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Kayteg1

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Posted: 07/08/21 08:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had several Fords in the past and C&C come with much heavier suspension.
When that might be handy for TC use, my wife refused to ride it empty due to too much shaking.
Flatbed adds few inches to the bed height. Might be important.





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Posted: 07/08/21 08:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think many of us have dreamed of putting on a flatbed. So much wasted space due to bed rails. If you use camper all the time then yes. A flatbed camper would be ideal if you find the one you like, but sure, if you need the extra square footage for tanks and tools then a slide-in fits the bill...
I never could justify the extra expense of a flatbed, and didnt really have a good place to store the truck bed for down the road when I sell truck

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For me the difference between flatbed with storage boxes and normal bed is where rednecking begins.
My basement model Fleetwood had more storage in it that we need, not to mention that you could not fill it due to weight restrictions on dually.

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Do you want more ground clearance, or lower overall height?

I think the C&C may have a lower overall height. You might try to find a lot with both and measure to the highest point on the PU frame, vs to the rails on the C&C. I think the C&C is lower but am not positive, plus it probably varies by brand. Also would need to check to see if licensing, insurance, financing (if used), etc is different between the two in your state. Pickup might be easier to deal with.

On the flipside, we gained more deck height than I planned for with the flatbed on our box delete, but the toolboxes under the bed are farther off the ground. With 20.5" of clearance below the boxes even with the camper and boxes fully loaded - I rarely have to worry about ground obstructions. And our height is right at 13', still lower than our 5er.


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Wheels and tires are another difference.

The deck height of a flat bed is of concern w entry and exit to the TC.

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cptqueeg wrote:

Wheels and tires are another difference.

The deck height of a flat bed is of concern w entry and exit to the TC.


That's just an excuse to build a deck. Photo taken while moochdocking in a relative's driveway.

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I will also add, if you're looking at a 3500, with a flatbed, it's very easy to end up overweight. Those factory wheels and tires may could benefit from upgrades (19.5s). If you aren't committed to anything yet, I'd consider springing for a 5500 where C&C is the only option.

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^^^ Deck looks good but the steps look scary. Imagine coming down the steps in the dark with a little wet snow on them!!!

Why a 5500/550 vs a 4500/450?

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cptqueeg wrote:

^^^ Deck looks good but the steps look scary. Imagine coming down the steps in the dark with a little wet snow on them!!!

Why a 5500/550 vs a 4500/450?


We used them all winter, several times in ice and snow. Those conditions haven't been a problem. What's the issue? Lack of a hand rail? They make one that attaches if you need one. And you could easily fabricate an upper mount that drops into a socket with some parts from the hardware store. We've never felt unsafe on them, so never even thought about it.

Same chassis, but better suspension on the 5500 so you'll never have to worry at all about it.

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cptqueeg wrote:

^^^ Deck looks good but the steps look scary. Imagine coming down the steps in the dark with a little wet snow on them!!!

Why a 5500/550 vs a 4500/450?


That’s just a TC thing. Tests your agility….
I used it as a cutoff point…If I fell down the steps and spilt my cocktail, it was time to switch to water!


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