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I did a search, but not much luck. Anybody know how much their flatbed ended up weighing?

Or, what do you think the ideal weight for a flatbed should be? Ballpark figure...

I'm working on a design and I think it's going to be way too heavy...

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i dunno how much mine weighs, but I really think it can help alot to get a bit more wieght out back on toyotas, so when i get back home I'm adding a few rails, that it needs anyway, and a spare tire mount as far back as i can get it.
 

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Originally posted by Wrench:
<STRONG>It probably should be no heavier than a stock bed if that is possible.</STRONG>
A stock bed does not weight that much. I took mine off by myself and I am a little smurf of a guy. Now my flat bed took four people to put it on and I know that it weights over 400 pounds, maybe 500
 

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Originally posted by OOPS:
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Originally posted by Wrench:
[qb]It probably should be no heavier than a stock bed if that is possible.</STRONG>
A stock bed does not weight that much. I took mine off by myself and I am a little smurf of a guy. Now my flat bed took four people to put it on and I know that it weights over 400 pounds, maybe 500
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that truck looks really familiar, do i know you? im josh with a black 82
 

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Would that be "Papa Smurf" <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> I'm thinking in the 200-300 range. Stock box is definately light. What ever you build, you'll probably end up setting up your rear springs to it afterwards. Wooden deck would probably be lighter, but more work in the long run. Course you'd always have fire wood in an emergency.
 

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Originally posted by OOPS:
<STRONG>A stock bed does not weight that much. I took mine off by myself and I am a little smurf of a guy. Now my flat bed took four people to put it on and I know that it weights over 400 pounds, maybe 500</STRONG>
David, a couple questions. What size/thickness steel did you make it out of (including the bed floor)? If you had it to do all over again, would you want it lighter, heavier, or do you think it's about right?
 

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It is made out of 2" .120 wall tubing and the floor is 12 ga. steel. If I were to do it again I would use 1 1/2" .120 wall. I am very happy with it. When I first built it I was worried about the spare tire making it top heavy, but I do not even notice it. One of the thing that helps lower the CG is the 16 gallon fuel cell that is mounted where the spare tire used to be mounted.
 

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I saw OOPS at the clean up and chatted a bit, his truck is slick and the flatbed is as good as Ive ever seen. I should have taken some didgitals on it as Im interested in his rock sliders and crossmember.
 

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I've already got the Oops-style bolt-on sliders, if I copy his flatbed too close I'm gonna have to change my screen name to Oops Jr. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> Thanks for the info.

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I'm going for a much lighter goal then oops, hope to get in at about 200-300lbs. I plan on doing this with fairly thin tubing because I don't feel my flatbed needs to be to beefy, if it gets dented oh well its just a flat bed! also for the floor I'm going to use 1x6 plastic decking, that new crap people are starting to use for decks and stuff of your house. I know it is lighter then wood, won't rot and is plent sturdy for what I want. I figure I'm losing most of my carring ability anyway so i don't need to go overboard on strength for any reason. Oh yea just ordered my welder and should be firing it up for a flatbed in the next couple of months
 

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Originally posted by NE-RokToy:
<STRONG>I figure I'm losing most of my carring ability anyway so i don't need to go overboard on strength for any reason. </STRONG>
If you plan how youpack you do not lose much. When me and my wife go for a week we still take most of the stuff that we use to when we had the full bed. I agree about going lighter that is why I would make it out of 1 1/2 .120 wall if I were to do it over again. That fake wood stuff is a good idea for the floor, never thought about that stuff. One thing that you cannot see in the pic on my bed is I have a tailgate that opens, if not I would not be able to get stuff into the bed.
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I figure I will be losing carrying ability cause I'm to lazy to pack well <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0"> If I can't just throw it in the back I don't wanna take it
 

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I built a flatbed similar to DRM's and Joe Chakcon (sorry if I messed the name) I built the structure out of 3/16" wall 1 1/2" square tubing, the floor is 12 guage diamond plate. I can only guess as to what it weighs, but it takes two really ambitious or three normal guys to lift it on. I would say right around 300.

I was hoping for something a little heavier than stock, because of the winter storms in Minnesota. Seamed like everytime we got six or more inches or any kind of ice the rear would lift and slide out of control.

I don't think it really hurt my springs...they don't sag hardly at all. But they are stock and a little hard in the first place.

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Originally posted by TJC:
[QB]I built a flatbed similar to DRM's and Joe Chakcon (sorry if I messed the name)[QB]
Joe designed the FB quite a few of us have copied the basic design!!!! <IMG SRC="smilies/usa.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/usa.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/usa.gif" border="0">
 

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You can get polycarbonate in 4x8 sheets, I think that'd make a really cool bed floor <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Polycarbonate is hard and will shatter, especially in cold weather. Avoid it.

The new fake wood panels have potential, however they can melt and burn....watch the exhaust pipe proximity.

My 'flatbed' looks similiar to Joe C's, hadn't seen his bed until after I built mine. Mine uses the stock floor and adds 1.5"x2.5"x.120" tubing frame and probably weighs about 250 lbs, takes two people a bit of work to lift off the back of my truck. BTW it incorporates a rollbar into the framework.
 
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