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Beds and Tow Bodies for Chassis Cab Trucks

"Enough truck" for todays big 5ers, gooseneck horse trailers with living quarters (LQ), hot-shot and other heavy trailers, or even big slide-in campers might mean an F-450 or F-550. But until the 2008 F-450 came out, the F-450s were all chassis-cab trucks without a bed, and the F-550 still is. And the F-450 pickup may not be the be end-all for some jobs, as the F-450 chassis cab comes with higher payload and additional choices of wheelbase, bed/body length, not offered on the pickup. And the 2011-up F-450 pickup is basically an F-350 DRW with a 4.30 axle ratio. It no longer has the bigger/stronger commercial truck tires, wheels, brakes, or rear axle of the F-450 chassis cab.

If you want a bed or tow body on that truck, you have to get it either aftermarket, or have your Ford dealer order it installed by a ship-thru upfitter, or perhaps you might buy the complete truck from a custom truck upfitter such as Western Hauler.

Below is a list of sources of such tow bodies and upfitters and complete haulers. If you have others, holler at me via PM and I'll add them to the list to help folks get the perfect Ford diesel truck for their towing needs.

A ship-thru upfitter means when your new truck is intransit between the assembly plant and your Ford dealer, Ford can detour your ordered truck through the upfitter. The upfitter will add your truck body (and any other aftermarket options the upfitter offers that you're willing to pay for), then ship the completed truck to your dealer - all at no extra shipping cost to you.

SHIP-THRU UPFITTERS

Utility Bodywerks = see the feature article about "Light Medium Duty Trucks" in the feature articles section off the "contents" button on the home page of TheDieselStop.

Monroe Versa-Hauler = Monroe is in WI. Scroll down to the "Ford F550 Crew Cab with Versa-Hauler Towing Body and Optional Trim Kit, Running Boards, Wheel Simulators and Sun Visor." Also note that Monroe will mount other types of tow bodies and flat beds on your rig.

Knapheid = a famous service body outfit also makes the Knapheide Westerner Storage Body, which provides safe secure storage plus towing ability in a low-profile body. If I were designing a tow body, this would be very close to perfect if you have payload capacity for a heavy steel body. Knapheid also has a Westerner flatbed gooseneck hauler.

Knapheide also has several distributors that are also Ford ship-thru upfitters:

Auto Safety House in Arizona.

Carter Industries in California.

Dealer's Truck Equipment Co. in Louisana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas

Frontier Truck near Denver.

Unicell Body Co. in western New York = SKnapheid and Reading dealer

Welcome to Nelson Truck Equipment = Knapheid & several other brands in the Seattle area

Zoresco: Knapheid dealer

https://southeast.knapheide.com/

--------------end of Knapheide upfitters

Cook Truck Eqpt: Products = several brands of flatbeds and gooseneck haulers

Welcome to Aspen Equipment Company

Auto Truck Group

Rough Rider = Harbor Truck Bodies in CA offers a plain flatbed gooseneck hauler.

Omaha Standard

Badger = Hoekstra in Michigan will mount you a heavy-duty flatbed gooseneck hauler with side boxes, the Badger by Omaha Standard. Look under "Platform and Stake bodies".

Reading Redi-dek with gooseneck hitch optional

Ship-thru upfitters that will install a Reading Redi-Dek:

Worktrux - Products

Fisher Plows, Snowplows, Snowplow Parts, Truck Bodies, Equipment and Much More. in Salem, MA.

Rayside Truck and Trailer in south Florida.

---------end of Reading upfitters

Most upfitters that will install a flat bed or platform body will also add a gooseneck or fifth-wheel hitch and side boxes. So you might want to check out the following Ford ship-thru upfitters who have flat beds or platform bodies or stake bodies, but don't mention on their website that they'll customize them into towing machines:

Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products

Louisville Truck Equipment

General Truck Body in Houston.

NBC Truck Equipment in Washington state.

Scelzi Enterprises in Fresno, CA.


OTHERS:
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Most of these will accept a new truck drop-shipped from the factory, and fix it up to your specs.

American Transportation Products - Pro-Hauler. Aluminum tow bodies, plus the same outfit makes Bradford truck bodies and flatbeds.

Pickup Truck; Semi Tool boxes, Cab guards, Pickup Headache Racks, bed slides, Truck Flatbeds, RV Truck Tow bodies, RV Hauler, RV Toter, Trailer and Flatbed underbody toolbox manufacturer since 1980. = tow body by Highway Products (800 ToolBox)

Western Hauler = Western Hauler tow body in Fort Worth

America's Body Company with plants in OH, LA, CA, MD, PA, NJ, MO, MI, KY, and OR.

Classy Chassis Trucks - Custom RV Truck Design & Sales = they have new trucks ready to go, or you can drop-ship your new Ford to them and they will fix it up exactly like you want it.

Gooseneck = The original Gooseneck company also makes aluminum tow bodies

Douglass Truck Bodies 5th-wheel tow bodies

Herrin Haulers = several styles made in Kilgore, TX

Boden Fabricating = in Edmonton, Alberta. Talk to Ab Deacon about tow bodies, welding decks, or service beds.

2L Custom Trucks = has nice tow bodies. Looks good!

Intercontinental Truck Body - Home = An oufit in MT that will mount you a lightweight aluminum flatbed with an optional fifth wheel hitch.

Mountain Master Home = makes a heavy-duty tow body in Phoenix. And you'll like their F-550 tow body.

New Haven Body for those folks in New England that want a local upfitter.

FarmBro is an upfitter in eastern Canada that does Fontaine conversions and other work.

Trail-Hauler makes hauler bodies in Tennessee.

Tusccany Custom Trucks makes hauler conversions in Elkhart, Indiana.

TruckCraft Corporation ::: Truck Bodies and Equipment has aluminum flatbeds/platform bodies with optional gooseneck balls or fifth-wheel hitches and storage bins. Made in Pennsylvania, with dealers throughout the U.S.A. and Canada.

Select Design Vehicles, Select Solutions Group, Super Hauler Vehicles does beds, interior and exterior upgrades to F350-F550 trucks.

Haulers - Chariot RV - Custom Luxury Motorcoaches and Haulers aluminum body with a few upgrades and accessories available.

Alum-Line | Truck Bodies: Pro-Hauler | AlumLine manufacturer of aluminum flatbed trailers | aluminum livestock trailers | aluminum utility trailers | aluminum truck beds | aluminum car trailers | truck utility beds | trailer tool boxes | tool trailer = click on their gallery and you'll see at least one Ford SuperDuty among all those medium-duty haulers they make.

CASECO Manufacturing's Products - Flatbeds

Supreme Corporation is one of the big boys you've heard of, with plants in IN, NC, GA, TX,CA, PA, FL and CO.

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