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Old 01-20-2018, 05:20 PM #16
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No insult taken. This all just opinion after all and certainly requires no rebuttal or explanation. Nor was my expression of my opinion meant to diminish anyone else's. After 4 years with it in many situations my experiences are as I expressed. I have never found a realistic way to be "smarter" than the tray that met my needs. But I'm sure my uses and needs are different than yours as well as from everyone elses. The small amount of storage behind and below the tray are of nominal benefit to me when the truck is loaded. Both are after all trapped behind and below the storage tray and require unpacking or unstrapping in order to access them. As I travel with 2 adults, 2 pre teens and two 80 pound dogs, unpacking to access gear at every stop is unrealistic. The xtra inches of vertical space is to me far more worthwhile and useable. Especially when considering the addition of drawers.


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Lol, I hate to sound insulting but you have to be smarter than the tray. If your load is sticking over the edge of the tray or if you have a load on it that things may fall off it when you move it, just load and unload like you would have to without the tray. Just because you have it doesn't mean you have to use it. There are times you use it and times you don't. I also like that the tie downs are not on the tray as it makes for more secure wider tie down points. If your load on the the tray is that precarious that it needs to be tied down when you move the tray, you probably shouldn't be sliding the tray out with that load anyways and should be unloading like you would without the tray. Work smarter, not harder. As far as only using it for a low flat load, I have used mine to load a box that was 170 lbs, and was 30" tall and it made "much" easier to unload. Like I said earlier if I didn't have it, I don't think I would miss it and I do understand not wanting it if you are going to install drawers but if you're not going to install drawers, I really don't see a negative to having it.
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Old 01-20-2018, 05:29 PM #17
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Honestly, if my 4R didn't come with the tray I would probably have never put one in. But since I've had and used the tray I would not order another 4R without it.
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Pros and cons...mine came with it and I'm fine with that. Had it not, I'd have been fine with that as well.

I guess I feel strongly both ways.
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You're getting a ton of different opinions, of course. Didn't read them all. For camping in the back it's great as the floor is flat from front to back with the seats folded down. Also, I have a tarp folded up under it as there's a little space under there. I like it.
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Sorry to resurrect this necro-thread, but it was very helpful for me to decide to get the sliding tray. For me, the ability to have a flat area for sleeping was even more important than the functionality, but I wanted to add one minor thing that nobody has mentioned for future readers...

I always use my sliding cargo cover to hide my gear, especially when I'm transporting my guns. What I've found is that by using the cargo tray, I don't need to keep sliding the cargo cover back and forth to uncover the back when I load/unload. I can just slide out the tray and grab whatever I need and do the same thing when I load up. It also saves my back and knees since I don't need to move or load anything while I'm bending over - that can be a problem for an old guy like me. It was a 'must-have' on my list when finding the right 4Runner and will be in my next one too if it's still an option.

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If you plan on having kids, sliding the tray out is a back saver. Diaper changes are easier.
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Rear Cargo Tray Removal

Hello all....new to the forum. Thinking about getting a 2019. 2 questions for all. Can the sliding rear cargo tray be removed easily and the compartment covered up....and 2, what is meant by that with the tray everything is flat for sleeping? I would assume NOT having it is better for flat area?

Last...don't have kids, don't imagine hauling big items often, and don't see a lot of tailgaiting or cooking off of it. Do I want it? Thanks for any help!
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If you're hauling a lot of stuff around and want a flat surface with the rear seats down then by all means get it. Had it in my first one, second one didnt but i found someone selling theirs and picked it up. Worth every penny.
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Hello all....new to the forum. Thinking about getting a 2019. 2 questions for all. Can the sliding rear cargo tray be removed easily and the compartment covered up....and 2, what is meant by that with the tray everything is flat for sleeping? I would assume NOT having it is better for flat area?

Last...don't have kids, don't imagine hauling big items often, and don't see a lot of tailgaiting or cooking off of it. Do I want it? Thanks for any help!
If you take out the rubber mat covering the tray and lay down the back seats the area in the back is almost completely flat.
The design of the 4runner cargo area is different with each option that fits back there.
For example, if you have a 3rd row seat option there is a 4-5" gap between the 3rd row seat area when flat and the back seats when flat, stuff falls down there all the time and it's terrible to sleep on with a gap.

Models with no cargo slider and no 3rd row seat (owners here please correct this if wrong) there have been posts where the cargo area lays flat, but the rear seats have a slight incline making it not impossible, but a little more difficult to get a flat night's sleep for those sleeping in the back.

I have a cargo slider and have liked it, with modifications:
Pro: Is flat for sleeping, easy to pull in and out for gear, great for kid changing table, great for tail gating pull out platform, has small bag hangers on the bottom for trash bags (at least that's what I use them for), has a small hidden gear area that fills the gap between the back seats and cargo area which is open if you have a 3rd row, comes with an easy to clean rubber mat, many more pros have been listed in this thread.

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Biggest Con is not having anchor points on the cargo platform itself. The tie downs located in the default spots of the interior cargo area, meaning if you want to use the anchor points you cannot pull out the cargo tray.
The modifications I made were to add reinforced tie down points on the tray itself.
Other cons: Seems to cut into the overall cargo space compared to not having one, sometimes when having tall loads stuff can fall back behind the cargo and the back seats when you pull it out, meaning you have to climb into the back seats and fish that stuff out before retracting the tray.

I chose to have the cargo tray because I sleep in the back all the time when camping and wanted something that was as flat as possible.
I suggest looking at all the different options and climbing in the back and checking them all out before making a purchase. For example as soon as I experienced that gap in the 3rd row seat it was an instant "nope" for me on that option as it didn't fit what I was looking for.
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Pull tray out. Load keg on tray. Slide tray in. Sold.
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Hello all....new to the forum. Thinking about getting a 2019. 2 questions for all. Can the sliding rear cargo tray be removed easily and the compartment covered up....and 2, what is meant by that with the tray everything is flat for sleeping? I would assume NOT having it is better for flat area?

Last...don't have kids, don't imagine hauling big items often, and don't see a lot of tailgaiting or cooking off of it. Do I want it? Thanks for any help!
If you get the 3rd row, the seats fold into the floor, but the cargo floor sits about 6" than it would without the 3rd row. Also, the 3rd row folds flat, but the middle seats do not, so there is an incline when all the seats are down.

If you do not have the 3rd row, the second row seats do fold completely flat, however the cargo area floor is about 3" lower than the flat surface of the folded 2nd row, So if trying to slide long objects in the back, or if wanting to sleep back there, its awkward.

Having the cargo tray brings the cargo area floor exactly the same height as the second row floor with the seats folding down. At that point, you have a nearly 6foot long completely flat area. Great for loading long cargo or sleeping. I've only had mine for 2 months, but I plan on sleeping in mine, so I was glad to have it. I've also loaded long cargo in there that fit perfectly with it.

I bought mine used (a 2013 TE), but if buying new I'd probably opt for it, if it's 500 bucks or less for the option.

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Slide out, mount bike. Slide it back in or I sit on it like a tailgate occasionally
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I have mine especially for camping (it creates a flat surface). I regret I sold my first one to put in drawers but then ended up finding another cargo slide on here!
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I don't ever slide it out but wouldn't own a 4runner without it. Perfect height for just about everything.
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