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Bed Space Vs. Trailer...Thoughts?

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by MGH-PA, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. Jun 8, 2009 at 7:26 AM

    MGH-PA [OP] Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2009
    Northcentral, PA
    05 Tacoma TRD AC 4x4
    265/75/16 Nitto Terra Grapplers, Bestop
    I think maybe I'm putting too much emphasis on needing to step up to a fullsize for more bed space. I have an AC, and would like to get into a double cab for more interior room, however, I was hesitant to get a dbl cab LB for the fact that my bed would still be too small to haul with.

    Then I got to thinking, the hauling I've been doing, I don't really care to do in the bed (pavers, rocks, firewood, etc) because it can really mark be rough on the bed over time. Why not get a nice trailer?

    How many of you guys prefer taking a trailer to load with rather than in the bed? I would want a good size trailer with depth to it, but as long as I have the tow package, and use some common sense (trailer brakes), I should be able to haul anything I could in a fullsize bed and then some. To top it all off, when you're done, you jut unhook the trailer, and you're back to driving a good sized, offroad capable vehicle (whereas you aren't with a fullsize).

    So now, I'm back to leaning toward getting a double cab longbed WITH the tow package.
  2. Jun 8, 2009 at 7:44 AM

    JPinCowtown Well-Known Member

    Mar 27, 2009
    09' SR5 4x4
    I don't haul big loads very often so I opted for the short bed. I have a 10 foot utility trailer for use if I'm hauling lumber,lawn and garden supplies, deer feeders/stands, etc. I decided that for me - the manueverability of the smaller truck outweighed the convenience of a larger bed - especially since I park every day on the 9th floor of a parking garage. So far it has worked great for me.
  3. Jun 8, 2009 at 8:02 AM

    Anathollo www.saveadane.org

    Feb 25, 2009
    07 Tacoma TRD Sport
    Icon coilovers, Rear Fox Resi-shocks, 285/70/17 Toyo A/T's, Touchscreen JVC Headunit, Custom Rhino-lined sub box, Rocksford Fosgate components and Dual Rockford Fosgate 10" shallow subs, Pioneer and Rocksford Fosgate amps, 1250 watts total, Autometer Volt and Trans gauges with Lotek A-pillar, K&N Drop-in filter, WO Seat covers, Tint, NST WP pulley, Hi-lift jack, Diff breather mod, horn relocation mod, extra "D" rings, de-pinstriped, carrier bearing drop, Rear backup 886 bulbs, Camburg UCA's, AMW Catch can, BHLM, OME Dakars with AAL, Procomp 7089's, Front single hoop Demello bumper, Superwinch Tiger Shark 9500, Amsteel 3/8th synthetic line
    I prefer to use a trailer whenever possible in order to keep stuff out of my bed. I have a 12 ft trailer and a 6ft long trailer with 3ft side walls. I also have a lot of friends with trailers, and they never use them so I'm able to borrow them whenever I want. My buddys trash trailer comes in handy! Nice to have friends!
  4. Jun 8, 2009 at 9:24 AM

    MattN03 Well-Known Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    First Name:
    Bluegrass State
    07 DC 4x4 TRD Off-Road
    20% window tint, beep mod, hardwired V1, TSB springs, AVS Bugshield-21803, USA Spec PA15, OEM Tacoma scuff plates, Weathertech mats, Truxedo LoPro, TRD skid, GY Duratrac's 265/75/16 C Range, locker mod (switch method)
    I agree, it's not that bad most of the time with the short 5' bed and maneuvering is much easier. We travel with our 2 large dogs in their kennels in the bed and then have our luggage + everything we need for our 4 month old baby. We're packed full by this time, so I just bought a hitch mounted cargo carrier for our road trips. I also have a 5'x10' trailer for the ATV, Lowe's runs, mulch, top soil, etc, etc instead of having to beat up the truck bed with all that. So far, it's worked out just fine.
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