Three Things to Consider When Choosing a Truck Box

Maximize your truck space storage with one of these handy boxes.

White pickup truck at sunset
Ride securely with all your tools locked in one place.Unsplash/Matthew Lancaster

Anyone who’s ever owned a pickup truck knows that there’s no such thing as too much space, nor too much storage. An open truck bed invites theft, so locking away valuable tools and other items is a must. And driving around with heavy items in the back of the truck is both damaging and dangerous. There are tons of choices when it comes to pickup truck boxes, from materials to locking mechanisms to size. When you’re ready to pick up the pieces rolling around in your pickup truck, here are three things to consider with choosing a truck box.

Buyers Products Black Steel Underbody Truck Box w/ T-Handle Latch (24x24x60 Inch)

Heavy Metal

This product is built to last with aircraft-grade cables and a replaceable gasket seal.Buyers Products

Truck boxes should be tough enough to be abused. You’ll wind up stashing beastly tools such as chainsaws and hydraulics inside, and most likely you’ll stand on the box often. They’re out in the weather, so they have to handle lashing rain, mud, and even salt-treated roads. Heavy .100 thick aluminum boxes are a standard, but 14- and 12-gauge powder coated steel works great, too.

Buyers Products Diamond Tread Aluminum Underbody Truck Box w/ T-Handle Latch (18x18x60 Inch) , Silver

Lock it Down

A recessed door drop on this box keeps the design clean from snagging corners.Buyers Products

There’s no question you’ll want heavy-duty latches and locks to keep your tools and items safe from theft. But one question to ask is how many latches work best for you. A single latch in the middle of the box is handy when you have a tool in one hand and need to open the box with the other. But some feel that a double lock system is more secure.

Undercover SwingCase Truck Bed Storage Box | Fits 15-20 Ford F-150 Passenger Side

Every Space Counts

This product swings open 180 degrees for easy access to all your tools.Undercover

There are more storage options beside the standard across-the-truck bed storage box. Those irregular-sized spaces behind the wheel wells are often underutilized for keeping track of smaller items such as frequently used tools, fishing tackle trays, even ammunition and hunting supplies.


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