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Old 06-17-2021, 04:53 PM   #1
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Benefits of long bed trucks?

Hi, I keep going back and forth in my head about whether to purchase a long bed or standard bed heavy duty truck (1-ton).

So, I had just a few questions: Is the ride any better with a long bed truck? Will a long bed have more or less payload than a standard bed when similarly equipped? How's the resale value (or ease of selling) with LB trucks? Will I lose exterior storage space putting a truck camper on a long bed versus having the rear wrap for the standard bed campers?
Finally, do any of you guys with long bed trucks think "Man I wish I had gotten that standard bed truck instead"?

I don't think I want a dually for now but I do plan on hauling a camper and sometimes renting and towing fifth wheels here in Colorado. This truck will be my daily driver and I have to venture into the city a couple times a week and will be negotiating parking garages, construction, and street parking etc.

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Old 06-17-2021, 05:12 PM   #2
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Benefits of long bed trucks?

Long bed all. the way fir me. Never wanted a short bed before or after

Yes ride is better. You will lose a little outside storage, to me only matters if you want a built-in gen. , and even that doesnít affect all campers.You have enough trouble getting the weight forward on a long. Short would be much worse.
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Old 06-17-2021, 05:14 PM   #3
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I've had my GMC 4x4 long bed since 2007. I like the stability but don't like the turning radius.

I like carrying a larger load than my friend can with his short bed, but he loads and empties his truck quicker than me.

I like carrying full sheets of plywood, but that was back when they were affordable.

I was going to get a fiver so thought the long bed would be better, ended up getting a class A.


Long bed is certainly not terrible, but in general terms, I think the short bed makes for easier parking and navigating with and without towing. If I had to do it again, I'd get the short bed. But with only 110,000 miles on mine, it's just broke in.
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Old 06-17-2021, 08:17 PM   #4
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Longbed all day long. Better weight distribution for towing and hauling.
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Longbed all day long. Better weight distribution for towing and hauling.

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Beautiful shot! Thx for your input. What model is your AF?
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I wonder if the long beds come with a larger diesel tank? That would be a huge bonus.

A tradeoff might be to order the double cab instead of the crew cab. My kiddos are still little and don't need much leg room
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I sold my shortbed for a long. I love the added 1000lb weight rating, huge 48 gallon fuel tank and the ride/towing. I also daily it though not in tight metro downtown garages.

No regrets here but tight parking structures are likely a no go.
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I have a shortbed Ram 3500 which has the "shortest" overall vehicle length of FCA, GM, or Ford.
I needed a fully featured camper that was maneuverable (and parkable) as possible.
A TC that would fit in a standard parking space without overhang (especially in width).







When I travel I spend a fair amount of time in hotels, eating at local diners, driving thru tight city streets, etc... and if the TC is too big to (legally) street-park or fit in standard parking-lot spaces it's pretty useless.

However ThirdSpaceCO, in your case I'd say a long bed (8 foot bed) is what you want.
  • 90% of all campers produced are made to fit a truck with an 8 foot bed thus you have a much larger choice of campers.
  • Full sheets of lumber & building materials fit a longbed much better.
  • Room for a larger fuel tank.
  • Most truck camper people will tell you a longbed is the way to go for a truck camper application.
Get a longbed.
Happy shopping and keep us posted on what you decide to buy!
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Correct the camper is a 2019' 990 model and the truck is a 2019 also and a "XL" edition but I still got the 48g tank which makes for less stopping when traveling. Truck is not stock and handles the "Load" very well. Custom 8 leaf packs on rear along with BR Swaybars front and back, Fox 2.0's on the corners as well as the dual steering stabilizers and AL 5000 airbags underneath with the onboard compressor. Truck sits pretty level with 5psi in the bags I usually air up to 45-50psi when offloading to help control the bouncing. Method 305HD wheels and Toyo Open Country M/T tires 35'/12.5"/18's. Just returned from a trip up around Idaho and Wyoming for 3 weeks. Pic above is on some BLM land about 20m north of Moab Utah.
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What do you weigh wet ready to go? About 5200? Nice looking unit.
The 48gal would be really nice. Been thinking bout adding a 52gal titan to 2 of mine.
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What do you weigh wet ready to go? About 5200? Nice looking unit.
The 48gal would be really nice. Been thinking bout adding a 52gal titan to 2 of mine.

You're talking kilograms right?
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Lol, no, should ibe? Just kinda the weight i calculated off the brochure. Thats why i wanted real world, not fantasy
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Oh maybe just for the camper then? Haha.
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