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I'm in the market for a new (to me, used truck) and I've found one that's a configuration I've never had, but always been intrigued by.

 

Any of you guys hunt and camp out of a flatbed truck? Particularly a single cab.

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Tim Frazier

Had one in high school, a few decades ago!

 

You could really make it what you wanted if your handy.  I would want 4wd as sometimes a flatbed is lighter than the original and traction is an issue.  Easy to add weight though.

 

Good luck!

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salmontogue

Does this qualify as a flatbed???

 

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On 9/1/2016 at 0:00 PM, Tim Frazier said:

Had one in high school, a few decades ago!

 

You could really make it what you wanted if your handy.  I would want 4wd as sometimes a flatbed is lighter than the original and traction is an issue.  Easy to add weight though.

 

Good luck!

I've got a shop full of woodworking tools, and have been needing a reason to buy a welder... (I already know how to weld and fabricate)

 

And I won't even look at a truck that isn't 4x4.

 

As it sits the single cab is what's scaring me. Basically no interior room, I'll fill behind the seat with stereo equipment.

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WhatsDaPoint

AEV Ram with flatbed and drop down sides. 

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Cheesy

If I was working for a living and using my truck, it would be a flatbed.  In high school I worked for a farmer and thats all he had, bought as cab and chasis, then put custom beds on them.   So nice having a workbench out in the middle of fields during breakdowns.  He had a vice welded to the corner, and a headache rack with rails for hauling pipe or ladders.  Spare tire bolted to headache rack.  Had a small toolbox behind the driver that was fastened from the inside with a quarter turn lever set up.  Was easy to remove if you needed the space, yet we kept it in 90% of the time because it generally had enough basic tools in it to fix a breakdown out in the field.

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MAArcher

A flat bed for hunting and fishing?  Sure wouldn't be my first choice, all my stuff exposed to elements (including the criminal kind).  Nope, I had a locking cap on my pick up and never took it off, so it only made sense to me when it was time for a new vehicle to get an Excursion, that way the dog can enjoy the A/C or heat if she has to ride in the back.  Everything including the dog all locked up tight and dry.  The only disadvantage to a big SUV is what to do if the dog is sprayed by a skunk while out hunting.  

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It would be a work truck as well, that's a huge part of the appeal... 

 

Ive never had a cap, so I'm fairly used to toolboxes to store and lock everything in an open bed, but a solid point. The smell thing terrifies me! I have hunted out of trucks with caps (well, one) it wasn't bad, and I'm actually curious about that setup, but it would probably be a bigger transition. I have sorta considered an Excursion, but not sure I love the engine options. 

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10 hours ago, NECarson said:

The smell thing terrifies me! 

If I was smart I'd keep a folding cargo carier on the hitch and a folding crate in the truck so that if she did get sprayed, I could keep her outside the vehicle.  But luckily I've never seen a skunk out hunting, all five of our smelly encounters have been at night.

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