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Old 05-05-2010, 03:32 AM   #1
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Do you former pickup owners miss the full size bed?

I struck up a brief conversation with a lady in the parking lot at work the other day. She was driving a new 2 door Rubi . I told her that I'm shopping around for an Unlimited and she was very excited to show me her new Jeep and tell me all about it...likes and dislikes. She then asked what I'm driving now. I pointed across the parking lot to my 1997 Dodge Ram 1500.

The very first thing out of her mouth was that she used to have a full size pickup and that she really missed having the full size bed.

This got me thinking. Over the past 13 years with my truck, I've come to take it for granted that I can carry just about anything I want...dirtbikes, drywall, furniture, camping gear, dogs, whatever.

So, any of you guys/gals that came from pickup ownership miss having a full bed?

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Can complete understand that. I don't know what I'd do without atleast one of my trucks. I haul stuff almost daily. If I just had the jeep, I'd probally own a small utility trailer just to haul stuff. I have done a few wheeling trips where I just barrowed a little utility trailer to haul all my tools, parts,and gear. Works out fine.



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DTJ,
Thats good info. But I have a totally unrelated question.
I have always pictured your name with that jeep. Now, there is another person on here with a picture of a Jeep just like yours that is The picture I associated with your screen name. It is that jeep coming off a rock or something with the front axle flexed out. This is really screwing up my head. It's been bothering me, but I had let it go until you posted those pictures. I'll see if I can find the other member so you can see their avatar.

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To get back on topic. I plan on keeping my pickup and buying the Jeep as a toy.
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:46 AM   #4
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Yes that other member "stevens" does have my jeep as his avatar. If you look at my avatar you will see "stevens" jeep. A MOD swapped our avatars on us because we were picking fun in an old thread. All good fun, we just decide to leave them that way. It has messed with alot of people on the forum.
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:48 AM   #5
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Ageless, I have been a "truck" girl for the better part of my life.
For awhile I went to the dark side and drove Mustangs and though it was fun I always missed having my 4WD pickup.
The solution has been that my OBM has his pickup, I have my Jeep.

Works GREAT because now the truck is officially my "tow pig"





We just couldn't function without a truck. Out here in the country we HAVE to have one for hauling everything from mulch to rock and carrying tractor parts. Let alone towing the tractor and Jeep around.
Yea, a person NEEDS a truck too.
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We just couldn't function without a truck. Out here in the country we HAVE to have one for hauling everything from mulch to rock and carrying tractor parts. Let alone towing the tractor and Jeep around.
Yea, a person NEEDS a truck too.
I know what you mean. I also see that you have the good sense to not drive the vehicle you're going to wheel to the place you're going to wheel at. Walking home sucks.
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Yes that other member "stevens" does have my jeep as his avatar. If you look at my avatar you will see "stevens" jeep. A MOD swapped our avatars on us because we were picking fun in an old thread. All good fun, we just decide to leave them that way. It has messed with alot of people on the forum.
You have no Idea how badly that has bothered me lately. I just couldn't square it away in my mind. Now I want to know who did it. Tiny, perhaps?
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:55 AM   #8
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I never owned a full sized pickup, but after buying my house. I lost count how many times I went to Home Depot for materials and had to put stuff back, because I kept forgetting what I was driving. My Toyota pickup was small, but far more useful when you are a homeowner.
I eventually have to get a trailer hitch for my Jeep, I do not want to part with it. It's too much fun to own.
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I know what you mean. I also see that you have the good sense to not drive the vehicle you're going to wheel to the place you're going to wheel at. Walking home sucks.
Why not? I've never walked home. I drive up to 12hrs sometime to wheel. Drive the jeep there and drive it back. So you break something...fix it.

That little trailer you see me pulling in the above post, has any fluid, most parts to include shafts, seals bearings,every ujoint and mores and 2 tool chests full of tools. I've completely grenaded the rear D35 once...fixed and drove 4hrs home.

But yes a trailer is nice.
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Old 05-05-2010, 06:09 AM   #10
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I enjoy my Jeep but its a pain to hookup the trailer every time you want to haul. But so be the price of having fun in the Jeep.
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Why not? I've never walked home. I drive up to 12hrs sometime to wheel. Drive the jeep there and drive it back. So you break something...fix it.

