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#1 Nimbl Vehicles

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 08:25 PM

Here are some sample picture of my flatbed in use.

It demonstrates the simple use of a deck compared to a traditional truck bed.


Side loading made easy for large items.
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Is it going to fit?
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Yup; it's loaded
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Here is an example of using it for simple Garden Chores
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Great use in tight spaces due to the side loading ability
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Or just use it the way we are all used to
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Posted 14 September 2010 - 09:05 PM

Being this is my 1st flatbed I have to say that I would never own a truck again without one.

Too much wasted space on a truck bed compared to the easy of using a flatbed makes me understand why they are so popular in Australia.
Just going to home depot the other day and loading a sheet of ply wood made life easy.
Simply drop one side; slide in the ply wood and you’re done.

So the question I have for you guys is:

Would you use the flatbed to it's potential?

How often do you remove the camper to do your honey do list?


Honey do made fun :P
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#3 Nimbl Vehicles

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 09:21 PM

Designed for max payload ;)

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 10:09 PM

Yes I would use a flatbed to its potential. Would be a lot better than the stock bed

My camper comes on an off depending on what I am doing. Firewood, Dump Runs, Landscaping, etc.

I think in the last few years the flat beds that have become avialable are really nice and don't really force you to change the way you use your truck. Flat bed manufacturers are now evening making shells for flatbeds so essentially you are just replacing a stock bed with a much more utilitarian one.

I will be replacing the bed on my 01 Taco very soon with a UTE...no question about it.

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 10:58 PM

Being this is my 1st flatbed I have to say that I would never own a truck again without one.

Too much wasted space on a truck bed compared to the easy of using a flatbed makes me understand why they are so popular in Australia.
Just going to home depot the other day and loading a sheet of ply wood made life easy.
Simply drop one side; slide in the ply wood and you’re done.

So the question I have for you guys is:

Would you use the flatbed to it's potential?

How often do you remove the camper to do your honey do list?


Honey do made fun :P
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Seems like one problem with the low sides -- if you tried to transport those ponies they could easily jump out!
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Posted 14 September 2010 - 11:35 PM

The Ute beds have a lot of neat accessories, like these tall mesh walls


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Posted 15 September 2010 - 02:54 AM

What flatbed options are out there for the Gen 2 Tacomas?
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 04:50 AM

I often day-dream of putting a flat-bed on my Dodge, but I'd lean towards a more permanent mounting with nice alum. storage boxes up and down each side in the gap between the camper and the flatbed. The one problem I can't get around (actually the first problem is $$$) is the height of the floor seems to go up about 6" with a flat bed. Do you find this negatively impacts the COG? Sort of, but not exactly, like this...

Also just out of curiousity, what is the weight difference going to a flat bed? I would guess you can pick up a bit towards the payload.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 05:20 AM

The one problem I can't get around (actually the first problem is $$$) is the height of the floor seems to go up about 6" with a flat bed. Do you find this negatively impacts the COG? Sort of, but not exactly, like this...

Also just out of curiousity, what is the weight difference going to a flat bed? I would guess you can pick up a bit towards the payload.

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The hight is one thing I have thought about. Judging from my wheel wells, I think a flatbed would be about 9" higher than the stock bed.

Was just thinking about weight as well. My Tacoma has the composite bed, not sure of the weight difference.
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 12:28 PM

Nice truck....but what caught my eye was the adornments in your backyard.

As we used to say years ago, "that's totally trippindicular, doood"

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