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A lifelong Ford guy who is looking at a Silverado as a next truck. The truck has to have a crew cab so the 1500 and the 2500hd are the models I am looking at. The 1500 only comes with a small bed while the 2500hd comes withe either a long bed or the standard of 6.5 feet which is wonderful. Why only a dinky bed on the 1500? Anyways, are the crew cabs the same size in both models? Ford obviously goes bigger when jumping to the F250 platform so does Chevy bump the interior space up when it jumps in size say to a 2500 or 3500 for that matter? I looked in the specs but it didn't really list the numbers that detailed the size. Thank you Dan

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I have a 2500HD crew and as far as I know there is no size difference between the 1500 & 2500 crews. I never understood the 5' bed on the 1500, but I suppose they marketed it to crossover drivers who would not usually use a bed much. Good to hear that you are looking into the Chevy lineup. I drive an F-350 all day at work and I can't wait to get back to my 2500HD. It is so much more comfortable and less noisy than the F-350. See ya and welcome to the forum.

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GM & Ford put smaller beds on the 1500/f150 crew cabs so that they could still fit in a garage and be parked easier. also i think the target audience wasnt guys who would NEED a reg/full sizedb ed regularally. starting in 2009 i think both manfacturers will starting offering standard beds is 1500/f150's.

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If chevy had a bigger bed in 06' I would've gone that way but Ford started offering a 6.5 ft bed so i bit and here I am. I'll work on brightening up my page so it doesn't look so newbie. Maybe a pic would help. Thx Dan

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The interiors are the same between the 1500 and 2500/3500 HD's. I don't quite understand the 5'8" bed either...

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Well why does Ford put a 5'5 bed on the Supercrews & a 6' on the F250 Supercrew? My '01 Supercrew had the 5'5 & they did that from 01 - 05, in 06 they started offering an optional 6'5 though, that was a smart move by them. Anyways the half tons are more family vehicles so they would have their beds used less & haul the kids around with the bed full of groceries & such. 2500HD isn't exactly a family vehicle, though it can be, if you can afford the gas :D It can be a family truck & hauler, & a vacation truck all in 1. I have a 05 2500HD with the 6'5 bed & i'm the only one thats ever in it pretty much, and im getting 12.5mpg city, a 1500 would be doing much better. So if you plan to be hauling & working with it, get the heavier 2500HD with the bigger V8.

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Yes and no. Mine gets 12.5 on winter blend gas, and in the summer i can get around 13-13.5 city driving. Not all that great considering I could be driving a 3/4 ton which is a lot more truck w ith the same fuel economy.

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Yeah I thought it was kinda wierd that GM made it so you could only have the short bed for the crew cabs becuase at least they could offer it with the 6.5 foot bed so I could fit my ATV in it! But, at least its not like my dads '03 Sierra 2500HD Diesel that has the crew cab and the 8 foot bed. That thing is huge.

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Does chevy have any plans for bigger bed in the 1500's? Since I do use my bed alot, it has to be a good size. I do like how the cab is layed out and how much room is available with the back seats up. It actually has more floor space than my F150. Who da thunk.

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Hey, atleast you guys have some options, in 03 i had to purchase a 1500hd just to get a crew.

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Yeah I thought it was kinda wierd that GM made it so you could only have the short bed for the crew cabs becuase at least they could offer it with the 6.5 foot bed so I could fit my ATV in it! But, at least its not like my dads '03 Sierra 2500HD Diesel that has the crew cab and the 8 foot bed. That thing is huge.

 

A CCLB needs about 1.5 parking spaces. Those things are hella long.

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Yeah I thought it was kinda wierd that GM made it so you could only have the short bed for the crew cabs becuase at least they could offer it with the 6.5 foot bed so I could fit my ATV in it! But, at least its not like my dads '03 Sierra 2500HD Diesel that has the crew cab and the 8 foot bed. That thing is huge.

 

That's what she said-about my truck that is. I think trucks should only come with 8 ft beds! I enjoy long drives and hate parking lots. The far end of the lot is the only place friendly to me. But, at the end of the day, if it didn't fit in the garage, I wouldn't have bought it.

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Does chevy have any plans for bigger bed in the 1500's? Since I do use my bed alot, it has to be a good size. I do like how the cab is layed out and how much room is available with the back seats up. It actually has more floor space than my F150. Who da thunk.

 

hopefully coming in 2010 along with the diesel half ton

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The reason why the newer 1500 Crew Cabs have the very short bed is due to economics. This model shares the exact same drive train as the 1500 Extended Cab, 6.5' bed. Both have the 143.5" wheelbase. The shrunk the bed in order to give space to the cab.

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