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Old 01-18-2019, 08:42 PM
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im a contractor and use my bed daily.20 years of f350s and no issues.after seeing several of my construction buddies 17-18 truck beds Iím at a crossroads,im at about 200,000 and planned on getting a 2020 at the end of the year,anyone know if the 2020ís will address the weak bed and tailgate?
 
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Old 01-18-2019, 08:51 PM
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Iím not sure what youíre talking about.
 
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Old 01-18-2019, 09:04 PM
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Had mine line-x’d the day I got it and have thrown farm tools an implements in it for 2 years with no dents dings or scrapes. Now and unprotected bed/tailgate wether steel or aluminum would usually be pretty beat up under that use.
 
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Old 01-18-2019, 09:11 PM
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Line-X it and don't worry about it...It will be stronger than any uncoated steel bed out there.
 
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Old 01-18-2019, 09:15 PM
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Please be a little more specific on what you mean by "weak bed and taillights". I beat up my other beds pretty good, but they still did what they needed to do.
 
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Old 01-18-2019, 09:44 PM
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I actually think they are holding up better than the steel beds. Our fleet trucks get trashed and so far aside from the beds getting severely dented I don't see the damage as any worse over some of the remaining 2016 trucks in the fleet. The drivers don't care and routinely drop in wacker plates, backhoe buckets and they look like hell before the first oil change.
 
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Old 01-18-2019, 10:05 PM
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I've had my truck for a year & have tools, equipment & chemicals in my truck daily. I also have 2000 lb pallets forklifted into the back of the truck semi-regularly as well. aside from scratched paint, I have not had any problems. No dents, no tears.

That being said, I also just had the LineX "Platinum" sprayed into my bed this past week. The Platinum product is 300% harder than the standard lineX. I'll report back next time I have a pallet lifted in, but I'm anticipating the liner to make the bed basically bulletproof.
 
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Old 01-18-2019, 10:17 PM
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Line-X and a rubber bed mat.
 
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Old 01-18-2019, 10:46 PM
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Okay, in another recent first time poster thread, a bet was made the guy was "one and done". Any bets on this one? I believe it was a beer?
 
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This may sound off-topic at first...

On my steel '11 F-250 I drilled a hole in the cab roof for my ham antenna and was always concerned about the stiffness of the steel, and IIRC the roof was flat. I can't remember my impression of the cut out thickness.

On my aluminum '17 F-350 I saved the cut out piece for the antenna hole and (without measuring) it seemed to be about 1/10". The roof has molded channels and I believe it is a lot stiffer.

Obviously this is both anecdotal and a personal impression. I think it applies to the bed too.
 
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Old 01-18-2019, 10:54 PM
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Linex here too. Several loads of Allen blocks, round rock, crush, (from a loader) firewood and no issues.
 
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Iíve got the factory spray in bed liner and haul a truck camper around, the liner has scrapes but zero issues with the aluminum bed.
 
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Iíve got the factory spray in bed liner and haul a truck camper around, the liner has scrapes but zero issues with the aluminum bed.
Same here.
 
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Old 01-19-2019, 09:04 AM
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I addressed mine. Day it came home, I went out there and yelled at it for 20 minutes about rusting through and **** like my last truck bed.. 2 years and a day later, I am convinced my Drill Sergent training is still good, as there isn't a spec of rust in the bed.
 
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Originally Posted by Alaskan_Warbird View Post
Okay, in another recent first time poster thread, a bet was made the guy was "one and done". Any bets on this one? I believe it was a beer?

Haha Haha that was me who made that bet. I lost! I sent the OP on that post a PM about getting him his brew.
 

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