Trucks are all about utility, and since their introduction, owners have been searching for ways to increase the function and efficiency of their pickup’s bed. One of the most popular accessories is the toolbox. However, adding a traditional box isn’t without its downsides. Most won’t work with a tonneau cover, they take up a ton of space, and accessing them can be a chore. For most people, a toolbox is overkill.
Enter the SwingCase by UnderCover. Known for building some of the most popular tonneau covers in America, UnderCover realized the need for a small storage case that is easily accessible. The SwingCase mounts to the rear corner of a pickup’s bed and attaches securely to the side. The case swings out toward the tailgate, allowing for easy access. They are weather-resistant, lockable, and easily removed should the need arise.
SwingCases are available for midsize, fullsize, and HD trucks, they come with a 1-year warranty, and they cost less than $200. We installed a SwingCase in the ’13 Ford F-150 in our driveway with basic handtools in less than 20 minutes. Follow along as we take a look at quickest way to add usable storage to your pickup.
| The SwingCase by UnderCover is a simple and elegant solution to adding lockable, weather-resistant storage to your pickup’s bed. The SwingCase is shipped fully assembled with mounting hardware stashed inside.
| Each case has a gasket under the lid to help prevent moisture intrusion, though the company makes no claims of being watertight. The SwingCase has a remarkable amount of storage volume, with a plastic tray for holding small bits.
| The SwingCase is formed of high-impact ABS plastic. This construction method provides a good mix of low weight and high strength. The bottom of the case has a honeycomb design for maximum durability and is flat, allowing the case to stand on its own.
| A versatile twist-lock mechanism allows the case to be locked for protection from sticky fingers and provides easy access, even with gloved hands.
| While the case itself is the same no matter the application, the mounting hardware is vehicle-specific and simple. The SwingCase comes with two mounting brackets, two nuts, six self-tapping screws, and two keys.
| The two mounting brackets attach to each other using the supplied nuts. The latch bracket slides onto a pair of studs on the hinge bracket. We suggest a small dabble of thread-locking compound to keep things secure.
| Our Ford F-150 required that the tie-down hook located behind the SwingCase be rotated 180 degrees. This serves to both clear the latch bracket and allows the hook to be usable when the case is removed from the pickup.
| Six self-tapping screws are used to attach the brackets to the bed. Four of the screws are used on the hinge bracket and two at the latch end. Since these are large screws into thick gauge steel, we opted for a mild impact wrench over a standard drill. If heavy off-road use is in your future, you might opt for a bolt/nut combo instead.
| Once the bracket is installed, the case simply slides onto the hinge. It is held in place against the side of the bed with the attached clasp. The SwingCase resides below the bedrail, allowing it to be used with most off-the-shelf tonneau covers.
| For those concerned about the security of the case itself, a tab is provided on the hinge bracket to allow for the use of a padlock to aid in keeping the entire box from walking away. With the case locked, a padlock in place, and tailgate locked, it’s a pretty sure storage solution.
| Since it has the word “swing” in the name, naturally the SwingCase’s finest trick is its ability to swing out for easy access from the rear of the pickup. Releasing the case from its confines on the bed wall is as easy as pulling the yellow handle.
| SwingCase comes in one size and can be optioned for either the driver or passenger side (there are different part numbers/brackets, depending on which side is chosen). True ballers will opt for two cases, one on each side. Be warned, though, that if you go this route, they will hit in the middle when attempting to swing both at the same time. Really, it’s a small price to pay to be awesome.