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The Power of an Organized Workspace

April 02, 2019

It’s frustrating to have trouble finding a specific tool when you need it. But in some industries, there’s more at stake than just frustration. If you work in a specialized trade such as law enforcement, fire mitigation, or construction/repair, easily finding your tools could be the difference between life and death.

Maintaining your workspace in an organized and efficient manner has numerous benefits. These include the ability to control costs, increase output, and manage your equipment maintenance and replacement more effectively.

DIFFERENT APPLICATIONS, SIMILAR NEEDS

Extendobed offers a variety of specialized options and accessories for specific applications. These options can be purchased separately or customized to meet customers’ needs and budgets. In either case, these setups help your employees do their jobs more efficiently.

In law enforcement, special equipment can include weapons and ammunition, explosives, materials to gather evidence, and highly trained K-9 dogs. Weapons, ammunition, and explosives can be safely stored in weapons drawers, custom compartments, and day boxes for easy access when needed. Evidence presents its own challenges: it must be collected carefully and stored securely in locking compartments, as chain of custody is crucial. Other specialized equipment must also be safely stored during transport. For example, K-9 dogs should be safely transported in secure kennels during incidents of high-speed travel and over different types of terrain.

In fire mitigation, where minutes are a matter of life and death, specialized equipment must be secure and quickly accessible. Special equipment and storage include:

  • magnetic and/or dry erase accountability boards in stand-alone and drawer pop-up configurations;
  • slide-out walls for fast, easy access to self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) mounts and hand tools;
  • custom structures for easy access to extrication and rescue equipment;
  • file drawers for information organization;
  • and multiple levels of storage for transport of larger equipment including awnings, coolers, stokes baskets, and backboards.

In construction, tools must be secured for both safety and to deter attempted theft. Generators, compressors, and other large portable equipment can be stored on slide-out trays so they are easy to access and remove from the vehicle. Hand tools, fasteners, and other small materials can be organized in locking drawers or tool boxes.

Having quick, reliable access to the correct tools isn’t always a matter of life or death in every industry. However, it’s still essential to effective job performance.

EQUIPMENT VS. SPACE

Any vehicle has a limited amount of space available. For some lines of work, this presents an interesting challenge: balancing the right tools and supplies with enough space to transport them. When you can bring only a certain amount of equipment with you, having a well-organized mobile space becomes even more important.

For example, an HVAC technician must be able to service countless combinations of systems — but a few tools are always useful: a cordless drill (and extra batteries), tape measure, hammer, and step ladder. Secure storage for transport ensures items aren’t damaged en route to a job. And organized storage is key for speed and efficiency once on the job site.

In law enforcement, the work isn’t over when the “bad guy” is in handcuffs. Evidence collection, cleanup, and record-keeping all require specialized supplies with specific storage needs.

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WHAT EFFICIENCY LOOKS LIKE IN PRACTICE

Just as different industries have different needs, so do individual customers. Here are a couple of examples of how Extendobed created custom solutions for specific situations.

An electrician who was working for a municipality was injured lifting a piece of equipment out of his work van. His back injury required time off work to heal, as well as physical therapy, before he could return to his duties. As he healed, the question arose of whether he would be able to use the equipment the municipality owned when he returned to work. The municipality contacted Extendobed for a potential solution. Extendobed created a custom slide-out unit to house all of this electrician’s tools and equipment. Each of his tools are now accessible without risking reinjury. Without Extendobed’s solution, the employee could not have returned to work for the municipality.

A commercial door installer used to load and unload doors from his truck manually. Each set of doors took an hour to load and another hour to unload. So no matter how long an actual installation took, he spent two hours per job loading and unloading. His Extendobed allows him to load a full set of doors using a forklift, which saves two to four hours per day, depending on the number of jobs. This time savings has reduced his labor costs, allowing him to lower his bids. This in turn has resulted in more jobs, thereby increasing his revenue. He can also complete more jobs in a day, further adding to his bottom line.

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GOOD DESIGN IS KEY

A well-designed workspace is crucial to organization and efficiency, especially in specialized industries. Customized solutions exponentially extend the value of an organized and efficient workspace.

To learn how your mobile working environment will benefit from customized organizational solutions, email us at: websales@extendobed.com

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Using the Right Tools Increases Efficiency and Improves Safety

February 19, 2019
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Whether you work in law enforcement, fire safety, emergency services, or another professional services field, certain basic tasks are common before you depart for the day: You must ensure that you have all the tools and materials you will need to perform your job, organized in a safe and efficient manner. However, packing up all these tools and materials in the morning and after each job/call takes additional time and can be an organizational challenge. Having everything you need readily available makes a big difference in successfully performing your job — but you also need a safe and efficient method for transporting and quickly accessing your tools, parts, supplies, and equipment.

