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Old 03-08-2011, 10:56 AM   #1
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Been hard at work doing some autocad, getting ready to build a flat bed for my truck and for my friends.

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It is goin on an 01 Ram Xcab 2500 4x4 that he uses to tow his 5th wheel

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Its going on my 72 Chevy dually
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Nice drawings and plans. Some day I'm going to spend the time to learn to do 3D in AutoCad.

I notice you have the hitch receiver built into the frame of the bed. Shouldn't that still be attached directly to the frame of the truck for strength? Any idea how much one of these will weigh compared to the stock pickup box?
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I like the look!! Keep us apprised. There's no shortage of eye candy beds around this town to see, is there?
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Nice drawings and plans. Some day I'm going to spend the time to learn to do 3D in AutoCad.

I notice you have the hitch receiver built into the frame of the bed. Shouldn't that still be attached directly to the frame of the truck for strength? Any idea how much one of these will weigh compared to the stock pickup box?
The box im building for my buddys truck will weigh about 4x what a regular bed will, but it is all going to be constructed out of 1/8" thick material.

The hitch will be stronger on the bed because the frame of the bed will be 1/4" thick material, it will bolt to the truck frame in 8 places down the leingth of the frame.

A standard reciever hitch only bolts in 6, and they are all at the back of the frame.
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I like the look!! Keep us apprised. There's no shortage of eye candy beds around this town to see, is there?
I live on the north side, so most of what I see over here is old junk, and new junk with stupid big wheels on it...
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The box im building for my buddys truck will weigh about 4x what a regular bed will, but it is all going to be constructed out of 1/8" thick material.

The hitch will be stronger on the bed because the frame of the bed will be 1/4" thick material, it will bolt to the truck frame in 8 places down the leingth of the frame.

A standard reciever hitch only bolts in 6, and they are all at the back of the frame.
Thanks for the information. Always trying to learn. We don't see many of the flatbeds up here in Wis. but, I like their look and the utility they offer.
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I see tool boxes on your flatbed. Will any of these be dedicated to generator storage? will it be permanantly mounted?

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I see tool boxes on your flatbed. Will any of these be dedicated to generator storage? will it be permanantly mounted?

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The tool boxes on my bed are simply for tool storage, as well on my buddys bed, his will also have an air compressor in it and a pair of 5 gallon tanks.
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