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Old 02-14-2017, 07:06 AM   #1
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2016 F250 long bed?

Hi, looking at great deal on 2016 F250 crew cab long bed. Comments on long bed versus short for towing? Thank you!
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Old 02-14-2017, 07:42 AM   #2
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Shortbed...because your overall length effects making sharp turns.

With a Airstream behind you a shortbed is much easier to get in and out of fueling stations or to back in to RV spots.

Longbeds are what the 5th wheel guys all use. Not needed with Airstreams.

A shortbed is 6.5 feet in a F250. Plenty long.
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Old 02-14-2017, 07:55 AM   #3
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We have the long bed but we got it specifically for the storage (four bicycles plus the usual camping stuff.) While the long bed might be slightly better for down the road towing due to longer wheelbase, I suspect the difference in the real world is trivial. The short bed has a much shorter turning radius and is more practical as a daily driver. If you do get the short bed, make sure you get the larger fuel tank which is standard on the long bed but optional on the shorter beds.
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Old 02-14-2017, 08:01 AM   #4
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I want a long bed....I can put a motorcycle in it and shut the tailgate.
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Old 02-14-2017, 11:10 AM   #5
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I tow our vintage Overlander with an '88 Chevy long bed Silverado (single cab). The long bed tows well and gives us the advantage of carrying longer things and is a useful hauler when we need the extra cargo space it gives us which is pretty often. It helps to have heavy duty suspension in the rear.
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2016 F250 long bed?

Long box is more stable than the short box variant.I have never had any problem parking or maneuvering with trailer attached (we pull a 28ft)or without.You are very limited on cargo with a short box.
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I like the short bed, on our second short box crew cab ram ,2500 ,6.7... don't catty motorcycles or 4 wheelers....
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You are very limited on cargo with a short box.
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We’ve had both long bed and standard bed and have found the standard bed length to be much easier to park, especially in “todays” parking lots that seem to be designed for small cars...

I’ve also found that with a good hitch set-up, towing is no problem with a standard bed length. We tow a 34’ slide with a standard bed Chevy Silverado Duramax. A long bed would simply add more length...

I guess it would depend upon how much “stuff” you would want to carry with you. If we wanted to carry more, we’d add a camper top to the truck...
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Old 02-14-2017, 01:07 PM   #9
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What Moflash said. Once you're experienced driving it you know how to allow for the extra 18" length. Also, I like having all the room I need and the ability to load full sheets of plywood. I don't have experience with short beds but have read posts claiming the long bed rides better and I love the 37 gallon fuel tank.
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Old 02-14-2017, 01:20 PM   #10
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The long bed rides better because of the longer wheelbase. It will also give more stability than the short beds. The added length is not really a factor when it comes to maneuvering in parking lots, as long as you pay attention....

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Old 02-14-2017, 01:56 PM   #11
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Shortbeds look better with crewcabs and they sell better. Actually same length or longer than old longbeds of days gone by.

I had no choice when we wanted a Ram Megacab...no longbed offered. My wheelbase and overall lenght is just a few inches shy of a crewcab longbed. Love my Mega!
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Old 02-14-2017, 02:00 PM   #12
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It depends on the toys you have and what you want to carry in the bed. I'm kicking myself in the a$$ for getting a short bed truck. My motorcycle will not fit in the 6.5 bed, neither will our kayaks.

I would rather need a 40 acre field to turn around than having to take 2 vehicles everywhere we go.
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Old 02-14-2017, 02:42 PM   #13
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Longbed!!!!!

You will never regret getting the longbed. The extra length is negligible for driving and you will greatly appreciate the longer bed for hauling just about anything!!!
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Old 02-14-2017, 04:28 PM   #14
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I pulled our 25 foot with a 1/2 ton Chev with a short bed. When we bought the 28 foot we went to our 1 ton GMC dually, diesel, with a long bed. I do all the driving and frankly have not even noticed the difference - had not even thought about it. I am a 82 year old female without any unusual experience in driving and we have been all over the USA. You are going to have to be aware of conditions in pulling and parking the trailer with either length bed. I just see no problem with the longer bed - from my experience with both.
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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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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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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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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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