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Old 08-21-2017, 05:33 PM   #1
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Long bed or standard bed?

Hi there,
We are planning to full time with a 27' AS and pull it with a 3/4 ton pickup, probably diesel. We will have a cap on our truck and it will function as a garage and toy room. There will be at least 2 mountain bikes, 2 backpacks, 2 inflatable paddle boards. Probably need some room in there for some portable solar panels and/or a (gasp!) generator. Do I need a long bed or can all of this be crammed in to a standard? I am guessing a bedslide is in order.. Anyone have any experience/input to share? Thanks in advance!

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Old 08-21-2017, 06:36 PM   #2
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Wow, that's a lot of stuff. Seems pretty obvious that you would do better with the longer bed but please watch your payload.

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Old 08-21-2017, 07:17 PM   #3
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Seconding Kendrick. For full timing with all thatband what will likely grow the long bed seems like an obvious choice. I definitely couldn't do that in my short bed.
I'd skip the bedslide. It's nice but adds weight and takes up quite a bit of space imho.
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Old 08-21-2017, 08:37 PM   #4
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Get the long bed and the heavy payload option.
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Old 08-21-2017, 08:46 PM   #5
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IMHO the long bed is the better choice.
Might be a little tough to park in some of the mall lots, but well worth the inconvenience.
Also IMHO longer wheel base TV' s make for more stable towing experience.
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Old 08-21-2017, 09:00 PM   #6
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What do you mean by "standard"? The long bed is usually 8', the short bed on a 2-door truck is 6.5' I think, and the short bed on a quad cab truck is about 5.5'.

I'd go with the 8' bed. If you have a lot to haul, you're going to fill it up quickly. I've had one of each (8 foot, 6.5 foot, 5.5 foot), and I definitely like the 8' bed the best when it comes to cramming all of your stuff in there. To account for the increased length of the bed, I went with a single cab truck. It has a better turning radius than the quad cab with the 5.5' bed I had previously.

I haven't had a bed slide, but they look really nice for getting to the stuff in the front. But again, they add weight and take away from the amount of toys you can haul.

Best of luck!
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Old 08-21-2017, 10:52 PM   #7
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Long bed or standard bed?

I like my standard bed. I use a DECKED storage system for gear and bikes. Works for me.

For our family of 4 I typically pack cycling gear, hiking gear, fishing gear, bikes, generator, tools and some other odds and ends.

The drawers run the length of the bed and slide out pretty far. Keeps your stuff dry and clean.
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Old 08-22-2017, 02:21 AM   #8
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Don't know which model your looking at, but it takes an 8' bed in a Ford to get the 48 gallon tank. Last fill up said 920 miles to empty.

As stated earlier, watch payload, went shopping for 3/4 ended up with a 350, payload for 3/4 optioned was 2000lbs, 1 ton 3600lbs, price was virtually the same.
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Old 08-22-2017, 04:02 AM   #9
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I have enjoyed the functionality and convenience of an open top long bed truck, but for security and keeping things dry, it was time for a camper top. I found a perfect fit topper on craigslist last week and instead of a bed slide, I made a hook pole and tossed a small ladder and some kneeling pads in the back. If I were buying new, Id look at the door/windows. When we carry bicycles, Ill probably put them on the front hitch.
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Old 08-22-2017, 06:06 AM   #10
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Obviously the longer bed is the better choice for carrying much so much stuff, but if you are not already familiar with using a truck as a daily driver, it will have a downside in terms of parking issues - especially if you have the crew cab arrangement.

We have a crew cab with the shorter bed and it can be bad enough! Granted you will get used to it - to a degree. When we got shopping I immediately go straight to looking for an empty end of like spot far from the mall doors!

I suppose a single cab would help, but we like the crew cab feature a lot - occasional extra passengers, more convenient and secure storage.

Do the bikes have to go in the truck bed? there are other options.
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Old 08-22-2017, 12:36 PM   #11
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I have a short bed...sure wish I had a long bed ! With a cap that has opening side windows that flip up...and a full slide too. Thats what I will get next time !
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Old 08-22-2017, 12:38 PM   #12
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I would skip the bed slide
with everything in there AND the bikes it probably won't work anyway. I had a cap on mine when I went "homeless" for 18 months. I put a hitch on the front of the truck and carried two bikes up front.
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Old 08-22-2017, 01:40 PM   #13
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Long bed or standard bed?

I have a long bed crew cab diesel. I bought the long bed solely to carry dirt bikes and street motorcycles. Both towing and solo.

The pluses are that a long bed wheelbase makes for a very stable towing experience and hold a ton of stuff. The minuses are parking (can't park in any garage) and turning radius, which is felt when backing the trailer into a spot in a crowded or tight park or one with a narrow road, as sometimes you have to crank the wheel hard and the front swings way out. I have no choice as the motorbikes won't fit a short bed.
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Long bed and crew cab. We needed the crew cab for passengers, but even if we didn't I'd get it for the extra lockable storage capacity. I frequently use our truck for short trips (having 6 drivers in the family necessitates that!) and have never have a problem parking or driving, even in the city.

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