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Old 03-13-2010, 05:06 AM
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Long vs. short bed on crew cab

Been looking for a newer truck and found a nice one but it is a long bed. My wife has concerns about driving a long bed around town, running chores and especially getting the truck in the parking garage at work. Can anyone share their experience between the two lengths when the truck is a crew cab? It does make for a long truck. Thanks.
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Old 03-13-2010, 05:14 AM
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I have 2 CC/LBs and I've never had any problems, neither has my girl. I have a Reg cab LB also. I can't let a few of my guys tow a tealer with it. They have no clue how to back it up. Both corners a dented on it.
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i'm on my second crew/long bed. i always park away from everyone, but i can see how a parking garage might be a pain in the neck.
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If you get a crew cab, it's gonna be a long truck, no two ways about it. I have a short bed crew, and it's no dream to parallel park, but it's not bad once you get used to it, and I don't think another foot or so of length on a 20+ft or so truck is gonna make much difference one way or the other. My wife couldn't park my Mazda any better than she can park my F250. Some can and some can't.
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I have a long bed as I need it for work, otherwise I would have a hard time justifying it. Its not undoable, but it sure makes maneuvering a lot more work, IMHO. Do you need the extra bed length? If not, I would go short.

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Old 03-13-2010, 07:02 AM
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Definitely a job when it comes time to park, even in a Walmart parking lot.

But on the Interstate it is like a sail boat in the wind. The long wheel base gives a great ride even with suggested pressure in tires.

If you get a dually be careful on the turns. So easy to cut a turn short and take out the wheel wells.
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Old 03-13-2010, 07:07 AM
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Pulling with a long bed is easier, but manuverability is a little tougher in the city. Went to Houston 3 years ago and had a long bed, the Hotel could not park it and had to park across the street and down a block in order to find a place big enough. Also tough turning corners in the city. I have a Crew now and IMO it is much easier to manuver in the city. Wife will even drive this one where she would not touch the older.
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I have a cc short bed. I live in the Baltimore/D.C. area. I am glad that I dont have a long bed here. Getting around can be bad enough in my truck. I would not want to deal with a LB.

If I lived somewhere that people were not crowded ***hole to bellybutton, 6 deep - I would own a longbed.
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i have had both, i had a 99 crew long bed a 04 crew short bed and a 05 crew short bed, if you need a long bed for work then get one, but if you dont need it it makes for a long truck. the 05 and up trucks turn much better (shorter turing radius) with the coil spring front suspension keep that in mind also.
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I have an 05 CC/Long Bed. I also live in the Houston area and frequently am in the downtown area. I have never had an issue with parking due to the length of my truck. I have, however, had issues with being too tall for most parking garages which can be a pain. But regardless of bed length, you aren't going to fix that.
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I got an 02 CC/SB. With the leaf springs, it can be a pain getting her around some times. I have learned to manage though. Crew Cab with a long bed would be like driving a semi. No small places for you.
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i drive a cc sb and the only reason is i could not afford the long box... every day i wish i had a long box
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even with my truck being shorter in length than most of yours. i cant go into the parkig garages due to the height of my truck. and i'm basically stock. the parking attendants fear trucks for some reason.
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Your profile states that you currently have a 2006 F350... what configuration?
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I have an 05 CC/Long Bed. I also live in the Houston area and frequently am in the downtown area. I have never had an issue with parking due to the length of my truck. I have, however, had issues with being too tall for most parking garages which can be a pain. But regardless of bed length, you aren't going to fix that.
Is your truck lifted any or is it stock?
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