When I was told that I would be receiving a 2014 Toyota Tundra SR5 4×2 long bed to drive for a week, I was ecstatic! My wife has been “encouraging” me to clean out the garage, attic and junk closet for months; my spring cleaning to-do-list was growing and this truck couldn’t be coming at a better time.
Like anyone else with such an “encouraging” better half, the to-do-list seems to get longer and more dreaded the longer its put off. My attic was bulging at the seams, the junk closet door barely closes and I know that I’ve pulled car in the garage far enough when my six year old’s bike bumps into her battery powered jeep. This will certainly be an all day job and multiple trips.
Having owned a full size pickup truck before, this wasn’t going to be my first rodeo; I know a little something about loading a truck bed and arranging my cargo to maximize space. Even with my past experiences I was sure that my spring cleaning would consist of a few round trips.
Little did I know, this list would be accomplished in one trip. The Toyota Tundra is available with an 8′ bed; long enough to carry a panel of sheet-rock with the lift gate closed. The average pick-up truck owner won’t typically walk into their local Toyota dealer and ask for an 8′ bed, but its nice to know one is available; especially if you happen to be in construction.
I can’t count how many times I’ve seen sheet-rock debris along the highways in Atlanta that were once projectiles from the back of an open truck bed. Come to think of it, maybe the Toyota Tundra SR 5 Long Bed should be a required tool in the construction trade. Who do I talk to about that?
If there’s someone reading this and considering my recommendation, take note, if you’re like me and don’t like parking outside, you’ll have to build bigger garages, because this one won’t fit in a standard issue one.
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