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Old 07-17-2011, 09:54 AM   #1
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Long bed or short bed?

I was curious as to what size bed the fifth wheelers are pulling with. Is one size bed better for this then the other or does it even make a difference? Any advantages from one to the other?

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Old 07-17-2011, 10:08 AM   #2
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Most come with the shorter bed, whether or not they have a slide out bedroom. That way it is cheaper for them to just stock one size queen bed mattress. IF they have a slide, they normally also have an east/west bed setup in them-(mattress sits side to side v. front to back) to get more floor space, and that shorter mattress adds 3 additional inches of floor space to the room. However, your feet might stick out if your'e over 5'11". Randy
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:12 AM   #3
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Sorry, must not of been very clear. I meant truck bed lengths. Short bed or long bed..
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:20 AM   #4
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Yeah, I realized that error after I sent the post. MyBAD!!!!
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One is not "better" than the other. It is simply a matter of personal preference and needs. A long bed has the advantage of more cargo space and no concerns about the front of the fifth wheel hitting the cab. Down side is a wider turning radius when configured with a crew cab. It can make maneuvering/parking difficult, may not fit in some garages and if it you do much off road driving can make turns on trails difficult or impossible.

A short bed makes the truck more maneuverable with a tighter turning radius, but you have less cargo space in the bed and may need a slider hitch, either manual or automatic. You just have to decide what your needs are and what is more important.
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Old 07-17-2011, 03:53 PM   #6
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All is opinion and preference, some like the shorter bed for advantages like Glenn has mentioned, I personally like the longer bed. I pull a bumper hitch trailer, not a fifth wheel, but my preferences are much more for using it to pick up lumber, hauling loads of wood bark, dirt, etc. And yes, as Glenn mentioned, I need a football field to turn around and I walk farther in parking lots.
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Old 07-17-2011, 04:41 PM   #7
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However, your feet might stick out if your'e over 5'11". Randy .....

If your feet stick out of my 8' bed...I WILL NOT mess with you.

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Generally the longer bed has a larger gas tank, (used to be 28 gal. for short Ford, 38 for long, and GM 26 and 34). Wayne
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Generally the longer bed has a larger gas tank, (used to be 28 gal. for short Ford, 38 for long, and GM 26 and 34). Wayne
But the Dodge pickups have the same 36 gal tank...short bed or long.
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I have a Dodge with a 6.5 ft bed and a large 120 litre gas tank. My fifth wheel is equipped with a Reese Revolution Pin which completely negates the need of a sliding hitch, even though I have one of those too. The dealer threw it in at the same cost as a fix hitch. I will strongly recommend the Reese Revolution. It works great, you can literally turn on a dime with absolutely no worry of hitting the cab.
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