Hey guys, I'm new to the forum, and thought I would share my latest project.
I drive a Ram 3500 diesel with a Leer cab high shell. I put a lot of miles on for work (about 40-50k per year), and wanted to add functional compartmentalized storage, hide my stuff from the view of would be thieves, and leave room for sleeping inside the bed.
I almost always have a demo generator with me to show prospective customers or to do product training on, in addition to tools, etc for work. I also like to take my mountain bike with me a lot of times to get some riding in. When I escape off the beaten path, I typically tent camp, but like the ability to stay in the truck bed when the weather is bad.
When I'm home, it's not unusual to need a completely open bed to help someone move a couch, haul rocks, etc, so I wanted the capability to easily remove my storage system.
With all those requirements, here's what I came up with.
The tall side storage on the right holds all my tools and a few other things. All top panels remove, except for the thin one on the far left, which just has stuff like tie-down straps, hitches, bungee cords under it, accessible only from the back with the tailgate down. Depending on what I have with me (bike, work generator, etc), I can put the correct top panels in, or leave them out. My canopy, ground tents, folding chair, and folding table all fit under the center panel. There is plenty of additional room for water, truck fluids, tow straps, jumper cables and other items, and they are all now hidden from view.
Not counting removing all the stuff, I can get the complete platform in and out in under a minute with no tools required. It is very snug and does not move when in.
I ran out of carpet, so I have to go back to Lowe's to get some more and finish securing it to the last couple top panels, do some minor detail work, and then I will be done. It works for me!