SAFETY CONCERNS

Safety is essential for workers across all industries, including safe access to equipment and supplies. You don’t want to put your workers in a situation where arriving at every job site causes unnecessary risk. Workers should be able to easily and safely access the tools to do their job, which immediately makes them more productive.

Heavy or awkward equipment can be difficult to get into or out of vehicles, increasing the risk of injury. In addition, equipment or supplies may shift in transit, making it even more difficult to access. Not having easy access as they load or unload their vehicles can easily injure workers’ backs, knees, and shoulders. Such injuries can be costly in terms of workers’ time off the job, potential lost work while they are out, and of course the increase in your workers’ comp insurance rates. Many times, the savings from avoiding even one back injury more than pays for equipment that improves worker safety.

Dangerous equipment and materials, such as firearms and chemicals, need even more careful handling during loading, transport, and unloading. These tools require specialized storage compartments where they can be safely secured, to protect not only the vehicle operator but also bystanders.

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EFFICIENCY

In addition to being safer, having well-organized workspaces on fire, police, and service vehicles also increases efficiency. Workers with well-organized service vehicles don’t have to spend time looking for their tools or supplies because they know right where everything is. Equipment that’s organized and easy to access allows service professionals to complete jobs quickly and finish more jobs in a day. It also reduces time spent on the job site or loading supplies, which lowers overall labor costs to make your proposals even more competitive.

Imagine the difference between packing your tools, equipment, and supplies every morning; climbing into the bed of your truck multiple times at each job site; digging through everything to find the right part or piece of equipment; and then repacking your toolbox and having to re-stow all of your parts, supplies, and equipment back into your truck bed after each job — versus being able to flip a latch; pull out a sliding bed; and select the part or tool needed or access heavy equipment such as tanks, air compressors, or generators without ever having to pick them up. Then after you complete your job you return everything to its place, ready to go for the next job without ever having to climb into the bed of your truck again. Multiply this time savings across every vehicle and every job, and you’ll see a significant increase in productivity and profitability.

EXTENDOBED SOLUTIONS

Service vehicles are standardized to be useful to many industries — which is great until you have specialized needs for a specific industry. Extendobed creates custom solutions for any industry. Our products maximize your service vehicle’s space to provide efficiency and safety.

Extendobed offers telescoping truck bed extenders and custom enclosures for a variety of use cases. We provide solutions for various law enforcement and fire safety vehicles, as well as solutions for any type of service or work truck. For example:

  • Law enforcement — Equipment storage with containment caging can keep equipment in place, even while driving over rough terrain or at high speeds — making this kind of enclosure ideal for law enforcement or search and rescue vehicles.
  • Fire safety — In a fire support vehicle, our well-organized and easily accessible cubbies can store chemicals, equipment, communication equipment, and other supplies. Command center units are available with electronics panels, fold-down work tables, and dry-erase easels.
  • Government — Municipalities can use custom Extendobed installations to support water, power, or other utility workers with solutions that accommodate their specific needs.
  • Oil & gas, utilities, power, and pest control — All these industries can benefit from our custom storage and hauling solutions, with equipment mounted on slides and in cubbies designed to meet your specifications — so that everything stays put, even in rough transit, but is easily accessible once on the job site.
  • Other specialized industries — Commercial door installers can go from manually loading and unloading doors into their service trucks or walk-in trailers to being able to forklift-on and forklift-off their doors.
  • All industries — For any industry, our bookcase enclosures are designed to keep information, procedures, and forms in sensible order, with a place for everything.
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Regardless of the industry, Extendobed’s installations keep tools, equipment, and supplies right at workers’ fingertips, maximizing efficiency and ensuring safety. With a wide variety of fixed units and sliding units for easier access, Extendobed’s applications are virtually endless.

The more complex and competitive our professional environments become, the more important it is to have quick, easy, and safe access to well-organized tools, equipment, and supplies — which quickly pays for itself in increased productivity and reduced work injuries. Find out why Extendobed is the best-in-class solution to customize your mobile work space by emailing us at websales@extendobed.com.

