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F350 8' bed or 6' 3/4" bed???

Hey everyone the time to order is getting closer for me.

Here is where i am stuck, i am planing on ordering an F350 KR 4x4 Fairly Loaded Up - But i am torn between the 8' bed and the 6' 3/4" bed.

I like the 8' bed cuz i know i will have plenty of room for all my stuff

I dont like it cuz in my personal opinion i think that when you lift a short bed truck it looks perfect, and not so sure about a 8' bed lifted? Also I am a boat dealer and have an obstacle course to maneuver through at the dealership and with a boat the long bed makes everything a bit harder to do what i need to do.

Give me your thoughts, and any lifted 8' bed pics would be nice.

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I vote for the SB . At times, I wish I had a LB, but the amount of time my truck spends unloaded (70%), the SB is a much better choice for me. It looks better with the CC too, IMHO


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I vote shortbed. But longbeds look great lifted. I borrowed a couple of pics from another site, here are a few.
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I would go with a SB. The only time I would get a LB is if I bought a dually.

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I vote Long Bed. Extra area to store stuff on trips and my 2011 F350 turns as well if not better than my 2008 F250. I like the long bed look better too. I understand your boat parking problem too. When I am in Atlanta to get my boat into the garage I have to make a 90 degree turn backing up going down a hill and then into the garage. So far it hasn't been a problem. House in Pittsburgh I just back straight in so no problem there.

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Shortbed unless you have a specific need for the longbox. With the shortbox, there are a ton of options out there to help you organize your cargo, etc. You can put almost anything in the 6 3/4' box...
If you need a full 8' box, just get a bed extender and leave your tailgate down when you've gotta have the full 8'. That's my .02.

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If you're going to put a toolbox in the bed get the 8'er.

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I vote Long Bed. Extra area to store stuff on trips and my 2011 F350 turns as well if not better than my 2008 F250. I like the long bed look better too. I understand your boat parking problem too. When I am in Atlanta to get my boat into the garage I have to make a 90 degree turn backing up going down a hill and then into the garage. So far it hasn't been a problem. House in Pittsburgh I just back straight in so no problem there.
Well I have really tight spots and maneuvers its not your average turning. Some spots are too tight for my 05 F150. Thats why i am a lil worried about it.

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Shortbed unless you have a specific need for the longbox. With the shortbox, there are a ton of options out there to help you organize your cargo, etc. You can put almost anything in the 6 3/4' box...
If you need a full 8' box, just get a bed extender and leave your tailgate down when you've gotta have the full 8'. That's my .02.
I dont like the bed extender, I am putting a rollbak tonneau cover on it. I dont want stuff flying out of my truck. I need it to be closed off and locked.

The reason i like the 8' is because i will basically have a mobile shop running out of my truck. All my tools will be in a tool chest, and i will have straps, ropes, air hose, extension cords, skies, boards, boat dollies, come a longs, jack, jack stands, you name it.
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If you actually want to use your truck to haul s*** get the LB. If not get the SB. If you get a short bed and use a bed extender to haul longer stuff with your tailgate down, remember there is a good chance that the paint will take a beating. Shortbeds have there place, but so do longbeds. YOU just have to decide what YOU will use it for.

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The reason i like the 8' is because i will basically have a mobile shop running out of my truck. All my tools will be in a tool chest, and i will have straps, ropes, air hose, extension cords, skies, boards, boat dollies, come a longs, jack, jack stands, you name it.
If I were in your boots, I'd opt for the 8ft bed


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