The dancing bed is a term that was mainly used in the 80s and 90s of the last century in connection with pickup trucks. The term comes from English and roughly translated means "dance bed" or "dancing bed". The Dancing Bed was an automotive trend for pickups and was mainly used at car shows in the USA. The trend is explained in more detail below.
Dancing Bed - what is it?
The Dancing Bed is mostly installed in small pickups and has a partly extremely complex hydraulic function that, with the effort, with one Lowrider is comparable and was often used in lowrider trucks. SUVs have also been converted many times. In these, the separated rear part of the cabin was then moved accordingly. The installed technology ensures that the rear pick-up area, i.e. the actual loading area, extends partially or further to the vehicle lifts and can be moved individually. The movements can be carried out rhythmically by the built-in hydraulics. The rear pickup area can virtually "dance". The Dancing Bed can be moved to match the music and was a big hit at car shows in the USA.
Dancing bed for the pickup - where was it used?
The Dancing Bed was used for show purposes on pickup models in the 1980s and 1990s. Smaller pickups in particular were equipped with the Dancing Bed. Competitions were also held and various drivers demonstrated their dancing bed skills. The “beds” of the pickups were often moved to the rhythm of rap music. What is now known as “old-school rap” was modern in the past and was played accordingly at dancing-bed competitions and dancing-bed shows. Dancing Bed Pickups were also eye-catchers in clubs in the USA. Pickups modified in this way are purely for entertainment and are still interesting for car shows today.
Are the conversions still being carried out today?
In Germany, the dancing bed is not a trend and can only be found at a truck show or a car show for American vehicles. In the USA, however, such conversions are still being carried out and there are many videos on the Internet that show Dancing Bed Pickups in action. The videos are worth seeing and show how the loading area of a pickup can move in almost all directions. The Dancing Beds of the pickups are hydraulically driven and can be operated directly in the driver's cab, with the smartphone or a simple remote control outside or inside the pickup. Workshops that carry out the conversion are also located in the USA and there are tuners who still rely on dancing bed pickups today. In this country too, individual workshops are able to carry out such a conversion.
Dancing Bed for the Pickup - Conclusion
The Dancing Bed was a huge trend in the US in the 1980s and 1990s that was used at auto shows. With this trend, the loading area of the pickup is moved using hydraulics and can "dance" to the rhythm of the music. Competitions were held with the Dancing Bed Pickups to determine the best "dancer" and the converted cars were eye-catchers in clubs and shows. There were also many “failures” to be seen in which the systems failed, collapsed or otherwise did not do what was actually planned. Due to the complex nature of the technology, the likelihood that something did not work as planned was very high. Even today, dancing bed pickups can still be found in the US for entertainment purposes. But the trend is over and the Dancing Bed is more of a relic of a bygone era.
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