I've been looking for a 3/4 ton long bed for a while. I'm not particular about the brand as long as the dealer has a decent service reputation. And, I have a very short list of options I want, largely to do with towing. I live in horse country in SC and you'd think long bed trucks would be easy to find, but as of a few days ago there were about 180 3/4 ton pickups in combined stock at all the major dealers within 50 miles of me. Out of the 180 pickups, exactly three of them were 8' long beds.
My hobby is building horse jumps, and I use a lot of 12 foot lengths of lumber. A six foot bed just won't cut it for me, and I'm getting tired of having to tow a trailer when I go lumber shopping. Besides, I'd like to buy pieces as soon as I find them. Just last weekend a local HD got in a small bunch of nice 4x4 red cedar posts, and by the time I got back next day with my trailer the good ones were gone; only the cracked and warped were left.
I was really surprised at the shortage (no pun) of long bed trucks. Why are there so few compared to the mini beds. What ever happened to trucks where beds were sized to carry sheets of plywood laid flat?