Western Hauler Beds for Medium or Heavy Hauling

What should you look for in western hauler 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 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
  • D-Rings
  • 45 degree rear corners
  • LED light package
  • Brake control box
  • Work lights
  • Mud flaps
  • Side rails and tailgate

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