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Old 10-23-2021, 11:54 AM   #1
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Thoughts on standard versus long bed crew cab Silverado 2500HD

Going to replace my truck while the trade in is so high. Considering the Crew cab and looking up dimensions showed this:

Standard bed 6.75 ft 158.9" Wheel Base 249.9" overall length 10,650 lbs

Long bed 8 ft L 172" wheel base 266" Length 10,850 lbs


I've seen people say the longer wheel base is better for towing. It adds 200 lbs and 16" in length. The truck is a beast in length for both sizes so that really doesn't mean much. Does the extra wheelbase help that much on a 3/4 ton? I've never felt the short box I have now wasn't enough room - I have a cap.

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Old 10-23-2021, 12:08 PM   #2
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Have always had long beds up until '98. Got a GMC Sierra with a short bed because it was priced right. ALWAYS something hanging over the tailgate! In '04 I went back to long beds and haven't looked back.
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Old 10-23-2021, 12:39 PM   #3
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I have a Ford F250 Superduty short bed. I tow a fiver without a slider. However, if I were to purchase a new truck today I would go with a long bed. Love being able to put a whole sheet of plywood in the bed of the truck.
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Old 10-23-2021, 12:43 PM   #4
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There are days when I wish I had my long bed back, but not many.

Towing is fine now with the 6.5' bed; no need for a slider with the nose shape of my fiver. And I know I would have even more trouble parking a full bed crew cab than I do now in certain situations. But I also know that an eight foot bed would still give me additional latitude/flexibility on certain loads that I haul.

Having said that, I've also towed a 32' pull behind with a full crew cab, full bed. I did feel the whole experience was improved by the extra wheelbase.

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Old 10-23-2021, 01:03 PM   #5
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I can't speak for 2500s. I had a 6.5' box in my 2011 F150 and I had a slider hitch that I never had to slide. When I bought my 2017 F150 I opted for the 8' box, mostly for work as I carry a lot when I head out to the rigs. I like the long box as I can pile my wood and generator behind the cab and still stand my mountain bike there, and have no problem turning with my 5vr hitched up.
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Old 10-23-2021, 01:16 PM   #6
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I have a 2017 GMC 2500HD that replaced a 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe to tow our 29' travel trailer. The GMC has the standard 6.5' bed and does a great job towing our trailer. We got it when we were thinking about getting a larger TT - still haven't done anything on that yet. One of the biggest things that I noticed was the huge difference in turning radius between the Tahoe and the GMC. It feels like I need about 25% more room in parking lots, campground spots, etc. to maneuver. If you're going to park the truck in your garage, make sure that you have enough length - the standard bed takes a little over 20' OAL - some might be too short for a long box to fit in. If I ever need to haul a sheet of plywood, Lowe's and Home Depot are about 5 minutes from the house, so I'll just leave the tailgate down for a short haul. Before buying anything, I'd highly recommend driving both (if you can find them) - not only on the highway but on a parking lot, etc. to see how each handles.
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Old 10-23-2021, 01:23 PM   #7
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On my first 5th wheel, I bought a used 2500HD short bed crew cab. Dealer gave me a choice of hitches. I chose the less expensive standard hitch. I was warned about turning too sharp. I thought I would watch out. Worked well until the end of my maiden voyage.

I turned too sharp and punched out the back window of the truck. Damaged the edge of the trailer.

I worked out a trade for a slider hitch. And then I never used the slider in the 10 years I owned the trailer. go figure....

Buy the long bed truck.
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Old 10-23-2021, 01:24 PM   #8
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I have a 2021 Chevy Silverado 2500HD with a short bed and it does great pulling our bumper pool trailer. Plus it’s easy to maneuver as my daily driver. Crazy thing is I had a 2015 Chevy 3/4 ton before this truck and it fit in my garage however the 2021 does not. They added more interior room even with a slightly shorter bed.
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Old 10-23-2021, 01:35 PM   #9
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Long Bed Truck

Always get the long bed. Can carry anything and it is more stable on the toad. I tow 50 foot fifth wheel weighing 17,500 lbs. I have A GMC long bed, dually, diesel and would never have a short bed truck.
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Old 10-23-2021, 01:53 PM   #10
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I've got the regular bed and it's already unimpressive in turning radius and trying to park it. It is my daily driver not just used to pull my travel trailer. A long bed would just suck if it wasn't a dedicated tow pig
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Old 10-23-2021, 02:03 PM   #11
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The main reason I would do short bed is if I worked downtown or had to regularly park in a tight parking lot. Also depends how often you plan to remove your hitch. I have a 8' bed F-350 w/ B and W puck 5 th. wheel hitch. It comes out in 2-75 lb. pieces. Going to a slider adds a 100 lbs.. With out a lift, really hard to remove. I like the ability to have a full size toolbox in mine. Another consideration is the larger fuel tank in the long bed.-48 gallon in mine. I can tow my 38' -14K 5er over 400 miles w/o having to negotiate a fuel center. I appreciate the extra space in the bed when not towing.
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Gonna talk a little apples and oranges here. I liked my Chev half ton short bed for the size and convenience. When circumstances caused us to get a long bed on our Tundra, I really liked the control towing larger trailers on the highway. The comfort on rough unpaved roads was a bonus. Only draw back has been the extra space needed to park and back out of parking spaces in parking lots/garages, getting around in some RV parks, and the turn around space needed in some off highway settings. Overall length gives me 2" for the garage door to close when front bumper is against a cabinet door. GM has made so many improvements I want to believe the long bed 3/4 ton would be a fine choice.
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Old 10-23-2021, 02:21 PM   #13
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Have always had long beds up until '98. Got a GMC Sierra with a short bed because it was priced right. ALWAYS something hanging over the tailgate! In '04 I went back to long beds and haven't looked back.
The GM multiflex tailgate will take 8' on a short box with the tailgate gown.....

