Dodge 3500 dually bed bed height

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by brucec32, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I'm toying with the idea of getting a regular cab dually 3500 with the 8' bed and using a full width ramp (removing the tailgate) in lieu of towing a trailer around all day. I have had a few access and parking problems with trailers and a shorter compact setup might be best for my 100% maintenance (90% mowing) operation.

    I felt the added stability of the dual rear wheels and larger weight capacity would make it a safer alternative to a 1500 series type pickup. stripper Reg cabs are also fairly cheap these days. The resale picture also seems attractive on the HD trucks from my limited research.

    I've used the ramp in the past (load is carried by the trailer hitch) with no problems loading unloading, it's just like driving up a trailer ramp, only a little steeper.

    One limitation however is how steep the approach angle is when loading a ZTR. To determine that I need to know how high off the ground the vehicle's bed is (w/o tailgate preferably, since they ride butt high) and figure out if my 8' ramp system is sufficiently long that it doesn't hang up the mower deck at the peak or drag the tail at the bottom of the ramp.

    I assume the heavier springed trucks sit higher, (this would be 2wd) but can't confirm it and haven't found the spec online yet.

    Also, does anyone know what a non diesel (hemi) powered version would get for fuel economy empty, loaded, and towing?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You will need way more than 8 feet of ramp, I figure. I have a dovetail on my 1500 and the 9 foot ramp is just right. I'm not sure the exact height of the dovetail; but, I'll measure it for you soon. I'll guess that a drw bed is a little bit higher than my set up. I have a non hemi 4.7 in my dodge and I get about 15 mpgs loaded... 17 if I really baby it. In a 3500, it's probably a bit less. Maybe 13 empty and 12 loaded.
     
  3. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
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    you can lower the rear of the truck (level it) and use airbags to maintain the ride height loaded.
     
  4. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
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    or buy an isuzu and be done with it.
     
  5. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
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    3500........i'd say 9-10mpg

    If you go this route scrap the bed and have a flatbed (say 8'x12') w/ dove installed. Do it right the first time.
     
  6. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I second this. You'll gain a lot of bed space, too.
     
  7. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
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    I've been thinking about it for my 2500HD........haven't decided and I'm different use (don't mow).....so I'm weighing in different ideas.
     
  8. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I love the looks of your new hd. I'd wait to get a couple of scratches on her before adding a bed... Then go aluminum.
     
  9. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
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    haha.........NOOOOOOOOOO NOOOOOOOOOO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.........not the new one! That is mine, ALL mine.

    I'm talking about my '02.
     
  10. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    An '02... Flatbed that old girl! Add underdeck boxes and they, alone, will give you as much storage as your stock bed.
     

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