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    Master Libertarian01's Avatar

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    General Pickup Truck Question

    For some time now I have been taking care of some country property. As the years have passed it is becoming more and more apparent that I need a pickup truck to get a lot of stuff done, at least much easier than with a car or always trying to borrow one.

    I have decided on three (3) basic requirements:

    #1) 4 wheel drive. I want it to be very difficult to get stuck. This is easily accomplished with PU trucks.

    #2) Crew cab. When traveling I want to be able to haul friends (ie. helpers) in one vehicle. This is also fairly easy to find. I use cars.com and search.

    #3) I want a full sized bed. Heck, maybe even a bigger bed if I can get it.

    It is numbers #2 & #3 combined that are a problem in a smaller PU truck. All of the smaller trucks I see that are crew cabs have the beds cut down, sometimes massively. They almost aren't even trucks anymore but big SUV's with open trunks...

    The bigger trucks are going to be more likely out of my price range, at least mostly.

    My general question is: does anyone make a smaller crew cab pickup that can actually haul what a regular sized model of that type would be able to do?

    From what I have seen with this dilemma for me I am wanting to have my cake and eat it too, but I am hoping someone has a year make model that I can specifically search for, or at least some ideas for hauling people and stuff together.

    Thanks for the input,

    Doug
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    The least expensive option I can think of would be a Ram 2500 with a hemi. The Cummins would be much more expensive and the gas version is probably hard to find in a full bed. Option 2 would be an older f250 with the 6.0 diesel. It would be cheaper than others but for a reason. The 6.0 was horrible.

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    Grandmaster patience0830's Avatar

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    Long beds are hard to find. Crew cab long beds are HUGE. I have a 2011 Chevy extended cab (cab & 1/2) that is about perfect for me. I don't haul a lot of weight but the ability to get a 4x8 sheet of anything inside the tailgate is a huge plus in my book. Good luck. Trucks are real popular and real salty when you find a good one.
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    I have a full size Silverado 1500 with a short bed and there are still many parking spaces itís too long for. So going bigger definitely has some drawbacks to go along with the increased capacity.

    You can get mid-size trucks in a crew cab with a long bed but theyíre really hard to find. And the bed still wonít have the same volume capacity. Even new youíd have a hard time finding one on a dealer lot.

    If you could go with an extended cab with a long bed you might be able to find a full size long bed that meets your needs. Crew cab short beds are generally about the same overall length as a an extended cab standard bed.
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    So, you have a #4 as well.... price?

    How new/old are you willing to go? How much to you want to spend?

    Most likely, a regular old gas-powered 1500 series ton crew cab regular bed of any make will suit you fine. Anything made in the last 10-15 years will haul 1500+ lbs in the bed, and tow 10K+ lbs. Crew cab beds will be shorter (typically), but you can add stake sides and pile things higher. Heck, find a used one that has a flatbed/stake-bed and haul whatever you want.

    I can't imagine NOT having a pickup. Entirely too handy.
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    2015 Ram 2500 HD 4x4 4 door with an 8 foot bed is what I drive. Mine is a 6.7 liter Cummins with a 6 speed automatic Trans. Great fuel mileage hauls anything. 18,000 lb. tow rating, only drawback is parking it at the local grocery, getting it in the space is not bad but backing back out can sometimes be a challenge when another large vehicle parks next to or directly behind it. They can be found in the mid 30k price range mine has just under 90,000 miles on it now. I am thinking of a new Jeep Gladiator pick up and might be willing to sell mine for about 38K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend Dreed View Post
    2015 Ram 2500 HD 4x4 4 door with an 8 foot bed is what I drive. Mine is a 6.7 liter Cummins with a 6 speed automatic Trans. Great fuel mileage hauls anything. 18,000 lb. tow rating, only drawback is parking it at the local grocery, getting it in the space is not bad but backing back out can sometimes be a challenge when another large vehicle parks next to or directly behind it. They can be found in the mid 30k price range mine has just under 90,000 miles on it now. I am thinking of a new Jeep Gladiator pick up and might be willing to sell mine for about 38K.
    Parking lot spaces aren't made for a full size pick up let alone a extended cab unless you park out in the south 40 and walk up to the business.
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    Expert

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    You are talking about a 25-26 ft long vehicle. You would need about 4 acres to turn it around.

    The prices are going batwazoo also, a new Ford Ranger crew cab is over 35k!

    I have a Ram 3500 dually quad cab diesel (only 21ft long) that I can't say I endorse.

    There is a reason the "work trucks" look like work trucks. All these new trucks are made to go up and down prepared roads.

    I thought a dually would give me traction. It will swap ends on a wet asphalt road with anything less than 60% tread.

    It is hard, if not impossible to get something to fit your bill exactly.

    My answer was to get a truck I left on the farm and brought out gas 5 gallons at a time and have another "civilized" truck for the road.
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    Marksman

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    Almost sounds like a crew cab shorter bed truck pulling a utility trailer would fit the bill.

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    Grandmaster

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    Sounds like two vehicles to me.

    Standard cab 4X2 pickups are the most affordable and have the full sized bed for real hauling. Similarly, 100-200k seasoned 4x4 Explorers.
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