Originally Posted by 450Donn
I guess I have to ask why would you sacrifice and go for a short bed when the extra 2 feet gains you a smoother ride more storage/hauling space?
Lots of folks live "up north" where wintertime is a challenge, so they want to park the pickup in the garage. But a lot of long-bed pickups won't go in a garage and still allow you to close the garage door.
Most tract-home garages are 18' to 20' long. Most big cars are less than 18' long, and most garages were built for big cars, not long pickups. My '99.5 F-250 CrewCab pickup was over 22' long, so it wouldn't fit in a 20' garage. I have a 24' deep garage, and that pickup just barely fit in it with the garage door closed.
The current F-150 SuperCrew (crew cab) is available only with a 5.5' or 6.5' bed. If you want an 8' bed, then you cannot have a crew cab. But I want a SuperCrew, so I ordered my F-150 SuperCrew with the 6.5' bed. Even that is rare, as most SuperCrews have the 5.5' bed. Because they fit in a normal big-city garage and still have a nice back seat for a bunch of kids? Yes, this is on topic, because more and more people want to tow a small 5er with an F-150 SuperCrew that has the Heavy Duty Payload option. I have even towed my 8,000-pound 25' 5er with my F-150 that doesn't have the HD Payload option, but I was severely overloaded.