Thread: Pickup Truck Bed with a Door
04-17-2003, 11:54 PM #1
Pickup Truck Bed with a Door
This concept vehicle, the Cheyenne pick-up, has an unusual feature. Along the side of the bed of the pickup, just behind the cab, there is a hinged door in the side of the bed. You can see the seams where the door is.
The sales pitch is that this new door will hinge open and allow access to those items in the bed of the pickup that are near the cab. Supposedly, even a set of steps will come out and down. (Kinda like the Pierce Quantum fire apparatus does with its front door steps)
Not a rescue problem but an interesting concept to think about.
Will this be classified as a "5-door" pickup truck?
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04-18-2003, 02:05 AM #2
Next thing they'll do is put an airbag in that, but not for practical purposes...only to mess with us!IACOJ Agitator
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04-18-2003, 10:24 AM #3
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04-19-2003, 12:03 AM #4
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Pfire was crawling around in my head when we read this post together. We both had the same thought:
It may not directly be a rescue problem per se, but taking the example of a high speed rear end impact, and we noted that this is a crew cab. During the impact, could the box fold "easier" with the door than a normal box?
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04-19-2003, 12:09 AM #5
May have to get one those with the steps so my fat ***** dog can get in the truck.....My posts reflect my views and opinions, not the organization I work for or my IAFF local. Some of which they may not agree. I.A.C.O.J. member
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04-19-2003, 12:04 PM #6
Back to touch on the rear impact crash, if the door is only on one side of the box, then that side will be weakened. The other side will be stronger, as there are no seams or splits in the "metal". The door side will cruch up more than the side without the door, I think. Another thing to look at is the back window. The glass appears to wrap around the cab, just another thing to watch out for!D. Hager
04-25-2003, 02:59 AM #7
Re: INTEGRITY PROBLEMS???Originally posted by MalahatTwo7
During the impact, could the box fold "easier" with the door than a normal box?
With a door being there, they are going to have to have hard points for the hinges and latches to connect to, and that side would probably has some additional re-enforcements so the door won't "pop" open on a bumpy road (not that a truck like that would ever seen anything but pavement).
Anyone have a few $$$ they don't know what to do with??? We could also go get one and cut it up to have a look.
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05-10-2003, 07:52 PM #8
Thanks for the post Ron.
Next thing we might see to that is a progression. Like a Doggy door into the cab from the bed, or doors that swing out in to the bed with seat attached for the unruly kids or spouses.
On a more serious note it would be interesing to see what would happen to the drivers side with an impact (rear or side especially).
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05-11-2003, 07:24 PM #9if the door is only on one side of the box, then that side will be weakened. The other side will be stronger, as there are no seams or splits in the "metal".
I say this based on the technology of crumple zones, etc. Due to the fact that it has a door would mean that it would be engineered stronger to withstand the rear (and possibley the side) impact...Luke
05-11-2003, 07:58 PM #10
Lutan and firefighter26- I was thinking the same thing as you........ I think it actually is going to be stronger on that side of the truck......
05-11-2003, 08:57 PM #11
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Something to think about. This is not a passenger compartment ( yea right someone will add a cap & carry the kids back there. ) , will the maker add extra support to this area like a passenger compartment door ? Will it be beefed up for a crumple zone?
I do agree with what I read but wonder these ???'s.
I also wonder about that rear window in a rear or side crash.
Have to see what happens when Ron get's 1 to cut.
05-11-2003, 09:03 PM #12
Snowman, crumple zones work in conjunction with the whole car. The rear needs to be beefed up, as does the front for a crumple zone to work properly becasue all the energy in an impact is transferred to the cab. (Does that make sense?!)
If the rear or front was to fail, then all the energy and impact force would be absorbed into the cab, but with a properly constructed vehicle, this force will be absorbed before it gets there....Luke
05-11-2003, 09:34 PM #13
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Lutan 1 is it beefed up ? By the pics it is hard to tell if the box is contected to the cab or not. Most are not.
Yes I do understand crumple zones. Most pickup truck boxes are not designed for crumple zone. Are they going to add this extra & how much.
Makes you wonder.
05-11-2003, 10:08 PM #14
Key question is why is it there?So you can reach your stuff in the front of the box?Or has GM been watching too many episodes of Monster Garage?T.C.
05-12-2003, 01:20 AM #15Originally posted by thesnowman
Most pickup truck boxes are not designed for crumple zone. Are they going to add this extra & how much.
Makes you wonder.Richard Nester
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05-12-2003, 12:13 PM #16Originally posted by Rescue101
Key question is why is it there?So you can reach your stuff in the front of the box?Or has GM been watching too many episodes of Monster Garage?T.C.No longer an explorer, but I didn't wanna lose my posts.
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