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Old 03-24-2016, 01:31 AM   #1
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Looking for thoughts of short versus long bed

The wife and I will be getting ride of the 2012 Chevy half ton and getting a 1 ton later this year. Our plan would be looking to trade in the 26tbud and purchasing a fifth wheel. What are you guys experiences with a fifth wheel and a short versus long bed? This will be my daily driver so dually won't work. Thanks for the input
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:09 AM   #2
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Pluses and minuses each way.
Long beds don't need a slider hitch, and normally have a larger fuel tank. They also tend to provide a somewhat softer ride when empty.
Short beds are easier to maneuver in parking lots and may fit in a standard garage. A slider hitch is not mandatory but a really good option.


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Old 03-24-2016, 10:36 AM   #3
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I pulled my 5ver for 9 years with a Chev 2500 diesel short bed and never used the slider.
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I pulled my 5ver for 9 years with a Chev 2500 diesel short bed and never used the slider.
Not all of us are good drivers like you. A slider is best to get out of trouble when your GPS sends you down the wrong road or even better just get a Revolution pin box, they work great on short beds, going on 4 years with mine and don't even worry about U turns anymore...
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Old 03-24-2016, 10:54 AM   #5
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A short bed is NOT an option.
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I decided on an F350 shirt bed with an auto slider hitch with the factory under bed rails for 5th wheel hit so I have a flat bed when the hitch is not in. I chose short bed for maneuverability as it is my daily driver. Having the slider I don't have any worries about turns forward or backwards. The other big reason for the short bed was so I could park on my garage.


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Old 03-24-2016, 11:00 AM   #7
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I decided on an F350 shirt bed with an auto slider hitch with the factory under bed rails for 5th wheel hit so I have a flat bed when the hitch is not in. I chose short bed for maneuverability as it is my daily driver. Having the slider I don't have any worries about turns forward or backwards. The other big reason for the short bed was so I could park on my garage.
Almost spit out my coffee on that one!
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Almost spit out my coffee on that one!
I wanna see a picture of the driveway!
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Old 03-24-2016, 02:07 PM   #9
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I've had both and like the long bed better. You don't have to worry about turning and I have MUCH more space available in the bed to carry stuff. My short bed had a slider hitch (B&W) and that hitch took up a lot of room in the bed and the base was heavy and bulky. My current B&W hitch fits the Ram puck system and is considerably smaller and lighter. The long bed rides better to me as well.
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