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Truck toolbox


PlowSite.com Addict
Claverack, NY
I have some thought about getting one of those Weatherguard Low Side toolbox that goes on either driver or passenger side of truck bed. My truck is 2002 Chevy 2500HD extended cab short box (6.5' box). There are two boxes that I can pick, one would be 47" long and the other would be 56" long. If I get one, I only would need one of them and would put it on the driver side because that is where I cannot see the edge of bed on driver side when I am inside the truck. Also it would be right next to me when I get out of truck. Now, I am trying to decide if I need this toolbox or not. I do have extended cab but I want it to keep neat and not cluttered. I thought about using RubberMaid small plastic storage boxes to tuck under the seat. But as I am adding stuff, it is going to fill up quickly. The advantage of having a toolbox is that I can keep the truck neat, but there is a disadvantage. It would take up some of my truck bed space, not too much, but some. It will be going over the wheel well. The bed is sprayed with Rhino Liner. I would be using the bed for carrying tools, top soil, mulch, etc. Would this cause problem? I also plan on getting a heavy duty load handler. Would this also be a problem?

These are the following items that I would like to bring with me:
Jumper Cables (maybe with bag like Bucket Boss?)
Bungees Cords
Hitch tube with ball
Hitch tube with no ball
Hitch pin
Hitch tube pin
Work gloves
Safety glasses
Rag towels
A few hand tools
Seat cover
Flashlight w/ wand

These are the following items that I would like to bring but not really necessary:

Tote of hand tools
Sockets and wrenches sets

I am sure that I missed a few things but you should get the idea. Thanks! :)
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Western CT
I would consider a crossbed toolbox with one large single lid. They will hold more quanity and bulkier items then a side box. The downside is if you plan to run a spreader or need longer items then they need to be removed.

For the items you listed I would say you will definately want some kind of storage outside of the cab. Once you use jumper cables or other tools and such you will not want to put them back in your cab. A toolbox is the right place for those in a nice new truck.
WXM....Beware of mounting anything on the
bed lips. Have read elsewhere they are
very easy to bend etc........Gm has a support
kit to fit under the bed rails for more support.
I believe its free too. Call Mr dealer and ask !
I noticed how easy mine bent from just the
clamps that hold my tonneau cover frame.....
I just cut down pieces of 1x4 and glued them
underneath the bed rail to prevent
distorsion and bend marks......geo
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Senior Member
long island,NY
If you're interested in a cross bed tool box,I have one I'm trying to sell.It's made by snap on,is diamond plate,has one large lid and carpet inside.one of the best boxes I've seen.I'd like to get $150 for it.Let me know if interested.


Senior Member
we use 1 saddle box each truck. this allows for fuel tank across front of bed . enough room for snow blower and bagged salt in bed, or 210 gallon water tank + pump and hose. side box takes least amount of room. box is always mounted on drivers side-least obstructed view. my box contains tools, jumper cabiles, plow oil, truck oil, wd-40, rags,and other misc things. hope this helps


Western CT
I can put a transfer tank and croosbox in my Toyota and still have that much room. In my Ford I could still mount a 6ft spreader with the tank and crossbox. Of course I run large 8ft spreaders. This means that it all comes out in the winter.