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Decked systems? #8802870 02/16/23 09:08 PM
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Looking for pros and cons of a decked system? I have a half ton ram and just wanted to get some opinions on em before I pulled the trigger. Only issue I can see is they take a lot of depth out of the bed but not sure that’s that big of a deal. Thanks in advance

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I have the Decked drawer system in my '18 Silverado Crew, and love it. I'm a contractor who travels a lot and keeping tools secure/out of plain view is paramount at hotels and such when on the road. They got in my truck before I bought the drawer system and took me for about $2k worth of tools in Houston. All in loose boxes in the locked topper, right by the front door of the hotel. With the drawers, when you look thru the tinted topper glass it's difficult to see the drawer system at all. And to get in it they have to break into the topper, get the tailgate open (locks with the doors), then get into each locked drawer. I added a couple of eye-bolts, two padlocks, and a length of unistrut across the whole assembly for an additional layer. Each layer by itself is fairly easy to exploit, but all of them together would likely make a would be their move on to an easier smash and grab target. That's the hope anyway, and I haven't had another break-in since installing it.

Installation is easy if you know how to use tools. Did it in about two hours by myself. A second set of hands would make it much quicker.

Durability: I use mine almost daily, have for over two years now. Everything still functions just fine. I've piled a lot of weight on top of mine and never seen it begin to suffer. It's a tough system.

Now mine is under a topper, and always has been, so I can't speak to it's weather protection in an exposed truck bed. They claim they're weather resistant, but certainly not waterproof. I imagine mist stirred up in the truck's wake would be the most intrusive.

For tool storage and organization, they hold a lot of stuff, more than I anticipated it would. About the front 12-18" of mine remains covered by the deck with the drawer fully open so I just keep rarely used tools up there. They have organizer boxes to buy, but they are not the greatest. I keep my tools in bags, segregated by purpose. They stack neatly and are easy to grab for whatever task. I can clean a drawer out and fit 3-4 scoped rifles in soft cases.

I do notice the depth loss a little but, likely would notice it a lot more w/o the topper. If it fits in mine I don't have to worry about tying it down or things blowing out. So on that, you're on your own.

Overall, mine has been great and if I bought a new truck tomorrow I'd order another decked system for it too. It just works well for my use, but I can see how it isn't for everyone.


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My next truck will have a topper and decked drawer system. Right now I’m getting by with a Retrax tonneau cover which is bette than nothing


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I wish they offered it with one drawer as I have to carry big ice chests and with my topper I don’t think they will fit.
I really want to get the Truck Vault but they are pretty pricey compared to Decked.


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Originally Posted by DStroud
I wish they offered it with one drawer as I have to carry big ice chests and with my topper I don’t think they will fit.
I really want to get the Truck Vault but they are pretty pricey compared to Decked.



I don't know how large the ice chests are that you carry, but for reference, I can fit a 120qt cooler on top of the decked system with my topper on. My topper follows the body lines of the cab, so it's not extended height or anything like that. I think I have about 36-37" vertical clearance from the edge of the decked system to the topper door opening then it increases to about 40" or so once you get past the bottleneck point.


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We installed them in several Nissan Titan's and Titan XD's. They fit great, and offer safe secure storage that is fairly waterproof. if you live or use them in a real dusty area, they will get dirt inside. You lose about 12" of your bed depth, but wasn't a problem for us and hauling cargo. The lifetime warranty is nice too. An aluminum diamond plate box can be popped open and emptied of your tools in about 10-15 seconds. No more worrying about that with Decked, and have several layers of locks, alarms, and other features to get thru first. If you really need to remove it and use the full bed, it takes two people about 20 minutes. Then re-install it later.

I will say it is a mess to clean really good, if you throw a bunch of dead deer or elk in it. Then use a tarp over it first!!!

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Originally Posted by psycho0819
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I wish they offered it with one drawer as I have to carry big ice chests and with my topper I don’t think they will fit.
I really want to get the Truck Vault but they are pretty pricey compared to Decked.



I don't know how large the ice chests are that you carry, but for reference, I can fit a 120qt cooler on top of the decked system with my topper on. My topper follows the body lines of the cab, so it's not extended height or anything like that. I think I have about 36-37" vertical clearance from the edge of the decked system to the topper door opening then it increases to about 40" or so once you get past the bottleneck point.



Thanks I will check my height once I get home.
That’s the only thing holding me back


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Originally Posted by DStroud
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I wish they offered it with one drawer as I have to carry big ice chests and with my topper I don’t think they will fit.
I really want to get the Truck Vault but they are pretty pricey compared to Decked.



I don't know how large the ice chests are that you carry, but for reference, I can fit a 120qt cooler on top of the decked system with my topper on. My topper follows the body lines of the cab, so it's not extended height or anything like that. I think I have about 36-37" vertical clearance from the edge of the decked system to the topper door opening then it increases to about 40" or so once you get past the bottleneck point.



Thanks I will check my height once I get home.
That’s the only thing holding me back


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while I dont have decked I have a 2 piece homemade one modeled after decked, with both sides in I can fit a 250 qt yeti on top and still be to slide it in /out.


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Survey says it’s a good tool to have lol thanks for all the input and I do like the idea of running a camper shell for out of town trips and hunts for the added cargo room and security!

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I should add that I liked them so much, I got something similar for my Jeep Wrangler, Only steel.

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Got mine installed today.
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Love the fact it makes it even easier to access thru side window too.
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Congrats, I wish I had hindged side window on my camper shell


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Congrats, I wish I had hindged side window on my camper shell



exactly how I want to do my next truck. Just worried about a dog kennel being able to clear the roof of the camper shell or opening to sit on top of the decked system.


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