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Old 04-16-2018, 04:58 AM   #1
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Support For Long PVC Boards On Truck Rack? How Do You Do This?


First post/thread here and hoping it helps us all- Life long carpenter and I think the worst material handling job is picking up 18/20í lengths of PVC trim material on my truck. I have it delivered when possible but weekly we are moving this stuff around and I usually put a long 2x10 up there to support it. New short bed/long cab truck has me looking for a better solution... nothing worse than seeing it flopping up and down on the road or even hitting the hood lol :/...

What are you doing to make this easier? Would love to find a better way and something that didnít look so terrible on the truck.
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Old 04-16-2018, 05:13 AM   #2
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Strap/ bungee to an extension ladder or walk plank.

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I have a roof rack on the cab that lines up (height wise) with the racks on the bed. Yakima and Thule are the big names but there are others.
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I will only haul those in my work trailer, they can be a pain to haul.
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I have a bed extender that slips into my trailer hitch. Something similar in the link below. I only have a trailer hitch for this reason. I only have a 5.5 foot bed due to the crew cab so it's a lifesaver. Hauled all sorts of stuff I have no business hauling.

https://www.samsclub.com/sams/tailga...m&source=ifpla
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I have a bed extender that slips into my trailer hitch. Something similar in the link below. I only have a trailer hitch for this reason. I only have a 5.5 foot bed due to the crew cab so it's a lifesaver. Hauled all sorts of stuff I have no business hauling.

https://www.samsclub.com/sams/tailga...m&source=ifpla
20' pvcboard would be hanging a longgggggg ways out the back.
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I have a roof rack on the cab that lines up (height wise) with the racks on the bed. Yakima and Thule are the big names but there are others.
Do you notice that the cab/bed move independently of eachother on the bumps (a little). Always wondered what that might do if you. Its also a lot to have on your truck (bed rack and roof rack) and probably cost a lot.

Dreaming of inventing a support rack of some sort that isnt as ugly as a ladder or telescoping scaffold plank. Wonder who would be interested? This is a real issue for me now with my shorter bed truck and frankly it was with my 6.5' bed truck. long rack. That pvc sucks...
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If you have a 8' bed just put them in the bed of your truck...
With the material on edge pull the ends together so that 18' pvc is in the shape of a U then just slide it in the bed & close the tailgate. You would be surprised how many 1x12x18 footers you can fit in. Be careful when you take them out as the pvc will want to spring back to its original shape.
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What brand rack do you have? I have a system one and even with the extension over the roof still use a 2x sometimes to support stock.
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I'm sure that there's movement between the cab and the bed but I'm guessing there is enough give in the straps holding the material to the rack to absorb it.

Here's a set up that I used to haul some 20 footers. It's not something you're likely to want to use on a weekly basis but maybe it will give you some ideas. It's a bed extender mounted in a front hitch.
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What brand rack do you have? I have a system one and even with the extension over the roof still use a 2x sometimes to support stock.
Last truck had 6.5í bed and system one and rack was 11í Long and still a little short for 18/20ís... new truck has 5.5í bed an Tracrac which is just under 8í from back to front extension so something must be done!

Going to make a fold up aluminum thing to support this crap er.. material. Worst part about the ladder/scaffold plank is the wind noise when you arenít using it and I do this often enough that I would like something that doesnít look too terrible and could stay on the truck full time. Kind of amazed there isnít something out there already.
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I'm going to state the obvious. If you haul long material regularly, why would you get a short, baby truck?

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I'm going to state the obvious. If you haul long material regularly, why would you get a short, baby truck?

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Fair point.... Too many reasons plus there is a work around for this. Reality is that this is an issue for most anyone even with the long racks too. Never mind the huge number of people who have mid-size trucks whose beds are all about 6' or less.
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I keep one of those folding 16' ladders for hauling PVC or smart side trim on the ladder rack. I have a 6.5' bed.

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