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Old 01-14-2009, 06:29 AM
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Guys, help me out here. I'm thinking of buying a newer (03+) truck strictly for runs to home depot, etc. Currently have an older F-150 but might be a good time to upgrade. Looks like mine could be worth somewhere around $3k and have seen some much newer ones in the $6k range.

My only requirement is that it haul 4x8 sheets flat. (gate open is fine)

Obviously any of the "full size" trucks will do this. But what are the bed sizes like on the smaller trucks/imports etc?
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All of the full-size trucks have a width of 49" or better between the wheel wells.

My '99 Ford Ranger will carry a 4 X 8 sheet flat with the tailgate down and the sheets ride on top of the wheel wells.

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Many of the extended cab or 4 door trucks don't have an 8 foot bed. They are often around 80 inches. That's even true of things like a crew cab F-250. You can buy them with an 8 foot bed, but the shorter bed is more common. Take your tape measure when you go shopping!
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Kerno, I'm not so much worried about bed length but width between the wheel wells, or possibly on top of the wheel wells. a 6' bed + the tailgate is fine, even if an 8' sheet overhangs a bit.

Gf, I don't quite follow you - if the sheet is on top of the wheel wells, then it isn't flat, right? I'm thinking "what will carry a sheet of drywall without it cracking" ...
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If the wheel well width is your main concern, then I think you are right in that all the full size trucks are over 48 inches between the wells.
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Gf, I don't quite follow you - if the sheet is on top of the wheel wells, then it isn't flat, right? I'm thinking "what will carry a sheet of drywall without it cracking" ...

I bought my beater Ranger truck used (very used) and the aftermarket bed liner has little plastic "nubs" to support the material above the wheel wells. I brought home a 4 X 8 sheet of blue board just this past Saturday. No issues. I think it has a 6' or 6.5' bed.

The bed on my '04 Nissan Titan crew cab was only 5.5' long, with the tailgate down a 4 X 8 sheet extended past the tailgate but I never had any issues with that either.


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I recently sold a short bed ford ranger (stepside) for a fullsize pickup. to haul a 4x8 sheet of drywall I would load a 4x8 sheet of 3/4" ply at an angle and then lay the drywall on top. It did have the cutouts for the 2x8 blocks in the bed but since it was a stepside it still did not have enough room to lay anything flat in the bed.

If this is truly a yard and work truck, I would get a regular cab with a full size bed 8'. Besides being cheapest it will haul anything you need and is a great working truck. Around town my full size truck gets 14 mpg and the ranger got 19 mpg so it did not make much difference.
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Kerno, I'm not so much worried about bed length but width between the wheel wells, or possibly on top of the wheel wells. a 6' bed + the tailgate is fine, even if an 8' sheet overhangs a bit.

Gf, I don't quite follow you - if the sheet is on top of the wheel wells, then it isn't flat, right? I'm thinking "what will carry a sheet of drywall without it cracking" ...
I had a 99 dodge 6' bed and the bed walls had notches in them so you could put 2x4 across the bed to support flat sheets. I used them for everything from plywood to sheet rock to a new front door for the house. worked perfectly. I have also seen people make a "rack" from 2x4 to let sheets sit on top of the wood and wheel wells for support.
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