Truck beds can be useful for a variety of purposes, from hauling materials to providing access to the interior of the truck. Unfortunately, they can also be difficult to access, especially when they are full of cargo. Fortunately, there are ways to make a truck bed slide, allowing for easier access and more efficient loading and unloading.
1. Invest in a Sliding Truck Bed System
The most efficient way to make a truck bed slide is to invest in a sliding truck bed system.
These systems typically feature metal tracks that attach to the bed of the truck and allow the bed itself to slide back and forth on them. There are different types of systems available, from basic manual versions that require you to push or pull the bed back and forth on the tracks, to more advanced versions that use electric motors or gas-powered cylinders for power-assisted movement.
2. Install Rollers
An alternative approach is to install rollers onto the underside of the truck bed.
Once installed, these rollers will support the weight of the bed so that it can be easily pushed or pulled back and forth without strain or effort on your part. This option may not be as smooth or reliable as a sliding system but it is significantly cheaper and easier to install than one is.
3. Build Your Own Sliding System
If you’re feeling ambitious (and have some basic carpentry skills), you could build your own sliding system for your truck bed.
This will require some careful measurements, some sturdy lumber (e.g., 2x6s), and some heavy-duty hardware such as lag bolts and nuts/bolts/washers. You’ll also need an appropriate lubricant such as WD-40 or silicone spray in order for everything to slide smoothly along its track(s).
Conclusion: Making a truck bed slide can provide easier access and improved loading/unloading efficiency for any vehicle owner who needs it. The best way is likely investing in a sliding system, but if cost is an issue then installing rollers or building your own system are both viable options as well