What can i fit in my truck bed?
Posted January 10, 2017 - 05:47 PM
Posted January 11, 2017 - 11:53 AM
Why not just get a trailer or a hitch receiver bike carrier?
Posted January 16, 2017 - 04:21 PM
Two bikes, no prob.
1 quad should fit as well.
Trying to cram in all 3 at the same time will be a disaster.
A deck will probably work, but just be aware that's a steep climb up there. Makes me real nervous loading a sled, even with an 8ft ramp and beavertail deck.
Other consideration with a deck is the vehicle you're putting it on - usually need a 3/4-ton or more to handle the weight of gear+deck+machines on the rear axle. A half-ton with airbags can be made to work; just watch GVWR/GAWR.
Dana 44's on my old 1500 were rated at 3500lbs; my PW's got an AAM 10.5 (with the 11.5 shafts) rated at 9000lbs. Pretty big difference there.
Or, my suggestion, get a trailer. 2-place open, screw down some wheel chocks, and go. Inexpensive to purchase/register/insure.
Enclosed is nice, but more expensive and needs a bigger tow vehicle.
Posted January 17, 2017 - 04:18 PM
It's not the weight of the deck that's the concern - that's a relatively small weight compared to the machines you put on it with the additional sq.ft that the deck offers.
Then you load up the bed under the deck with gear, equipment, fuel ... real easy to overload the rear axle and GVWR of a half-ton.
Throw mountain driving at an overloaded pickup... even if the engine/trans/driveline can handle it, brakes are another story. I had to be real careful with my 1500 and trailer coming down the passes.
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