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Featured Law Enforcement Units: Blue Ridge & Homeland Security

September 17, 2018

Never reach into your vehicle losing sight of your surroundings again with the Blue Ridge law enforcement unit. This unit is designed with ease of use and safety in mind. With two large drawers that extend 200% of their length, everything you need will be accessible from the outside of your vehicle. The first stage of extension brings both drawers to the rear of the vehicle. An integrated dry erase board at the top of the drawer provides an ideal place for a mobile command center. Continued extension of the drawers will allow for easy access to all your equipment outside of the vehicle, keeping you aware of your surroundings. Below the large drawers is a dedicated equipment drawer to house all of your light and siren controllers, radio units, and any other electronics your department is using. On top of the drawer system is 6″ of containment caging for greater safety and storage.

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Blue Ridge Unit:

  • Over 200% Extension
  • Integrated Dry-Erase Board
  • 300lb capacity per Drawer
  • Drawer within a Drawer
  • “Field of view” for officers to see their surrounding when accessing equipment
  • Powder-coated Hammer Tone Black
  • Rubber mats on the bottom of each drawer
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Homeland Security Unit: 

  • Single Gas Shock Assisted Lid
  • ATF Type 3 Day Box
  • Upper Platform with 6″ Containment Caging
  • Single or Dual Compartments
  • Primary and Secondary Locks
  • Typically installed in Explorer, Escape or other SUV’s
 

Extendobed slideout units provide secure gear storage and instant access. Law Enforcement is presented with new challenges daily, requiring a variety of tactical equipment to be prepared and on hand. Our Mobile Command Centers provide onsite organizational ability and communication within seconds. Extendobed units safely store SWAT gear, traffic scales, crime scene material and weapons. Designed with space in mind, Extendobed products allow departments to be more efficient on the job. Whether you are a consumer, contractor, or emergency personnel, we customize our equipment to meet your needs. Our slideouts carry a 20 year warranty and will prove to be one of the best investments you make for your vehicle. Interested in a custom law enforcement unit? Give us a call at (208) 455-2707 or shoot us an email at websales@extendobed.com

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Overlanding Units for Your Adventure Rig

September 10, 2018
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Summer is coming to a close but we are by no means finished with the outdoors. Extendobed Overlanding Units are custom configured to fit your outdoor rig. Our slideouts store your equipment safely, efficiently, and out of the way until you need it. Haul your tents, coolers, and even a four wheeler for those tough to get to spots on the upper platform. Stock your fridge slide with cold beverages, grab your camping gear out of the heavy duty drawers, and use the fold down table for prepping the BBQ. Each unit is equipped with activity-based storage drawers, reinforced platforms, and full extension drawers for easy use.

As seasons change so do adventure needs, we are going to highlight some of our favorite overlanding units to get your rig ready for action!

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Sawtooth Unit

This featured fishing unit is approved by the anglers at Extendobed. This unit includes:
  • Heavy duty 60″ drawers
  • Full-length fridge slide
  • Easy access accessory drawer
  • MOLLE compatible 
  • Full-extension locking drawer
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Astoria Unit

This featured camping/overlanding unit was created in partnership with Bomber Products. This unit includes:
  • Stationary unit
  • Multi-level upper platform
  • Full-length fridge slide
  • Heavy-duty locking drawer
  • Easy-access accessory drawer
  • MOLLE compatible
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Rainier Unit

This featured hunting unit is approved by both novice and skilled hunters at Extendobed. This unit includes:
  • Aluminum construction 
  • Full-extension locking drawer
  • Reinforced, oversized upper platform
  • Storage for guns, bow/arrows, etc
  • Insulated cooler drawers
  • Slideout table 
  • Easy-access accessory drawer
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Glacier Unit

This featured hunting unit is approved by both novice and skilled hunters at Extendobed. This unit includes:
  • Stationary unit
  • Multi-level upper platform
  • Full-length fridge slide with additional drawer / stove slide
  • Heavy-duty locking drawer
  • Easy-access accessory drawer
  • MOLLE compatible

These units were all custom designed and built to the specification of our clients. Whether you are a a leisure camper or intense rock crawler we have a solution for you. For more information on our units or to get designing today, don’t hesitate to reach out! Give us a call at (208) 455-2707 or shoot us an email at websales@extendobed.com

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Extendobed: The Custom Aftermarket Accessory

August 14, 2018

When customizing your dream car, you reserve the right to be picky; aftermarket accessories offer endless options and modifications. Extendobed custom utility slide-outs improve organization and accessibility in cars, sport-utility vehicles, and trucks. Our frame and deck units can be customized for any make and model. Looking for compartments, drawers, platforms, or extension trays in your vehicle? Extendobed can design and build it.

 

Extendobed products are designed with space in mind allowing you to maximize on storage space in your new vehicle. We take pride in the custom designs created to fit specific needs of every vehicle, lifestyle or profession.

