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Anyone flatbed truck owners?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by 2k1yzfr1, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. 2k1yzfr1

    2k1yzfr1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 539

    I am in the process of finding a better way of doing shrub/bed work and light landscaping (mulch). I currently have a 03 2500 shortbed dodge that is hooked to a 20' enclosed trailer with everything I need in it. Whenever we do mulch or trim shrubs we use my brothers F-250 shortbed with a 16' 2' sided open trailer. I have been looking at a F-450 or 550 with a 10'-12' flatbed and putting some type of 2'-3' removable sides on it. Does anyone have any pictures of something similar to this set up? What is the biggest bed I could put on a 1 ton long bed truck? :confused:
  2. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    It all depends on how much weight you want to haul. A F-450 is good for 6000lbs a F-550 is good for 7500lbs a F-350 is good for 4000lbs.

    A regular dually P/U truck with the bed removed can only use a 9' flatdeck that is 8 feet wide. Also if you use a P/U truck and take the box off you need to have a custom made deck built because the frame rails are not straight and they are wider apart.
  3. 2k1yzfr1

    2k1yzfr1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 539

    I really don't plan on having that much weight in the truck. Most of our trips to the dump averages 2500-4000 lbs at the max. I am just needing more space in the bed for lawn debris and shrub clippings than this 6' bed is offering.
  4. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    I don't have any pictures of the old company truck I used to drive. It had a 11 foot flat bed. It had 2x12's for the sides. Under the bed were couple of tool boxes for straps etc.

    It was a 1991 F350 with 7.3 Diesel.
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    I would go with a 1 ton truck if your only hauling that kind of weight. It will be cheaper to insure and cheaper to operate. The F-450 sized trucks can get expensive and depending on your regulations you may need a motor carrier plate because of the gvw.

    If you go with a aluminum bed on a F-350 sized truck you will have enough payload or go with a steel bed and stay way with adding toolboxes and heavy additions to the bed.

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