> Way back in 1999, I got a lot of useful info from the thread
> "Pickup Truck: Anybody using one for windsurfing?".
> So good that I wound up buying a Suburban - with whose ergonomics
> and functionality I have been satisfied. ? ?
> Now the roof on the furshlugginer thing is rusted through at the
> rack attachment points and I'm shopping again before my
> windsurfing gear goes hang gliding some day.
> My preference is for another 'burb, but used ones in my price
> range without a sunroof (2-3" headroom diff) are proving
> difficult to find.
> Maybe when we pass $5.00/gallon for gas, the used market will
> open up... but right now I'm not having much luck.
> Looks to me like I can get a 4wd pickup with split bench seats
> and manual 4wd engagement (my preferences) reasonably enough to
> think about buying new.
> Consensus in that old thread favored an 8' bed.
> But a six-foot bed with crew cab would allow me to carry the
> occasional multiple passengers - not a frequent need, but often
> enough tb considered.
> I've looked at another windsurfer's eight-foot-bed/crew cab
> Tundra. ? ?He loves it, but I'm wondering about parking.
> Either way, what about salt water drippage when wet gear is
> repeatedly carried in the bed?
> I'd like to get 10 years out of my next vehicle without it's
> rusting out.
> Some sort of spray-in like Rhino Liner? ? Slip-in plastic
> bathtub? ?Nothing, but hose it out religiously? ?
HI Pete: First, go with the shorter bed and just rest your gear on
the tailgate. Unless theft is a concern in which case the long bed
with a cap is the only option. Your friends/family will thank you.
Several options exist to prolong bed life. First, you can spray-in
liners that you mentioned. These form a mostly impenetrable barrier.
They are pretty tough but can get dinged up over time and hard use.
Application is straight-forward but preparation can be a total pain in
the ***if the bed already has rust/holes. That's irrelevant to new
trucks, of course.
Drop-in liners work great and often are OEM options from the factory.
The only downside is that you really must remove the liner every year
to clean its underside and the metal bed itself. Leaves, dirt, road
grit, and sand always get underneath and both grind away at the paint
and trap water leading to quick rust. I know several guys who
installed a liner in an open bed and took it off when selling the
truck years later, only to discover that most of the bed had dissolved
Since you are handy, I think you will find the aftermarket spray
liners a very economical choice compared to either an OEM plastic bed
liner or aftermarket.
It may be that Ford etc. will spray in a bed liner at your request
over which you can put a plastic liner: double protection. Also,
there is a company in Canada named Krown that sprays a very sticky,
oil-based product into every orifice of a car. If you think rust is a
problem near the NJ coast, try driving on heavily salted Canadian
roads. The cars can melt as rapidly as a 1960 USA car in the
Northeast. There may be a Krown-equivilent near you. My collector-
car friends swear by the stuff.