The Chisholm Trail Bale Bed is a specialty after-market steel bed manufactured to fit pickup trucks, aiding farmers and ranchers in the feeding process of livestock and the transport of large rounds of hay. The same hydraulic components operate both the arm function and the unique dump bed function, adding considerably to the versatility of the unit.

The Ultimate Bale Bed

The Chisholm Trail Bale Bed is considered by many to be the ultimate bale bed because of its feature-rich design, ruggedly built components, ease of operation and competitive pricing.

What Customers Have to Say

“I use my bale bed to feed cows and I use it on weld jobs. We do portable welding and we’ll use the bale bed to lift whatever we need to lift. You get more for your money and the independent arm feature is more versatile. You can also dump and hook up to your trailers without having to operate your jack. We use it every day to lift whatever we need to lift and move whatever we need to move.” Jason, Customer
“We bought one five years ago and liked it so well, we added another. The feature I like the most is the independent arm movement. We use it for so many different things— not just hauling bails; we use it out in the field. If a piece of equipment breaks, you can move one arm here to pick up that piece of equipment and line it up with the other part and weld it back together and do whatever you need to do.” Bernie, Customer
“I use these bale beds on a day-to-day basis. Anything that you can pick up and haul with a bale bed, I use them for. In the ranching industry, there’s always a need for the dump bed in addition to the dump bed. I think it’s one of the top of the line bale beds made.” Kent, Customer

Bale Bed Features

  • Standard Features

    Unique Dump
    The Chisholm Trail Bale Bed’s unique dump feature expands your capabilities to handle hay and dump materials from the comfort of your cab. There is no other unit on the market like it. Arm lift capacity is 2,850 pounds, and bed dump capacity is 6,000 pounds.

    Independent Arm Action
    The Chisholm Trail Bale Bed uses two squeeze cylinders rather than a set of phasing cylinders for better squeeze and maneuverability. You can move the arms separately or in tandem for easier bale retrieval when stacked end-to-end. This also helps load into a ring feeder, even if you do not have a straight shot. Lift any size or shape effortlessly— round, square, wide or narrow. You can haul up to four 4’ rounds side-by-side with a dual-wheel pickup. You can also squeeze a large 4’ by 8’ square bale end-to-end or from the side. The arm range on dual wheel trucks of 3’6″ to 9’6″ enables you to grab small or misshapen items as well.

    Free-Float Arm System
    The free-float arm system allows you to unroll hay while maintaining full contact with the ground over rough terrain. This function helps to prevent skips and thick blankets of hay, allowing even distribution of feed and reducing waste.

    Locking Valve System
    Our unique locking valve stops arms from creeping out when carrying hay bales. Additionally, unlike other units on the market, our design significantly limits truck frame stress.

    No-Need-to-Jack Trailers
    The Chisholm Trail Bale Bed makes work easier and quicker in so many ways, especially hooking up your gooseneck trailer. Just raise the bed until the jack stand is off the ground, store the jack, lower the bed, and off you go. No more cranking!

    Additional Features

    • Electric-over-hydraulic heavy-duty 4 GPM power unit
    • LED work lights that work on a switch in the cab
    • Tethered hand control
    • Additional set of stop/turn lights in the headache rack
    • Heavy duty 2 x 4 x 3/16″ rounded bent tube headache rack with louvers for stylish good looks and the ultimate in safety
    • 2-5/16″, 30,000 pound rated hitch ball with 1″ rise, recessed in the bed with door closure
    • 1/8” Treadplate floor with component access doors – bed can be serviced from the ground. No need to work in a cramped toolbox.
    • Mud flaps
    • LED running lights throughout the bed
    • Four 3 x 20 lift cylinders
    • Two 2 x 6 squeeze cylinders
    • 350 Amp fuse and fuse block system
    • Grab handles on each side of the headache rack
    • D-ring tie-down rings on each side of the bed
    • Two-part urethane primer and paint for more durability and shine

  • Safety Features

    • Easy access to mechanical parts through large access doors
    • Safety stand 2’ x 1- ½ x 1- ½ x 11 gauge steel
    • Highly visible warning and caution decals
    • 350 Amp fuse and block attached to the truck frame
    • Heavy-duty bent tube headache rack
    • 23’ Tethered hand-held control pendant
    • Ruggedly built all steel construction
    • Grab handles on either side of the headache rack
    • D-ring tie downs

  • Sizes

    The Chisholm Trail Bale Bed is available in nine different sizes:


    37N Bale Bed 
    7’ wide x 7’4” long
    The 37N bed fits single-wheel trucks with a very short bed. It has a 37” cab-to-axle measurement.


    37w Dump Flatbed
    8’ wide x 7’4” long
    The 37w bed fits dual-wheel trucks with a very short bed. It has a 37” cab-to-axle measurement.


    42N Bale Bed
    7′ wide x 7’8″ long
    The 42N bed fits single-wheel trucks with a short six-foot bed. It has a 42″ cab-to-axle measurement.


    42w Bale Bed
    8′ wide x 7’8″ long
    The 42W bed fits dual-wheel trucks with a short six-foot bed. It has a 42″ cab-to-axle measurement.


    56N Bale Bed
    7′ wide x 8’10” long
    The 56N bed fits single-wheel trucks with a standard eight-foot bed. It has a 56″ cab-to-axle measurement.


    56W Bale Bed
    8′ wide x 8’10” long
    The 56W bed fits a dual-bed truck. It has dual wheels and a 56″ cab-to-axle measurement. This is often called a bed delete truck. It has a bent (dog-leg) frame as opposed to a straight cab and chassis frame.


    60N Bale Bed
    7′ wide x 9’10” long
    The 60N bed fits the cab chassis one-ton truck with single wheels and a 60″ cab-to-axle measurement.


    60W Bale Bed
    8′ wide x 9’10” long
    The 60W bed fits the cab chassis one-ton truck with dual wheels and has a 60″ cab-to-axle measurement. This truck comes from the factory without a bed. It has a straight frame.


    84WBale Bed
    8′ wide x 11’10” long
    The 84W bed fits dual wheel cab/chassis trucks with 84″ cab-to-axle measurement. It has a straight frame.

  • Optional Features and Accessories

    • Removable sideboards
    • Spinners for unrolling hay
    • Underbody tool boxes
    • PTO provisional power unit
    • Engine-driven power unit

  • Warranty



    C5 Manufacturing, LLC warrants to the original purchaser of the C5 Manufacturing bed to be free of defects in material and craftsmanship for a period of one year from the date of purchase. We offer a bumper-to-bumper warranty for one year. After the bumper-to-bumper, there is a lifetime warranty on the arms. Hydraulic powertrain and their components are warranted for two years. This includes the power unit, manifold, cylinders, and hoses.


    There is no warranty if the bed is not installed by an authorized C5 Manufacturing dealer. Any parts determined by C5 Manufacturing to be defective will be replaced. Shipping and handling are the consumer’s responsibility. For replacement parts, please contact your dealer. For dealer information, please see our website,


    Warranty for replacement or repair shall not extend the original vendor warranty period. C5 Manufacturing does not warrant against normal wear or damages caused by abuse, negligence, poor maintenance, or operation beyond the rated capacities or intended uses. The warranty card must also be completed and returned to C5 Manufacturing within 30 days of purchase.

  • Replacement Parts

    Please contact C5 Manufacturing for information about replacement parts.

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