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smoothbore2004
11-20-2005, 12:35 AM
i am thinking of buying one of those kits that converts your bed into a dump. I am not sure about the structural stability of the bed though. Has anyone ever put one of these on or know of someone that has one and how does it work for you. thanks for any advice
George

nocutting
11-20-2005, 01:15 AM
Hi, yes they are Great, buts its hard to find guys to put it on for you, everybody is worried you'll over load it. I had a welder guy insist on putting a sheet of 1/4 inch steel on my floor in case I got screwy and over loaded it. The structual integrity of most pick-up beds is not designed for all tha weight lifting motion.........it really beats a pitch fork or snow shovel for unloading......Good Luck:waving:

Eclipse
11-20-2005, 12:23 PM
Oddly enough I have been considering one as well. The only things I would use it for would be leaves/clippings and bark so I don't think I would have a problem with it. As long as you are aware of it's limits I think I would be a great idea.

A freind has one on his SB Dodge and has hauled all kinds of crap with it, including busted up concrete, the the bed has held up great.

UNISCAPER
11-20-2005, 01:17 PM
You can get an elcrto hydraulic scissors lift from Rugby and easily make a smaller type frame that would bolt to the pick up body using the frame mounting holes. All you need is some square or rectangular tubing or heavy angle iron and a welder.

I think the Rugby lift is around $1,800.00 for the small capacity one. I almost think you might be best off making a pick up width flat bed and keeping the manufacturers bed on the side of your shop for when you sell the truck. Even if you load lightly, that bed is not made to dump and it is going twist.

Eclipse
11-20-2005, 02:16 PM
That is a good point. It certainly would not take much to make a lighter duty flatbed and as you mentioned it would still be much stronger than the pickup box itself.

Jpocket
11-20-2005, 05:51 PM
Dump inserts are great especially for mulch and topsoil.

Mowman29
11-21-2005, 12:00 PM
Don't convert your reg bed get a dump insert your are only going to spend about 2,800 -3,200 for a truck Craft bed insert. just got one about 6 weeks ago which I had it this past spring. It been great this year with leaves. I know one thing I had my box loaded many times with wet heavy leaves and I had about 1500-2000 lbs in it and it works great. Get an insert it can handle up to 4,000 lbs

smoothbore2004
11-22-2005, 02:53 PM
yeah i checked out the dump inserts and they are nice. however they also weigh about 750 lbs. So on a 3/4 ton truck your dump insert is already taking up half of the weight that you are capable of carrying. That means i can only load up about 700 to 800 lbs. Thats why i am considering a dump kit on the bed itself. Only plan on carrying grass leaves and maybe some mulch. SO it doesnt half to be super heavy duty.

YardPro
11-22-2005, 07:25 PM
a 3/4 ton can carry much more than 1500 lbs....
more like double that

hosejockey2002
11-22-2005, 11:47 PM
My 2005 Chevy 2500hd with a Maxidump insert, a full tank of gas and me in the driver's seat weighs 6480 lbs. The GWVR is 9200 so that gives me a payload of over 2700 lbs without exceeding the truck's rating. I know from experience that it will handle a little more than that.... :)

smoothbore2004
11-23-2005, 03:18 AM
so then you can put 2700 lbs in your bed wow i didnt realize thats how it works. I wonder how they came up with the 3/4 ton classification. Not to mention i am gonna have to check out my rear springs cause when haul a load of gravel or even mulch it looks like its maxed out. But now i am gonna reconcider the dump inserts.

hosejockey2002
11-24-2005, 12:03 AM
The "3/4 ton" designator is way old-school, from back in the day when a 3/4 ton truck really was only rated for 1500 lbs. This was probably 50 years ago or so. These days, you have to cut through the BS by knowing your particular truck's actual weight and it's GVWR. Generally speaking, a 3500 series truck will carry more weight than a 2500, which carries more than a 1500. But there are exceptions. For example, you can order a new Ford F150 with an 8200 GVWR package and a rated payload of 3000 lbs. My BIL's Dodge 2500 has a GVWR of 8800, but it's a diesel, 4WD and a 4 door, so it weighs almost 7000 lbs. empty, so it's payload is less than 2000. My 2500 series truck has a higher GWVR than many 3500 series trucks did 10 years ago. It's all marketing BS. Like I said, you have to know your truck's actual weight and it's GVWR, and go from there.

scaper27
11-26-2005, 04:38 PM
I got one of those. a little different. Installed for $1500. No bumper on though

hobbsd
11-28-2005, 05:13 PM
Ive got a hoist on my 1 ton Chev. Bed. I love it, But I don't know if I need to add hydraulic fluid or maintain it. Some help would be nice.
Also, the box does need some linear support, any good / cheap ideas?

Dan