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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 01-21-2020, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Why are Ram Boxes so hard to find?

I am considering them for my next truck. A buddy has had them on his last 2. I have searched inventory in a 200 mile range and found ONE!

Do dealers thing they cannot sell trucks with the boxes?


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Inventories in general suck this time of year. The 2019s are generally well picked over and few if any 2020s on the ground yet. I found same to be true for ford. And in general stealerships seem to lock in to particular trim models, usually biased to the lower price units. High end models are just harder to sell.

Luckily, inventory selections should improve within the next few weeks as the 2020 models arrive on the lots.

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In my area this isn't just a timing thing. I have looked other times of the year

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They're just not that popular or universally useful, so there aren't many out there.
Great feature for some but a deal breaker for many, for many reasons.
1. Resale. Noone with a tool box, camper, topper, ladder rack or any other "need" for a conventional truck bed will buy it.
2. Noone with the needs above will buy one in the first place.

I like the concept, and it's probably helped Ram sell a few more trucks over the years. Had a couple of them in a fleet and they were handy, but would have been a no go if those trucks required tool boxes or other bed accessories.
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The first generation of RAM boxes were rather ugly in appearance, taking away from the clean bed side. The updated generation is a little better.

That aside, they cut down on your available bed space. I do like the idea of a locking and illuminated dry storage area...but you could just as easily use your cab for that purpose. I don't think they sell well.

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I have a back flip cover with the box right behind the cab, its a pain to get my straps, hitch inserts etc. And I am not storing those in the cab.

Boxes seem to make that more accessible. I understand the contractors point of view, thats not me. Yes you do loose a little bed space around the wheel wells.

I was not thinking of resale but I keep my trucks a long time. Like I said, my buddies last 2 truck has the boxes and he has been happy

Still on the fence lol

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Why can't keep your straps and hitches under the seat? What do you use it for?

I keep a 30-foot snatch strap under there, along with three or 4 shackles. I keep 2-3 ratcheting tie down straps there. I keep jumper cables, a basic tool kit, a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit, a set of warning triangles, a hitch with a 2" ball vs the 2-5/16 hitch in the receiver, a roll of shop towels, a pair of work gloves, a 6' chain with locking hooks on both ends, and a bottle or two of water. Everything is completely out of site, neat, and clean.

I'm not saying I wouldn't have use for the RAM boxes, but I prefer keeping the bed space for those oddball things I haul.

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I thought long and hard about getting the ram boxes on my new truck but after talking to a few ppl that have had to either change their 5th wheel hitch setups I decided against it. Would be really handy for straps, binders, hitch pins, hitches and general farm stuff I had a feeling I'd slam a chain binder off the side of the box and have to deal with a body repair after. I have a few friends that absolutely love them, use them daily and would never go back to a toolbox. Not many trucks with ram boxes on the local lots either. They all had to order their trucks if they wanted them.

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For real! I wanted one but couldn't find any around SoCal. Most Limiteds actually had the Rambox delete package...strange.
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They all had to order their trucks if they wanted them.
Which is the easy way to get what you want, and without what you don't.
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Maybe if we start telling people that the brain is an app, they will start using it?

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I had to factory order both my trucks with Ram Boxes. I will never have a truck without one. Finding one on the lots is like finding a Unicorn.

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Both dealers and customers are afraid of the extra price.

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