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Wheelhouse
10-20-2017, 07:50 AM
Presently we are traveling with a 2003 F-350 XLT Super Duty 4x4 long bed. The truck runs great but feel it is time to let it rest and get some newer. Talking to others its been kind of a toss up for the bed length. Dealer and owners say the longer the bed, the smoother the ride, but parking can sometimes be an issue in the cities.
Others have said the short bed runs good and handles well and parking isn't the issue like the long bed.
My wife and I are a little puzzled which to buy. Hopefully the forum answers will help us with the decision. We would hate to buy a new truck and smack our foreheads later saying we should have bought the other type bed, ugh. :confused::confused: :facepalm:

1retired06
10-20-2017, 08:05 AM
Having pulled with both, only a long bed for me. No need for a slider, more cargo space. We have a crew cab long bed dually, and have never been unable to find a place to park despite the length. The rear fenders on the dually are what we have to be careful about.

GLS3950
10-20-2017, 08:14 AM
I would not have a short bed, I like to be able to a sheet of plywood with the tailgate up. Yes parking is more difficult ut I just park out, don't mind a little walk.
With a short bed you may want to get a slider hitch. Short bed will probably have a shorter turning radius. In the end it's up to you, since you already ha e a long bed yup know what parking is like.

grumpylane
10-20-2017, 08:25 AM
my 2 cents. no extra pieces on hitch to go bad if you buy a sliding hitch. definitley hauling full size lumber. oh and not worrying about smashing the cab when backing in. senior moments lol

BB_TX
10-20-2017, 08:35 AM
You don't say what cab you currently have, but my 2012 crew cab long bed F350 SRW can definitely be a problem parking, especially in lots where the spaces and lanes are narrower trying to squeeze in more spaces. But like others, I much prefer the long bed for carrying more "stuff" in the bed when towing and hauling 8' lumber with the tailgate closed.

But there are those who prefer a short bed. Very much a personal choice.

DQDick
10-20-2017, 09:34 AM
Have a Dodge Maxi Cab and a Pullrite slider. When the rear seats are down it's a station wagon back there. Would not give up the inside space and with the Pullrite I don't ever have to make adjustments or watch the cab when backing. For my money it's the best of both worlds. Is the Pullrite expensive, yes but small $ when compared to the truck and it's built right so it's the last hitch I'll have to buy.

Lenny K
10-20-2017, 09:37 AM
All my trucks have been long beds and the extra storage is essential for long trips. I find that by backing into a space the hips are now not a problem for myself or for the other drivers parked along side.

Razrbk
10-20-2017, 10:31 AM
For my lifestyle (retired & fulltime), I have a Ram 3500 SRW CC Short Bed 4x4 with Pullrite auto slider. It meets my daily driving and towing needs.

Loneoak
10-20-2017, 11:25 AM
We have a crew cab and long bed. Wouldn’t have any other way. I agree with the others, less maneuverability and more difficult to park, but the extra space is worth it. Not having a sliding hitch is an added bonus. When we are home, we have a car which we share with our daughter. Great for the odd trip downtown.

twindman
10-20-2017, 12:54 PM
If you are like me and put your vehicles in the garage, you should measure your garage and then check the specs. I have a Chevy only because it is 6" and 12" shorter than the dodge/ford shortbeds. It just barely fits in the garage with about 18-24 inches at the front so we can walk around it. Any other truck wouldn't fit.
If you park outside or in a barn, etc get what you want.

richfaa
10-20-2017, 12:56 PM
Our truck is not a daily driver not even close. We purchased it to pull a fairly heavy Montana and no other reason. We never shoehorn in any parking space we look for "dually parking spaces" The truck is strictly a tow vehicle. Heavy duty, rides rough solo, Crew cab, long bed but it tows great.

Wheelhouse
10-20-2017, 01:39 PM
Excellent responses and I thank you for your inputs. I like most have always had the long bed with a crew cab. The extra length allows me to put my security blanket on (Husky tool box, lol) to carry what I do not want in the truck or 5'er.
Being in construction for 35 years, those little jobs for plywood, sheet rock and lumber do not seem to end, lol.
Thank you again, I am looking at the 2017 Ram 3500 6.7 diesel crew cab Lariet Longhorn, long bed.
Everyone have fun be careful of the other drivers.
Happy trails all.