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Car Unit

This featured car unit maximizes security in your trunk with a locking latch. This unit includes:
  • Diamond-plate aluminum construction
  • Full-extension locking drawers 
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SUV Unit

This featured SUV unit adds storage, organization, and security to any size SUV. This unit includes:
  • Diamond-plate aluminum construction
  • Full-extension locking drawer
  • Locking storage compartment
  • Additional storage compartments
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Truck Unit

This featured truck unit increases usability of any pick-up bed and adds security with locking latches. This unit includes:
  • Diamond-plate aluminum construction
  • Full-extension locking drawers
  • Safety screen

Each of our units are custom; designed and built with the specifications of our clients. Whether you’re purchasing a car, SUV, or truck we can build the perfect unit for your lifestyle. For more information on our units or to begin designing your aftermarket accessory, don’t hesitate to reach out! Give us a call at (208) 455-2707 or shoot us an email at websales@extendobed.com

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Sportsman Units for Summer Fun

June 07, 2018

It’s finally summer and warming up here in Idaho, which means we are pretending we are on the water right now instead of in the office. Extendobed Sportsman Units can be custom configured to fit your outdoor needs. Our slideouts store your gear safely, efficiently, and out of the way until you need it. Haul your fishing boat, motors, and four wheeler for those tough to get to spots on the upper platform. You can even unfold an instant work table for cleaning your catch. Each unit is equipped with activity-based storage drawers, reinforced platforms, and full extension drawers for easy use.

Since we would rather be fishing, camping/overlanding, or hunting we are going to highlight some of our favorite units to do the following with. 

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Fishing Unit

This featured fishing unit is approved by the anglers at Extendobed. This unit includes:
  • Reinforced oversize upper platform
  • Full extension drawers with fishing rod storage
  • Insulated cooler drawers
  • Live well or ice box
  • Cleaning table with drawer
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Camping/Overlanding Unit

This featured camping/overlanding unit was created in partnership with Bomber Products. This unit includes:
  • Heavy duty 60″ drawers
  • Full-length fridge slide
  • Easy access accessory drawer
  • MOLLE compatible 
  • Full-extension locking drawer

Hunting Unit

This featured hunting unit is approved by both novice and skilled hunters at Extendobed. This unit includes:
  • Reinforced oversize upper platform
  • Full extension drawers 
  • Storage for guns, bow/arrows, etc.
  • Insulated cooler drawers
  • Full sized coolers
  • Gun holders and ammo boxes

These units were all custom designed and built to the specification of our clients. Whether you are a leisure fisherman or intense overlander we have a solution for you. For more information on our units or to get designing today, don’t hesitate to reach out! Give us a call at (208) 455-2707 or shoot us an email at websales@extendobed.com 

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Customer Shout Out!

October 20, 2017

“Dear Extendobed, I’ve had mine for 2 1/2 years in my 2011 Chevy truck and I love it. I use it for everything, including hauling my JetSki around on my trip because I need to tow my boat behind my truck. Thanks again, great work.”

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Sawtooth

October 09, 2017

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SAWTOOTH

SPECS

  • 60″ drawers
  • Full-length fridge slide
  • Easy access accessory drawer
  • Molle compatible
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Experience over 100% extension with this unit. 

3,000 lb capacity truck bed slideout

This unit has a 3,000 lb capacity.

extendobed offers optimal organization

This unit provide efficient use of your vehicle with equipment storage.

WANT TO CUSTOMIZE THIS UNIT?

Send us your email or phone number and we will contact you to customize this unit to fit your specific vehicle.
*Your information will be used strictly for unit customization only. No spam, we promise.

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Dog Kennel 3

October 04, 2017

DOG

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STATIONARY KENNEL SUV

Dual dog kennel designed to sit behind the drivers seat in a SUV. This unit contains two removable kennels, an access door in-between to allow an exit path in emergency situations, and a base that contains drawers and extra storage space.

SPECS

  • Aluminum construction 
  • (2) Removable kennels
  • Access door in-between kennels
  • Base with under kennel storage space and aluminum drawers
extendobed offers 100% extension

Experience over 100% extension with this unit. 

3,000 lb capacity truck bed slideout

This unit has a 3,000 lb capacity.

extendobed offers optimal organization

This unit provide efficient use of your vehicle with equipment storage.

WANT TO CUSTOMIZE THIS UNIT?

Send us your email or phone number and we will contact you to customize this unit to fit your specific vehicle.
*Your information will be used strictly for unit customization only. No spam, we promise.

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