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Old 02-09-2011, 08:08 PM   #1
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Can I transport this length of lumber in my pickup?


My pickup bed, with bed extender, is slightly less than 8 feet long. I need to transport 12 foot long pieces of 2X6 and 2X10.
Is this safe/legal to do? The beams would be angled up and sticking out at least a good 3.5 feet. Do I have to put a flag on them?

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Old 02-09-2011, 08:15 PM   #2
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In my state, Florida, 'yes', you would need a flag if the load extends 30", I think it is, past the truck.

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Old 02-09-2011, 08:26 PM   #3
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Yes you have to put a flag on them, however in my state (MA) this is definitely illegal. That said, I have transported up to 16 foot boards in my Chevy pickup with an 8 foot bed, I will not say safely, nor was it legal, but I did make it.
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They do it in NY. Does your cab have one of those sliding glass rear windows? If so that would help with the overhang.
Edit: Oops, that only works for a few pieces at a time.
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Don't know if it's legal, as you don't list your state.
Place something heavy on the boards up next to the cab such as sand bags to ensure they don't flop out. I like to strap boards with a few bungees if they are long to keep them together.
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My state is California.
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Check with the highway patrol,traffic safety board, or local police. Buy some ratchet straps and strap the boards together as well as into the truck. Bundgee cords are not sufficient.

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They do it in NY. Does your cab have one of those sliding glass rear windows? If so that would help with the overhang.
Edit: Oops, that only works for a few pieces at a time.


Holy smokes, what I have heard then is true?

"EVERYTHING IS ILLEGAL IN MA."

What a wonderful state.

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If you find out it's legal.

Strap them down with ratchet straps and flag them.

I carry 12' all the time this way in my pickup.
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I admit I have done it by running the boards carefully on top of the cab of my truck with the other end butted up and weighed down against the tail gate. Naturally I put some protection down on the cab roof, and strapped the load on very securely with bear trap tie downs. It was not a long journey either.

I was quite young back then. I did not investigate whether or not it was legal. I just did it. Ah, youth . . .
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If you find it is legal to transport this load when it is properly secured, be aware that the overhang MAY swing into the adjoining lane when turning corners.
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Tie to both sides of bed to lessen any swinging action the might occur or to one side if not to many.

When I had to, I used the twine that is supplied by most stores to wrap arond several boards several times then tie to truck. If tightened enough, it can help stiffen the boards a little and take some of the spring out.

I think around here, anything sticking past a couple of feet has to be flagged. I may need to check on that.

I have also ran a rope across the front of my bed then ran one from the boards to the middle of that rope to help keep them in the truck.
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You'll be fine..........

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dude, i have a regular 6' bed and i've transported 16' lumber many times, sliding the rear window of the cab and fitting some inside the cab but still like a 5-6 ft overhang ... you'll be fine
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If you cut them in half it will fit in the box no problem, then you just have to close the tail gate, no flag required.

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