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Old 10-23-2021, 02:34 PM   #14
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I went with a short bed (5 ft) crew cab (F150) because longer would not fit in the garage.
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Old 10-23-2021, 03:45 PM   #15
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I have a double cab standard bed Sierra 2500HD. I wanted a long bed but I bought used and, for me at least, it was extremely hard to find a used double cab long bed. They seem to be almost non-existent. I use my truck like a truck when I'm not pulling a TT. I wish now that I had persisted and searched and searched until I found what I really wanted. For me, there is no excuse for not being able to load full size sheets of plywood or sheetrock or formica or whatever.

As for your crewcab - - I have never seen the need for it. My double cab has plenty of room for an adult or two in the rear so unless you are carrying 6 foot adults around ALL the time or for lengthy all day/multiday trips it is, IMO, just useless extra space.

2500HD Double Cab longbed:
162.5" wheelbase
256.5 lenth over all
44.5" / 35.2" front/rear legroom

2500HD Crew Cab Standard bed:
159" wheelbase
250" loa
44.5" / 43.4" front/rear legroom

The double cab will give you a full size bed at only ~6" more length - - about the length of a dollar bill. And I don't think any of your passengers will complain about not enough room.
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Old 10-23-2021, 04:15 PM   #16
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Well, availability of almost anything new is an issue right now. So some folks may elect to live with their compromises.

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Turning Radius and Garage Considerations

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One of the biggest things that I noticed was the huge difference in turning radius .... It feels like I need about 25% more room in parking lots, campground spots, etc. to maneuver. If you're going to park the truck in your garage, make sure that you have enough length - the standard bed takes a little over 20' OAL - some might be too short for a long box to fit in. .... Before buying anything, I'd highly recommend driving both (if you can find them) - not only on the highway but on a parking lot, etc. to see how each handles.

I agree wholeheartedly! And I'm just experiencing the difference between a 5.5' bed and a 6.5' bed. Added 12" to wheelbase but made the turning radius way worse! I was used to driving the 5.5' bed for 9 years and had adjusted to its limitations. Even that 5.5' bed on a supercrew cab truck made parking in my old house garage in Oklahoma iffy. Made sure to build our new house with a long enough garage to have plenty of room to park, so the new longer bed was a non-issue.
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Old 10-23-2021, 05:44 PM   #18
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I have a 2020 Silverado 1500 crew cab with a standard bed. I pull a 2020 34 ft Forest River Rockwood Ultra Lite with absolutely no problems at all. Personally, I would not want a long bed. With the additional cab room added to the new crew cabs, the truck ďas isĒ is long enough when used as a daily driver, manipulating parking lots, parking spaces, etc. My thoughts - weigh your needs of pulling vs daily driver and decide accordingly. If the 2500 standard bed fits your pulling needs, stay with it!
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Old 10-23-2021, 05:58 PM   #19
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Just bought a 2022 Silverado 2500HD with the Duramax and Standard Bed. Previously owned a 2017 Silverado 1500 LTZ with the 6.2L V8. Compared to the 1500, the 2500 HD is a REALLY BIG TRUCK. Just ask my 4'11" wife about that (no, she wasn't happy, but I have a work-around to the "honey, I can't get into the truck problem")!

Anyway, it's big but not too big. However, it will tow anything I decide to pull (within the capacity of the truck). It isn't as nimble as the 1500; if you try to turn on a dime it will ask for an additional 15 cents. Also, parking can be a challenge because of the size and larger turn radius (I'm slowly getting used to this aspect of the new truck) and this is with a Standard Bed, not the Long Bed. With the Long Bed parking and turning issues increase. Even so, based on the tests and reviews, this is probably the truck that you want. It doesn't really matter the bed length but that is your decision.

I bought mine for towing so bed length isn't really an issue and this definitely will do the job. If you plan to tow a 5er, be sure to specify the 5th wheel prep package when you order. Watch out for the "All The Bells and Whistles" packages that are distracting, rob you of payload and are not totally helpful towing and add beaucoup bucks to the final price. That is unless you actually ENJOY paying $70,000+ for a 3/4-ton pickup. I have a relatively basic truck with a few "Bells and Whistles" for towing and comfort. I'm still breaking this thing in and will be towing our TT soon. If you want to tow, this is the truck you want.
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When looking for a new house, always bring a tape measure with you. Over the years I've nixed two houses because the garage was too small. The builder of my Alaska house had a simple rule...one side of the garage had to be deep enough to accommodate a crew cab truck with an eight foot bed, with room to spare. My 2019 Silverado has a 6.5' bed and I still have room to walk around the front and the back of the truck. And that's with a work bench in front of the truck.

As for maneuvering a large truck in tight quarters, I have a simple rule...the truck has to have parking sensors front and rear. Those sensors have gotten me out of many tight spots.
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