What if instead of climbing into the truck bed to get stuff, the stuff was on a tray and slid out to you? That’s exactly the idea behind the Decked CargoGlide I just installed on our long-term 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 review vehicle.
The Decked CargoGlide is the latest product from the truck bed storage solution company. It is pretty well known for its sliding drawer system, and the company keeps expanding its lineup with items like the CargoGlide or the toolbox with a built-in ladder I tried out a few years ago with the 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost.
Quite simply, the CargoGlide is a bed mounted shelf which pulls out to you allowing you to load cargo and then push it back into the bed. It can be used with or without the sliding drawer system.
The cargo glide has three pieces with a powder-coated bottom and middle frame then the 3/4-inch Marine grade plywood deck. It slides on a variety of different metal bearings with double roller for the middle frame, as well as side thrust bearings and then two cam follower bearings for the bottom frame.
These bearings allow the glide to roll smoothly after engaging a single-handed latch. The side thrust bearings help keep the cargo glide from binding especially on a slope.
The sides are made of aluminum and our glide came with the optional high sides attachment raising the plywood deck edges much higher. Also, it comes with four D-Ring tie downs anchors you can place where you’d like them to be.
It comes in a few different varieties depending on bed length, how far you want it to come out and the amount of payload it can handle.
In my case, I opted for a 5-foot, 9-inch length, 100% extension and 1,500 pounds of payload weight. This version of the cargo glide is $2,899.99. The starting price is $1,399.99 for less extension and a lower payload weight rating.
The CargoGlide comes pre-assembled, and installation was pretty darn easy with the right amount of help.
First, you slide the entire system into the bed of the truck to take measurements and make sure it fits with the tailgate closed. Decked’s install video shows “you and a buddy” putting the glide in the bed. In my case, it took four guys to slide the 320-pound unit into the bed.
Once you confirm the glide fits, it is as simple as removing the top plywood deck to expose the middle and bottom frame. Then, you measure several times to make sure the frame is exactly where you want it and even between the wheel wells, I drilled pilot holes for the six bolts to insert into the bed.
These bolts use a plusnut, which is similar to a drywall anchor, creating a threaded hole to put the bolt and washer into on the bed. Basically, you drill a big hole, use a special adaptor tool on the bolt to secure the plusnut to the frame then remove the bolt and adaptor. You’ll do this six or eight times depending on your bed length and cross members. After the plusnuts are in place, slide the frame back into place and insert a washer and bolt through the frame into the plusnut.
Once all the bolts have been secure, you slide the plywood deck back into place and the job is complete. It can take as little as 30 minutes once you understand the plan. It took me around an hour since I was pretty meticulous about reading the directions and confirming the various steps.
Once it is installed, it is easy to use, slides smoothly, and it seems well built. As far as the product, Decked did a great job. However, it isn’t without pros and cons.
First the pros. In my case, I use my truck bed to haul things like camping gear, golf clubs, lawnmowers, trash cans, etc. Having the glide allows me to more easily load those items and slide them out to me when I need to get them. Simply put, it makes the bed more usable when hauling these kinds of items.
However, if you plan on hauling loose gravel, wood chips or other such items, the CargoGlide is probably not for you. Those items would fall under the unit and cause all sorts of issues with clean up and could damage parts of the frame.
I usually either rent a trailer or use an old Chevy truck bed converted into a trailer for those jobs.
Finally, it is quite the heavy unit, and this added weight in the bed reduces how much the truck can haul. For example, the Silverado 1500 has a maximum payload rating of 1,600 pounds without the 320 pounds of the cargo glide subtracted from that. This means, I can now only put around 1,300 pounds of weight into the truck. Also, this impacts max towing since you subtract the tongue weight of the trailer from the total payload as well. Just something to keep in mind.
Well built and handy albeit heavy and expensive, the Decked CargoGlide is probably not for everyone. But it’s perfect for those who need this specific type of bed utility. For us, I can see all sorts of possibilities. I can also see possible issues if I start towing a camper a lot or want to haul loose items in the bed. It really comes down to how you plan on using your truck.
Editor’s note: Decked provided Pickup Truck + SUV Talk the CargoGlide at no cost to review.