Comedian George Carlin had a great bit about stuff: "That's the whole meaning of life, isn't it, trying to find a place for your stuff? That's all your house is: a place for your stuff. If you didn't have so much stuff, you wouldn't need a house. You could just walk around all the time. That's all your house is, it's a pile of stuff with a cover on it." Ditto our trucks and SUVs. Hauling "stuff" is how life goes -- gear stuff, work stuff, tool stuff, grocery stuff, kid stuff, pet stuff, on-the-road-entertainment stuff. But there's an entire section of the aftermarket dedicated to helping us organize and store our stuff. Here are some handy, stealthy, clean, and inventive ways to do it.




Adventure Trailers Composite Drawer System
Having a truck bed is incredibly useful; having to keep it organized can be tough. That's why we dig a product like this one, the Composite Drawer System from Adventure Trailers. (It'll work in the rear of SUVs as well.)The drawers are made of Fiberthane (urethane foam and fiberglass, with a polyurethane coating), and they're lightweight and strong. You can get them 20 inches wide and either 9 or 12 inches tall and 24 or 36 inches long. The company says it can build drawers with heavy-duty, full-extension slides up to 60 inches long for pickups. The drawers start at $425.

Adventure Trailers
877/661-8097
www.adventuretrailers.com




ARE Z Series
Some people hesitate to add a bed cap because they don't want to lose the sleek, good looks of their trucks. But ARE thought about that and designed its Z Series to blend with a truck's lines, plus they're painted to match your ride's OEM color. So, in addition to keeping your goods safe and secure inside the bed via the lockable cap, you'll gain even more dry carrying capacity. The cap comes standard with side windows and a compound curve rear door, and you can opt for a Yakima rack, remote keyless entry, and sliding front windows, among other offerings. It starts at $1897.

ARE
800/649-4ARE
www.4are.com