by Matthew Brannon

Looking for accessories to customize your truck or make it more functional with items like tool boxes, running boards, accessory racks, etc.? Then look no farther than Dee Zee Truck Accessories.

On a recent trip to Wisconsin for a kayak tournament my wife and I stopped by Dee Zee to meet some of the folks that work the magic behind the curtain and tour their production facility.  To say that I was impressed would be an understatement!  From the in-house painting and powder coating processes to the welding shops and robotic assembly stations everything was ticking like a clock.  The facility was clean and organized and production was booming.

I’ve owned several Dee Zee products over the past three years and couldn’t be more pleased with them when it comes to meeting my secure storage needs.  As a traveling kayak tournament angler I need storage solutions that are durable, functional and secure to protect my gear from the elements as well as from theft while on trips.

Portable Utility Chests

I have a Black 46” Wide Red Label Portable Utility Chest through bolted in the bed of my Ford F350 for hauling everyday tools in. The locking mechanism is located on the driver’s side of the box which makes locking and unlocking convenient and the dual handles can be accessed from either side of the truck.  The sliding storage tray inside the box is handy for keeping small items from getting buried beneath my tools that occupy the cavernous main compartment.  The Red Label portable utility chest keeps all of my belongings safe and the closed cell foam lid has gaskets to keep the elements out.

I also have a Black 46” Wide Blue Label Utility Chest mounted in a custom tray on my On The Water Innovations kayak camping trailer for hauling kayak parts and accessories along with the tools to handle roadside emergencies.

This storage chest utilizes push button opening mechanisms and can be locked from either side of the box.  The Blue Label Series are extra heavy duty Commercial Grade chests that are constructed from heavier gauge aluminum, have self-adjusting latches, and gas shocks on the lid to facilitate smooth easy opening.  The hat box styled lid with rubber bulb seal keeps out water and dust to keep my gear clean, dry, and ready to hit the water.

I also have a Poly Triangle Trailer Box that I load up with gear for cross country trips with gear that I need to keep secure and out of the weather.  This 36”x19.5”x 18” box is made of lightweight poly plastic and has been perfect for keeping our Dakota Lithium batteries, chargers, Power Pole Micro Anchors and Torqeedo electric trolling motors in. The box is fitted with a steel hasp latch for use with a padlock to keep things locked up and secure.  The molded in handles on the size allow easy loading and unloading from the bed of my truck.

Dee Zee offers a multitude of storage option sizes to fit any need you might have along with various finishes from polished aluminum to gloss black and even a textured matte black finish to match your vehicle.  As anglers who travel to remote launches around the country it’s important to have a secure way to transport and store your gear especially while we are out on the water.  Dee Zee provides the solutions to these needs by building quality products that can be secured and give us peace of mind so that we can concentrate on putting fish in the boat instead of worrying about our things back at the landing.

All of their products are of the highest quality and made right here in the USA. Needless to say I’ll be a Dee Zee customer for life and already have some ideas about adding a few more items out of their catalog to my truck and trailer!

Visit the Company Website: Dee Zee

Matthew Brannon is an avid kayak tournament angler and has been fishing competitively from Hobie Kayaks since 2010.  He fishes in the KBF Trail Series, Hobie Bass Open Series, as well as many local and charity events.   He is sponsored by Kayak City, Hobie Kayaks, Dakota Lithium, Picasso Lures, River2Sea, Kistler Rods, Pro Cure Bait Scents and Gill Marine.

Dee Zee Truck Accessories is a sponsor of DEE ZEE KBF THE TEN.

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