How come pickup beds max out at 8 feet?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Darryl G, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    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.
     
  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    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.
     
  3. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    according to Ford motor company they were designed around the ability to carry standardized sized materials. 4x8 sheet plywood to be specific.
     
  4. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Back in the 60's, Dodge actually used a 9' bed on their 1 ton pickups.
     
  5. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
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    71 chevy longhorn had a 9' bed. beautiful truck. i would love to have a longer bed.
     
  6. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    They make 10' beds, I've seen them! They make bigger than that too!
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  7. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I think we're talking about stock truck beds and not aftermerket.
     
  8. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    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.

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  9. Darryl G

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