Where’s Our Lockable Bed Storage, Ford?

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2017 Ford Super Duty Stock Photos - IMG_4594_MR

We have now seen the future of the Ford lineup of pickup trucks (unless there’s a Ranger in the works) with the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 and the redesigned 2017 Ford Super Duty. While both of these trucks are the most technologically advanced versions of their respective vehicles, and are top performers in their segment, they are missing something that the rest of the industry is slowly starting to adapt; lockable bed storage.

2016 Ram Power Wagon Ram Box

It started with Ram many moons ago, and their RamBox storage system. It’s lockable (power lockable with the doors in newer versions), has a drain plug, and can store a decent amount of stuff. There are some disadvantages to ordering a truck with it, but the extra storage really is nice, and using the RamBox is super convenient.

2016 Nissan TITAN XD

Of course, why would Ford need to copy Ram Trucks? For the 2016 model year, the Nissan Titan is all new and receiving a series of major updates. One of those updates, which we haven’t been able to see yet, but hopefully soon, is their implementation of lockable bed storage.

One trend I’ve noticed in truck design is that if one manufacturer does something, it’s not very likely the others would copy it. Some of that is, of course, due to patents. RamBox is a patented system, but patents don’t prevent any bed solution.

Yes, you can always get an aftermarket box to store your tools or equipment, but none of those solutions are as streamlined or integrated as a system straight from the factory. It’s also an opportunity to even make more money, as none of these solutions are included with the truck free of charge.

What do you think? Let us know over in the forums!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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