How to Install a CargoGlide on your Vehicle

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the installer to ensure the slide unit is securely fastened to a base that will provide safe and reliable operation. The many variations in usage and placements of a slide unit present unique requirements; and the following information is only intended to be general in nature to provide awareness to the installer to look for and consider issues that may affect safety and reliability.


All slide units are designed for ideal use in static and level conditions. When installed in a vehicle, the CargoGlide unit must be closed and latched securely prior to and during any vehicle movement. The vehicle must be parked in a level position prior to unlocking and extending a slide unit or the weight of your cargo could be difficult or dangerous to move.


The slide unit must be securely fastened to a base floor or other structure to resist movement. A tipping force is applied to the unit when it is extended, which is countered by the attachments at the front (cab side) and middle of the unit. Furthermore, vehicle acceleration, cornering and braking will result in additional forces affecting your cargo and the slide unit. Impacts due to dropping a load will result in temporarily higher forces seen by the fasteners and should be avoided.

Position & Check Clearances

CAUTION: When opening the slide the clearance at the tailgate may need to be adjusted on some vehicles to avoid serious injury to your fingers or scratches in your tailgate.

1. Set the CargoGlide unit into the position it will be installed in.
2. Center the CargoGlide unit between the wheel wells in the bed of the truck or van, set the CargoGlide slide forward toward the cab of the truck, leave about to 1 of space between the front cab wall of the truck bed and the CargoGlide frame.
3. Check to ensure that nothing interferes with the location and operation of the slide including clearance of the tailgate or doorway edges. It is best to allow a small gap at each side (at least 1/2 inch) to accommodate any slide deflection and slight mis-alignments.
4. Prior to drilling holes for plus-nut Rivet installations confirm there are no gas lines or other obstructions under the truck or van bed where you plan to drill.

Attachment Points

  • Normally, a slide unit will have 4 to 6 points to attach to the base. A single direction slide unit must have at least the 4 rear points (2 cab end and 2 middle points) fastened and a dual direction slide must have at least 6 points (2 at each end and 2 middle points) attached.
  • Mounting holes in CG1000 and CG1500HD frames are on the inside of the frame. CG1500XL and CG2000XL frames mount on the outside of the frame to the bottom frame cross braces sticking out.
  • Mark the vehicle bed in the locations you will need to drill holes.


1. Provided with your CargoGlide slide is our plus-nut rivet fastening system for easy installation from the top side of the vehicle bed, so you dont have to crawl under your vehicle to bolt in your slide.
2. Typical slide unit attachment is made by use of the provided plus-nut rivet anchor, a 5/16 washer and 1.5 long 5/16 hex tap bolt.
3. Drill a 7/16 or 1/2 hole in the vehicle bed at each of your marked locations to accept the plus-nut anchors.
4. Move the slide a few inches out of your way and insert a Plus-nut anchor into each hole.
5. Using the included plus-nut install tool (tall grey metal nut with no threads and gripper teeth on one end), a 2 long 5/16 bolt and a steel washer, insert the bolt through the washer then through the smooth end of the install tool and thread into the plus-nut you are installing.
6. Using a wrench to hold the install tool in place, use another wrench or socket on a wrench or an impact driver drill to tighten the bolt into the plus-nut. As you tighten the bolt you will feel strong resistance, then light resistance, then strong resistance again as it collapses the plus-nut anchor clamping it to the underside of the vehicle bed. After the plus-nut has been fully compressed, remove the bolt and repeat on the other plus-nuts you are installing.
7. If the plus-nut is at an angle because of the slope of the vehicle bed ribs making it difficult to thread the bolt in, either leave it partially uncompressed so you can still change its angle, and finish tightening after you start all of the install bolts through the CargoGlide frame, or if you clamp them too tight for that you may be able to thread a bolt a few turns into the plus-nut from underneath the vehicle and use pliers to hold it straight enough for someone inside the vehicle bed to thread their bolt a few turns through the frame from above, then remove the temporary bolt below before you finish tightening once the upper one starts to thread.
8. Move the Slide back into place over the plus-nuts and install with a 1.5 long 5/16 bolt through a 5/16 washer then through the hole in the slide frame and into the plus-nut and tighten securely in each of your mounting locations.


Some truck beds have flat areas where the corrugation does not extend all of the way to the cab end of the bed, it is very important to shim the cab end mount points up to the level of the top of the bed corrugations so the frame is mounted flat so that internal mechanisms do not scrape the bed of the vehicle. Some vehicle compartments may have a lip on the bottom of the bed, or angled tailgates and other obstructions above the floor level. If your vehicle has similar obstructions some CargoGlide models may have to be shimmed up to clear the obstruction or tailgate angle during extension (Make sure to leave enough clearance for the slide AND your fingers). Shims can be many alternatives including wood, metal tubing, rubber, solid plastic, etc. The shims must be placed under all of the slide areas that normally contact the floor to provide necessary support. Optional Shim Spacer Kits are available from CargoGlide for some models.

NOTE: It is critical that the side rails on the bottom frame that is mounted to the vehicle be installed as straight as possible to prevent premature wear to the frame or damage to the bearings and to provide you with the smoothest slide action possible. Proper installation will make your slide easy to use and last for years to come.

CargoGlide CG1000, CargoGlide CG1000S and CargoGlide CG1500HD models have built in height adjusters for easy adjustment to clear various tailgate angles or other clearance issues. Simply twist the adjustment plate to reach the appropriate height. If this feature is used, add spacers to mid cross member before tightening down bolts, so the bottom frame sides remain straight.

Frame Separation

CargoGlide slide frames can be separated to make installation and removal easier. CG1000, CG1500HD models slide the top open at least 24 lift up the deck about 18" to 24" and move the end you are holding to your right until the roller bearing and latch pin in the top frame come out of the track in the bottom frame (the distance you move to the right varies based on frame length, but is usually less than 24"). Once the bearing clears the track you can lift the top up and out, then slightly to the left so the right side bearing clears the track as well. Once both bearings are clear of the track you can carry the top frame away from the bottom frame. Reinstall in the reverse order, starting at an angle inserting the right side bearing first, then lower the left side into place and straighten the frame so the top and bottom are in line and set it down on the rollers of the bottom frames, then it will slide normally.

CG2000XL, CG1500XL and DuraGlide/DualGlide models have hinged slide stopper flaps on the top and middle frames. To separate the frames, simply open the slide all the way until it stops, then close it a few inches, just enough so that you can lift the hinged stoppers, and while holding the handle open, you slide it open past the stop point, then it will continue to slide open. (Make sure someone is holding each side of the frame securely as you remove it because it will drop abruptly as the last bearing clears the track). Re-installation is as easy as simply aligning the bearings into the side tracks and sliding the frames back into place since the hinged stoppers automatically open as they pass the stop points, then gravity swings them down so the slide will not come apart again until you manually lift the hinged stoppers.

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