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Old 10-14-2007, 03:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Flatbed install...

I was hoping to get some guidance to installing my flatbed. I know pretty much how I am going to install the flatbed to the pickup, but what I am not sure about is how to tie the receiver to the frame so the back of the flatbed does not get torn off when I am hauling an implement down the road. I bought a Bradford Work Bed, if that is any help.
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Old 10-14-2007, 04:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I almost bought a Bradford bed myself. But I went with an Aluma for about $1000.00 more. Even if I had gone with the Bradford I would have run some flatbar back to the frame to secure the hitch. When I mounted my Aluma flatbed to my truck I built a sub frame and used all available holes in the frame. Same with the hitch I built. You might want to consider bolting some 4-inch C-channel to the truck frame running vertically, and then weld a piece of box tube, (horizontally) to the C-channel. Then run 3-pieces of flatbar from the receiver to the box tube. 2 at a 45, and one straight.
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Old 10-14-2007, 04:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I was going to post a picture of the sub-frame, guess Im over my limit!
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Old 10-18-2007, 11:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I would love to see more pictures of what you have the ability to do so. It would help a lot.
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I would love to see more pictures of what you have the ability to do so. It would help a lot.
Im still waiting for photobucket to e-mail me my user name and password, seems as I have already joined in the past! But evidently forgot!

You can PM or e-mail me and I'll send you the pictures :thumbsup
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Old 10-30-2007, 03:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Pblankenship, wondering how your install went and seeing if you had any tips or tricks. I have a bed coming that is almost identical to the bradford built for my '05 QC shortbed.


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Old 11-04-2007, 05:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I haven't installed the bed yet, my classes have been piling up like mad so I had to devote some time to those, and my dad wants me to get out in the field a little so I am trying to juggle that in as well. But I will post on any progress.
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you can see pic's of my home made flat bed here. Have factory hitch moved forward 36", goose in bed. Did drop the dual rear wheel for singles, don't ever tow over 16000 lbs incl trailer weight. Rides so much better empty with this setup. Total cost was less than $500.
Had to buy floor plates new, rest pieces from scrap.
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