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sayoung

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Posted: 07/14/21 07:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cummins12V98 wrote:

Sell the utility bed and throw on a flat bed setup to tow a 5er.

Exactly the thing todo. Service beds simply too tall .
I've spent many an hour driving a truck with a service bed.

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Don't kid yourself, salt air near the ocean eats metal like Pac-Man. Service bodies are especially susceptible to rust but as the OP would toss it that's out of play.
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Highway Products makes some killer aluminum flat beds with multiple storage options. They will build you exactly what you want. The price is a bit brutal, but they are very nice.


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BurbMan wrote:

mkirsch wrote:

Those service bodies are nowhere near as resistant to rust as a conventional body. They're usually rotten inside, hinges seized.


Since the OP is in Florida, I don't think he'll see the same rust issues on used trucks that you see in upstate NY where they salt the roads in the summer too....

By "solved" I think the OP is agreeing with the multiple suggestions to simply replace the service body with a flat bed and sell the service body.


Spent much time by the coast? Rust is like the Midwest light. Sure interior vehicles just get sun baked. Coastal vehicles down south are about the worst combo of sun/heat and salt damage all wrapped up in one neat package.


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And OP, any of those municipal specials, if they’re gassers, aside from being generally kinda beat up, won’t tow worth a ____.
We have a few of those clunkers in the fleet and a 10 year old Chevy gasser 2500 tows better. They’re gutless!

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