Types of Truck BedsLast Updated August 4, 2019 | Sam Padgett
Along with trucks come a lot of jargon. There are many different names and nicknames for cab styles, engines, and beds, which differs across major truck manufacturers. In order to clear up some of the confusion surrounding the inconsistent terminology surrounding truck beds in particular, we’ve combined the different styles of beds and their possible names. There aren’t too many options for truck beds, but they are one of the most important parts of the truck. What’s a truck without a bed?
As the name implies, this is the default style of truck bed, a flat rectangular box that simply extends back behind the truck. Standard truck beds will have to accommodate for the wheel well, however, meaning that a part of the bed around the wheel will have to be raised. All in all, there isn’t anything too exciting about this style of truck bed. It’s exactly what you expect a truck bed to look like.
Even though the standard style of truck bed is simple and unexciting, it cannot escape the clutches of automotive branding. For example, the regular bed configuration on a Ford truck is called a Styleside bed, while on Chevy trucks its called a Fleetside. While this is potentially confusing, it does sound a lot better on the dealership lot to hear words like “style” and “fleet” rather than standard. Toyota, on the other hand, avoids all of this Styleside vs Fleetside confusion and simply refers to this style of bed as regular. The key thing to remember is that these are all the same, regardless of the different names.
Flareside and Stepside Beds
Just like Fleetside and Styleside, Flareside, or Stepside truck beds refer to the same thing. Unlike the previous two names though, these names at least offer clues to what they refer to. They both have extended wheel flares, and steps located on the side of the bed. These elements come hand in hand; the extended flare makes room for the steps.
In this case, delineating the differences between the names is simple. Ford calls this design Flareside, while every other manufacturer calls them Stepsides. This style of truck bed is a bit divisive among some truck owners. While the foothold is periodically useful, some find the look of this style of truck bed unlikeable. Some models of Stepside or Flareside truck beds do sacrifice a bit of bed space for this design, but that's all determined on a case to case basis between different truck manufacturers.
Beyond the style of truck beds, there are also a variety of length options for them as well. While the bed size does depend in part on the cab options and the specific model of truck, there are generally small, medium and large options for bed lengths.
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There aren’t too many options to consider for your truck bed, but the bed is one of the most important parts of the truck. While the differences are relatively minimal, it will be a heavily used part of your vehicle and should be as close to your liking as possible.
Purchasing a truck should be simpler than it is. Unfortunately, each manufacturer has their own set of terms that they use, muddying the waters for potential customers. In order to bring clarify the differences between Flareside, Stepside, Fleetside, and Styleside truck beds, check out our guide above.
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