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Old 02-14-2017, 05:01 PM   #15
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Longbed for me...

I tow a 30ft. Excella with a GMC 2500 long bed double cab. It CAN be a handful to back and maneuver the trailer in smaller campgrounds as I am solo. But... just be careful and take it slow and I have always been able to get into my spot... eventually... sometimes it is a lot of forward and back...

It IS a pain in the ass to park around town... gets only 12 MPG... etc. etc. I do not use it as a daily driver, but I do drive it quite a bit... it just rides nice with the long bed...


I like the long bed because as many others have already said...

1. It is more stable going down the road and rides better I think (though good tires, like my Michelins, also make a difference.)

2. I like the larger 37 gas tank... my range before fueling is almost 400 miles when towing (I has a gasser).

3. I have a camper shell and like the idea of having plenty of room for "stuff" as well as some canoe carriers for my ten foot canoe.

Long beds are hard to find these days... but, everyone has to evaluate their own situation... a new truck is a LOT of money these days... think carefully about it... if I had it to do over, I would still get the long bed...
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Old 02-14-2017, 05:36 PM   #16
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Gotta go the long bed!

Ever notice how cabover tractors have just about all disappeared (except UPS) and been replaced with long nosed tractors?
First reason is the elimination archaic length laws
Second reason...longer wheelbase, better ride. (Big time)
40 yrs over the road...I'm going for comfort! There is always some place to park!
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Old 02-14-2017, 06:32 PM   #17
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I love our longbed! Check out this thread for more opinions.

F250 SuperCab or Crew Cab - TV length parking lot issues?
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Old 02-15-2017, 07:27 AM   #18
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Who hoo!

Drove new F250 Powerstroke Platinum Crewcab, longbed home last night! Planning ahead for bigger AS. It's rated for 14,400 lbs - it's going to laugh at my current FC20! Thanks for your comments! Couldn't pass by the deal on a 2016!
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Old 02-15-2017, 09:01 AM   #19
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We've had Ram 1500 120" wheelbase and 140" wheelbase. They both ride really nice, but the short wheelbase pitches much more over rises in the road, like speed bumps or railroad crossings. Highway driving the same.

Both trucks are rock solid stable on the highway, crosswind or semi traffic, no difference with our Hensley/ProPride style hitch. No difference because trailer yaw movements don't happen, are stabilized at the rear axle. The front axle doesn't come into play.

The significant difference is maneuverability, the short wheelbase make the trailer much easier to maneuver, and the truck easier to maneuver on its own, especially noticeable in city driving.

We do most of our home hauling chores with our utility trailer. Carries more weight and much, much easier to load/unload.
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Old 02-15-2017, 05:31 PM   #20
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We've had Ram 1500 120" wheelbase and 140" wheelbase. They both ride really nice, but the short wheelbase pitches much more over rises in the road, like speed bumps or railroad crossings. Highway driving the same.

Both trucks are rock solid stable on the highway, crosswind or semi traffic, no difference with our Hensley/ProPride style hitch. No difference because trailer yaw movements don't happen, are stabilized at the rear axle. The front axle doesn't come into play.

The significant difference is maneuverability, the short wheelbase make the trailer much easier to maneuver, and the truck easier to maneuver on its own, especially noticeable in city driving.

We do most of our home hauling chores with our utility trailer. Carries more weight and much, much easier to load/unload.


You have been reading way too much Hensley hitch propaganda.You are starting to sound like a living brochure..................do they pay you to write this stuff on this forum?
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Drove new F250 Powerstroke Platinum Crewcab, longbed home last night! Planning ahead for bigger AS. It's rated for 14,400 lbs - it's going to laugh at my current FC20! Thanks for your comments! Couldn't pass by the deal on a 2016!
Congratulations! You will love it, especially the exhaust brake and tow/haul mode even when not towing.
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A good trick on a long pickup is to add a front receiver. Then if there is a really nice small campsite you want to get into, you can.
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