Short bed or long bed pickup ?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Cavaleiro, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. Cavaleiro

    Cavaleiro Adventurer

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    I'm considering a pickup and am trying to choose between a crew cab that has a 67 inch bed, or a regular cab with a 79 inch bed. These are the measurements of a Toyota Tacoma (edit meant to say Tundra), but I believe the issue and question are the same for almost any full size pickup.

    The standard beds have boxes that put both tires of a motorcycle inside the bed, and for most bikes allow the tail gate to close.

    The crew cabs give great room to rear seat passengers, but usually at the expense of a shortened box.

    I'm inclined to get a crew cab and let the motorcycle rear tires sit on the tail gate. In my case there are two 500 pound bikes, so with weight evenly distributed between front and rear wheels, thats 500 pounds on the tailgate.

    Anyone had good or bad experience with that?

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  2. igrip

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    I've heard to put a sheet of plywood/etc to evenly distribute the weight and remove some weight from the tailgate. Seems like cheap easy insurance to me.

    Long bed more functional, but at the expense of parking trouble, etc...However, if you ever plan to add a toolbox, the shortbed will be deemed useless.

    Hope this helped....
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  3. AzB

    AzB Fattest thin man

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    FWIW, I've never liked using a pickup with a large bike. The bed is just too high and it makes it very difficult getting the bike in and out, especially by myself. A trailer works better, and a van is next best.

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  4. fung

    fung Been here awhile

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    i'd say the plywood trick would help with the lbs. I have a dodge crew with 8ft bed. Parking is not the most fun, kind of like an aircraft carrier I like to have the tailgate shut. I use a 40" wide bike ramp for loading/unloading. I would rather not use a trailer unless i have too one less thing to worry about. This set up works great for me.
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  5. testa

    testa Been here awhile

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    i have a full cab short bed f150 and routinely carry one 990 adv or two dirt bikes. it works fine. i've never tried two big bikes but i wouldn't hesitate to do so. personally, i would not give up the full cab but you need to establish your own priorities.

    you could always borrow a short bed, load your bikes and drive around some to see how it feels.
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  6. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    ive got a Taco and a 500 lb bike(r12gs), and i wouldnt want to have to deal with two such monsters int he narrow bed of the toyota. it is hard enugh to get the recomended tiedown angles with a single thumper back there(partly becuase toyota doesnt think you need forward tiedown loops and the system on the rails is spooky for that much load). a 500 lb bike without the proper angles on the srtap is a disaster waiting to happen.

    trailers are cheap, and get the 4dr cab, you wont regret it...:freaky
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  7. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad n00balicious

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    Long bed is the way to go with a truck that gets used. Short bed for posers and people who don't actually use the bed of the truck much.
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  8. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    ummm, what are you posing as if you have a short bed? a guy whose truck will fit in his garage? hehe
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  9. BHW

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    I like the looks of a short bed, but the convenience of a long bed. But if it came down to regular cab vs crew cab....I wouldn't own a regular cab truck. It's just way too impractical. The extra space an extended cab offers more than makes up for a short bed. My Tundra only has a 6.5" bed. I can fit my XRL in there with the tailgate up if I angle it into a corner. I've hauled it a lot like this...no problems, I just use 3 tie downs. But, I can put two bikes side by side and rest them on the tailgate if needed. I've hauled my bike that way too in a pinch. I wouldn't spend my money on a regular cab truck....just my opinion.
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  10. SCQTT

    SCQTT Zwei Kolben

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    I sold my 02 double cab Taco after the weight of a sportbike rear tire bent the tailgate. I would bolt a piece of treadbrite to the tailgate to strengthen it if I were getting another Toyota.

    I think it might be pretty narrow to have two bikes in the bed side by side as well.

    Scott
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  11. Jeff_CA

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    Hi,

    I had a long-bed 'extended cab' diesel for many years. It was great (except to park). The family outgrew the cab and I was in the situation as you. I ended up with a Chevy Avalance. Kind of like most dual-sports...OK at many things but not perfect at any. Five people fit in with an almost 6 foot bed, or fold down the back seat and drop the mid-gate and I can carry 4X8 plywood.

    Might be worth a look...
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  12. GreaseMonkey

    GreaseMonkey Preshrunk & Cottony

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    As mentioned the extended cab is the way to go, which you'll appreciate the first time you and another person go to get groceries in the rain, or a bunch of ice cream in august.

    As for carrying the bike, I'd say get a small trailer and you'll be much happier no matter what length the bed is.
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  13. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    +1
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  14. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    Short bed works just fine, just take the gate off:
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  15. duckman

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    Short bed works just fine The tailgate has a 300-lb. dynamic-load capacity and can safely support the weight of most large loads such as motorcycles. The bed in the Ridgeline has a Steel-Reinforced Composite (SRC) material that's both lighter and stronger than steel.[​IMG]
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  16. duckman

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    Tailgate down offers an extra 16" of storage. Maximum cargo length with Bed Extender in place is 76" [​IMG]
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  17. duckman

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    on the other hand when i took my dead duck in for some work i trailered it.$7 per day its low to the ground and it came with a ramp .i guess that makes me a poser because i don't use my bed that much.i'm a fake trucker good buddy.10-4[​IMG]
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  18. SnowMule

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    Get a decent ramp.

    I have an 8ft snowmobile ramp I use year-round (sleds in the winter, motos in the summer). That extra two feet makes a big difference when you're loading on a hill or soft dirt.

    Snowmobile weighs 3x what the bike does, and hangs off the end ~1ft even with the tailgate down. Never had any problems with overloading the bed or tailgate.

    [​IMG]
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  19. MCMXCIVRS

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    Only posers put trucks in garages. :lol3

    I won't own a short bed truck, but not for the concern of having a bike having to ride on the tailgate; I just ride my bikes wherever they go. I do haul lumber though, sometimes in lengths over ten feet. Having half or more of the length hanging out the back just doesn't cut it.

    I also don't need the extra seats of a crew cab, 99% of the time there is just me in the truck, so I don't have to worry about "way too long truck in parking lot" syndrome. Never need to haul a mess of passengers in the truck, we have a very nice car for that.
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  20. col klink

    col klink the str8n'r

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    Go long, go crew, go nuts.
    My truck of choice is a crew cab, long bed F350 dually FX4 which I use to haul bikes, riders and equipment to races etc. It's long, it's wide, it doesn't turn tight. I pick my parking spots out where no one does.
    But man it rides nice down the road, and it'll carry the load.
    As big as it is we still get it so full of bikes, gear bags, gas cans, and all the stuff it takes to go riding that often we decide to pull our enclosed trailer to spread out the load and for weather protection for some of the stuff.
    Depends on what we are doing and hauling. Having the truck and the trailer gives me flexibility.
    I might be able to use a smaller truck for a daily driver and running errands but not for loading up and going somewhere.
    Oh yeah, the fuel mileage sucks.
    BUT, presently I have a probelm with my truck. I have rodents living under the hood and I fear they will eat the wiring harness. I find little piles of shellings from nuts in various spots around the engine compartment.
    Does anyone have any ideas how to evict my unwanted tennants?
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