How Long of a Flatbed Can You Put on a Short Bed Truck?

Flatbed trucks are a popular choice for those who need to haul large items, such as cars, boats, and other large equipment. But if you have a short bed truck, you may be wondering how much of a flatbed you can put on it. The answer depends on the size of your truck bed and the type of flatbed you choose.

When considering a flatbed for your short bed truck, you should first measure the length of your truck bed. This measurement will give you an idea of how much space you have to work with when selecting a flatbed. Generally speaking, most short beds can accommodate a flatbed that is 8 feet long or shorter.

If you need more length for your flatbed than what is available in an 8-foot model, there are “longer” models available. These models typically range from 10 to 12 feet in length and are designed specifically for use with short bed trucks. However, it is important to note that these larger models may require additional modifications to your truck in order to fit properly.

In addition to the size of the flatbed itself, it is also important to consider the weight capacity of your truck when selecting a model. Some flatbeds are designed specifically for use with heavier loads and may require additional modifications or reinforcements in order to safely support them on your short bed truck.


Overall, when it comes to putting a flatbed on a short bed truck, there are several factors that must be taken into consideration. Most short beds can accommodate an 8-foot long flatbed without any modifications, but if additional length is needed then longer models may be available. Additionally, it is important to consider the weight capacity of both the specific model of flatbed and your vehicle when selecting a model so that it can safely support any heavy loads that need to be transported.

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Karen Watkins