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Old 10-05-2007, 08:03 PM   #1
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Service bed that looks like a normal bed

A few weeks ago I was passed by an F 250 and it took a moment to register that it had a service bed on it.

The exterior sheet metal had the same body lines as a stock bed and it was the same width and hieght. It had access doors on the outside. The inner bed was narrower.

I have not been able to find that bed on the internet. Anybody have any ideas or knowledge?
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Although I may not be of any use in you're search - I have seen one of these. The one I saw was on my pest control service guys truck. From afar it looked like any other F-250 bed but with visable lines from the access doors. Up close the bed was only 4 feet wide (enough for a sheet of plywood). His was from a power company sale in Florida, it was rusting out badly. The lower compartments had holes in the floors. It was after market for sure - the white paint did not match the cab exactly. The cab was not rusting.

Anyway, I had the same thoughts - very cool idea just this model had issues with lasting very long.
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Old 10-05-2007, 08:18 PM   #3
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You can buy the F-250 and up sans truck bed. Just a cab and frame.
I suspect it is aftermarket.
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Any ford dealer knows about those. I have seen them around the OC as well. Looks cool and has lots of storage if you don't need a full width bed.
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Milo;
A plumber friend of mine has one of those beds. Real nice looking-and he says pricey!Holds a ton of stuff his is on a Chevy duramax/allison. Sweet truck.
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Old 10-05-2007, 08:39 PM   #6
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I already have the truck so that bed would be the way to go for storing all the equipment (junk) we use to tow and maintain the truck and trailer.

I like the open top and stock look of that bed.

Hey DG, Ask him who made it.
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Well, if you can wait until morning, I will call my pest control guy, they work weekends. He should be able to look at the tag and give me some info to start your search.
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I already have the truck so that bed would be the way to go for storing all the equipment (junk) we use to tow and maintain the truck and trailer.

I like the open top and stock look of that bed.

Hey DG, Ask him who made it.
Milo,
One of the contractors that is pretending to work on our house right now has a set of 2 drawers on the floor of his truck bed. They pull out the entire length of his short bed,with the tailgate down. Above is a regular flat floor, still offering 4ft+ width, and full length of the original truck bed. Another good solution to keep items organized, without changing the entire truck bed. ($$$)
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Well, if you can wait until morning, I will call my pest control guy, they work weekends. He should be able to look at the tag and give me some info to start your search.
That would be great! Thank you.
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Adding to Uwe's comment...

Hello all -

Adding to Uwe's comment, I was recently at an Open House of a certain federal agency that does NOT have to account for every penny of tax payer dollars they spend on whatever, to any degree of certainty....

And while there I saw no less than 6 of those beds Uwe decribes.... Full length slide out over the tailgate with full boxes below & above, within the 'cap' section. 4 on Dodge's and 2 on Chevy's. They were packing SERIOUS weight (lots of HomelandSec. gear, as well as BIO attack gear) as the fronts were VERY light while the load series F's were groaning quietly - remember, 'they' CAN hear EVERYTHING!!!!

Since the units looked stock when not deployed - helpful when not trying to alarm the tax payers - I asked what the cost might be. Guy had NO idea but allowed that they were likely 'expensive' and took quite a bit to mount to the body. They were all custom fabricated for the specific gear that was loaded - one had 'jaws-of-life' along with a compressor/hydraulic unit that they guy said 'could cut a bridge abutment in 3 minutes'. One had a bomb robot loaded in the rear with all the attendant radios, anteneas and etc - all LOW mounted in a slight recess that popped proud & visible when the tail was opened... VERY cool! One guy that worked on the Dodge unit said the install was 8 working days to do, plus paint! Didn't have a manu label (I looked).

Anyway, VERY cool units, that looked stock from the side and rear until needed/deployed, but sorry, no further info other than that they are out there. Best of luck with your search.

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Milo; spoke with the plumbers daughter, he's on bacation!
When I scrapped my flatbed work truck and went to an extended cab pickup, I tried using the crossover box; pain in the butt.
I quickly switched to sideboxes, these had plenty of room for rotohammers, drills, anchors, tool etc and free'd up the lenght of the truck bed again.I looked at the drawer floor units but they did not seem to be ucefull for my business. Good if you needed storage for misc parts like an electrician or finish carpenter.
I'm only adding this info as you might think of other avenues to explore after you get over the sticker shock of the service beds you're speaking about.!!
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I'm pretty certain that when these custom jobs are done to the vehicles, the shop has to post a "modified vehicle" statement (ala sticker) somewhere on the truck. On my work van, it's inside the door next to the factory sticker.

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I didn't hear that. As much as I want to. A guy with three Harleys, two Military vehicles a truck, two cars and a trailer can only bring home so much before his spouse loses her sense of humor.

Now if you can convince her she wants it...
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Good News and Bad News

OK - I called and he read the sticker off the bed:

ROYAL TRUCK BODIES INC., Paramont, CA 1-800-834-7692.


Now the bad news, the bed rusted out so badly that they were looking for a standard bed as a replacement. They need a talgate and the company said it was discontinued and no longer available from them.

Give them a call and see whats up - maybe they have a newer model.
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