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VegasR1 07-01-2013 04:40 PM

newbie RamBox/BakFlip/bed extender questions and opnions needed
 
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Ok guys so I'm getting ready to order a 2014 sport Crew/4x4/8-speed and cannot decide whether or not I want RamBox. I know I wanted a lockable, folding tonneau cover. I figure I wont be using the bed for anything large 60% of the time and the gas mileage increase should more than pay it off over the life of the truck. Been doing some research on covers and so far the BakFlip is my fave. Well if the entire bed is lockable (tailgate is integrated into the main lock system) then why do I need the little lockable compartments on the side? The only answers I could come up with were the really nice bed extender/divider included with RamBox and the possibility of having a built-in beer cooler. So check out the photos in the attached word doc. The back seat appears to have flush mounted coolers built into the floor. Is this standard on all crew cabs? So if I'm not gonna need the RamBox to lock up my guns after a trip to the desert and I have another secret beer storage location; why do I need to pay $1200 for the RamBox? Not to mention I gain back a little storage space in the bed without it. Any thoughts? How do our RamBox owners use their compartments? What about bed extenders? Does Ram offer a nice bed extender like the one included with RamBox? Which extenders are all the non-RamBox owners using? What about the BakFlip owners out there?

Thanks guys!

edge35 07-01-2013 05:44 PM

I have the BakFlip Fibermax and I'm so glad I got a BakFlip for my Ram. I love being able to take my family camping and being able to stop at a restaurant or something on the way and not worry about coming out to find all my stuff missing. And with the power locks on the tailgate I don't have to worry about using a key to lock and unlock the back, which makes it much less likely that I'll forget.

The quality of the BakFlip is great and I didn't have any issues installing it. My 9 year old stands on it all the time and it is no worse for the wear. A little bit of water gets into the bed when I run my truck through the carwash but not much (although I did cover the stake pocket holes), so my stuff also stays dry.

I also have the Mopar Bed Extender (pic below) and have been pretty happy with it. The main reason I had the dealer add it on was for groceries. I put some carabiners (for some reason I had them removed when I took the picture below) on it so we can clip our plastic grocery bags to them and drive home without all of our food scattered throughout the bed. The nice thing is that it's really easy to take off so if I ever need to use the entire bed for something it's not a hassle.

Since I don't have a Rambox I really can't speak much to that, except to say that I secretly have Rambox envy. When I bought Elsie the trucks in my area all seemed to be equipped in one of two ways: with Rambox and no air suspension or they had air suspension and no Rambox. I chose the latter though I sometimes wish I'd have gone with the Rambox and no air suspension. I think it would be really handy for jumper cables and all that misc. stuff that everyone should keep in their vehicle. For that I added the BakBox to my BakFlip and it does a great job but the Rambox would be more convenient since I wouldn't have to hear my son laughing at me as I try and climb into the bed of the truck.

My crew cab does have the little storage areas under the rear floor mats and they will certainly store handguns in a pinch, though the don't lock so be careful there. I imagine they could also be used as coolers but I don't think they have drain plugs so I guess you'd have to get the water from the melted ice out manually.

EDIT: I just looked at the floor storage compartments and realized there's actually a little bucket inside the storage compartment, making it easy to dump out if it's full of water. Learn something new everyday...

http://i1345.photobucket.com/albums/...psa22f0432.jpg

Breathing Borla 07-01-2013 06:42 PM

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Originally Posted by VegasR1 (Post 1139567)
Ok guys so I'm getting ready to order a 2014 sport Crew/4x4/8-speed and cannot decide whether or not I want RamBox. I know I wanted a lockable, folding tonneau cover. I figure I wont be using the bed for anything large 60% of the time and the gas mileage increase should more than pay it off over the life of the truck. Been doing some research on covers and so far the BakFlip is my fave. Well if the entire bed is lockable (tailgate is integrated into the main lock system) then why do I need the little lockable compartments on the side? The only answers I could come up with were the really nice bed extender/divider included with RamBox and the possibility of having a built-in beer cooler. So check out the photos in the attached word doc. The back seat appears to have flush mounted coolers built into the floor. Is this standard on all crew cabs? So if I'm not gonna need the RamBox to lock up my guns after a trip to the desert and I have another secret beer storage location; why do I need to pay $1200 for the RamBox? Not to mention I gain back a little storage space in the bed without it. Any thoughts? How do our RamBox owners use their compartments? What about bed extenders? Does Ram offer a nice bed extender like the one included with RamBox? Which extenders are all the non-RamBox owners using? What about the BakFlip owners out there?

Thanks guys!

I love the rambox. It holds way more stuff than the little compartments under the rear floor. They can also hold dirty stuff as you can just hose them out. I have tons of my work stuff in there and it basically replaces the need for a bed mounted toolbox. I also have the F1 BAK

http://i1225.photobucket.com/albums/...ps62167ce9.jpg

http://i1225.photobucket.com/albums/...ps01b9e283.jpg

DrAudio 07-01-2013 08:13 PM

I have had my Ram Sport one week. Love the RamBox on mine. No regrets. Installed a Bakflip VP yesterday and it looks sharp! It has vinyl covering the seams/hinges.
I'll try to post a pic.

VegasR1 07-01-2013 10:30 PM

thanks guys for all the info and advice. Keep it coming

VegasR1 07-02-2013 12:00 AM

edge, can you post more pics of your truck? I'm ordering white and wanna see how it looks with all this stuff. Is that the factory spray in bed liner or did you opt for an aftermarket application?

Bully's Performance 07-02-2013 12:08 AM

OP

When you decide which bed cover you want to go with reach out to me if it is before the 4th you will get it at 5% over cost which is huge savings!

Thanks
Jeremiah
Bully's Peformance

VegasR1 07-02-2013 12:14 AM

Will do. thanks for the heads up

Grubrunner 07-02-2013 12:16 AM

Breathing Borla,

What is the grommet and tubing inside one corner of your Rambox compartments for?

edge35 07-02-2013 12:42 AM

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Originally Posted by VegasR1 (Post 1139964)
edge, can you post more pics of your truck? I'm ordering white and wanna see how it looks with all this stuff. Is that the factory spray in bed liner or did you opt for an aftermarket application?

I think this link should work for pics. There's probably a few in there that are close-ups of of the GPS screen...ignore those. They were for explaining to the service manager what was wrong with my first radio.

The bedliner is the factory spray in bedliner. Seems decent enough, though I'm hardly an expert on bedliners. I've never had them in previous vehicles...this one just happened to have it.

http://m1345.photobucket.com/albums/edge035/Elsie/


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