Flatbeds for Pickups

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Flatbeds for Pickups

Flatbeds for pickup trucks have become more popular over the last number of years, and it seems as more companies are manufacturing bolt on flatbeds for just about every make and model of pickup.  If you are looking for a new bed for your truck, you will want to do some research before making your decision on what type and style of flatbed to buy.

Pickup flatbeds come in many shapes and sizes and not all types are available for all pickup brands.  Ford, Dodge, Chevy and GMC truck owners have the most options when it comes to installing a flat bed, however Toyota flatbeds have become more popular over the last number of years.

The type of material the bed is made of will be the most important decision you will need to make when it comes to selecting a new bed for your truck.  The most popular materials for aftermarket flatbeds are steel and aluminum.  Steel offers some benefits including lower cost and strength, but a steel flatbed is very heavy and may limit the amount of weight you can haul with your truck.

Aluminum flatbeds have become more popular over the last decade or so, and the price has come down somewhat, but you will still pay more for aluminum then steel.  Aluminum beds are strong and lighter than steel, so you can carry more weight and you should get better gas mileage than with a steel flat bed.

Another decision you will need to make is whether you want a dump flatbed for your pickup.  Dump beds offer the convenience of being able to dump a heavy load with out the use of a hoist or fork truck.  This is a popular option for landscapers and construction workers that for hauling trees, boulders, and other landscaping material, along with lumber.

Although the initial expense of a new flatbed for your truck may be costly, you should think of it as an investment.  You will be able to haul more material and equipment.  The time savings should also make your decision easier.  Many flatbed kits are available for you to bolt the bed right to your truck, while other suppliers will install it for you when you buy from them.

There are several top manufacturers of pick up truck flatbeds and we will be reviewing these companies in the near future, so be sure to check back often for updates on buying a flatbed for your pickup truck.

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