2015 Ford F-150: Short-Bed (Almost) Long Enough to Haul Kart
July 22, 2015
Recap: I bought a very used KT100 Tony Kart on a whim back in December and hauled it to the track for the first time in our long-term Chevy Colorado. The Chevy did the job, but the kart was much too wide for its bed. I had to leave the tailgate down and pile on the ratchet straps.
I remember getting to the track and thinking I should have taken our larger long-term 2015 Ford F-150.
Since January, the kart has been collecting dust in the corner of our photo studio. Sad I know, but it's a common tale. The demands of work, family and general life dictate that most toys are rarely used as much as you first envision. Still, the kart collecting dust has been bugging me. Two weeks ago, I did something about it.
We rented The Streets of Willow Springs road course to test a bunch of cars and I realized that if I planned far enough ahead, I could bring out the kart and we could blow the dust off. I signed out the F-150, figuring the kart would slide perfectly into its five-and-a-half-foot bed. I figured I could close the tailgate and not have to bother with any straps. I was mostly right.
The kart rolled right in, but it turned out to be just a few inches too long. I couldn't, to my surprise, close the tailgate.
The solution was simple, however: I unbolted the kart's rear bumper. It took only a few seconds and shortened the kart just enough. I closed the tailgate and hit the road, leaving the pile of ratchet straps behind.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 13,654 miles