That little trailer you see me pulling in the above post, has any fluid, most parts to include shafts, seals bearings,every ujoint and mores and 2 tool chests full of tools. I've completely grenaded the rear D35 once...fixed and drove 4hrs home.

But yes a trailer is nice.
Or you can be a boy scout, ( I was, once upon a time) and take everything you might break. I respect that as well. Since it might take me a while to figure out what I might need, I'll probably start out hauling it to do serious wheeling. :unsure:
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Old 05-05-2010, 06:29 AM   #12
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I kinda miss having my truck, even though it was a 99 Mazda B4000(A ford ranger) I could haul what I needed in it being city folk and all ... but My Dad has a Silverado, My Father in law has a ranger, my bro in law has a Dakota, my best friend has a silverado ... I have access to enough trucks that if I need something done, its done.
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I could do that to, and thus afford a newer (bigger better whatever) Jeep, but I HATE to borrow anything. Especially a vehicle. Just a personal tick. YMMV
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:58 AM   #14
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I could do that to, and thus afford a newer (bigger better whatever) Jeep, but I HATE to borrow anything. Especially a vehicle. Just a personal tick. YMMV

I agree with you completely.

My dad taught me "If you have to borrow something more than once, then you should buy one."
I've tried very had to live by that wisdom my whole life.

That being said, I'm not one that usually loans things more than once either.
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There are times I miss my old Dodge 3500 crew cab..... the Cummins it had would pull a house off it's foundation with out any effort.... but the Jeep is more fun.... ya just have to be creative in packing / hauling or have a good friend with a truck and be willing to pay in beer
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:10 AM   #16
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I’ve always had trucks for work. Always been 4X4, but they were marginal on most trails i’ve driven. I finally figured that I used the truck for serious hauling about 6 times a year. I took the truck and my dead brother-in-law’s car to the Jeep dealer and traded them for my JK. Picked up the JK and headed to the trailer dealership and bought an ATV trailer that includes built in ramps. It’s about 10 X 6 and has a decent load capacity. Paid $1200 for it and have added a few more dollars in improvements to it.

Of course you need to consider a few things when doing as I did.
  • First, you need to store a trailer. Not a problem for me since I live on 25 acres.
  • The Jeep is not always the very best tow vehicle. I've just limited my loads to stay below the 3500 pound load limit.
  • Make sure you load the trailer wisely. Try to center the load over the trailer axles.

I use the trailer to carry product for my store, lumber, my ATVs, camping gear, and a maximum load of pre-mixed concrete bags.
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:12 AM   #17
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I went from a truck to the Jeep Unlimited Rubicon and so far no regrets. Eventually I plan to find a small utility trailer and then I'll have the best of both worlds. What I never had in the truck was a covered and secure storage area behind the seat. I take advantage of that a lot more than the large open truck bed.
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:21 AM   #18
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I kinda wish I still had a truck. My dirtbike doesn't fit in my jeep, and hauling more then one dirtbike on a trailer just isn't fun. But i couldnt take the top off my truck and it wasn't 4wd... oh yea, it was a 4 cyl too SDome day, ill have another truck just for hauling.
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:55 AM   #19
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I had a truck and had my Jeep at the same time. I sold the truck because I drove the Jeep all of the time and it was a waste to have both. I miss the truck about once a year when I have to haul something, but that is what the utility trailer is for :-).
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:58 AM   #20
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I miss my truck but it has been a blessing in disguise. Being a Bohemian, it was nice to be able to pick up furniture/refreigerators/stuff that people were getting rid of even though it was in great condition. My house has not gained any more clutter since getting rid of the truck.

I will have to buy a trailer now to haul the dirtbikes around though. I'd like a trailer with some big ol' mudders on it!
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I've had quite a few 1/2 ton trucks, they'ye all been 4wd and the only ones I miss are the Dodge Ramchargers

Take the top off and it's like a 1/2 ton pick-up truck, but really a bad weather off-road king !!

