You probably don't know my set up so will explain. The bed will be across the front of the truck box. This will partially obscure the access hatch to the front which will rarely be used in normal operation. The lifting mechanism is basically for access to the storage on each side of the passageway under the bed. If the winch method fails I can simply lift the bed manually and chock it up. Not really any hardship. Most days the bed won't even get lifted. The washing machine will be under there and the water tank and some storage for little used stuff.