What should you look for in western hauler truck beds? No matter what you’re hauling, attention to details is key.
Depending on whether you want a flatbed with gooseneck hookup, built-in tool boxes or a customized headache rack, the construction of your hauler truck bed should meet your specs.
For hard-working haulers to transport your horses and livestock, make sure they are well made and built for the long haul. Standard features to look for include: Heavy duty steel or superior aluminum construction, 30,000 lb rated gooseneck hitch or the sturdy and mega-strong receiver type bumper hitch, and a 1/8″ thick tread plate floor.
Features of Western Hauler Truck Beds
Other items your hauler beds should feature are stake pockets in the deck to ensure you can secure the load, and flush mounted sealed beam lights (ideally with a 7-pole plug-in for your trailer) and powder coat paint for a surface that’s easy to keep clean.
Look for hauler truck beds that are primed with rust resistant primer and painted with two coats of acrylic paint. If you’re going for the custom look, ask them to paint to match your truck. Another good feature to look for is spray-in bed liners. This offers time-tested bed protection with color-matched paint.
New and Used Western Hauler Beds
Finding a used western hauler style bed that will do the job is a good way to keep prices down. Make sure your dealer or seller can give you some kind of warranty. As with any western hauler beds, check prices and workmanship. Many dealers, both small and large, can customize used hauler truck beds of various chassis lengths and configurations with attention to the details you want, whether you have a Dodge, Chevrolet or Ford truck.
Just be aware of what you are buying, and that you buy the right grade for the hauling you do.
Western Hauler Beds for Medium or Heavy Hauling
What should you look for in western hauler truck beds? The first question is often the choice between aluminum or steel beds. Because weather and environmental conditions such as salt and sand will eventually wear on both aluminum and steel, truck beds should be built with the best materials for strength and longevity. Good maintenance and continual washing off of accumulated grime and minerals goes a long way for reducing corrosion.
Aluminum hauler truck beds are ideal for many reasons because they are pretty resistant to rust and some harsh environmental conditions, such as winter environments where road salt is common.
Steel hauler truck beds are heavier than aluminum truck beds, and therefore a bit harder on the gas mileage – but many prefer steel over aluminum due to it’s sheer strength, although a comparison of the two becomes more of a personal preference as each type has its values.
Western Hauler Truck Beds – Medium or Heavy Duty?
For those who tow gooseneck trailers, or perform general purpose farm work and light to medium commercial or industrial work, medium duty truck beds are sufficient.
Heavy duty western hauler beds have a sturdier floor plan and heavier bed frame. Highly industrial needs should go this route, such as crane haulers, dump trucks, heavy farming and welding trucks. There are even dealers who will provide extra heavy duty choices to match the big trucks.
Make sure the floor plates in any western hauler truck beds you’re looking at are a genuine thickness of 1/8″, 3/16″ 1/4″ or 3/8″. This measurement should be just for the plate alone (not including the thickness of the tread.)
Truck Bed Options
You should be able to find standard options for all beds:
- Tool boxes
- Gooseneck hitch
- Receiver hitch
- 45 degree rear corners
- LED light package
- Brake control box
- Work lights
- Mud flaps
- Side rails and tailgate