We have all seen the cool hunting and fishing rigs out there on people’s trucks. Vans are also hot thing right now but for the lot of us who can’t afford a $100,000 sportsman’s rig I think a truck is the ideal vehicle. Most of us who have dedicated hunting/fishing rigs have a truck with a cap and some dog boxes. Many of us also have drawers, either homemade or pre-fab.
I finally have my dream setup and I personally do like to have truck drawers. I’ve always wanted them because I’m the kind of guy who likes to be well organized. I toyed with the idea of making my own drawers because until recently they were quite expensive. After a limited amount of research I settled on a manufactured setup. They fit your vehicle like a glove and don’t require much work. And now, thanks to DECKED truck drawers, they are affordable.
I drive a 2018 Nissan Frontier and finding a DECKED truck drawer system for my truck was as easy as clicking a few boxes on the DECKED truck drawer website. You would be hard pressed to buy a vehicle that they don’t have a system for.
I couldn’t be happier with my decision. All of my gear is well organized and doesn’t have to be stored in loose bins or boxes. It’s all right at my fingertips. The DECKED truck drawer system can also take quite a bit of weight on top of it although with the cap, I rarely put any substantial weight in there. I did however recently put in a load of pavers for landscaping at my house and I had about 1,200 pounds of stone on top of it with no problems.
DECKED truck drawers also have some great accessories available, my favorite being the D-BOX and CROSSBOX. These are basically tackle boxes that fit perfectly like a puzzle in the drawers. They allow me to organize even further.
During fishing season my drawers are fully loaded with the boxes, each of them carrying their own set of equipment. For example, I put extra flies and fly boxes in a CROSSBOX. In another CROSSBOX I put extra sunglasses, leaders, tippet and accessories. In the D-BOX I have a first aid kit, an extra hat and sunglasses, a towel and things of that nature. In the final CROSSBOX I have anything else I might need.
During hunting season I pull the boxes out of my left drawer and use it to store guns. On the Right side I carry a D-BOX that has a first aid kit, some dog food, some ammo, collars and all of my small trinkets. Also in that drawer is a small camp stove, stake outs and anything else I may need.
Now let’s talk about the downsides. The biggest flaw I see with the DECKED truck drawers is that they don’t pull out all the way. If you stuff something in the back of a drawer you will have to reach in there to get it. I avoid this by not putting anything small in the back.
Another thing is that the ammo cans, or the small compartments on the side are not waterproof. For me this isn’t an issue because I have a truck cap. If you don’t have a cap you can’t put anything in them that can’t get wet. I store straps and things of that nature in mine. I’ve also used them as a small cooler and filled them with ice.
The other downside for me was the assembly. It’s very helpful to have an extra set of hands when you’re putting this in. I didn’t have an extra set of hands when I installed mine and at one point I had to call a friend over to help. Not the end of the world. I will say that the instructions were very clear. Along with the assembly, you have to plan out your setup in advance. Recently I wanted to add some tie down points for my dog kennels so I had to dissemble to deck to install them. Again, not the end of the world because I will just do it once but it was a bit of a pain. I foresee maybe wanting to change it again in the future in which case I will have to disassemble the deck again.
All in all the downsides have really not been a big deal for me. The positives of having a DECKED truck drawer system far outweigh the negatives. Get yourself DECKED out as they say, you won’t regret it.