short bed vs regular size

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Keegan, Jan 16, 2007.

  1. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Posts: 606

    I'm looking for a used pickup with an extended cab. Most I find are short beds. Does anyone have them and are they working out for you?
  2. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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  3. Potchkins

    Potchkins LawnSite Senior Member
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    it depends how you will be using it?
  4. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    For my particular applications it is working out just fine. I also have a aluminum storage rack in my short bed ext cab as well. If you are going to be plowing with the truck in tight quarters (parking lots, convenience malls, etc) then IMHO the shorter the better. We have another SB truck but with crew cab. Our personal experience is the added 2-2.5 feet makes in that much harder to plow in tight quarters with.

    On the other hand if you are going to want to be placing 8' pieces of lumbar (say sheet rock/plywood) than a long bed will be better since the whole sheet will fit in the bed with the tailgate closed. At present we have to lean plywood and the like on an angle to get it to fit in the truck.

    Again, as previous poster says its all about what you use it for.
  5. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,381

    Yep, it all depends what you will use it for. I like my Ram 1500 long bed when I make lumber runs to Menards for all my projects, also when hauling leaves, more room.
  6. asjgabries

    asjgabries LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    Short Bed sucks. I have one and I hate it.
  7. Shopkeeper

    Shopkeeper LawnSite Member
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    I worked out of a shortbed Toyota Pickup ('94) last season carrying around 2 21 inchers, 2 weed eaters, 2 blowers, 2 gas cans, and various other items and although it was tight it worked just fine. Tight isn't always bad because with it being so tight it kept things from moving around.

    However, I must tell you that since I am upgrading equipment this season to a 36 inch mower I will be using a trailer simply because loading that mower in and out of such a small bed would be a PITA.

    Like all of the others have said, it's all about what you use it for.
  8. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Posts: 2,574

    I only like regular beds on regular cabs, I need a crew cab and an 8' bed is too long, plus I don't like how they look, I am able to work fine with the short bed....

    You should check out a ramp system for that Toyota.......the ones that replace the tailgate.....I use to mow with a 36" in the bed of a toyota... worked great...

  9. jkingrph

    jkingrph LawnSite Senior Member
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    Have a Ford F 250 diesel crew cab long bed 4x4. Ride is fantastic, better than wife's Mercury Marquis with air suspension. Down side is that it is a pia to manuver in tight places. Like the room and ride so for me it's worth it.
  10. Shopkeeper

    Shopkeeper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 85

    No chance you can get me a link to the ramp you used is there? Or maybe some quality ramps that you know of?

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