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Old 01-25-2015, 02:38 PM
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decided on aluminum... bad idea?

so we do mostly construction at this point (decks, fences, patios, rock-work, etc)..
anyways, I have decided to buy a new dump truck so I will be able to pull enclosed trailer and show up with one truck to some jobs and not tie up both pickups. I have decided on the truck and think that I want an aluminum bed. price difference is about 3500 bucks vs. steel but that's not my main concern, dents and damage is.

I will be carrying mostly soft materials (dirt, aggregates, mulches, etc) as well as skids (sod, block, etc) now i know that these will all be fine but what i really want to know is what are the limits for aluminum. what should i not be putting in this thing? river rock? loose scrap pavers tossed in? I do still have a 7 ton dump trailer that i hope to still be making use of so if I need armour stone or anything big and loose I will just use that

any other pros cons to help make up my mind would be appreciated I did a search but so much irrelevant info comes up and I will be signing tomorrow and need to know which way I'm going for the bed.

I fly back out to my winter gig on Tuesday so tomorrow is the big day.

thanks in advance!
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Old 01-25-2015, 02:45 PM
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Do aluminum and then add the poly lining to the bed, this will absorb the abuse from river rock and pavers. I wouldn't do larger concrete chunks and driveway tear outs.
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Old 01-25-2015, 04:56 PM
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You can also do a plywood liner
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Old 01-25-2015, 07:36 PM
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I like to dig out of mine with the mini. Don't know if you ever do that bit I wouldn't want to do with aluminum with or without a liner.
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Old 01-25-2015, 07:39 PM
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Maybe go with stainless steel?
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Old 01-25-2015, 11:39 PM
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I have a ford f750 with a alumium body. I love it I plywood the inside and I'm always breaking out concrete and putting it in the truck. I don't throw it in like a mad man I drop it in easy. I also had the truck body custom build from a company called TRANSTAR body.
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Old 01-25-2015, 11:41 PM
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I do like the idea of lining it. Do you guys just line the floor or drop sides as well?
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Old 01-25-2015, 11:43 PM
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I do like the idea of lining it. Do you guys just line the floor or drop sides as well?
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I plywood the sides i never did the floor. I have pictures of the truck some where on here
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Old 01-26-2015, 12:10 AM
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Oh really? I would've thought the floor would've been more important... What do you haul mostly?
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Old 01-26-2015, 12:36 AM
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I have a ford f750 with a alumium body. I love it I plywood the inside and I'm always breaking out concrete and putting it in the truck. I don't throw it in like a mad man I drop it in easy. I also had the truck body custom build from a company called TRANSTAR body.
did you have good luck with transtar took them 3 months to get back to me needless to say i went with another company
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