Long or Short Bed?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by Kennedy Landscaping, Oct 22, 2008.

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When you buy a truck, what length of bed do you prefer?

  1. Gotta Be An Eight Footer

    62.7%
  2. Six And A Half Works For Me

    30.1%
  3. Don't Really Matter

    6.0%
  4. I Use A Van

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. I Use My Car

    1.2%
  1. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
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    A short wheelbase is less stable while towing.
     
  2. deere615

    deere615 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,676

    Long bed no doubt about, especially if you get into landscaping and such. Only way I would buy a short bed is if it was a dailydriver to the shop and stuff. But I will always have a long bed also
     
  3. PlatinumLandCon

    PlatinumLandCon LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,315

    I overload my 6.5' already.... 8' would be killer. Plus, the truck looks better with SB
     
  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    i wish i had an 8foot bed
     
  5. stroker51

    stroker51 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 819

    My daily driver and the truck i'm gonna be plowing with is a short bed, but it's a crew cab 3/4 ton so an 8' would make it huge, i had a dually like that, no more of those for daily drivers. My mow truck has an 8' bed, and that usually isn't enough. Eventually I would like to retire my 96 from everday duty and get a Super Duty F350 4x4 diesel dually regular cab with a 12' flatbed and hoist, it'd be a good all around truck for mowing, mulch, landscape, tree and shrub work, and to haul the salt spreader. For a work truck, at least an 8'. If I had to have only one truck it would either be the one I just described or a Super Duty 250/350 4x4 diesel regular cab with an 8' bed.
     
  6. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 2,246

    for work 8'. personal is a 6', which i prefer for a dd (POV) unless its a regular cab.
     
  7. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,084

    The bigger the better is what she always says.
     
  8. KGR landscapeing

    KGR landscapeing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,544

    i think anybody who buys a 6 needs to have there head checkd but then again what do i know i cut grass and plow snow.
     
  9. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,121

    I had a short bed, and wanted a long bed, for all the stated reasons. Now, I bought the long bed, and now want to buy a longer trailer. I am realizing that in some developments, a longer trailer with my long bed will not fit between the driveways of my customers and my neighbors. If I had gotten a short bed, another 2' on the trailer would make it fit just so. The only thing that goes in the back of my truck are a chemical tank when I am spraying, and sticks and crap that I pickup throughout my day. I didn't really need a long bed.
     
  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    My 4-door S-10 for go getting, small jobs, only has a 4.5 foot, barely enough room to fit a shovel in it at an angle. I made up for it with an 8 foot trailer.

    My Dump truck has an 8 foot bed, works great.
     

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