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Old 07-20-2004, 09:51 PM
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I'm just curious what kind of trucks you guys are driving (short or long) and why? I have a long bed and always will, as there are so many advantages to it. Carry three motorcycles in the bed, Haul more junk, they look much better, especially when jacked up, etc. etc. Of course this is my opinion. Let's hear it.
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Old 07-20-2004, 09:54 PM
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1 tonne...no choice there with duallys...only comes in long box...but even so i prefer the longbed trucks too...i also haul a 30+ 5th wheel around, so i gives me room for other stuff in the box

parking lots at malls dont think of us when they paint the lines for parking...but thats OK...iv been known to park on a toyota...(long story maybe another thread O/T topic...LOL)
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Old 07-20-2004, 09:57 PM
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i've got a little ford ranger 2wd regular cab with the 4 banger. i bought it because i used to live in the middle of nowhere and needed something that was fuel efficient but that i could haul small stuff with. now i live less than 3 miles from anything i need but i've kept it because it's been paid off for a few years now and it's still running fine. no truck payment = money for toys. it's not a strong pulling truck, but i can load two bikes in the back plus gear bags, gas tanks, ice chest, and a loading ramp. really, what else needs to fit?

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Old 07-20-2004, 09:58 PM
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the HOOTERS girls when you go raceing?....everyone should have room for a cheering section
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Old 07-20-2004, 10:00 PM
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well the one sitting in the passenger seat was my cheering section, then she gave up cheering and started riding with me.

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Old 07-20-2004, 10:02 PM
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long bed. if you're creative, you can stuff 4 bikes in the back. kinda involved process but it works.

but i just dont like the way a sidewards bike looks stuffed into a HUGE lifted truck... with a 5 foot bed :

i drive a Mazda 2.2l inline-4 with the long bed, and i can tie the YZ in there with about 8 inches to spare before the tire hits the gate. it also helps for hauling huge dirt loads to the middle of the desert to build Berms and whoop sections it rides so much better when the rubber bottoming cones are resting on the axle poor lil 4-popper

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Old 07-20-2004, 10:20 PM
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parking lots at malls dont think of us when they paint the lines for parking...but thats OK...iv been known to park on a toyota...(long story maybe another thread O/T topic...LOL)
We have the same story here...1 ton long bed...and comes in alot of handy....

i wont list what we have and haven't fit in it...

We hauled 10 16 foot 2x6's for our deck fine....even though the planks were twice as long as the bed...

now imagine those in a 5 or 6 foot bed...

And our dually is a land yacht....It takes up a minimum of 3 spots at walmart- 1.5 in each direction. Add our boat, lets not go there.

FYI in california, our truck actually had to pay the heavy vechicle tax when registering...and that applies to anything with a 10,000+ pound GVWR. So our trucks old (only 300,000 miles without any rebuilds), but it runs hard.

OK, heres the list of what HAS fit in it:
  • Lawn Mower
  • Go Cart
  • Satelite dish cut in half
  • 2 complete trees, cut apart

I'm sure theres more, thats just while we owned it (we're the third owners).

What it's towed (no relevance to topic, but thought i'd toss it in):
  • complete backhoe
  • 7,000 pound roadster and trailer
  • 8500 pound race vechile (type unknown)
  • 1000 pound boat
  • 500 pound dumpster
I'll stop ramblin now.....I still say longbeds (8') are much better than shortbeds (6').
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Long Bed only, for all the reason's you mentioned.
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Old 07-21-2004, 06:00 AM
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I guess I am going to be the odd man out I use a short bed. I have a bed extender if I need more room. But I just like the size of the Chevy ext cab short beds It fits me and I dont haul to much stuff that I need a lond bed. But thats just my opinion. I not saying I dont like long beds and they do look better but I dont really need one.
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Old 07-21-2004, 07:26 AM
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Long bed...I need to fit my fiddy and my raptor in there
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Old 07-21-2004, 07:32 AM
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1 tonne...no choice there with duallys...only comes in long box...
Not so. Ford makes the Super Duty in a Crew Cab short bed dually. It doesn't look too bad to be honest. I'd still prefer a long bed myself, but you can get one if you want it.
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Old 07-21-2004, 07:40 AM
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I use both of my dad's trucks. We have a 1/2 ton silverado i use to pull my little 12x6 enclosed practice trailor and on race day we use my dad's 04 duramax one ton to pull the 38' enclosed gooseneck trailor (air conditioned!)!!!
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Old 07-21-2004, 10:44 AM
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I prefer a long bed...but ANY truck would work for hauling the bikes around.
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Old 07-21-2004, 12:36 PM
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I like the long beds for so many reason, but whats with all the new SUTs with like 4 foot beds. The HUMMER H2 SUT has a 3 foot bed and it seems like a waste of design.

8 foot bed is always good to fit 1 bike and a quad then have some room for other stuff in the back.
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Old 07-21-2004, 12:41 PM
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it's not a strong pulling truck, but i can load two bikes in the back plus gear bags, gas tanks, ice chest, and a loading ramp. really, what else needs to fit?

-Z
Well Zack...before too long you'll hafta fit...the car seat, the diaper bag, the stroller, maybe one of those portable playpens.... Just teasin ya buddy.


Oh and...FWIW, we have a longbed. The extra space is worth it.
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Old 07-21-2004, 01:17 PM
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Short box, no question. I hate long box trucks. They're too hard to manuver around town and, IMO, they don't look nearly as good as a short box.

My ultimate truck would be a new Toyota Tacoma, 4x4, extended cab (without 4 doors though) and a short box with the v6. Can easily fit two bikes, gear and a cooler in the back plus the backseat has all the extra room you'll need for anything else. A truck like this is easy to drive around plus gets decent mileage.
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Old 07-21-2004, 01:32 PM
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I own a '97 F150 short bed and love the truck.

As for my next one, I am thinking again of the short bed with a quad cab, I just don't like the looks of a 4 door long bed truck, kinda looks like a flatbed semi going down the road, too big IMO.
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Old 07-21-2004, 02:22 PM
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I have a shortbed Chevy myself. I prefer it over the longbed becuase it is a heck of a lot easier to park and I think it looks better (mine is not raised). I don't know why 18" makes so much difference, but my dad has the long bed and we both dislike it in tight spots. I have yet to have been limited by bed length. I have carried 16' 4X12s using a bed extender, and 3 pallets of ceramic tile (that did have my 3/4 ton within a couple of inches of the stops though). You can carry three bikes if you want, it is just not as easy as it is with the long bed, so I use a trailer for more than two. The one thing I dislike about the shortbed is the smaller fuel tank, 26 gallons rather than 34.
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Old 07-21-2004, 02:28 PM
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Well Zack...before too long you'll hafta fit...the car seat, the diaper bag, the stroller, maybe one of those portable playpens.... Just teasin ya buddy.
Excuse me? I saw no mention of a PW50 or CRF50 in that list....
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Old 07-21-2004, 04:04 PM
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Ive only owned shortbeds. Shortbed with a bed xtender does the trick. Three bikes and all the gear, gas, coolers etc. no problem.
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