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Old 11-29-2013, 06:56 PM   #21
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As stated. If you need the length for something (tool box, extra fuel tank), than fine. But just to tow, I would (and did) get a short bed with a Pullrite hitch. So much easier to park and use around town. Why lug the weight and length, unless you need it for something else. A long bed will also subtract from the total payload.
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Old 11-29-2013, 06:59 PM   #22
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As stated. If you need the length for something (tool box, extra fuel tank), than fine. But just to tow, I would (and did) get a short bed with a Pullrite hitch. So much easier to park and use around town. Why lug the weight and length, unless you need it for something else. A long bed will also subtract from the total payload.
Part of that weight is a bigger fuel tank, I can deal with the small loss.
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Old 11-29-2013, 07:42 PM   #23
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Enjoy, brother.......
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Old 11-29-2013, 07:58 PM   #24
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I have a Crew Cab Long Bed SRW. I went to the 1 ton diesel a few months before going from TT to 5er. I had a half ton gas before. I didn't set out to necessarily buy a long bed. A crew cab was a necessity though. I just so happened to see this truck and when I drove it it was a done deal. It was a world away from the 1/2 ton in many ways but in sheer size was one. My truck is 22ft long. That being said you will very quickly get used to it. Really.
Pros: plenty off bed space. This depends what you will use it for off course. I also have a bed extender and have 10 ft if I need it.
When hitched to the 5er I still have enough room in front of the hitch for at least 4 bikes standing up against the cab. No need for camper bumper or ladder bike rack. I could also tow with a truck box installed however you may not be able to see the hitch while hitching depending on the box size. Can't see past mine if its in there.
As said, no need for a sliding hitch. Yes, alot of newer model 5th wheels are made with a front cap rounded enough to not need a slider with a short bed I know.
I have a trifold bed cover. There is more access to the bed with a long bed while the cover is folded open, as the third section is fixed ,if you have this type of cover compared to a short bed. I can also hitch and tow with the cover in place and open.
Cons: yes they are longer off course. If this presents an issue for parking, garage etc then think again. It is not an issue for me. Obviously a LB regular or extended cab will shorten the truck without compromising bed space.
If you wish to hitch to your 5th wheel at an angle with the tailgate down, depending on your camper design, there's a good chance the gate will hit the camper cause of the extra length. Unless you have a spotter to lift it, remove it or change it for a 5th wheel tailgate.
I have not had a shortbed with my 5th wheel so cant compare but I do think you will not regret buying a long bed once you have it. I love mine and never looked back. You get a shortbed you may wish otherwise. Would I ever buy a shortbed? Yes. But really love the long. Hope this sheds some light on it for you. Good luck with it!!
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:25 PM   #25
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My 16yr old daughter will occasionally drive my 3500 crew long bed to school, when I take her car on a trip, and has no problem parking it in a school parking lot. She actually looks forward to driving it.
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:56 PM   #26
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Short bed and slider (SUperglide) is the way to go. You can actually park it in a parking spot.. If you use the truck at all for a daily driver, then you will regret the Long bed UNLESS you get a standard cab..
I love my crew cab long bed it allows me to have a tool box on the truck while pulling the 5er. I would buy another crew cab long bed in a minute.
FYI if you are having problems maybe you need a backup camera. I installed on on mine for the wife, she loves it. I have found that I also like it when I back up to the boat trailer, trailer over the ball first time now instead of getting in and out looking.
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Old 11-29-2013, 09:28 PM   #27
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Old 11-29-2013, 10:11 PM   #28
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Difference between short and long boxes is only about 2 ft. Maybe a bit less. Wheelbases, withou looking up, are not much different either. Both drive, turn and park the same. My next truck will be longbed, but probably extended cab since kids will be gone by then. Well, the plan is to have the kids moved out anyway
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Old 11-29-2013, 10:15 PM   #29
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See my truck described below. In 16,000 miles of towing in two years no problems. Next truck '15 F-350 dually.
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Old 11-30-2013, 06:07 AM   #30
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One thing that hasn't been mentioned is the wheelbase. A long box = a longer wheelbase. If you are pulling a bumper pull camper, the longer the wheelbase, the less "tail waggin' the dog" effect you will have. I'm not sure if this also helps with a 5er, but I have to imagine that it helps some.
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