bed rails and no clearance problems. The box is only 6 or 7 " deep, but I love the extra fuel on board.
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In the picture in the link the black truck in the foreground is mine. I have a flush mounted box up against the cab. I carry a Honda 2000, emergency orange tripod kit, tools and some hardware in it. In the aft vee box I carry blocking material, extra electrical pigtails, and other miscellaneous trailer set-up materials. The empty vee box is actually about half the weight of the removed tailgate.

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Old 08-29-2014, 08:01 PM   #8
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IMHO the best box for a 5er is the bed height 30" front to back box made by Highway Products. Cost is around $1,000, well worth it IMHO.
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Old 08-30-2014, 08:03 AM   #9
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I have the 5th wheel style box but if you install it where it's supposed to be at the tailgate, you can't open it when you're towing your 5th wheel because the trailer is blocking the doors. I ended up moving mine to the front of the bed, since most everything I have in there needs to be accessed while I'm towing. It works great there and the "dip" allows me to see the kingpin and plate when I'm lining up. Sorry I don't have a better pic but you get the idea.....
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MooI bought 2 regular in the bed boxes and cut one down to below my trailer pin. It is placed in front of my fabricated v notched tailgate. Both boxes can be accessed with trailer on. With tailgate down I have easy access and use the gate as a tool bench. I even installed a vice on my tailgate.
I use the rear one for all my tool storage. Works well for on the road maintenance.

I also have an additional fuel tank in front of the full size box in front of the box.
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I have been looking at buying a toolbox like your and one similar to yours. The one similar to yours is called "brute gooseneck box" and has doors that open out to the rear like a cabinet door. I see that your style box opens upwards. Are you able to access the storage compartment fully with the door open when the fifth wheel is hitched? I have a pair of honda 2000 generators that I would like to keep in the compartments but would like to be able to remove them without un-hitching. I think I need about 16-17 inches in height in the compartment.
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I have 8 to 9 inches me tween the top of the bed and the bottom of the trailer, on the open road everything is nice and level. With it hooked up I can open the top of both ends fully.
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I bought a below the rail box at TSC...its a nice size and I can put my tonneau cover on when not towing
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I have 8 to 9 inches me tween the top of the bed and the bottom of the trailer, on the open road everything is nice and level. With it hooked up I can open the top of both ends fully.
Looking at my generator from the side, it is 19" from end to end, 17" tall and 10" front to back. With the top of both ends of your box open, what is the distance from the top of the sides of your open box to the bottom of your trailer? Trying to figure if I could get the generator into and out of the box with the trailer hooked up. Can't find one locally to see in person. Thanks.

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