Loneoak
10-20-2017, 02:49 PM
Our truck is not a daily driver not even close. We purchased it to pull a fairly heavy Montana and no other reason. We never shoehorn in any parking space we look for "dually parking spaces" The truck is strictly a tow vehicle. Heavy duty, rides rough solo, Crew cab, long bed but it tows great.

I regularly take four parking spots, parking right in the middle. This way no one can bang up my doors. I pick spots far from entrances.

BuilderBob
10-20-2017, 03:05 PM
I won't have any thing but a DRW long bed to pull my 5er with I hate sliding fifth wheels
more bed space for all the other junk.

Bob & Carol
Tacoma WA
2017 352RL 2008 Dodge 3500 DRW crew cab 4x4 6.7L

My09Ride
10-20-2017, 04:10 PM
Guys Figure it out. If I could have gotten a short bed dually From Ford I'd have it.. In 09 I couldn't.. My short be is much nicer to drive w/o the long wheel base? I just set it up properly. Ride good with proper adjustment handling great, and no problem with the morride extended kingpin. I've even pulled a 53' 102" wide. I you are going heavy in the bed go for the long bed dually,& deal w/ it

Beau2010
10-20-2017, 07:11 PM
Long bed dually. In the East, streets and parking spots are narrower/smaller. Have had to fold in mirrors to get thru or park in places but would not have a short bed or SRW towing like we do.

Texan
10-20-2017, 08:52 PM
It looks like the consensus is long bed. I had the short bed before this one and i carry a 60 gal. fuel tank. With the s.b. you just don't have the room for much and as others have said you need a slider hitch. Also like others i always try to back into places and with the rear camera i can park within 2 or 3 inches of the the car in front or i guess i should say behind me.With the big ranch-hand bumper in the front i can never seem to park close enough and the back end sticks out to much.

airboatart
10-21-2017, 05:07 AM
I have towed with both to me the long is the way to go, more room and less worry. As for parking i have Ext. cab not a full 4 door a few in. shorter.

Templef
10-30-2017, 06:08 PM
Bigger is better, hitch,in bed box,cooler, spare fuel, other needs, with room to spare in a long bed, you don’t want others to know ur short in the bed! Just sayin...I went from 2006 f350 drw to a 2015 f350 srw with air bags great combo.

Recumbent
10-30-2017, 07:07 PM
We have towed with 2010 F250 6.5 bed towing Mountaineer 36ft 326RL
Towed our 2013 Montana 3725RL with 2012 F350 DRW
Now towing with 2017 F350 SRW 6.75 bed with a new HiJacker Autoslide hitch
We like all three trucks and each performed well for us.
We had a list of likes and dislikes for each truck.
Our current truck is just our current expression of what we think we want.
It's just a choice that each person must make before going down the road.

Idalogger52
10-30-2017, 07:25 PM
We just had to trade our 2017 F350 short box for a F350 dulely because the short box didn’t have the capacity to safely tow our 3511RL....I miss the sb ease of getting into tight places. The longer the wheelbase the smoother the ride. There’s pluses and minuses for each.

cpaulsen
10-30-2017, 07:28 PM
Had a LB/CC and went to a SB/CC with a Pullrite.......love my SB.

AZ Traveler
10-30-2017, 08:36 PM
Decision depends on what is most important to you. If your truck is primarily a TV and not used as a daily driver, a long bed makes for better towing, will not need a slider hitch, typically carries more fuel and is more stable. As a daily driver the short bed is easier to park and get in your garage. I have a short bed which works for me with it used as a TV about 5% of the time.

Half Fast Rusty
10-30-2017, 08:37 PM
I have a Ram 3500 crew cab 4X4 with a short bed. It doubles as my daily driver when we are not on the road. I do have a B&W slider OEM hitch which I really like except for its weight. Other than the weight, it is easy to put in and take out when we decide to head out on an adventure. If I only used the truck for towing and never wanted to park it somewhere other than my own driveway, I would consider a dually. Stability pulling a large 5er can be appealing. Also, long beds obviously don't need the slider hitch.

mtlakejim
10-30-2017, 09:15 PM
We traded in our 3/4 ton short bed for a 1 ton dually long bed. I have towed and worked out of both. It is as they say a personal choice but for me it is hands down the long bed and for towing the dually. I had a couple incidents with the short bed that put a dent in either side of the cab and one that cost me a new rear window. No such problems with the long bed and there is room in front of the hitch for my future welder/generator as well. Parking? I deal with it. When you get right down too it there isn't that much difference parking a short bed over a long bed. The dually fenders do make it a little tougher though but I wouldn't even think of going srw with a 42' camper!

