Are you in the market for a new pickup truck? If so, you are liking going to hear dealers and other sellers talk about bed length. As the name implies, bed length simply refers to how long (or how short) the truck’s bed is. If you’ve never had a truck before, you may think the length of the bed doesn’t really make a difference and you may be unaware of the fact that truck enthusiasts are usually separated into two staunch camps—one in favor of longer beds and the other in favor of shorter beds.
Most trucks will come in around three different bed lengths. A good rule of thumb is to choose a shorter bed length if you’re worried about your ability to control the truck or if you don’t really plan to haul items that often, and to choose a longer bed length if you know you plan to haul heavy-duty goods and are comfortable driving your vehicle.
Keep in mind that many accessories, such as truck canopies, will have to be chosen based on your truck’s bed length. So, after you’ve selected a truck and a bed length, make sure you know the exact length when you place orders for truck canopies or other accessories.