How Do I Make My Truck Bed Slide Out?

Making your truck bed slide out can be a great way to provide added convenience and versatility to your vehicle. It is especially useful if you often transport large items such as furniture or camping gear.

A sliding truck bed can be an expensive modification, but it is still possible to do it yourself with some basic tools and a few supplies.

The first step in making your truck bed slide out is to measure the bed and its frame. This will ensure that you purchase the correct size of rails and hardware needed for the project.

Take measurements of the length, width, and height of both the bed frame and the truck bed itself.

Next, you will need to decide which type of sliding mechanism you would like to use for your project. There are two main types: linear slides and telescopic slides.

Linear slides are more cost-effective but require more manual labor; telescopic slides are easier to install but more expensive.

Once you have chosen a sliding mechanism, you’ll need to purchase all of the necessary hardware for installation, including rails, bearings, rollers, and screws. Make sure that all of these components are compatible with each other before beginning the installation process.


Before beginning installation, clean both the frame and truck bed with a brush and soapy water solution.

The next step is to attach the rails onto both sides of the frame using screws or bolts depending on what type of rail system you chose. Make sure that they are properly secured before continuing.

After that, mount the rollers onto each side of the frame using bolts or screws as well. The roller should line up evenly with its corresponding rail in order for it to move smoothly when extended.

Finally, attach the bearings onto each side of the frame as well as onto each side of the truck bed itself. This will help keep everything secure when sliding out.


Making your truck bed slide out can be an easy and cost-effective way to provide added convenience when transporting large items such as furniture or camping gear. With some basic tools and supplies, plus careful measurements and installation steps outlined above, anyone can make their own truck bed slide out in no time!

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Stephen Dunn