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Pickup Dump Beds 101

Pickup Dump Beds 101
January 9, 2020 TheHoth
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Pickup Dump Beds 101

Are you using your pickup truck to its full potential? Adding dump capabilities to your pickup truck will take your setup to the next level, allowing you to tackle a wide variety of tough jobs without breaking your back or the bank. The dump truck market is expected to grow significantly in the next decade, as the government plans to invest more money in infrastructure and transportation. Make sure you’re ready to take advantage of dump truck business opportunities by converting your pickup truck or installing a dump bed!


Introduction to Pickup Dump Beds

There are many advantages to turning your pickup truck bed into a dump bed. A dump bed insert will typically reduce the manual strain of unloading heavy material and allow you to carry more material because of extended high sides. Furthermore, a dump bed insert can save you money compared to purchasing or renting a full-on dump truck.

There are several truck customization options to add dumping capability to your pickup truck:

  1. Replace the pickup truck bed with a dumping bed
  2. Convert the existing pickup bed into a dump bed
  3. Install a dumping bed inside the pickup truck bed, which is the easiest of the three options and the least permanent


Kit Options for Pickup Dump Beds

If you choose to go with a dump bed insert, you will probably want to purchase a dump bed kit with all the parts you’ll need.

In order to determine which dump bed kit is best for your pickup truck, you should consider the following details:

  • The make, model and year of your pickup truck
  • The weight limitations of your pickup truck (your gross vehicle weight rating)
  • How you plan to use the dump bed and what material you will be hauling / unloading
  • Your truck bed length

Most dump bed kits are either hydraulic, electric, or some combination of the two. Dump bed kits are often divided into light or medium-duty, based on their lift capacities (which can range anywhere from 2 tons to 12 tons). Dump bed kits tend to come in two lengths, to fit either a standard 8’ pickup bed or a shortbed pickup. You can also choose between steel and aluminum dump beds.


Dump Box and Bed Lift Kit Options

A dump box insert with side-boards and a lift kit can increase your cubic yard capacity and allow you to transport more material. The higher the siding, the more space you’ll have to transport bulk material. Some dump boxes come with additional truck accessories, such as tie downs or box toppers to help secure loose material.



To learn more about dump bed kits, dump boxes and lift kits, and thoroughly explore your many options, contact our team at Pacific Truck Colors and request a free quote. We specialize in truck customization and can help maximize the versatility of your pickup truck with a dump bed replacement, conversion or insert.

Once your dump truck conversion is complete, check out this article with helpful tips on how to start and operate a dump truck business!