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Undecided..Long bed Vs.Short Bed

Im ordering 2011 King ranch Crew Cab and need a little help with something I have been wrestling with. I like the look of Short bed but I can see the need for an 8ft Bed. Im a contractor for a living but this truch will be used for mostly estimates and my pleasure truck when im not busy running around in my E250Van.
Im worried about parking and making a simple U turn. Can any of you giveme some advise and help steer me in the right direction. Would hate to spend 55k on a truck and realize I made a decision without knowing the pros and cons
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I've had both, and I didn't notice much difference in handling. Both are too big to park like your wife's car, but both are still very easy to get around in.
I have a short bed now, and I'm going back to a long bed because I like the look better.

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I personally could never own a short bed. The better turning simply isn't worth it to me. Worse turning can be overcome with more driving skill. Can't make up for a short bed.

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another thing is the long bed has a bigger fuel tank. I have a long bed now and love it. Can haul the rhino so no need for a trailer.

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I have both right now. I like both and both will park the same. I can get these trucks into the some of the tightest spot, you just have to know how to drive them. THe one thing you need to consisder is "do you have a need for a longbed" If you do then there is your answer. You will regret your decision every time you want to put something into that shortbed and it doesn't fit and you don't want to regret a $50K purchase do you?

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I also like the look of a long bed...To me it is what a pick-up is supposed to look like.
I was just worried when I hear from salesmen and other supposed experts that say the truck will be too long...
So I figured that the only way to get a real answer is to run it by you guys... I really appriciate your feedback... It will be ordered this week
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I had drove f250 diesel extended short bed and crew short bed since 99. After the troubles with my 6.0 I bought a chevy crew long bed because I thought I could use the long bed and was tired of the 6.0( I am a contractor). I hated the crew long bed with a passion. It was way too long, and decided I did not like look of the crew long bed either.

If it were me, I would buy a long if I had some job that I couldnt do with a shortbed. I wouldnt get the long-bed just because it might come in handy sometimes. If that were the case, we would all keep our flatbed trailers in tow all the time.
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I had drove f250 diesel extended short bed and crew short bed since 99. After the troubles with my 6.0 I bought a chevy crew long bed because I thought I could use the long bed and was tired of the 6.0( I am a contractor). I hated the crew long bed with a passion. It was way too long, and decided I did not like look of the crew long bed either.

If it were me, I would buy a long if I had some job that I couldnt do with a shortbed. I wouldnt get the long-bed just because it might come in handy sometimes. If that were the case, we would all keep our flatbed trailers in tow all the time.
Not to mention that a CCLB Ford is even longer than a comparable chevy model. I could do with an ECLB but not a CCLB.

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I would only get a long bed if I was getting the ext cab or reg cab. The crewcab and longbox would be a nightmare IMO. But if you need it, then go for it.

If you need to haul 4x8 sheets of plywood (or any lumber) then then the long box would be good. If you need a ladder on your truck it doesn't really matter if you use a ladder rack.

For hauling my snowmobile it doesn't make any difference because I have to have the tail gate down anyhow and the sled sticks out 8 - 10 '' on the short box, but who cares.

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