I don't own a pickup truck so I'm curious about what truck owners
think of the drawer system built on this episode of Wasted Spaces.
It seems practical, but as a non-truck owner, I don't know what I
I would be concerned about security. Is there any way to lock this thing up?
A thief could completely clear out those "drawers" in a minute or two.
It is not just having the tools handy, but keeping them from being stolen.
That is the reality of living in today's world.
On 2 Oct, 11:37, email@example.com (Doug Miller) wrote:
Typically not lockable, or typically don't come standard with locks?
Lot's of tailgate locks, both keyed and powered, available via Google.
But in this case, the bed would cover the storage system and would
have to be removed in order to reach the contents, assuming a tailgate
lock was installed.
On 2 Oct, 13:19, firstname.lastname@example.org (Doug Miller) wrote:
I wasn't answering my own question, cuz I wasn't asking a question
about locks. I was asking a question about what you were trying to
say, which you have cleared up. Thanks for that.
re: -- if they did come standard with locks, there wouldn't be an
Well, if you want to get all semantical about this, there are lots of
aftermarket replacements for standard equipment. :-)
on 10/2/2007 1:19 PM Doug Miller said the following:
Some Nissan Frontier pickups after 1998 came with locking tailgates. I
remember looking at one in the showroom and I asked the salesguy why it
had a locking tailgate if you can reach in and take anything out of the
bed. He said it wasn't to safeguard anything in the bed, it was to
prevent the theft of the tailgate.
The BEST purchase I ever made was one of these, a 3 drawer unit, that
fits my dodge caravan. Actually over 12 years ago I bought 2 stacked
but only use one these days, the other is stored in my shed, if anyone
around pittsburgh wants to buy one:) I repair office machines for a
living, the 6 inch deep drawers with rollers move easily. The only
hassle is moving unit between vans. Filled with parts and tools its
more than one or 2 people can lift:( I remove the drawers and take out
the frame. The dividers arent used much my stuff slides around self
limiting its location.
Makes finding stuff so much easier than any other thing I ever tried
Is that really true? Maybe it was there for people who buy popup
campers and all the other accessories which might be easier to steal
if the tailgate is opened. Wouldn't a lot of people have more respect
for a factory lock than one they installed themselves, and maybe it
really would be better if it's inside a welded tailgate and can't be
removed, instead no harder to remove than it was to install.
There is an after market tailgate lock made for most pickups. I think
"pop n' lock" or similar. Not only does it provide protection for drawer
type setups, it's also applicable for pickups with caps and helps
prevent theft of the tailgate itself which does happen.
Tailgate locks are relatively easy to find and install, and are now
offered as options on many trucks.
Phone and CATV installers have had similar drawer systems with double
rear door utility caps over the bed. The rear doors lock the drawers
I'd worry without any sort of lock.
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Well, there are locks, and there are locks. Most 'pretty' flush-mount
built-in factory locks are pretty flimsy, and often soon succumb to weather
grunge, rust, metal fatigue from the constant vibration, and the prybars of
the local vultures. Parts of this town (and other towns I have lived in) are
pretty nasty, and over the years I have seen many a service body or cap
where the pretty factory locks have been augmented by heavy duty hasps and
hardened padlocks with weather boots. This is on private trucks and
corporate/government fleet vehicles. I drive a desk for a living now, but if
I ever needed that sort of storage on a vehicle, I'd gravitate toward the
models with factory hasps integrated into the design, vs. pretty flush-mount
lock cylinders that were not strong enough to deter anything more than
crimes of opportunity. If the contents of the truck are worth as much as the
truck, I can live with stone-age looks.
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