RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Truck Campers: Long Bed vs. Short Bed

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Help and Support  |  Contact

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Truck Campers

Open Roads Forum  >  Truck Campers

 > Long Bed vs. Short Bed

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Sponsored By:
SoCalDesertRider

Arizona desert

Senior Member

Joined: 12/14/2003

View Profile



Posted: 01/04/10 02:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The late model Dodge Quad Cab doors swing open forward like a normal crew cab. Early model Dodge Quad Cabs had suicide doors. I think the change happened somewhere around 2000.

The longbed makes more sense for carrying a truck camper, especially any truck camper longer than 8 feet, cause the axle is further back, having less weight behind the axle and more weight distributed to the front axle.

On most trucks, an extended cab short bed is about the same length as a long bed regular cab and an extended cab long bed is about the same length as a crew cab short bed. The best compromise for hauling a truck camper is the extended cab long bed, if you're worried about wheelbase length.

If you're getting along fine now with a regular cab, then obviously you don't really need a crew cab, you're probly just looking for some more interior storage space and occasional passenger room. The extended cab fits that scenario very well without making the truck unecessarily long while still keeping the full 8 feet of bed length for carrying a wider variety of campers and/or a longer camper. The long bed also allows carrying an 8 to 9 foot camper and towing without an aftermarket heavy duty hitch and extension bar that are needed to carry 8 to 9 foot campers with a short bed.


05E350 6.0PSD
97F350DRW 7.3PSD 4x4 4.10 11' flatbed
98Ranger
69Bronco ATC250R CR500
20' BigTex flatbed carhauler
Callen Camper

92F350 CrewCab 4x4 351/C6
B&W TurnoverBall, Curt Magnum V
HD Springs Bilsteins,
285/75-16E BFG AT on 16x8 Stocktons
4.56's & LockRite rear

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 

Open Roads Forum  >  Truck Campers

 > Long Bed vs. Short Bed
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Truck Campers


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2014 RV.Net | Terms & Conditions | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS