View Full Version : How come pickup beds max out at 8 feet?

Darryl G
10-17-2010, 09:27 PM
I was just wondering why pickup truck beds max out at 8 feet. I like running a bed tool box in mine and wish it was more like 10 feet a lot of the time...I'll settle for 9.5. You can get a huge cab but you can't get a huge bed unless you go custom.

knox gsl
10-17-2010, 09:46 PM
I agree, it would be nice if they had a longer bed and the rear axle closer to the bumper for more stability. If I could get a 10' bed then it would have a dump insert and tool box.

10-17-2010, 09:58 PM
according to Ford motor company they were designed around the ability to carry standardized sized materials. 4x8 sheet plywood to be specific.

10-17-2010, 10:12 PM
Back in the 60's, Dodge actually used a 9' bed on their 1 ton pickups.

10-17-2010, 10:23 PM
71 chevy longhorn had a 9' bed. beautiful truck. i would love to have a longer bed.

10-17-2010, 11:06 PM
They make 10' beds, I've seen them! They make bigger than that too!
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knox gsl
10-17-2010, 11:11 PM
I think we're talking about stock truck beds and not aftermerket.

Darryl G
10-17-2010, 11:28 PM
It seems that a lot of the trucks these days are more cab than bed. For a work truck, I want bed space!

Here we go..but standard cab would be fine with me.

Darryl G
10-17-2010, 11:43 PM
Here's another one but not exactly something I'd take out on my route. http://www.classyauto.com/v/Chevrolet+Pickup/1+Ton+Extra+Long+Bed+Truck/94319