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Old 11-17-2007, 09:40 AM   #15
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Fitting in the garage was an issue with me. My 07 Tundra Double Cab has the 6.5 foot bed. I have about 3 inches of space with the door closed.
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Old 11-17-2007, 10:15 AM   #16
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I faced the same dilemna when we bought the DA CC. We were also going from a Burb, and have owned a few SB trucks in the past, but never a long bed. I was tempted to go long this time, but keep in mind with GM trucks in the 3/4 ton-it is actually a 6.5 ft SB (6 ft in the 1/2 ton). We are happy with the SB, it does NOT turn as tight as the Burb did, I would not want to deal with an 8" bed! Unless you have something specific like a Harley, golf cart, etc. I would stick with the 6.5' bed.
BTW; the DA CC is an easy switch from the Burb, we love ours, and find it more flexible than the Burb (firewood, loam, etc...). If we could justify 2 large vehicles, we would still own the Burb...but if I have to pick one; the CC wins...

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Old 11-17-2007, 10:39 AM   #17
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I'm with the long bed quad cab boys. With a transverse truck box for tools and spares, two side boxes for kayak gear, a tote for beach gear and barbeque stuff, a 32 gallon sewer tote, and a rolled up carpet for outside the Airstream, there's no way I would want a shorter bed. And, as 2Air said, the long wheelbase makes for a good tow vehicle.
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Old 11-17-2007, 01:26 PM   #18
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I towed with a 92 dodge regular cab 8' bed and had good sucess pulling a 34'. I have since bought a 06 dodge mega cab with a 6' bed which has a longer wheel base than the 92. It is as long as a quad cab with an 8' bed. The longer wheelbase does make a difference. I didn't think I would like giving up the 2' of length in the bed but as I carry camping gear it just means I have less distance to crawl when retrieving items. My advice would be to go for as long a wheelbase as you can.
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Old 11-17-2007, 01:33 PM   #19
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Concur with the long bed folks. I drive/tow with an F350, crew cab, long bed, 4WD with the off road package. I don't have any problem parking and I am convinced the extra length makes for better towing.
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Old 11-17-2007, 06:53 PM   #20
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I cannot make a u turn on a 4 lane divided highway, it takes a minimum of 3 lanes and this is with or without the trailer. Same goes for parking rarely can I turn into a parking spot. I usually pull in back up and pull the rest of the way in, backing in is much easier. For me the long wheelbase is the choice for towing, my mini van is much easier to park.
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Old 11-17-2007, 07:10 PM   #21
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Our D-Max 6-passenger crew cab has the 8 foot box to carry our tandem bikes. The truck's 22+ feet long, about the same length as our AS, so the tail never wags the dog. Parking's not a problem because we always park at the far end of the lot....out in the open in two spaces.
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Old 11-18-2007, 10:17 AM   #22
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6.5 bed for CC DA

My dealer talked me out of the 8 ft box when I ordered the truck. GM was suppost to have the 4 wheel stearing in the 3/4 T 4x4 trucks by then, and I would have ordered the long bed with that combo.. But for the long wheel base. CC, I went with the 6.5, bed rug and cover. It works fine to carry all of the out door gear that one doesn't like to put in the AS. With a AS step receiver, a lift gate door, I can jump into the bed without a problem to pull out any of the gear I need without busting my chops.

Unless one has to have the capacity of an 8 ft bed, I see very little reason to add that much more wheel base to horse around. It's bad enough as is and I do find lots of curbs also.
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I am not an expert but with a 31 classic a larger vehicle such as what you are looking for is needed. We looked at the f250 series with the 8 foot box and it would not fit in our very large 3 stall garage. Too long. It is the main reason we went the 28 safari. Lots of living room with a UBW of just 5700 lbs. The f150 crew cab with short box just pulled her 7900 miles and did a great job. I would suggest the shortes box they make however, for parking if anything.
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Old 11-20-2007, 08:42 AM   #24
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Hi Fred, what's that????
Got any pix or a link?

You can pm me so we don't hijack...

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Old 12-16-2007, 07:14 PM   #25
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ARE MX series Truck Topper!

Bill, the ARE model MX is the only truck topper with that rear lift door option. I love the way it works, a step from the hitch stepper and your in the bed.Click image for larger version

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Old 12-16-2007, 08:21 PM   #26
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Talking Go Long....

what 2air said.....i feel the same...

my last 3 trucks have been long beds...my current is a F350 SD CrewCab (4 full doors) dual rear wheels and an 8 foot bed....22 ft...oooo it diesel as well....only an XL model because it is just a work truck for me.....

this one of the most stable and comfortable trucks i have driven...this rolls along like a "couch" at 80 mph.....i park in the open lots....at walmarts i just park within walking distance or near the garden center....

that 2 feet make a nice difference...
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Old 12-18-2007, 08:29 AM   #27
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Decision made and purchase complete

I want to give thanks for the expert real-time advise I received from all the veterans on this thread. I bought a 2007.5 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crew Duramax short bed (6.6'). GMC is offering 0% so being over my lease mileage in the 3/4tn burb I chose to get out early throw the few remaining payments other than the pull-ahead into the 0% financing for 60mos.


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Old 12-18-2007, 08:47 AM   #28
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Test drive decision on new TV

I drove a long bed silverado with 4x4 but w/o the Z71 option and it did have a nicer down the road ride than the the shorter bed GMC. I felt it was a little slower the color was nicer but the wife freeked at the length! It was silver birch with black interior. She could not stop looking at the tire well gap wheel well with the 16" tires being obscene. The GMC we bought is black(slim pickings were only left at this point) the black merges with the space and you dont notice the gap. The GMC is an SLT Z71 so it has heated seats, turned out to be important for my wife's bad back. I also am turning around to getting used to the color.

On driving her home for the 65 mile trip I was elated to find I was getting 20-21mpg on the turnpike. The second day around town went down to 15mpg. Brand new means nothing but the burb averaged 10.5-12.5mpg.
I am installing today bed rug,bed rail, and soft toneau cover. I ordered a Leer XQ topper but the mold has just been finished for the GMC new body, so it will be a while before I will get delivery. I will reinstall the prodigy brake controller and put in a license plate rear video camera and then a wired one to the back of the AS. The soft cover is better than husky contracter bags! Next week we leave for Topsail.

I am most interested in knowing if an air intake mod and computer chip programming is something to look at now. There is a strong possibility that biodiesel production will be added to my back yard.
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