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Old 10-15-2021, 12:44 PM   #1
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Well, I got rear ended a couple weeks ago in my F250 and tore up my bumper and tailgate. I've been wanting to put a flatbed on for a while, but haven't had time and haven't felt like spending the money. I can't find exactly what I want in a factory option, so I think I'm going to dive into building one. I run a metal fab shop and have a CNC Plasma table, brakes, shear, etc, so the fabrication part is no issue. I just need some input on the design part.

Right now, I'm thinking I want something similar to a Pronghorn UT bed with a built-in auxiliary fuel tank between the two vertical tool boxes. I'm also trying to figure out how i want to handle drawers/shelves inside the boxes. Have a few other cosmetic things I want to change, but that's the basic concept.

What are some features that y'all have on your beds that you like or dislike? Anything that you wish you had?

Also interested in any pics you have of your pickups with a flatbed.

Thanks in advance,
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Old 10-15-2021, 01:52 PM   #2
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Don't forget the yeti, for some that is a must I guess for flat beds. Lol
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Old 10-15-2021, 02:29 PM   #3
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I have a CM TM/TMX on my Chevrolet Duramax Dually. It is the most versatile bed I have ever owned. It has lockable boxes all the way around. I had to do some shopping to find toolboxes with the correct dimensions that fit in the upright toolboxes but found a Craftsman tool box that fit perfectly that holds most of the hand tools. It has two upright boxes and two large flat boxes and smaller boxes behind the wheel wells. All are lockable. There is plenty of space in the bed plus a gooseneck hookup. It's a very versatile bed. I farm, ranch and run heavy equipment. I carry just about everything I need to fix anything I might encounter during the day.

https://cmtruckbeds.com/steel-flat-beds/
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Old 10-15-2021, 02:31 PM   #4
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Don't forget the yeti, for some that is a must I guess for flat beds. Lol
And a Blue healer.
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Old 10-15-2021, 02:31 PM   #5
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No advice, I am just here to ask that you do a dyi.
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Old 10-15-2021, 02:33 PM   #6
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And a Blue healer.
Dang did you see my Blue healer laying on my Yeti on my flatbed this morning?
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Old 10-15-2021, 02:39 PM   #7
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One word if you want something really different: aluminum.

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kill-t. Gotta go!
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Old 10-15-2021, 03:06 PM   #8
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No advice, I am just here to ask that you do a dyi.

Yes sir, Iíll definitely do that. Iím bad about not taking pics along the way, but will try my best. Lol
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Old 10-15-2021, 03:48 PM   #9
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Don't forget the yeti, for some that is a must I guess for flat beds. Lol
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And a Blue healer.
LMAO. So true
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Old 10-15-2021, 03:52 PM   #10
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Vertical locking storage on the front behind the cab for long guns
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Old 10-15-2021, 04:33 PM   #11
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Vertical locking storage on the front behind the cab for long guns

That would be pretty cool. Never considered that.
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Old 10-15-2021, 04:45 PM   #12
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Please do some build pics!
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Old 10-15-2021, 06:40 PM   #13
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Please do some build pics!

Will do!
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Old 10-16-2021, 12:39 AM   #14
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OK, here you go, Use $' flat strap for the cross frame bed supports, Wed flat strap to the bottom and you can have drawers between the deck supports down both sides of the bed. Over 20 cubic feet of storage. Build boxes to fit in front and behind the wheel wells then weld them in place. A box between the frame in the back of the bed is great for storing chains and boomers. Also design your goose neck hook up lid to be flat with no hinges sticking up. Here's some pics.
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Old 10-16-2021, 01:17 AM   #15
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I’ve got several different brands and I’ll say you definitely need a step of some type on the back to get up onto the bed, a hinged door for the gooseneck ball that lays 100% flat, at least 1” removable drain plugs in the bottom of the box’s for washing them out but larger would be better, rub rails with stake pockets for tying stuff down on the bed and louvered headache rack to protect the back glass “This One Will Pay For Itself”
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Old 10-16-2021, 11:19 AM   #16
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Iíve got several different brands and Iíll say you definitely need a step of some type on the back to get up onto the bed, a hinged door for the gooseneck ball that lays 100% flat, at least 1Ē removable drain plugs in the bottom of the boxís for washing them out but larger would be better, rub rails with stake pockets for tying stuff down on the bed and louvered headache rack to protect the back glass ďThis One Will Pay For ItselfĒ

Good input here. Hadnít thought about drain plugs. Thatís definitely a good idea.
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Old 10-16-2021, 12:29 PM   #17
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Regardless how well you try to seal the box’s they will still get water and mud in them eventually, we empty everything once a month and wash everything out in the wet months otherwise they become a complete mess after a while. We use ours on a daily basis but the last beds I’ve ordered were exactly like I described and I’ve been pretty happy with them.
I would use a screw in plug versus the rubber types, those don’t work very well from my experience.
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Old 10-16-2021, 01:26 PM   #18
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Will do!
Please close this thread, Iím afraid you enablers are gonna cost me too much money !
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Old 10-16-2021, 06:11 PM   #19
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Please close this thread, Iím afraid you enablers are gonna cost me too much money !

Haha, TBH has cost me WAY too much money.
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Old 10-16-2021, 06:47 PM   #20
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Similar situation for me a while back. I was going to build a custom bed but Norstar had exactly what I wanted. Iíll never have another truck unless itís a flatbed. Lots of mods and options, good luck!

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Old 10-18-2021, 12:39 PM   #21
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Bump.
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Old 10-29-2021, 10:15 PM   #22
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Just posted a DIY thread to keep updated with progress.

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