Originally Posted by ctbailey
Mike, I've SERIOUSLY always wanted a flatbed rack body as my tow vehicle. I've done my due diligence, and have found a way to load "just" the trailer, and run the pickup body empty.
Sorta took the rear axel payload issue out of the equation.
Agreed on the chore statement, that a flat would be ideal. Even if bikes were the only "payload" those are strapped down anyways.
Around here camp wood isn't transported. I'm out of reasons for the pickup body.
2007 Chevy 2500HD crew
2015 Jayco Jayflight 32BHDS
Downside issues for a rack body:
- Noise! Everything rattles when underway, accelerating or braking
- Wind resistance. That big flat panel that protects the back of the cab creates LOTS of turbulence.
- Won't hold sand, dirt, gravel or other 'small' (under 6") material
- Did I mention the setup is rather noisy?
- Once the sides are off, anything can be loaded from all 3 sides.
- Once the sides are off, anything can be stolen from all 3 sides.
- It's noisy!
As a chore vehicle, it is the best I have ever owned (out of 3).
We'll see how it fills the role of tow vehicle after I try to make it a bit more civilized.