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I'm close to selling my M2-106 Freightliner with a flat bed.  My previous tow was an F450 with a flat bed.  I'm considering a standard pickup with a standard bed, but I need some opinions from those who do that.  

I see it all the time, in fact most 5er pullers are standard bed trucks, but, I guess my concern is the small clearance between the 5er and the top of the bed.  Is that a real issue for you?  Do you get a lot of contact there, or is it a non-issue?


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I pulled with a 2004 F-350 DRW long box, I had about 5 inches of clearance between the box and my 5er. The only time I had an issue was when I drove over the edge of the driveway down into my parent's yard, the rear most top of the box would get very close to the 5er.  I always tried to keep an eye on my clearance when on uneven ground, But not really an issue.

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Really depends on the terrain you travel. Some people don't like the look of a flatdeck, but a well built deck can be art.

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On 3/18/2023 at 1:06 PM, hemsteadc said:

Thanks.  It's moot now as the buyer doesn't like my price.  

Maybe another one will come around soon. 


Good luck, 



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