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 5/6/2012 11:40 AM
 

We are shopping for a new truck to pull our 1996 Insbruck BH, and for general farm work (which requires the 2500hd). Our old truck (which was totaled last week) bed height was 33 inches and from the spec sheet the new truck height is shown as 38.6". Is this possible? That's almost 6 inches difference in height. We could flip the axles but that raises the center of gravity and makes the rig less stable. It also means we could no longer hop on the tailgate to load hay, etc.

Tell me this is not true. It would mean that we have to shop for a used, older truck.

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 5/8/2012 8:10 AM
 

I have long wondered why pickup manufacturers think their trucks need to be jacked up so high in the air. Usually in order to lower them to a more reasonable height, a person could request a dealership to remove the spacers creating this condition added at the factories, I'm not sure now days. I think I'd ask how much and what all is involved to remove these ridiculous spacers, "if" they still jack them up in this fashion.


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 5/8/2012 7:47 PM
 

Well Neil, that height difference sounds like he's looking at a 4x4?? What is an Insbruck BH? I don't know what the BH may stand for. What about Ford & Dodge? I'm aware that the newer trucks come with these 22" wheels instead of 16". Which I think is stupid for a work truck.


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 5/8/2012 8:59 PM
 

How's "Mr. Ebs"? I believe the Innsbruck is the brand name or model, the BH denotes "bunk house" I think. It never occurred to me that he may be looking at a 4WD pickup. So many inexperienced people think ya gotta have 4WD to pull anything of any size, duallies I'd go for but even those aren't a necessity. Just guessing, I'd imagine Fords and Dodges also have the "jacked up" look. I'm a short person and when a friend of mine traded his motor home in on a new Ford and a 36 foot 5th wheel, he brought the truck by for me to look at. The side of the bed was just about the same height as my armpits. I could barely rest both arms on the side of it. It was a 4WD. There must have been 24 inches of wasted space between the top of the rear tires and the inside top of the wheel wells.


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 5/9/2012 7:34 PM
 

Hi, again Neil. My '99 dually 4x4 has what looks like wasted space above the rear wheels....until I put the fiver on it. As far as 4x4 dually goes, I've been all over this country and 4 provinces in Canada in the past 12 yrs since we started full timing and I wouldn't be without the 4x4 or the duallys. The duallys provide pretty good stability on the interstate when the 18 wheelers go flying by. The 4wheel drive has gotten me out of spots I would have otherwise had to call for a tow several times.

So, I assume his Bunk House is a fiver if he's worried about bed height. May be time to get a newer trailer? Still think he should check out Ford or Dodge.


Every Day is Saturday funner travelin, Ebs,Donna & Beezer the Beast & Buffy the Bitch
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 5/13/2012 2:27 PM
 

Actually no, we have no need for a 4x4. That's for urban cowboys. A 2wd bed height is 38.6" - you just have to check the spec sheet on the GM website.

After doing some research, I found out that if we wanted a reasonable bed height, we would not be able to get anything after the 2006 model year. This is too old. We found a 2009 2wd ext cab long box with a box height of 37 inches - slightly better than the "redesigned" 2011 models.

The other brands are just as bad. They look at the urban cowboy market to sell their trucks. For show and not for work.

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 5/13/2012 2:31 PM
 

Oh, and getting a newer 5th wheel would only solve one problem. We also have a stock trailer which is not being replaced. And besides, we mostly use the truck for delivery bags of seed, bales of hay, and machinery parts. Bed height is a real problem that getting a new 5er alone just won't solve.

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 5/14/2012 8:36 AM
 

Joybell, no urban cowboy here. A real one. Had an F250 with a fold down ball in the bed for my stock trailer. When I bought the fiver. That would solve your other problem. I ordered my fiver new in '99 and gave the dealer the bed height and told em I wanted the fiver to sit level. They built to order at no extra cost. There is no unsolvable problem.


Every Day is Saturday funner travelin, Ebs,Donna & Beezer the Beast & Buffy the Bitch
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 5/15/2012 7:52 PM
 

We call that a "hide a hitch" - it's a ball hitch for our stock trailer that we can flip under the bed and then have a nice flat bed to load cargo. We converted our fifth to gooseneck so that we didn't need two hitches. Same problem with bed height in both cases though. I didn't know you could order a new truck to sit lower. We tried to order a GMC or Chevy 2500HD ext.cab 2wd long box to replace the one we totaled a couple of weeks ago. Cannot order until July (closed for retooling) and then the wait is at least 2 or 3 months. We needed a truck NOW. Oh well, we'll do what we have to do.

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