Simple Truck Bed/Fridge Slide (like an actual slide)

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@Michael posted a video about my Pull Kitchen and I’ve had a number of questions about my fridge and slide.

So some basic info:
2018 Tacoma with a composite 5ft bed
Diamondback Cover
Dometic 75DZ that just clears underneath

Standard fridge slides purchased on the market add to the overall height of the fridge, so I made a simple slide to move 1/2 of my gear in and out easily, like a bed slide.

To be clear it’s a tray that literally slides, no drawer sliders used. I made it of 1” angle iron and 1/2” square tube welded. The bottom is riveted aluminum sheet. The end that goes all the way into the bed has 2 T nuts that slide in C channels which are anchored to the bed. So when you extend the slide out it can handle the weight of the fridge past the tail gate. Then when I’m not camping I just pull out the slide and my Pull Kitchen.

I routed power back to my bed and installed a power panel that the fridge runs off of. I love the freezer and fridge. My tradition on trips now is to pass out ice cream bars to everyone. :)
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The slide is used at minute 8:45
 
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Really really interesting! I would like to know a little more please.

Does it have a stop or are you just careful when you pull the slide out?

What channel did you use for the bottom slide?

Do you have to lift the tray a little when you are pulling it?
 
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Are those Kreg Traks you used on the bed?

I have a bunch I used on 4'x8' assembly table for cabinet work and thought of doing the same thing for a half length (about 6') slide on one side of my van. I already have two 8' lengths of e-track in a 3/4" ply floor, so it would be no trouble to recess two Kreg Traks in place to one side for a slide.

Again, @PapaDave - cool, impressive work.
 
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Really really interesting! I would like to know a little more please.

Does it have a stop or are you just careful when you pull the slide out?

What channel did you use for the bottom slide?

Do you have to lift the tray a little when you are pulling it?
No stop, but you’ll see I painted a white line on the side that when it reaches the end of the tailgate I know I have to be careful going any further. I used a standard 1/4 C channel meant for table saws. And I don’t really have to lift I just pull on the fridge handle in the whole drawer slides out.
 

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Are those Kreg Traks you used on the bed?

I have a bunch I used on 4'x8' assembly table for cabinet work and thought of doing the same thing for a half length (about 6') slide on one side of my van. I already have two 8' lengths of e-track in a 3/4" ply floor, so it would be no trouble to recess two Kreg Traks in place to one side for a slide.

Again, @PapaDave - cool, impressive work.
I think the brand might have been Kreg. Essentially that you have the idea, nothing complicated about it but it works great
 
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T nuts to anchor the front end. I glued them so they wouldn’t unscrew 88499BAF-383C-4BD9-B8CF-06A715AC29F8.jpeg
 
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So the power panel is a Waterwich from amazon, and I choose the 3 switch option to power area lights, cargo lights, and my bed mounted compressor. The lights are on my rack which goes and off the vehicle. I used a fuse box wired to the battery to power all my accessories and ran wiring back to the bed. The compressor is in the cubby using expedition essentials mount, which is awesome. On the power panel I swapped out a standard outlet for ARB’s screw in plug for my Dometic 75DZ fridge, yup it works :)