Re: Bee Truck
Before you purchace a bed or have one made, find out how much it will weigh.
Many beds are WAY, WAY too heavy, but not one bit stronger than the lightest ones available.
Every pound that your bed weighs is a pound of cargo that you can't legally carry.
Look into aluminum beds, such as Intercontinental Truck Body.
Very well built but much lighter in weight than others.
One more comment:
Reading through the posts on this thread, I question the legality of many of the wild claims of loads hauled.
At least in Oregon, a F-450 will never legally haul 80 double-deep hives whild pulling a trailer with bobcat.
Don't forget about that little sticker on the door and how it can drain your wallet crossing the scales.
I have exactly ONE less dead-out than you.
That makes my opinion beyond dispute!