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Old 11-02-2011, 05:49 PM   #21
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Howdy all...just my 2 scents worth, I tow with a short bed daully and have no problems with tight turns. I do not have a slider hitch and have made very tight turns with no problems...I say go with what makes you happy and have fun!!!
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:55 AM   #22
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I have only had one short bed, had a slider 5th wheel hitch, and towed a 2005 Everest 343L and never had to use the slider. I have only owned C/C long beds and have no thought of going back to a short bed. The pin weight will always be a issue with the 3/4 tons with a short bed.

The long bed GM Trucks will have a larger fuel tanks, which is a must in traveling thru the West. I also don't like or need the OEM pick-up beds, I much prefer the Hauler beds. My bedrail clearance is 22.5" and much easier to hook and unhook. I don't haul anything in the bed of my Trucks except a 5th wheel hitch and a 45 gal fuel Tank. I have a total of 81 gals of fuel and don't fuel as often and do shop for fuel on line prior to getting fuel.

As for grocery shopping never a issue, the only negative with DRWs is you can't use a car wash, however there are plenty of Truck washes along the interstates, and they will also wash the 5th wheel. But we have always had a large 5th wheel and a 3/4 ton Trucks don't work for us. The 2012 Chevy with the hauler bed is actually longer in length that my 2011 Chevy with the OEM Truck bed... Good Luck with you choice, go large in my opinion. You will more than likely upgrade to a larger 5th wheel. Some RV builders are already making the front compartments longer as in walk-in closets, and if it sells good others will follow. Never seen anyone who didn't like large closets. Happy Trails....
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Old 11-03-2011, 05:46 AM   #23
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We went with a long-bed and glad we did.
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Old 11-03-2011, 06:12 AM   #24
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After many, many short beds we finally went with a long bed and now can't see us ever going back. Much better ride, maneuverability, larger fuel tank and tons of room in the bed even with the added auxiliary fuel tank.
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:06 AM   #25
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We just bought our second short bed in June of this year and still love it. I do have a manual slider, but have never had to use it in either truck and have been in some pretty tight turns while backing. The first truck was a Ford and this one is a Dodge. Another reason for getting the short bed is that it will still fit in our garage which is important to me especially in the winter when we get our wind storms and tree branches start flying around. I had left my Ford out during one of these storms and ended up with a nice dent in the roof of the cab from a branch.

It is all a matter of personal preference as previously stated.

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Old 11-03-2011, 08:07 AM   #26
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We wanted the Huge space you get with the dodge maxi cab. Doesn't come in a long bed version. Good thing too. The turning radius is bad enough as it is!
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