Wednesday, March 05, 2008

New Pickups Offer Many Cargo-Hauling Options

The new Ford F-150 and the new Dodge Ram 1500 will both offer cargo management systems that install in the boxes of the trucks. Ford and Dodge will offer these systems when the new trucks go on sale later this year.

These systems include rails along the inside top of the pickup box for securing items such as cleats to tie down cargo, a divider to split up the space inside the box and tool bins that mount on the rails. The tool bins can be filled with ice to keep beverages cold, then emptied by removing a drain plug.

In addition to cargo management, Ford Motor Company offers trucks that are ready to go to work for utility companies and tradespeople. The most recent innovation is called the MidBox, providing lockable storage in the box, immediately behind the cab.

The doors on the MidBox swing open to reveal drawers and shelves that pull out for easy access. The shelves and drawers can hold tools, parts or whatever else the driver needs to carry.

The MidBox should interest both commercial and recreational customers. Utility companies and tradespeople could use the lockable storage for tools, but so could snowmobilers and RVers.

For example, a snowmobile owner could have the deck for his snow machine on top of the pickup bed, but still have access to tools and supplies in the lockable storage. An RVer towing a fifth wheel trailer would have more storage than usual since the fifth-wheel hitch limits what can be carried in the box.
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