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Long-bed vs Short-bed

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by coughlig, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. Sep 29, 2017 at 3:15 PM
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    coughlig

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    From the pictures I see here, looks like there are A LOT more short-beds than long-beds.
    I wanted a long bed for hauling bikes/kayaks/wood etc. I suppose short-beds are better on the trail.

    How'd you decide which to get?

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  2. Sep 29, 2017 at 3:17 PM
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    InsuredToyota

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    Short bed. They don't make a manual double cab, long bed. Had to sacrafice somewhere, and I like 3 pedals.
     
  3. Sep 29, 2017 at 3:19 PM
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    coopcooper

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    I actually use my box, therefore long box makes way more sense.
     
  4. Sep 29, 2017 at 3:22 PM
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    eccracer104

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    I wanted 4 doors, and you can haul a dirtbike with the tailgate down. So DCSB for my current truck.

    10 years later I no longer need 4 doors but would like a longer bed, so next truck will be an access cab.

    Only you can determine which configuration will be the best for you.
     
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  5. Sep 29, 2017 at 3:27 PM
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    jsinnard

    jsinnard Crawl Control and longbed? I has it

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    Have had both, with the shortbed I always wished for more room. Now that I have a longbed I've never thought I had too much.
     
  6. Sep 29, 2017 at 3:32 PM
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    BlakeM

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    Same here.
    I wanted a long bed, but decided manual was more important to me.

    If I have to haul anything that won't fit in my short bed, I have an enclosed trailer and an open trailer.
     
  7. Sep 29, 2017 at 3:37 PM
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    jsinnard

    jsinnard Crawl Control and longbed? I has it

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    Shortbed will probably fit in the garage, not important to me but it might be to the OP.
     
  8. Sep 29, 2017 at 3:38 PM
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    ecgreen

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    I decided that I am a man, so I need a long bed. To do man stuff that non-manly men do not do.
     
  9. Sep 29, 2017 at 3:45 PM
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    cblow5

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    My wife and I like to sleep back there sometimes when camping even at my towering 5'7" the short bed is...well too short. I have a shell and like to close it up completely, especially if it's cold or you find yourself alone in grizzly bear country.
     
  10. Sep 29, 2017 at 4:04 PM
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    tacouk

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    I think the long bed is great, especially for camping. A Softopper is waaay cheaper than a rooftop tent. The DCLB does look a bit stretched from some angles though.
     
  11. Sep 29, 2017 at 4:07 PM
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    Long bed looks better too. The body curve on the door flows into the bed unlike the SB which looks terrible imho
     
  12. Sep 29, 2017 at 4:20 PM
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    jsinnard Crawl Control and longbed? I has it

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    Shortbed does look a bit "nubby", especially with the longer nose.

    Longbed looks like a proper truck. ;)

    4 days after lift.jpg

    And the longbed is harder to find on the lots because they're so damn desireable.
     
  13. Sep 29, 2017 at 4:26 PM
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    Decide whether you actually use your truck bed or not. The amount of times I've hauled something that required I leave my tailgate down in order for it to fit (I have a long bed too), have shown if I had the short bed, I'd be in a difficult spot. From hauling lumber, moving house, bought a new mattress, bought a new sofa. The 6 ft bed was a must, and even a bit too short at that.

    If you're not the type of person who really will uses their bed, especially for larger/longer items; the 5 ft is a smaller wheelbase I believe, better turning radius, easier to park.
     
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    I hauled several pieces of t111 and drywall with no issues this week. Short bed.
     
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    I'm talking about this
    vs this
     
  16. Sep 29, 2017 at 4:56 PM
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    Access cab was my goal. Long bed is only option. Works great for kayaks, bikes, home improvement store runs. If I camped, it would have a cap and sleeping system.
     
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  18. Sep 29, 2017 at 5:09 PM
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    I had a LB on my 2005. It was very useful, but I thought the truck looked really long for how narrow it is, was harder to park in town than a mid-size should be. The space was good but to be honest I haven't run into any haul jobs yet that my SB hasn't been fine for. I haul my moto on a trailer and have a topper for the hounds and to keep other stuff dry, so the SB works perfectly for me. Shorter on the trail has been a bonus, too. YMMV.

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  19. Sep 29, 2017 at 5:16 PM
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    LB. It's a personal preference. Someone said 1 in 10 are LB's. To my eye the proportions look nicer. Weefek pointed out the part I think looks goofy on SB. To each his own though.
     
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    If I needed a long bed DC I'd have bought a 1/2 ton. The only reason to buy a Tacoma is for the smaller size and the DCLB's are just as long as a DC 1/2 ton with less interior room.

    The problem with long beds on these trucks is payload capacity. We don't have much anyway and with the heavier long bed you have even less. I only have 1200 lbs of payload. Once 2 adults and other gear along with my cap is on the truck I'm limited to about 600 lbs max in the bed, with 3 or 4 adults even less.

    If it won't fit in my bed, I have a 5'X10' trailer which is bigger than an 8' bed on a 3/4 ton. I've put 6000 lbs on it and the truck pulls it easily.
     
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