If you often use your 2019-2020 Ford Ranger to transport precious gear to off-grid camping sites or work site, your space is pretty limited in the cab and either a 5' or 6' bed. Additionally, anything you leave out in the bed uncovered is out in the open for susceptible eyes and at the mercy of Mother Nature. If you need somewhere to put an abundance of gear, or just want something to shield it from bad situations, then you should have a bed rack, a swing case, a DECKED system and/or truck general storage. When you're hauling valuable cargo, its not worth chancing it and leaving your gear unprotected. Not to mention, more cargo space can only make your next trip even better. With a variety of manufacturers and types of product, you can find a setup that is functional on your Ranger, looks fitting, and offers a unique build to your truck.
Side view of Stage 3 Motorsports' 2019 Ford Ranger equipped with a bed rack and tent in Sedona, Arizona!

Universal Storage Bags

If you want to keep your gear protected from weather and to stay hidden, then you could always just toss a universal storage bag into the bed of your Ranger. It is a cost-effective, handy solution to cargo problems. A soft, fabric material case provides exactly what you need. It is a quick, easy and versatile way to bring more gear along on your next trip. Firstly, universal soft fabric bags are cost-effective storage options that can be used for such more use. Since it is loose in your truck bed, the bag can be taken out and used for whatever you need, even luggage that you bring into a hotel! With a foldable, soft design, they can be folded up and tucked away anywhere when not in use. You can't go wrong with a Tuff Truck Bed Cargo Storage Black Bag. This waterproof, heavy duty, non-breathable PVC bag can hold 26 cubic feet of gear! The bag uses a "Large Mouth" opening and zipper to make accessing cargo easier than ever. Another case to consider is the Rightline Gear Waterproof 120L Duffle Bag. This duffle bag provides a fully waterproof and sealed container for your goods. It features a tough polyester mesh to protect all 120 liters of packing space. Each of the Rightline bags feature welded seams, a urethane coated zipper, and a velcro sealed zipper cover to keep your gear dry from the elements. While universal bags can give you a lot of bang for your buck, the can be more prone to tears because of their soft material, so you may want to store some of your sharper tools in something a little harder. Luckily, we have options for that too.
A Rightline Storage Bag sitting in the bed of a truck!

2019-2020 Ford Ranger Swing Cases

If you'd prefer something that was specifically made to mount to your Ranger's truck bed and tougher than a soft material bag, than Undercover's line of swing cases are an impressive candidate. The 2019-2020 Ford Ranger Undercover Swing Case Storage Box either mounts in your truck bed on the driver's side or the passenger's side. These cases have all the ability of a universal case with so much more usefulness with its swinging design. Light ABS plastic provides a nice balance of protection without wearing you down in the rear. The box comes with a locking hinge assembly that allows it swing out from your Ranger's bed to right in front of the tailgate for easy access. When it's time to drive, the Swing Case can be swung back against your bed and then latched onto an included rail which keeps it held in place even if the trail is bumpy. For security, a built-in lock and a loop for a padlock comes with the case so you know your gear is safe at all times. If you want to see more about how this box worked on our Ranger, check out our install video below! However, the storage case only holds 1.5 cubic feet of storage, so you will only be able to fit smaller tools inside the case. If you're planning on going on a big trip, this swing case is better paired with other storage accessories so you can securely bring along everything you need. Also, if you choose a driver's side case, it will block the factory bed light switch when in the stowed position. When the case is swung open, the bed switch can be reached with no problem.

2019-2020 Ford Ranger DECKED Cases

If you like the hard, tough material of the swing case, but want more space to protect your gear, then you might like the 2019-2020 Ford Ranger DECKED Truck Bed Organizer (5ft Bed) for a shorter bed or the 2019-2020 Ford Ranger DECKED Truck Bed Organizer (6ft Bed) for a longer bed. With a 100% recycled high-density polyethylene material, it also is then co-molded to a steel sub frame. The system installs utilizing your truck bed's existing tie-downs for convenience and to ensure the DECKED system is secured to your truck bed. Storage accessibility is amazing as each drawer rolls smoothly on sealed bearing wheels and can hold up to 200 pounds each. Whether you're hauling heavy loads to and from the job site or just using it for a leisure trip, the system is perfect for either. With an optional lock for the two drawers, you can ensure all valuable cargo cannot be accessed by anyone who doesn't belong in your stuff. If your Ranger has a top rail mounted ladder rack and a tonneau cover, the cargo system is even compatible with some of these applications. The DECKED system might seem intimidating because of how complex it is, but in reality, power tools are not needed and it is not as bad to install as you'd think. The 200 lb system paired with heavy cargo can weigh you down slightly in the rear, so your overall driving performance and fuel economy may be affected. If you only run with a full load on occasion, you probably won't notice much of a difference. We installed this cargo kit onto our Ranger, and ultimately were really pleased with how it operated. Check out our install video below!

2019-2020 Ford Ranger Racks

One of the most premium storage options you can add is a bed rack. This new addition not only adds ton of mountable storage possibility while keeping the bed free for even more gear, but it adds a bulkier, meaner look to your Ranger build. Because of an abundance of mounting space, a rack is perfect for storing oversized gear that would take up too much room in your midsize bed. They also are built durably to last for as long as you need them to. On our 2019 Ford Ranger build, we use the RCI Universal 12" Tall Bed Rack to beef up the build. The rack uses a tough 10-gauge steel to shrug off any hit that your rack may take. Two side plates include pre-drilled holes that allow you to mount useful accessories like hi-lift jacks, fire extinguishers, CO2 bottles, traction aids, more for off-road trips. Slotted upper lateral crossbars make mounting any brand roof-top tent without much effort. A secondary lateral bar can even be added for extra strength to manage heavy loads or mount smaller roof-top tents over less than the full bed. Our friends at Road Armor also specialize in excellent bed racks for the Ranger. If your Ranger uses a 5' bed, then you'll want a 2019-2020 Ford Ranger 5ft Bed Road Armor TRECK Texture Black Adjustable Bed Rack w/ Install Bracket Kit. For longer 6' beds, the same model of the rack, the 2019-2020 Ford Ranger 6ft Bed Road Armor TRECK Texture Black Adjustable Bed Rack w/ Install Bracket Kit is available. The light weight and modular rack uses 11-gauge laser cut steel for rack's telescoping vertical and cross-rails and 7-gauge stainless steel for the base mounting brackets. No more than 800 lbs of gear can be brought along on the TRECK bed rack. With a triple platform height, the adjustable positioning from 14 inches, to 19 inches, and 23 inches offers versatility. However, a bed rack can affect your comfort out on the highway at high speeds. Wind noise can get a bit excessive due to a less aerodynamic design with a rack. It also is quite an investment, and while it is well worth it, you will have to shell out more cash than you would for a swing case or universal bag.
An RCI Bed Rack fitted to Stage 3 Motorsports' 2019-2020 Ford Ranger!

More Places to Store your Gear Safely & Securely
As you can see, just because the Ranger is a midsize truck doesn't mean that you can't haul lots of cargo. There are plenty of different solutions for you to store whatever you need for your next big trip. What do you use when you go away for the weekend or out for work? Tell us about your build in the comments section!
Rear view of Stage 3 Motorsports' 2019 Ford Ranger equipped with a bed rack and tent in Northern Arizona!

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