On the farm I found my favorite tool when I put a steel flatbed on my 1977 C30 Chevy dually. With the stiff springs in the 1977 one ton, adding the weight of the steel flatbed, calmed down the ride. I could drink coffee finally and drive. But it was so useful, had a Montezuma toolbox, generator, vice, torch and a recessed gooseneck ball. I put my backhoe bucket on the end of the bed, chain it to the ball, and lifted the backhoe front tires off the ground. After disconnecting the hydrostatic transmission, I was rolling down the road at 60 mph without a trailer. That truck flatbed was my portable shop bench.
Now almost 3 decades later, I finally have a truck flatbed again. This time it’s a CM aluminum bed. I went to Oklahoma with TFLtruck.com for the transformation. Modern 4×4 trucks have gotten so tall, I guess truck manufactures forgot we tow trailers with the trucks we buy from them. CM is known for all types of truck beds. From bale unrollers to utility. I chose the AL-SK. It’s a cross between a utility and flatbed. It has 4 sealed lockable compartments in the side skirts. A large headache rack with white LED brake, backup and running lights. All the lights are LED. The headache rack is level with my truck cab, so I fit in most car washes. The recessed gooseneck ball has the trailer plug. The gooseneck door pulls to the side when towing and is extruded aluminum like the deck that is one in. thick. This gooseneck ball is B&W rated at 26k. 30,000 lb. trailer ball is available. The rear receiver hitch, also B&W is rated at 14, 500 lbs. on my model. My bed is 7 ft by 7ft and is perfect for my Ford 2012 F250 short bed.
CM Truck Bed Review and Install
It’s all aluminum except for the 4 in. steel channel iron under the bed that attaches to the truck frame and connects to all the hitches. I went with aluminum because it won’t rust and is lighter. Now I have ½ a new truck as the new Ford Super Duty’s have aluminum bodies. High end horse trailers went aluminum decades ago and can look new 30 years later. And apples to apples comparing the weight of the new truck bed verses the factory truck bed, only 80 lbs. heavier for aluminum bed! That’s including the gooseneck hitch, bumper and same tool box. Then TFLtruck.com and me did a fuel mileage run before and after installing the new bed. The aluminum bed gave me one MPG better. Doesn’t sound like much, but I was expecting to lose some fuel mileage. That’s close to 8% improvement.
I’ve hauled big square bales and even ATV’s on my new bed. The lights are so cool in my new tool. The wiring harness is modular for a quick plug and play. In Oklahoma and Texas most everyone has a truck flatbed, so the factory take offs aren’t valuable. But here in Colorado, I brought my factory bed, hitches and bumper home and sold it in one day on craigslist for $900.
It’s so easy now to hook up to my gooseneck trailers. I don’t worry about the tailgate or hitting the bed side rail when I go thru dips. And it’s easier to latch the gooseneck coupler and safety chains, I just lean over and do it all from the side. The new trucks are just too tall for gooseneck trailers, this truck flat bed makes sense.
Gen-Y Hitch heavy duty adjustable drawbar for today’s powerful trailering trucks: These steel adjustable, multi-ball, multi-height, or pintle, is the highest trailer rated hitch I’ve seen. The one I’m using from Gen-Y Hitch is rated for a 16,000 lb. trailer with a 2 inch shank. Their newest hitch is the Torsion Flex Hitch that isolates how your trailer bounces verses your truck for a smoother ride. Read the review...
Tuson Trailer Tire Pressure and Heat Monitor: Trailer tires are the bane of my existence. I found the solution, with tire pressure units inside the tires out of the way, amplifying the wireless signal to the truck and just a wireless receiver monitor in the truck cab. I can use it with any truck or SUV, I trailer with. Tuson goes to 203 psi, And it also shows the internal tire heat.For the whole story click….
Weigh-Safe: Do you know your trailer tongue weight, asks the judge? On a bumper pull trailer, if you have too little tongue weight, the trailer can sway and be dangerous. If you have too much trailer tongue weight, truck can squat excessively, aim your headlights to the stars and stress your trucks rear axle, brakes and suspension. What you need to know...
Shocker Hitch, New 9 ” offset. FREE Shipping, Gooseneck Surge with New Shift-Lock 30K coupler. Gooseneck air bag cushion coupler for 4 inch round tube, 4 and 4.5 in square tube. Click for more...
The Fuel Box and new Dual Fuel Box: for tools and extra fuel to stay on the road longer. I like good tools, a tool box and fuel tank company in California makes this quality combo all in the US. It’s called The Fuel Box. The fuel tank is separate from the tool box....Read more...
Hoof Grip, it’s Super Floor, been around for years, in horse trailers, in barns, sidewalks, sale barns, vet clinics, patio’s, dog kennels, playgrounds and truck beds. Made from ground tires (recycled) it gives cushion and traction. First place I saw it was on playgrounds. around merry-go-rounds where kids fall down and bounce back up unhurt. See the review and install….
GanderLock for Goosenecks: Protect your trailer as well as your expensive saddles, bridles, tools and flat screen TV. Goosenecks if you just lock the coupler, the thief's loosen the set bolts, slide out your adjustable couplerRead the Review
My mechanic Ruben has rebuilt my project truck's automatic transmission as "Overkill" making it better than original factory tranny. His work is amazing. Check out his website (ColoradoTrans.com) or call 303-776-1191. See the video's of my transmission rebuild
The Flip-Over Ball gooseneck hitch converts to a smooth bed in seconds. Just rotate the handle and Flip the ball over. In seconds you can have a level bed for all those jobs when an ordinary hitch ball is always in the way. More...
Another short bed solution. Short bed truck hitch. Is it for you? See the story, Click for more...
25 to 50% longer tire life. Stop tire cupping, vibration and premature wear on those expensive truck, RV & trailer tires. Centramatic automatic wheel balancers have been saving money on tires for semi-trucks for over twenty years. Now you can automatically balance your tires, wheels, hub and rotors or drums while you drive. More
We decided to have our own towing test truck. Now we are going to keep the products on our own truck to be able to give a longer review and how things standup long term. Rest of the report
MrTruck.com Presents: New for the "EZ Connector Horse Expo Tour" Updates from each event, pictures & commentary, With the latest trailer safety and technology accessories on exhibit in our tour, come by our display. We'll be displaying some helpful technology for safe towing. Click for the "Tour" schedule,
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