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a great stylish one for those with fashion conserns a link to


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A camper on a utility body is tricky. A much better solution is a flatbed with tool boxes mounted under and over the flatbed. The tool boxes can be moved around to fit the camper and tie downs as needed.
A utility bed has no provisions for camper tie downs. Some of the ones I've seen have it bolted on semi-permanently. Most stock utility bodies for a SRW truck are only 48" wide in the bed, not enough for most modern truck campers. Utility bodies for DRW trucks are a bit wider inside so some campers will fit.
However, pretty much every camper out there widens out behind where a normal truck bed's wheel wells are. Since utility beds don't widen out they must be modified to fit the camper.
As for height, most utility beds are taller than regular truck beds which also causes a problem. There are "low profile" beds that will work better.
Classy Chassis used to offer a custom TC utility bed. It was aluminum. I priced one maybe 8 years ago and it was around $15,000. I went with a $6,000 aluminum flatbed with tool boxes instead.

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Kayteg1 wrote:

specta is right.
but TC are like elephants.


Isn't that the truth. [emoticon]


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I like the link that "Suds" provided. That bed looks good + it looks to be lighter weight.
I always worry about the weight and a Utility bed would just compound that problem for me.

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Killingsworth wrote:

I like the link that "Suds" provided. That bed looks good + it looks to be lighter weight.
I always worry about the weight and a Utility bed would just compound that problem for me.

That depends.
The truck I bought with 10' UB was originally C &C, so not only much heavier rear axle, but also axle farther from the cabin, than regural beds have.
When that made some challenge fitting regural box on it, I did not have to worry about overloading the axle.





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Killingsworth wrote:

I like the link that "Suds" provided. That bed looks good + it looks to be lighter weight.
I always worry about the weight and a Utility bed would just compound that problem for me.


Those Sheptek beds are sweet, and they cost as much as newer camper !


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