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Old 04-09-2011, 08:59 AM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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Any 3/4 ton pickup with an 8' bed will do the job. Get one with a cap and it will do the job in the rain.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Yep, all full size trucks are designed to hold 4' sheets in the bed. Why carpenters ever buy short beds is beyond me.

Trucks are not designed for gas mileage. That is your warning.

Cargo vans also have the capacity for sheets. While providing protection against the elements and burglars.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Yep, all full size trucks are designed to hold 4' sheets in the bed. Why carpenters ever buy short beds is beyond me,,,.
In the past with trucks with 6 foot boxes, the tail gate actually gives a full 8 foot for hauling.

My self, I went short bed after 35 years of hauling tools and materials to job sites. Realized the hauling was never paid for. I let the buyer have it delivered now, why do I need to give free time to transport a stack of doors to a jobsite.
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Pomona
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If you're going to add a cap, then perhaps look into a van first.

If you're not going to be hauling stacks of them, then consider even an extended minivan (ie. Grand Caravan). With the rear seats removed, several will accommodate 4x8 sheets with the rear hatch closed. Obviously not as heavy duty, but much better fuel economy.
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:30 AM
 
Location: WA
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I have a neighbor that has a business need but now uses a covered trailer after fighting with a van for several years. He says he has a real need only 75% of the days but a four four truck tows well and still works to pick up the kids.

I have a need a couple of times a year and find that Home Dept rents a truck with a large flat bed designed for sheet materials for $19 for 90 minutes. I have rented one several times and it is a great deal for me.
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Old 04-09-2011, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Apple Valley Calif
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Thank you for your replies. F150 is definetely what I will consider. How about Chevy models (Silverado, Colorado)? And can I add a cap to any pick-up truck?
I have an S-10 that handles 4X8 drywall quite nicely... and the gas mileage runs circles around a full size F-150.
You don't need a full sized truck for drywall...!!!
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Old 04-09-2011, 12:53 PM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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An Astro/Safari van would be perfect.
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Was thinking about a van but vans are not good for dirt and uneven roads in ND, also are less convinient in loading and unloading material. That's why I decided for a pick-up plus a cap for rainy days or protection against thieves when traveling and sleeping at motels. Nonetheless I guess it won't be often when I will need a cap. Chevy S-10 will be another car for consideration. Two questions: does "8' bed" mean that it is 8' long with back door closed or opened? How time-consuming is putting cap on?
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:48 PM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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I have an S-10 that handles 4X8 drywall quite nicely... and the gas mileage runs circles around a full size F-150.
You don't need a full sized truck for drywall...!!!
Great for hauling a half dozen sheets but if you fill the truck up with a room full of sheet rock you won't be getting great mileage out of your springs.

Most contractors don't even fool around with 1/2 ton pickups, 3/4 or 1 ton is the norm.

S -10's are for homeowners building sand boxes and swing sets.
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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8' bed = length with the tailgate closed.

My '95 S10 (second gen) will NOT fit a 4x8 between the wheel wells. It's 6' bed means it'll stick out beyond an open tailgate too. For the sheets to be flat, you'd have to 2-tier the bed.

If you want pickup that can fit a 4x8 with the tailgate closed AND decent fuel economy, the only ones that come to mind are the aforementioned Ford with the straight 6, a Toyota T100 with a 4-cylinder, or a first generation Dodge Dakota without a V8.
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