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 must 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 the following: 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 truck 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 of western hauler truck beds for the job.