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HadEnough

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Posted: 07/26/21 02:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jimh425 wrote:

That would depend on where you are and what year/brand you have. On ebay, I saw some as low as $450. I would buy a takeoff since there are plenty of them from people changing to flatbeds.


Currently in Colorado traveling cross country.

I can’t do this myself since I’m traveling and have nowhere to do it.

It’s a 2002 Ram. Maybe I just do it when I get back in the fall?

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Flatbed dealers quite often have an inventory of new factory pickup bed take-off’s

Just doing a web search for “Colorado used pickup beds” came up with this. I would think a dealer like this that claims to have “a large inventory of New factory take off truck beds for Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford trucks” would have the ability to get your old bed off and a new one installed quicker than you could do it yourself. Pickup beds aren’t really hard to remove, but on a rusty truck like yours, the hardest part may very well be getting the old bolts removed.

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Salvage yards would be another source, though I would expect those beds to be used, and less expensive.

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your bed probably will be the same as 2002-2008. I bet not many of them sitting in flat bed stores anymore. Is the bed failing because of Rust? Are you over tightening the fast guns?


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Rusty???? What?? I don’t have a speck of rust on here. None. Zero. I don’t use my vehicles in places it ices, snows or has salt on the roads. The bed has been getting crushed from the weight of the TC over all the awful roads throughout this country.

No, I don’t over tighten my Fastguns. Tightened as specified, using the little o ring indicator.

The bed just can’t take getting airborne from unmarked speed bumps, potholes that rattle your teeth out, poor transitions on the roads from flat road to bridge, etc.

The roads are so bad I go through front end components too and even had a front wheel fly off from a huge hole in the road. Broke my front end.

It’s the roads and thousands and thousands of miles on them.

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Oh, sorry. I thought this was all caused from rust. I guess I have your situation confused with another member’s.

In that case, I’d be reluctant to replace the bed with another factory bed. Maybe a flatbed is in order

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NRALIFR wrote:

Oh, sorry. I thought this was all caused from rust. I guess I have your situation confused with another member’s.

In that case, I’d be reluctant to replace the bed with another factory bed. Maybe a flatbed is in order

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No worries. I just get a little excitable. Appreciate the help and ideas.


Hmmmm. I’ve been intrigued by a flatbed setup. They look kinda weird since the TC is made for a standard bed. Do people usually build some boxes around the edges or something for looks?

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I am not seeing OP’s sig for the TC setup in question…

If "the bed is getting crushed from the weight of the TC" then perhaps the truck and camper are mismatched- i.e. too heavy of a camper for the truck or not enough truck for the camper on it… especially if components are breaking.

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d3500ram wrote:

I am not seeing OP’s sig for the TC setup in question…

If "the bed is getting crushed from the weight of the TC" then perhaps the truck and camper are mismatched- i.e. too heavy of a camper for the truck or not enough truck for the camper on it… especially if components are breaking.


That’s my fear.

It’s kind of mismatched.

Ram 2500 with Dana Axle, differential cooling fins, extra leaf spring kit, air bags/shocks, aftermarket high load wheels, load range H commercial regroovable tires, exhaust brake, 6 speed manual heavy duty transmission, Cummins turbo diesel, edge performance computer, mods to the front “tower” area that holds the front of the bed up. These crushed and I fixed them by using blocking in place of the flimsy sheet metal. Maybe that’s what I need to do with the rear areas that are crushing?

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HadEnough wrote:


I’m at about 150,000 miles, nearly all with the TC in the bed. Should I expect these problems after 150,000 miles of bone rattling holes and bumps?

A properly set-up truck/ TC combo should last this duration (and more!)

Respectfully, could driving habits be in play? The reason I ask this is because of (words to the effect) ... "getting airborne."

This is quite disconcerting to read. A truck and camper should not be getting airborne. Perhaps slow down a bit?

...not accusing, just saying.

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HadEnough wrote:

NO ISSUES with the mounts. Please show me where I said there were.

https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/30135864.cfm


HadEnough wrote:

Issues with the bed crushing were CAUSED by the roads and thousands and thousands of miles.

Perhaps on the rear, but the issues with the front of your bed crushing was due to the hack job installation of your tie downs.

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