Ram Montana High Country
10-31-2017, 09:44 PM
Our friends have 2500 RAM long bed 2016, I have a RAM 2500 short bed 2017. Other than towing his 5er, he chooses not to use his due to turning radius. I've not needed to use my slider yet but did, just to try it out. We each have Auto Air level and continuously tow in the lowered position to be more level.

Eagleback
11-01-2017, 04:57 AM
No short beds here ether. And i can get my ram crew long box drw in the parking structures in Naples Florida. and that city is built on the smart car statue. Just have to learn to drive it and park it.

WaltBennett
11-06-2017, 05:46 AM
I've had both and even though a long bed can be a hassle on city streets & parking, it's far better than a short bed.

donc1212
11-26-2017, 09:38 AM
I bought a 2001 Ford F250 RWD long bed with the V-10 used 1n 2007. The truck had 12,000 mi on it. The previous owner also had a 30ft 5th wheel so he bought with the idea of ONLY using it to pull an RV. A 4/30 rear end and heavy duty suspension was added. It has an 'EXtra cab with the old suicide door set-up. Captains seats in the front and a 60/40 rear seat that folds up. He already had it set up to pull. I've added a Banks Power system and Mag Teck rear end cover to reduce rear end heat when pulling. I also added an auxiliary gas tank with a transfer pump so I'm carrying 80 gal. of gas. So far the it runs like a champ (63,000 mi) and has no problem pulling my new 'rig'

TrailTrackers
11-26-2017, 07:40 PM
Excellent responses and I thank you for your inputs. I like most have always had the long bed with a crew cab. The extra length allows me to put my security blanket on (Husky tool box, lol) to carry what I do not want in the truck or 5'er.
Being in construction for 35 years, those little jobs for plywood, sheet rock and lumber do not seem to end, lol.
Thank you again, I am looking at the 2017 Ram 3500 6.7 diesel crew cab Lariet Longhorn, long bed.
Everyone have fun be careful of the other drivers.
Happy trails all.

Hey... That's the exact truck I got! It pulls my trailer awesome. But for some unknown reason when it doesn't have a trailer behind it, and I hit 74-76 mph, I get this strange shimmy from the rear (it's solid in the front with nothing at the steering wheel). The dealer says it's the aftermarket wheels and tires and refuses to believe otherwise. Discount Tire has done that special balancing job where they match up the "out of roundness" in each wheel and tire individually. They even put different wheels and tires on it and the shimmy didn't go away at the same speed range. It's my first ever long bed truck so I don't really know what to think.

Anyway, that's the one thing "con" I would say about my truck. But there are probably 100's of "pros" I could mention about the truck. Like I said, this is my first long bed and it has made me wonder why I hadn't gotten a long bed all those other times. Other than this is the first truck I have purchased to pull a 5th wheel trailer. And I knew before I purchased the truck that I was going to install a 91 gal. fuel tank / tool box in the bed of the truck, and there was no way to do that in a short bed. And I also did not want to be forced to get a sliding 5th wheel.

It didn't take me long to get used to parking the long bed, and I bet it won't take you long to get used to it either. I'm sure you will be much better off, much safer going down the road and much happier if you get the long bed. Good luck with what ever you decide.

Edit:
Oh yeah... This is also the first auto tranny in a truck I have had. And this truck came with like 423s or something like that; can't really remember. But in any case I knew that wasn't going to cut it for my taste pulling a 40' RV. So before I took delivery (I ordered my truck custom from dealer) I had the dealer change the gears to 373s. The other major thing I ordered on my truck from the get-go was dual alternators which gives me 440 amps. Anyway, with the 373s my truck snatches my trailer up steep grades like it ain't got nothing behind it; I love it...