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Old 01-11-2010, 10:46 PM   #1
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Short bed or long bed pickup ?

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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Old 01-11-2010, 10:49 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 01-12-2010, 04:02 AM   #3
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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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Old 01-12-2010, 06:46 AM   #4
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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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Old 01-12-2010, 06:52 AM   #5
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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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Old 01-12-2010, 07:14 AM   #6
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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...

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Old 01-12-2010, 07:19 AM   #7
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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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Old 01-12-2010, 07:50 AM   #8
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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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Old 01-12-2010, 07:57 AM   #9
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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 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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Old 01-12-2010, 08:47 AM   #10
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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.

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Old 01-12-2010, 12:01 PM   #11
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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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Old 01-12-2010, 12:57 PM   #12
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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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Old 01-12-2010, 12:59 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Strong Bad
Long bed is the way to go with a truck that gets used.

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Old 01-12-2010, 02:49 PM   #14
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Short bed works just fine, just take the gate off:

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Old 01-12-2010, 03:36 PM   #15
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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.
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