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Old 09-15-2015, 12:31 AM   #1
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Question Newbie to Be... needing info....8' or 6' Truck Bed

New to all of this, so please help me out here.....Can I pull a 5th wheel with a 6' bed.....probably will buy a 2003 or so teton-or-a crossroads 2005-2007 seville......36'-40'...have not bought the truck yet either... looking to buy 2007-2009 ram 3500......I know it will be better to buy an 8'..... just want to know my limitations....
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Two tow vehicles , both Dodge short box trucks; 4 , 5th wheels and a manual slider 5th wheel hitch, in both trucks, that got moved once, in my years of towing.
The big thing to look for is the pin box on the 5er. A 5er with an extended pin box ( out front of the nose ) will be easier to handle with a short box.
But you will need a sliding hitch, manual or automatic.
JMHO: A 5er with a straight down pin , should be towed by a long box truck.
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imo save yourself lots of greef and get the 8' bed and have a great rv and have fun..
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Old 09-15-2015, 07:32 AM   #4
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Newbie to Be... needing info....8' or 6' Truck Bed

I have a 2014 Ford F-150 EcoBoost King Ranch with a 5.5' bed (max tow package) and I can pull my 2015 Keystone Laredo just fine. I had to put a sidewinder in my Reese hitch to make it work but it eliminated the need for a slider and I also used the rails that install under the bed so I still have full use of my truck bed when needed. Your RV dealer won't sell you something that won't work, or should I say any reputable dealer wouldn't. Especially if they are installing it. As far as limitations it'll come down to what the truck can handle not the bed length. With a 6' you will find a lot more options than I did and it will be much easier on your wallet than mine. My dealer told me that with a 6' bed I could have pretty much done whatever I wanted but with a 5.5' I was very limited on what would work. Good Luck!
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The long bed will give you two extra feet of storage space. Yes, it will also cost you a couple hundred pounds weight penality. But overall the advantages of no expensive slider hitch, worries about taking out your rear window, added storiage, better ride more than makes up for any negatives people come up with. Besides I need the exercise walking from the far end of a parking lot the long bed dually offers me!
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Old 09-15-2015, 11:44 AM   #6
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Start off right, go long bed. No special hitch and you will have a usable bed with hitch removed. Longer bed means better ride quality.
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I'm looking at the same options. I am nearly set on 2013 Ram 3500 (SRW v DRW will be decided by which trailer we end up buying). I just don't know whether I want the CC or Mega cab. With 3 kids I am leaning toward the Mega cab and trading some bed space for extra space behind the rear seats. But I need to how the shorter bed will limit me.
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I'm looking at the same options. I am nearly set on 2013 Ram 3500 (SRW v DRW will be decided by which trailer we end up buying). I just don't know whether I want the CC or Mega cab. With 3 kids I am leaning toward the Mega cab and trading some bed space for extra space behind the rear seats. But I need to how the shorter bed will limit me.
Have you compared the two back seats? IMHO the back seat of the CrewCab is huge.

You will loose a lot of usable space in the bed.

You just won't regret a long bed truck!
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I put more stuff in my bed toolbox then what could fit behind the seat of the megacab. Get the long box CC.
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imo save yourself lots of greef and get the 8' bed and have a great rv and have fun..
I agree.I have had both short bed trucks I am ever owning,First & Last.
I am set in my ways and if its not a 8ft bed,its not a pickup truck, short beds are just a squirrel shooter.
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It is a 6'8" bed if you get a mega cab you are a few inches shorter then a long bed. My buddy has a long bed and his rid is no better then mine and mine is fwd. His is 2wd. .Most newer fivers it is not a problem.
Besides short beds look much cooler ! IMHO
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I carry too much gear in my bed to use a short (6'4") bed, and especially a Mega Cab (6') length. The short beds do look cooler but if you want a bed that is useful, get the long bed.
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My long bed is more usable than my previous short bed.

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I agree if you need working space get an 8' bed. A Mega cab is 6' 4" bed.
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