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Old 06-13-2014, 10:13 AM   #1
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Short bed vs. long bed pickup for towing

Do you have a higher towing rating with a short bed versus a long bed pickup? Thanks!
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Old 06-13-2014, 11:25 AM   #2
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There is not a pat answer to this. It's going to depend on overall configuration. A standard cab short bed with 3:42 gears could have a lower capacity than a standard cab long bed with the same engine but 3:73 gears. Flip the gears, 3:73 in the short bed and 3:42 in the long bed and now the long bed has the higher capacity.

Throw in the differences of extended and crew cabs into the mix and you could have several different scenarios. And it'll vary from year to year and manufacturer as well.
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:25 PM   #3
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I think most times a long bed will have higher towing capacity
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:29 PM   #4
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Short bed is more maneuverable due to shorter wheelbase.
I find that backing into a tight campsite is easier compared to longbed.
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Long bed will add a bit more weight as does extended/crew cab models, thus reducing weight capacity slightly. I have owned several of both. Once you have a crew cab truck, the difference between an 8' bed and a 6 1/2' bed is minimal is parking ability in a parking lot. In my opinion, the extra cargo capacity in the bed outweighs the difference in maneuverability between short bed/long bed. My current truck is a crew cab with an 8' bed, I've learned to park it fairly well and typically towards the back of most parking lots!
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Forgot another biased point! Longer wheelbase will add to control and ride quality
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You can order a truck equipped pretty much any way you want. With that being said, often times manufacturers will only offer the higher payloads and towing capacities in trucks with longer beds. Not too many contractors have a use for a 5.5' bed and 2000lbs payload/towing capacity but they could use 2000lbs payload/towing capacity on an 8' or 6.5' bed.

Maneuverability? On the F150 you have 6.5' box 157" wheelbase versus 5.5' box 145" wheelbase. The ease of parking the shorty is going to be not that noticeable over the long bed. You can't park bikes in the 5.5' bed unless they are in a jumbled up pile.
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Longer wheel base on TV yields better stability when towing. This is due to the TV not introducing movement to the trailer based upon slower steering reaction. A very short wheel base translates to faster movement based upon steering imput. IOW, you move the steering wheel and things happen fast or slow based upon your TV length. So longer is smoother.

A short bed on a crew cab is actually a long bed wheel base (or close). Long bed crew cab is more than I need in wheel base, while short bed regular cab is too short for my taste in TV's.
I think you will notice the numbers of crew cab with short beds out there towing trailers and you will likely see the crew cab long beds with 5'th wheels although many of these are also short bed crew cabs.
I hope that helps.
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Longer wheel base on TV yields better stability when towing.
Not to divert from the OPs question (actually after thinking about it, I do think it pertains), but I was always of the understanding that a shorter distance between the rear axle and the hitch ball (pivot point) contributed more to stable towing than overall TV length. In other words, while the long bed makes for a longer wheel base (good for towing) there is more distance between the axle and hitch ball (bad for towing) than a short bed. How much of a difference is up for debate, but the whole principle behind Hensley hitches is to move the pivot point closer to the axle and gain stability.

So I wonder, could the long bed be a bad thing or a good thing for towing?
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Old 06-13-2014, 02:00 PM   #10
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As far as I know, with GM, 2500/3500 only offer a 6.5 and 8' options where as the 1500 also has a 5.5' option with certain cab configurations. For as, with a 2500 crew cab, the 6.5' bed is plenty both terms or wheel base and storage. And I don't recall the 8' having more cargo carrying capacity or a higher tow ratings.
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