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  1. #1
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    Default F-650, what size bed?

    I recently purchased a F-650 that I would like to liciense under 260000 lbs, the truck does not have a flat bed on it yet. I would like someones input on what length of bed works best on this model truck for optimal bee moving potential, while still operating safely. I use Double deep hives on 4 way pallets that are 33" wide. I am concidering either a 20' bed (7 rows, 3 high= 168 hives) or 17' (6 rows, 3 high=144 hives). The truck does have air brakes, any help would be appreciated, Thanks

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    Default Re: F-650, what size bed?

    What do you think the curb weight will be on that F650 once you add the flat bed. I am thinking that 168 hives will probably take you over that 26K poundage.

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    Default Re: F-650, what size bed?

    Intercontinental Truck Bodies.
    They make the finest, strongest, and lightest beds for beekeeping.
    Their aluminum beds weigh as much as HALF of what some steel beds weigh.
    All of that saved weight equals more hives you can carry. And when you chose to take the 26k route, every pound counts.
    Unfortunatly, they do not have pictures of flat beds on their site but I'll bet they will email you some.
    Many of their beds are in use in Oregon and we are very happy with them.
    I have exactly ONE hive more than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond question.

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    Default Re: F-650, what size bed?

    no one cannot answer this question without knowing the wheel base. how far is it from the back of the cab to the end of the frame. If the wheels are in the middle of the bed it will handle terrible. weight has to loaded so some is added to the front axle with more added to the rear axle. without this balance you will have trouble loading to get max weight to be legal. what is the empty wt. reguardless the rear wheels have to be back of the middle of the rack so some wt is added to the front axle when loaded.

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    Default Re: F-650, what size bed?

    The F-650 has a titled GVWR of 26000. So it doesn't matter how much weight you acutally put on it as long as its </= 26000. Plus if your pulling a loader around the GVWR of the trailer will have to be added. My truck is has a 33,000 GVWR with an 18' bed and a 204" wheel base. My curb weight is around 12000 lbs. With 144 hives I'm at around 28500 lbs. With my swinger and trailer (about 6000 lbs) all togather my total gross is about 34500. Well above the CDL limit. My truck is a Freightliner FL-80.
    I am holding on to the hope I have inside... Kutless

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    Default Re: F-650, what size bed?

    In ny if you pull a trailer they give an added 10,000 lbs to your gross reguardless of the type of trailer. this works in all the states you go thru with the new laws. so by hooking on to a trailer you can gross 36,000 without a cdl. as told by ny dot inspector.

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    Default Re: F-650, what size bed?

    From what I here from a trucker friend who loves to haul bees, most weigh stations out here in the middle just wave you on thru as they don't want you stopping and getting them bee polluted. Who gets checked?

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    Default Re: F-650, what size bed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Craig Weber View Post
    I recently purchased a F-650 that I would like to liciense under 260000 lbs the truck does not have a flat bed on it yet. I would like someones input on what length of bed works best on this model truck for optimal bee moving potential, while still operating safely. I use Double deep hives on 4 way pallets that are 33" wide. I am concidering either a 20' bed (7 rows, 3 high= 168 hives) or 17' (6 rows, 3 high=144 hives). The truck does have air brakes, any help would be appreciated, Thanks


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