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C.B.

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Posted: 12/06/18 12:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I pull a 40' Cedar Creek with a 1-ton crew cab short box single rear wheel with Pullrite 16K Superglide hitch.

Short box reason.

Daily driver.

Fits in garage.

Fits in parking stalls.

I have no need for a 8' box.

I have a custom built tool box 39"L X 22"W X 5"D that sit between the hitch and tailgate, then rolls out over tail gate when it's down.

On each side of the tool box sit 2000 watt Honda's

In front of the Pullrite is 6 gallons of gas.

On each side of hitch is all the blocking I've ever needed.





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Posted: 12/06/18 02:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

1 ton 8ft. bed. You'll be happy.

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Thanks to everyone for the feedback, a lot of good info to consider.
If I hit that lotto this week....well then....
A dodge cummins 1 ton dually, and then the pick of whatever fifth wheel I want....... with that Harley on back... right. Wouldn't we all.

I've always enjoyed and hope to always learn more reading thru these forums and seeing other views,experiences and knowledge.
I'm sure I'll be posting further questions and pondering s.
Thanks again

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Posted: 12/06/18 02:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you want to pull get a long bed.

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What kind of a world do we live in when 1/2 ton trucks are coming with a 5 1/2 foot bed?

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Adding to this conversation, as another who is curious...

I understand that, as a daily driver, the SRW/Dually question can become a major consideration. I struggle to see the same disadvantages to the long bed, however. Short of garage fit, does having the shorter bed really make that much of a difference in 'around town' use of the truck? The cost is minimally different and, other than having to park a bit further out at a store, I can't imagine that 18" of vehicle is going to make that much of a difference beyond the size of ones garage.

So, while people have different perspectives on what tows well and doesn't, other than garage fit, what would be the reason one would choose a shorter bed?

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Posted: 12/06/18 07:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mickeyfan0805 wrote:

Adding to this conversation, as another who is curious...

I understand that, as a daily driver, the SRW/Dually question can become a major consideration. I struggle to see the same disadvantages to the long bed, however. Short of garage fit, does having the shorter bed really make that much of a difference in 'around town' use of the truck? The cost is minimally different and, other than having to park a bit further out at a store, I can't imagine that 18" of vehicle is going to make that much of a difference beyond the size of ones garage.

So, while people have different perspectives on what tows well and doesn't, other than garage fit, what would be the reason one would choose a shorter bed?


According to my kids, short beds look cooler, long beds are for geezers.

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Posted: 12/06/18 07:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I can't get everything I want to haul in a long bed, there's no way I'd want a short one. A long bed will ride better and usually have a larger fuel tank.
I drive a crew cab dually long bed every day for work. I take it thru drive thrus, I park it on the street and in parking lots. I drive it off road to off grid job sites in the mountains. It's no problem to get anywhere I need to go.
If they made a truck with a 10 foot bed I would buy it.

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Posted: 12/06/18 09:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You cannot have too much bed space!...


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Posted: 12/06/18 10:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A long bed doesn't fit in my garage. We get a lot of hail out here. So I can have a long bed golfball, or a short bed. I chose the short bed. Works just fine. For me, anyway. Not gonna claim it's the best choice for anyone else.

Really comes down to situation. What are ya gonna tow? Where do you need to park? What do you need to haul? Does size matter? Bigger is better, until it doesn't fit. [emoticon]

Just one of those things you've gotta work out for your use case....


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