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    Any advice on best way to load 12ft long items

    I am doing a pick up tomorrow of I think 6ish 100lb, 12ft long, extruded aluminum objects. So like 1ftx1ft, square, and 12ft long, 100lbs each.



    I have my truck with 6ft bed, ~8ft bed with the tailgate down, and am bringing my trailer which is 5ftx8ft.
    I did this before with 1 of these objects and put one end in the bed, and let it stick out the back 6ft with a flag on it, resting on the tailgate. But I'm not sure if 600lbs, half hanging out the back, would wreck my tailgate. So I was thinking of putting the tailgate down, which should give about 8ft of bed for them to lay in, with 4ft sticking out... BUT not sure if can still tow the trailer behind it with the tailgate down and 4ft of stuff sticking out behind it..... i'm thinking it'll hit the trailer.... so trying to think of if I can get it on the trailer somehow maybe? but i'm thinking I may have to just do what I did before and have it in the bed, and resting on the up tailgate so it doesn't hit the trailer, strap it down, and hope for the best.


    To the guy that said I should have got a bigger trailer.... yea.... im starting to see that lol
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    Cut it in half, chop saw, sawz all......

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    I'm trying to imagine 100 lb chuncks of aluminum. I fill the bed of my truck with pop cans and don't break 100 lbs. Weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IamTheGreatest View Post
    I'm trying to imagine 100 lb chuncks of aluminum. I fill the bed of my truck with pop cans and don't break 100 lbs. Weird.
    They are projector screens with alum housings that are 12ft long. When I broke down the last one, The aluminum makes up about 50lbs, the rest is the screen and innards.

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    I would just bend, break or cut them
    And if anyone says its impossible to break or bend those alum pieces, its not. ive done it.

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    This is wear having a headache rack comes in handy...

    But speaking from experience, Ive done those 12ft ware house racks hanging over the tailgate before. Use something as a counter weight to put on top after you load them to hold them from flopping up and down as you drive. a couple pallets or something.

    Or just cut them in half as mentioned
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    Quote Originally Posted by greytruck View Post
    This is wear having a headache rack comes in handy...

    But speaking from experience, Ive done those 12ft ware house racks hanging over the tailgate before. Use something as a counter weight to put on top after you load them to hold them from flopping up and down as you drive. a couple pallets or something.

    Or just cut them in half as mentioned
    Just ended up flopping them over the tailgate and rachet strapping them down, then loaded stuff on top on the portion in the bed by the cab. Worked out fine they just stuck out the back a lot over top the trailer but it was fine!

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    "This is wear having a headache rack comes in handy..."


    I think you were looking for the term ladder rack. Headache rack is just for behind the cab, comes from loading log trucks so the logs don't hit the back of cab when loading and gives you a headache. Toyota made/makes a cool foldup ladder rack system.

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    I would just bend, break or cut them
    And if anyone says its impossible to break or bend those alum pieces, its not. ive done it.

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    lay 6x6 across the tail gate, gives you the angle without hitting the trailer.

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    Put a flag on them and let them hang over the end. 600# should not make a difference on a truck. I have had trailer tongue 1000#+ and while somewhat light in the front, it was drivable if no road conditions contributed to add to issues of handling.

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    I tend to look at as balancing the load. The eight feet on the trailer comprises 8/12 ths. of the load as long as it's laying flat. Strap it at the tailgate so that it can't shift sideways.

    Remember: If you come to an abrupt stop .... that load is still traveling at 40 miles per hour and wants to shift forward. If the load is placed on a tailgate that's in the upright position .... it may pole vault over the cab of the truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IamTheGreatest View Post
    "This is wear having a headache rack comes in handy..."


    I think you were looking for the term ladder rack. Headache rack is just for behind the cab, comes from loading log trucks so the logs don't hit the back of cab when loading and gives you a headache. Toyota made/makes a cool foldup ladder rack system.
    I think we're along the same lines. The headache rack is the expanded metal screen & structure assembly that's mounted on the back wall above the truck bed on a pickup truck. It keeps loose objects from flying through the back window of the cab and decapitating the driver when the vehicle comes to an abrupt stop. You see em' on most flatbed trucks as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IamTheGreatest View Post
    "This is wear having a headache rack comes in handy..."


    I think you were looking for the term ladder rack. Headache rack is just for behind the cab, comes from loading log trucks so the logs don't hit the back of cab when loading and gives you a headache. Toyota made/makes a cool foldup ladder rack system.
    I did mean headache rack. i have a homemade one on my truck that connects the side walls. it was intended as a "window blocker" but i also throw long items up there like the long water lines i get from my plumbing place. I wouldnt recommend ladder rack for scrapping, they are too restrictive with that bar going across the back end.

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    If you have a "cheap" back end bar (one that is made out of 2x2, ends whittled down to slide in stake pockets) he could've ran from headache rack to back bar with all the pieces. H- frame it and go. When you're done, take the back bar down and lay it in the bed.


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