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Question about loading a pick-up truck's bed

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by sbi, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. Spanz

    Spanz NES Member

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    man, the knot i use for loads is way simpler than that...

    start off with this near the end of the rope
    upload_2019-6-17_14-13-37.png

    take the loose end, put it thru the truck attach point, put the end thru the hitch loop, pull really tight, and add a square knot.
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    Ratchets can SEEM tight and snug....but after you go over some bumps and the load shifts, they loosen right up. And if you just have a J hook holding the ratchet strap to the truck body...they can even fall right off.
     

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  3. DitchDigger

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    13’6”
     
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  4. appraiser

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    13'6" is the max legal height, but the laws of physics , especially the one that says that no 2 objects can occupy the same space at the same time will superseded the 13'6" law when it comes to low bridges, drive thru windows, etc., you know Storrow Drive when it is B.U. moving week
     
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    It was me bein’ funny ,,I thought
     
  6. appraiser

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    Oh it was funny , I was trying to be funny too
     
  7. calsdad

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    The correct way to transport a mattress is to tie it to the roof if your Toyota Corolla with some twine - and then drive along with your left hand out the window holding the mattress down to the roof.

    Make sure to drive really fast so that the mattress bends in half too. That helps to hold it down the roof.
     
  8. Mike Stanton

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    Then it RAINS.

    Pick-ups are for 2X4's.

    Not Mattresses.
     
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  9. M1911

    M1911 Moderator NES Member

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    And since you'll be driving on the highway, that rain will be propelled into your load at 60 mph. The water will get under your tarp.
     
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  10. Mike Stanton

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    If by "Covered Trailer" you mean this:

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    I've been driving one for a week, and it is very comfortable and easy.

    I don't get the OP's love affair with Pick-Ups.

    They have their place, and Mattresses ain't it.
     
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  11. Mike Stanton

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    No
     
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  12. SERE

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    I was thinking this. Plenty of clean room in the truck. Put outdoor stuff in the truck bed, dry goods and stuff that can't get wet in the trailer.

    U-Haul Equipment specifications: 5' x 8' Cargo Trailer
     
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  13. Mike Stanton

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    I've rented box trucks and moved gear all over creation and never paid more than if I had rented a pickup. I have also rented pickups a few times.

    Example. 26' from Fla to Cape Cod. ~$480 one way. Had for I believe 6 days.

    Example. F150 in CA for 3 days. $380. Mileage costs would have made that $1200+ on a trip like the box truck.

    Small move across MA, 24' box truck. $130.

    Small weekend cruise. Took a bunch of gear off cape and staged at marina. Worked out of truck. ~160 ish. 3 days.26' box truck. Loaded with around 8000 .lbs of gear.

    2 day f250 rental in FLA off season to haul around a gear trailer. $420.

    Next time, did the same gig renting a 16' box truck. $85. Towed the same trailer. Went the same distance.
     
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  15. sbi

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    Believe me - I checked and compared. F-250 crew cab with extended bed for two days with unlimited mileage is under $250. Cargo van, never mind larger box trucks, are at least double.
    I plan on "wrap" the entire load with a tarp three times the size of the bed (basically put the tarp on the bed, load the bed, and then wrap it with the rest of the tarp) and add additional coverage if needed.
     
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    If you're trying to keep things dry, you want any water that gets in (and it will!!) to also get out. Wrapping it this way is instead going to make a nice swimming pool for your stuff to soak in while you drive.

    truckpool.png
     
  18. sbi

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    Honestly, I don't see how with the way I plan on wrapping it, especially if I use additional 1 or 2 tarps on top of everything.
     
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    Have a shrink wrap done
     
  20. SERE

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    Remember if it rains tarps are not weatherproof. Especially if you continue driving at 65 mph. Have a safe trip.
     
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    Good luck.
    Debris+1.jpg
     
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    That rain is being propelled at 65 mph.
     
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    You will be fine! Sweet Jeebus. OP if you have half a brain and put a little thought into it, apply a large dollop of common sense. and you will be fine.
     
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    As long as you say “that’s not going anywhere” after securing the load, you’re good.
     
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  25. Spanz

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    ya know
    if its raining
    and you drive the pickup fast enough
    you will drive between the rain drops and the mattress will be bone dry!

    :)
     
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  26. Mike Stanton

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    If I owned the pickup, yeah, I'd be tempted to wrap the mattress up good, and tie it down good.

    Then chance it.

    But if you have to RENT the vehicle, renting one that's not right for the job is insane.
     
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  27. Spanz

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    ah go for it.
    Enough talk, ACTION TIME.
     

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