Appears to be the type that uses ramps for loading/unloading. $2000 isn't really all that bad if it's in good shape. I've got design for mine that will work like I want it to, just got to find time to build it and install.
My design is 8' x 8' deck with about a 9" dovetail on tail. Sides of mine will unpin and fold upward to bring deck to width of truck when not hauling 2 sleds. Ramps will be 2 piece telescoping (similar to an extension ladder) measuring about 11 - 12' extended. Still working on ramp length. After reading some posts on another forum, I'm thinking of installing a 2000 lb winch on headache rack on some type of slide to simplify loading and maybe take some of the pucker factor out of it.
I'll probably either install a overload type spring system, airbags, or simply the best gas shocks I can find on rear of truck to control body lean/sway on rough terrain.
My reason for a deck is simple really. A lot of the areas we ride in it's tough to get turned around with a trailer. Plus sleds/covers are a mess if in melting is taking place on roads. A deck solves all these in one effort.
Installing a deck on anything smaller than a 3/4 ton appears to be kind of a risky deal. Not sure on facts, but it appears most 1/2 tons would be overloaded with 2 sleds on it. That in fact is one of the reasons I bought a F-250, I've got the legal capacity to haul 2 and it's got the towing capacity to tow my present RV and a larger one if that happens in the future.
Remember guys, when I mention towing, I'm not talking about towing on flat roads. Even going around mountains to get home I still have some considerable elevation changes to cross. We have a heavy 1/2 ton at home that will tow my RV, it just won't handle it in the inclines.
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