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Long-bed vs Short-bed

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

  1. Jun 4, 2018 at 8:14 PM
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    Matmo215

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  2. Jun 4, 2018 at 8:20 PM
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    If you lie down with the tailgate open it's 6.5 feet. Yes? Add a tent and air mattress, and voila. Cozy.
     
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  3. Jun 4, 2018 at 8:22 PM
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    Mightvas well get a sb and sleep on the ground is what you are saying
     
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  4. Jun 4, 2018 at 8:31 PM
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    Not at all. Unless you're LeBron James. Total length is a little more than 6.5 feet. I went out and measured it where I keep it at night—in the garage.

    Oh wait, LBs don't fit there. So sorry.
     
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  5. Jun 4, 2018 at 8:35 PM
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    Putting a tent in the bed sorta defeats the purpose. Id hate to be be sleeping with tailgate open, exposed to elements and mosquitoes. Last year i slept under the tonneau in total peaceful darkness, this yeat i grabed a softopper for more space with all the peotective benefits
     
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  6. Jun 4, 2018 at 8:38 PM
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    Yeah, never any bugs in a tent on the ground.

    But yes, I would love a SoftTopper. I'm taking up a collection for $1100, including the top and the tent extension.

    I have to go to sleep now. Getting up early to put my kayak in my SB, and drive down to the French Broad to paddle a bit tomorrow.
     
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  7. Jun 4, 2018 at 8:41 PM
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    If subway offers me a foot long sub for the price of a six inch I take it so why not take the extra foot in the bed.
     
  8. Jun 4, 2018 at 8:52 PM
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    With a toolbox and a swingout in my short bed I can’t haul anything in that bed and have to use the trailer. When I need to haul something long I use the AC and that bed makes a huge differance. love the DCSB for off-roading but the AC is more useful
     
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  9. Jun 5, 2018 at 6:32 AM
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    I do, because I dont want to be this guy! :)
     
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  10. Jun 5, 2018 at 9:16 AM
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    When I go on camping trips my long bed gets full real damned fast, even without overpacking. If I had a short bed I'd be kicking myself for not getting the long one.
    I was worried about turning radius, but that was just wasted energy. An occasional three point turn doesn't krimp my style.
     
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  11. Jun 6, 2018 at 5:14 AM
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    I use the bed extender on my Access Cab and I get nearly 8ft.
     
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    had a 07 AC then a 14 DCLB, don't know what it would be like without the long bed but here recently ive been thinking about it with the interest of a 3rd gen. have a lot of friends and family with tacomas and I'm the only one with a long bed. enjoyed reading all he long bed support tho hahah
     
  13. Jun 13, 2018 at 6:32 AM
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    Would never own a short. Not really a truck of any use if the beds shorter than 6'.
     
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  14. Jun 13, 2018 at 9:24 AM
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    That same argument could easily be said coming from a person with a 8' bed regarding those tiny little useless 6' beds on those tiny little trucks we call Tacomas.

    Very similar to a Chihuahua lecturing a toy Yorkie on not being a real dog.
     
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    DCSB imho. Looks better, fits in the garage better. But to each their own! Great to have options!
     
  16. Jun 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM
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    Guys with 6.5' beds say the same about anything less than that. And then you have guys with 8 foot beds that will tell you anything less isn't useful either.
     
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    I will just put my tailgate down on my LB and have a useful 8 footer.
     
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  18. Jun 13, 2018 at 10:35 AM
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    I was originally looking for a DCSB, but came across a LB for a great price and bought it. I knew I wanted a cap too, and having the LB I discovered that I can actually fit a cot and sleep in the back with the tailgate up. That's been a huge plus for overnight fishing trips, but not something I do on a regular basis. Had I ended up with a SB, I'm sure my tents would be getting a lot more use, which also requires somewhere to pitch it. What I do more frequently is haul a kayak, and for that the LB is also a major plus since I don't need to use a bed extender for anything under 13'. My old F150 also had a 6' bed, but I had a toolbox as well and needed a bed extender to haul basically anything. I work in and frequent the city now (reluctantly), and finding parking for a LB can be difficult, but I can almost guarantee a DCSB would be equally challenging. I park in a garage everyday for work, so the majority of the time that is a non-issue. The one negative I have discovered is that I cannot haul a full sheet of 4x8 anything, unless at an angle resting on the tailgate which is not ideal. We do a lot of projects around my house, and I'm frequently pulling out the bed extender for lumber runs. This is an issue for both, so no points for either regarding this. All that being said, I'd say either configuration would have worked for me, but with a SB my bed extender would get a little more use and I'd be setting up a tent more often. The LB was a better choice for me, but I think for the majority of people (someone said 9 in 10 are SB) SB are probably a better option.
     
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  19. Jun 13, 2018 at 1:44 PM
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    Soooo....with that logic, a 5 footer with the tailgate down automatically becomes useful LB. Excellent!!
     
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    Except how many 5 footers are actually going to use their beds.
     

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