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Old 08-03-2014, 10:10 PM   #1
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Truck Bed Length

So I'm buying my first truck in a couple months and then the 26BH shortly after that. Any advise on truck bed length (5.7 vs 6)? I prefer a short bed as it would be easier to maneuver around town. Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-03-2014, 10:28 PM   #2
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I may be misunderstanding you, but 6' is a short bed. What model truck you looking at? Using a 4-door Dodge as an example, the way I understand it is that the overall length of the truck is the same on a 5.7' or 6' bed. The 5.7' is the mega-cab, which adds extra cab space but takes it away from the bed. The 6' is the quad cab. Smaller cab, but more bed. No difference in maneuvering around town.
Toss a true 8' long bed in there, that could be a behemoth around town.
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Old 08-03-2014, 10:32 PM   #3
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Mine is 6.5' ... a long bed 8'.

I like my 6.5' bed, my dad has 5.5' and I personally think it's to short when you need to use your truck as a truck.
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We tow our 264BH with a 2014 GMC Sierra crew cab with the "standard" box which is 6.5'. Although I haven't had any problems at all getting around in traffic or getting into tight camping spots, a short bed truck may give you a little more maneuverability. It's just a matter of getting used to the extra length. The longer wheelbase does give you a better, more stable tow vehicle. Overall, it isn't going to make that much difference.
All the manufactures use a different term to describe truck bed length. For example: General Motors has 3 different sizes, short box at 5.5', standard box at 6.5' and long box at 8'. Not all bed sizes are available on all models.
Good luck with your decision.
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For stability towing you want the ball/hitch as close to the rear axle as possible. BUT the difference between a 5.7 and 6 is not enough to worry about. Pick the one you like the best.
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I have the 6.5' and I love it. Not too big but big enough to get all of my hunting gear and fishing stuff into. And you can put 8' boards in it too if need be. If you ever are considering a fifth wheel, I'd go at least 6.5'.
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All the manufactures use a different term to describe truck bed length. For example: General Motors has 3 different sizes, short box at 5.5', standard box at 6.5' and long box at 8'. Not all bed sizes are available on all models.
Good luck with your decision.
To muck that up even more, it depends on what generation of truck you are talking about. My 2008 Sierra has a short bed which in that generation of GM truck is 5' 8".
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Old 08-04-2014, 09:49 AM   #8
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Howie- you're absolutely right.
The truck I want to buy is a 2015 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel Crewcab built to tow. The only bed configuration is either a 5.7' or a 6.4' (my mistake)...8' not an option. So like you guys said, there probably won't be any difference in towing the trailer. The 6.4' is rated to tow a few hundred lbs less so I'm leaning 5.7'.
Thanks again for all the responses.
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To muck that up even more, it depends on what generation of truck you are talking about. My 2008 Sierra has a short bed which in that generation of GM truck is 5' 8".
That is true. I forgot about that in my Dodge example. I think they changed in 2010?
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With most truck beds I think you will find the distance from the rear tires to the bumper will be the same on short or long bed trucks.
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