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bed lengths

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by boonehockey, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. boonehockey

    boonehockey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    Im looking at used trucks. what bed length would be most usefull a far a holding tools and branches and whatever else. would a 8 ft bed be most efficient or a 6.5ft bed.
  2. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,511

    A bigger bed will hold more stuff.

    If you use the truck to plow in the winter....... nevermind just saw you are in Florida.
  3. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    Depends on application? with a longer wheelbase you get added towing & hauling capacity, and wider turing radius.

    Shorter wheelbase, you get a good turning radius, less towing & hauling capacity.

    It all comes down to what you want & can find & the price.

  4. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 37,804

    I cannot understand why anybody would waste money on anything less than a 8' bed. In my opinion, always get the best or biggest you can afford reasonably. However, if you're in the city, maybe a short bed would be okay. Out here in the county, you get laughed at if you can't haul an 8' 2x4.
  5. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Messages: 2,331

    our chevy is a short bed (6.5') and the difference in what you can haul with our 8' bed Ford is unbelievable. especially since the chevy has a toolbox mounted on there as well, your left with about 50 some inches of open bed.
  6. LewisLawn

    LewisLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 518

    I have a dodge dakota and it is a quadcab which gives it a really short bed but i can haul any hand held tool you can name in the bed even a string trimmer...yes i am limited to carrying other items like larger branches etc...but that is why i have a trailer...larger truck does offer you the ability to tow a larger trailer..but check regulations inyour area according to what you need in terms of brakes on truck and trailer
  7. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    The 8ft bed is good for working out of. I would only buy a short bed pickup if it was my personal truck.
  8. Hawg City Lawns

    Hawg City Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,070

    the longer the better

    NIXRAY LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 520

    Thats what she said :cool2:
  10. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,594

    That's what they all say.

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