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Old 09-21-2013, 06:37 PM
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mounting a dump insert to a flatbed

Going over some ideas here for my new rig
I have a short bed F250. I want to get a dump insert for it.
Now, the question is, wouldn't it be less weight and more use if the dump insert mounted to a flatbed, instead of into the factory bed? the factory bed would become useless with the insert in it, as well as heavy. If I put a dump insert onto an aluminum flatbed, for example, then I could built tool boxes or something around the insert, and utilize that space that would otherwise be lost with the factory bed. Anyone done this before, or am I just planning a disaster for myself?
I just think the factory bed would be made redundant with an insert on it. would a flatbed take the weight of dumping ok?
Is this doable/ wise??
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:57 PM
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Why not just hook a lift right up to the flat bed then?
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:53 PM
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First, where could I find a hoist for that? Second, unlike a dump insert, would a non-dumping flatbed turned into a dumper be able to take the added strain of the dump weight?
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We have done both.
They both work fine.
Personally I would go for the dump insert.
It is removable for the next truck
It was designed for its use

When putting a hoist under a flat bed you must do some fabrication on bed itself.
We have found that dump angles are not as steep.
Also with dump angle and mounting we loose a fair amount of dump weight capacity.
Good luck with your choice
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:27 PM
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You can find the hoists anywhere, pretty sure even northern tool has them in their catalogue.

The whole purpose of an insert to me is convenience, it seems like a lot of extra work to remove the truck body, install a flatbed, then install the insert. 3 steps instead of one, just to gain some tool boxes.
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Old 09-22-2013, 12:41 AM
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You can find the hoists anywhere, pretty sure even northern tool has them in their catalogue.

The whole purpose of an insert to me is convenience, it seems like a lot of extra work to remove the truck body, install a flatbed, then install the insert. 3 steps instead of one, just to gain some tool boxes.
that's a real good point. Just speculation at this stage anyway. I guess I was thinking somewhere along the line of this: http://truckcraft.com/products/combi...cedump-bodies/,. However, I got a quote for just over 10K for this, so not on the cards right now! So I'm thinking, get a 2K flatbed, a 3K dump insert, and either build some nice boxes (lets say $200-300), or buy some diamond plate ones (1K). That brings it around to 6K, which is a lot cheaper than the 10K truckcraft, and should also be lighter than a dump insert in a factory truck bed.
Turned off the idea of a hoist directly to the flatbed, based on Dependable Landscaping's input

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Old 09-22-2013, 12:43 AM
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... unless someone knows another company that sells something similar to the truckcraft body but cheaper?
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:21 AM
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Every company sells a dumping flatbed, no fab required. Mount some Craigslist toolboxes to the sides and you're done. Look up rugby and eby
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mounting a dump insert to a flatbed

I think I'd sell the truck and buy a truck that fits my needs a little better. I have a short bed and would really like a long bed. But my truck is paid for and I'm not buying another for along time. P.S. I have a F350 flatbed with a dump and love it.
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:06 AM
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that's a real good point. Just speculation at this stage anyway. I guess I was thinking somewhere along the line of this: http://truckcraft.com/products/combi...cedump-bodies/,. However, I got a quote for just over 10K for this, so not on the cards right now! So I'm thinking, get a 2K flatbed, a 3K dump insert, and either build some nice boxes (lets say $200-300), or buy some diamond plate ones (1K). That brings it around to 6K, which is a lot cheaper than the 10K truckcraft, and should also be lighter than a dump insert in a factory truck bed.
Turned off the idea of a hoist directly to the flatbed, based on Dependable Landscaping's input

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Still seems like a lot of hassle and a lot of extra expense to gain some toolboxes though. 3k to keep the pick up body, 6k to have a flatbed with tool boxes.

I have an insert in one of my pickups, I installed a regular truck box into the insert that I can remove in about a minute depending on what I am using the truck for that day.
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