Custom Truck Flat Beds And Specifications
When you are looking to order a truck flat bed made to your specifications, sometimes you can choose between a bed made of aluminum or a bed made of steel materials. If you are money-conscious, you should keep in mind that aluminum is more expensive than steel. The basic features of a custom flat bed include a structural frame, a flat, rectangular-shaped deck covered with a protective metal plate, side rails, a headboard frame or headache panel, frame rails, and lighting.
Standard and custom flat beds will range in size from 7’ to 11’ 3” or more. When you have a 1/2 ton or 1/4 pickup or a short box truck, the recommended flat bed length is 7’. The 8.5’ bed is also ideal for 1/2 ton, 1/4 ton, and one ton pickup trucks as well as trucks with an 8’ box, but they are too long for trucks with a short box. If you have a one ton cab and chassis, you can get a 9’ 3” or 11’ 3” custom bed. When you are ordering a custom truck bed you will need to know the make, model, and year of your vehicle, and you will have to know the measurements from the back of the truck’s cab to the rear axles’ center. You will also need to know your truck’s rear tire measurements and the distance between your truck’s frame rails.
Companies fit custom flat beds so that they fit on International, Freightliner, Dodge, Ford, Chevrolet, or GMC trucks, as well as alternative truck brands. Some companies, like Highway Products Inc, in White City, Oregon, will help you in making decisions about the type of custom flat bed that will suit your needs. Once you decide on features, the company will design the bed for you. Highway Products Inc sells custom Strongback™ flat beds manufactured out of all marine-grade aluminum materials. For more information, visit Highway Products Inc at http://aluminumflatbeds.com/.
Custom Truck Flat Beds And Additional Specifications
Custom flat beds for trucks come with wood and metal floors, but the most common material is steel or aluminum. At Wiltsie Truck Bodies, a company that has been building custom truck bodies for the past five decades, custom truck beds have oak hardwood flooring and a smooth or Checkerplate steel flooring overlay for added durability. The Checkerplate flooring lends greater traction to the surface area of the flat bed. Some companies also make flat bed with flooring made of synthetic materials that prove resistant to gouges and scratches. Wiltsie Truck Bodies is located at 686 Talbot Street West, Aylmer, in Ontario. The company manufactures steel and aluminum custom flat beds for trucks featuring mud flaps, lighting, or stake racked sides, steel fronts. You can also get aluminum contractor sides, covered sliding tarp systems, and cargo controls. For more information, visit the Wiltsie Truck Bodies website at http://www.wiltsie.ca/flat-beds-custom-design.php.
Headache panels are steel fronts that protect your truck’s cab when the flat bed is loaded with materials or cargo. The steel front panel can make your flat bed look more attractive and it can have vertical or horizontal metal tubing inserted as slates so you can still clearly see the road from your truck’s rearview mirror. Flat beds have acrylic urethane paint finishes so that the metal body of the bed remains protected from damage, wear and tear, and the elements. If you want a flat bed with a protected underbody, you will want to order a customized bed with a petroleum-based undercoating.
Additional features you can have added to a customized flat bed include mud flaps behind the rear wheels of the bed, extra lighting, floodlights, stake rack sides, or fold down tailgates and sides for easy access to whatever you haul. Some flat beds have retractable tarps, winches, storage boxes, and tool boxes. Powerlift gates and ramps for ease of loading cargo onto the flat bed are also great options.