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I agree with you completely.

My dad taught me "If you have to borrow something more than once, then you should buy one."
I've tried very had to live by that wisdom my whole life.

That being said, I'm not one that usually loans things more than once either.
If I had money, I would have a truck, my jeep and the wife's van ... but I dont, we we borrow in our family. Now, outside of this circle of CLOSE friends like 2 and family it doesnt happen.
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I have an old truck for those hauling needs....I have 2 horses so I am constantly getting feed, hay etc.
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Old 05-06-2010, 12:43 AM   #24
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I probably should have mentioned that I live in a one-bedroom in San Francisco and only have enough parking space for my truck (or new Jeep) and a couple of motorcycles. I just don't have the room for a trailer. Keeping the pickup would mean street parking so the amount I'd pay for parking tickets in one year alone could buy a new Jeep. The GF had her eyes on the truck until she really thought about the parking issue.

Anyway, that's why I asked how much people missed having a full size bed...as in no trailer, no second vehicle, etc. I suppose I could always rent a U-Haul trailer if I needed one for a day or two and some sort of Joe Hauler could carry a bike.

Can anyone tell me the approximate width and length of the cargo area in an Unlimited with the seats folded down?
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I probably should have mentioned that I live in a one-bedroom in San Francisco and only have enough parking space for my truck (or new Jeep) and a couple of motorcycles. I just don't have the room for a trailer. Keeping the pickup would mean street parking so the amount I'd pay for parking tickets in one year alone could buy a new Jeep. The GF had her eyes on the truck until she really thought about the parking issue.

Anyway, that's why I asked how much people missed having a full size bed...as in no trailer, no second vehicle, etc. I suppose I could always rent a U-Haul trailer if I needed one for a day or two and some sort of Joe Hauler could carry a bike.

Can anyone tell me the approximate width and length of the cargo area in an Unlimited with the seats folded down?
there is a company that makes a collapsable motorcycle trailer. my neighbor had one for transporting his race bikes to the track. it was a pretty cool little thing, did not take up to much space when it was all folded up, he normally kept it under a work bench when not in use.
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this website has a couple different ones for sale, as well as something that works kinda like a hitch basket, but for holding a bike.

http://www.discountramps.com/motorcycle-trailers.htm
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Would not be without a pick up. Just too handy. The Jeep is a fun ride, for sure, but not gonna haul much more than the Dog and a passenger. In fact, taking the truck today to Lowes and buying a bunch of stuff for the house and camp. The Jeep is more of a "Luxury" vehicle/wood skidder

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I've had 14 pickups and this one Jeep.

I love the Jeep.
But, in retrospect, considering my overall lifestyle, another pickup would've been smarter.
I supplement the Jeep with trailers but it winds up to be more work and fuss in the long run.

I want my cake and want to eat it too; I've been trying to motivate the wife to trade in her MINI for a Power Wagon with a Hawk topper on it.
http://www.fourwheelcampers.com/hawk.html
That done, I'd sell the trailer.
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Would not be without a pick up. Just too handy. The Jeep is a fun ride, for sure, but not gonna haul much more than the Dog and a passenger. In fact, taking the truck today to Lowes and buying a bunch of stuff for the house and camp. The Jeep is more of a "Luxury" vehicle/wood skidder

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I've owned many vehicles, and right now own several. One is a Ford Ranger. I do miss the full size bed of a full size truck , nothing like hauling stuff. Especially long stuff like 12 foot long.

On a side note, I think people who use a bed cover, a bed liner, or Rhine line the bed of a truck are idiots. What are you protecting? That's what the bed is for? I throw cinder blocks in it, rocks, wood, anything.... It's beat to hell and back. Who are you saving it for, the next person that buys your truck? Is it gonna add value? NO!
Us it for what it's for, don't protect it. It amazes me, people will buy a brand new truck, buy a bed cover painted the same color, and buy a trailer to haul stuff on. Then, park the truck in the yard, and park their lawnmowers in the garage! Why? The truck is worth more! And also, go out and buy a brand new Jeep and beat it to hell while still trying to protect the bed of the truck!

Simply unbelievable!

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