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Old 09-26-2016, 08:38 PM
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Long bed or short bed?

Which do you prefer to tow your 5th wheel with?
 
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Long bed is all I've ever used.

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Old 09-26-2016, 09:21 PM
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Long bed. More fuel capacity and to me it rides better. More clearance from cab, extra storage in bed. Downside is larger turning radius.
 
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Always been a long bed man myself.
 
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Long bed, DRW, more stable towing platform!
Downside......parking when not towing!
 
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Long bed. No contest.

I've only ever owned 2 short bed trucks in my life. Regretted it both times. I can never remember, ever, at any time wishing one of my long bed trucks was a short bed. But there were many, many times I was struggling to make a short bed work for hauling something that would have been a snap in a long bed.

Plus long beds are better for hitch selection, bed/cab/5th wheel clearance, longer wheel base is more stable for towing, and you basically get an extra 2 feet of "free" truck. Gas mileage will be the same either way, may as well get that extra 2 feet of bed.

I'll never own another short bed truck.
 
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Long Bed. Towing a 5th wheel and adding a aux fuel tank in the bed is a plus. When I retire I plan on using the truck for long distance towing and the extra fuel is a big deal.
 
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I'll say long bed only because I find the short bed really difficult to sleep in. When I do quick camping trips I sleep in the bed. I have to sleep diagonally to fit.

My f-350 on order is a long bed. I'll be doing conventional towing but hope to one day get a fifth wheel.
 
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I tow with a short bed, because of that, I have a auto-slider hitch, and smaller fuel tank. Other than those two items, the short bed is fine, and even those two items are not a big deal. having to stop every few hours to refuel is about all my bladder/wife/dog can handle anyway without a break. I would go with a long bed if it were to fit in my garage.
 
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A long bed truck is the preferred truck while towing. A dually long bed is even better. Although, a short bed will get the job done as long as you make the proper adjustments.

I have a short bed F250 that will be towing a Montana High Country with a max turn front cap. I have the Andersen hitch, which moves the kingpin back even a few more inches just to be sure I have clearance.

As for fuel, yes there is clearly more space to carry fuel in a long bed truck. Although, with the 32 gallons of fuel in the OEM tank and 45 gallons in the "under the rail ATTA 45RBR" tank I have, I have 75 gallons of fuel to mess around with. We towed our 10K lbs travel trailer (did not have the 5th wheel yet) from GA to Seattle and back last summer. The fuel tanks made the journey so much easier. We stopped when and where we wanted to instead of when and where we had to.

I bought a short bed truck because when we go full time, the trailer will be attached the to truck less than half the time while driving around exploring or running errands. I had a long bed truck in the past and did not want to deal with that again.

To each their own really, but only you can know what is best for your money and family.
 
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Probably depends on where you live/work. I live and work in the Houston area and I have had a few occasions that I wish I had stuck with a short bed like my '02 was. That truck had a Pullrite Superglide and an RDS 60 gallon fuel tank/toolbox combo. It worked well pulling the 5th wheel and in town. The '12 long bed doesn't feel any different to me, but my wife doesn't like to drive it now...not that that is a bad thing. I was actually just in a really tight parking lot this past weekend that was even tight backing our regular length Expedition into. Glad I wasn't in the truck that day. The reality is you have to think about where you park with either truck. I always plan my exit.
 
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We just traded in our 2014 F250 KR short bed or a new 2017 F350 KR dually long bed. We found once you use the goose there is no more bed.
 
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I went with a long bed mainly to get the larger OEM fuel tank. Something to consider if you are getting a crew cab: with the long bed, the vehicle ends up being almost 23' long so you won't be parking in a standard parking space anymore.
 
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I have a long bed dually. Great for towing on the highway, but a pain in butt when not towing. Parking and even driving in some cities with heavy traffic traffic can be stressful.

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Contrary to what you may have heard outside this group, size matters. Go long bed.
 

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