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Headache Bar and Rails

 First: I love my decked system. It's really good. I like how much equipment I can store and the super easy access to everything. But there are a couple of downsides to the unit. First, is that when the drawer is extended (out), I can't use the tailgate as a pseudo workbench, which is what I typically do when at a remote location like our cabin. This is one of those "duh!" moments; I should have realized it. The fix is to find some other surface to work from and/or carry/build some kind of portable work table with me.  The second issue is what I call the "bed depth" issue. The decked unit takes up about 12-inches of useable depth in the bed. This means things that one could just toss in the back no longer are really secure when driving down the road. In fact, there's only about 4-inches of effective bed depth for containing a load that I put on top of the decked drawers.  The solution to this latter problem is to build a headache bar and side rails that

Decked System

 Purchased and installed a second-generation Decked drawer system for the Gladiator.  Unit came damaged from the factory (the shipper evidently used it for pinata duty). Long story short: I managed to get the system installed, and Decked is sending some replacement parts. Overall, I'm quite pleased with the unit. Will need to build a headache rack to protect the rear wind from items I carry on top of the unit, plus I'm going to build some side rails ("stake bed style") to keep stuff in side-to-side.