View Full Version : lumber on little trucks

11-24-2002, 11:25 AM
saw a mini truck go down the road at 40mph,,obviously had come from the lumberyard 6miles away ,,3miles on the freeway. About eight 12'x2"x10" stuck into the cab through the back cab window and resting on the closed back gate. The weight of the wood jamming it into place. No ropes or tie downs anywhere. Bouncing happily up and down. Not sure which would be worse, it going through the wind shield and onto the street or pivoting around into the driver on a hard left hand turn.

gunnar I am
11-24-2002, 11:37 AM
A true testimonial to the failure of the public education system ,to me, forever and always, is grown men leaving a lumber yard, sheetrock on roof, bound with bailing twine,and YES!!!!YES!!! The hands out the windows holding on from each side. Either that or I wasn't learnt what the hell they are holding on for.

Mr. Know It All
11-24-2002, 11:56 AM
You would not believe what I've hauled in my 1991 escort. Of course the lumber yard is only 2 blocks away. :D
Kevin in Ohio

Sam F
11-24-2002, 12:16 PM
Two words:
Trucker's hitch.

That little knot can save a bunch of trouble.
Too bad more people don't know how to tie one.

11-24-2002, 01:25 PM
that wasn't you in that famous photo was it?!?! man I loved that one.

capt jake
11-24-2002, 01:28 PM
You would not believe what I've hauled in my 1991 escort Or what I have hauled in the Geo Metro. :D 8' boards actually fit inside though. :D

11-24-2002, 04:13 PM
It is not so bad when they do it to themselves. After all, they could win a Darwin Award. What is really bad is what they could do to others.

I nearly used up one of my nine lives on Route 128 around Boston. About 200 ft in front of me was an old Volve station wagon. The driver had a stack of 3/4in x 4 x 8 ft plywood sheets on the roof. One of sheets peeled off and became airborne. I lost sight of it until it was right in front of me, still airborne. It hit high enough to mangle the roof rack on my car. A foot lower and it would have come throught the windshield, edgewise.

11-24-2002, 10:38 PM
It's AMAZING what you can fit into a rental car!

Bruce Hooke
11-24-2002, 10:43 PM
Yup, you see some scary stuff out there. Of course wood is 'mild' compared to the stories I heard about some granite blocks that came off a truck on the steep hill going down into Ellsworth, Maine from Blue Hill. If I remember correctly some part of the load went in the back window of a car and out the front without injuring the occupant! His trousers might have needed washing though!

11-24-2002, 10:49 PM
So...how do you carry, oh let's say a hundred board feet, random lengths 6 to 14, in a small truck?

Wild Dingo
11-25-2002, 01:07 AM
Bruce that reminds me of a ute I saw once hauling a bunch of 15ft x 12 x 6 steel I beams up Greenmount hill just outside of Perth no tie downs no ropes no nothing!... except these 2 young 13 or 14 year old boys hangin on for grim death as the galah of a driver barrelled along... to cut a long story short the load shifted as he swerved to change lanes {not a single thought for those nippers on the back her mate not a one! just swerve and hope they hang on! mind you no indicators either but that was the sorta guy this driver was :rolleyes: } anyway one of these beams decided that it needed a closer look at the road surface and left the top of the pile... in a rush!... one kid stood up and grabbed for it then seemed to gather some brains from somewhere and decided better of it and just waved like buggary at the car coming up behind... who had enough smarts to not only slow to a grinding halt but to swerve of the road into the bush as this flamin great lump of steel flew down the road all the way back down the hill!!... till it collected the front of a stationary bus... bam!... about 10 minutes later we caught up with this idiot at the next roadhouse and hes cussin the kids out for daring to let one get away!!

So I gently informed him... cause I could see he was doin his narna something shocking and being a helpful sort I just quietly informed him that his bloody great spear was waiting for him about 10 miles back down the hill in front of the blue and white cars circling the bus without a front end in front of the first car yard at the bottom of the hill in Midland...

Bloody galah decided that I was now at fault somehow and took me to task for interfering and that I should learn to mind my own f****** business!! then back into the boys he went!! poor buggars were thinking they would have been better off hitchin a ride on the fast flying heavy metal javelin than this idiots rantings... probably would have had a real hoot flyin down that hill!! yeeeeeeeeha sorta thing :eek:

Anyway I had had my fill and begun to head into the roadhouse when a lovely sight occured that got me smiling... a couple of nice flash white cars with some real purty lights on top and a couple of fellas wearing blue uniforms pulled in and parked blocking this idiots exit... couldnt happen to a nicer fella I thought as I smiled and went inside ordered a coffee and sat back to watch the show which was a story initself!! :D

Theirs them with brains and then theres them without... you really would have thunk that with all the majickal mystical aweflamin stuff the almighty whatever had created he/she/it would have intigated some sort of culling season PRIOR to their growing up??? surely!! :rolleyes: ... but noooooo just let em loose and hope the heck everone around them have enough good sence to know theyre brainless dipweeds!

Take it easy

[ 11-25-2002, 02:13 AM: Message edited by: Wild Dingo ]

Ron Williamson
11-25-2002, 05:36 AM
1)Tailgate down
2)2x2 on aft edge of tailgate
3)longest boards on bottom,and therefore,short boards on top.
4)spare tire or tool box for a counterweight at the front.
5)put a rachet strap on the thing, hooking it on the bumper on one side,over the load and one whole turn around it,aft of the tailgate,then hooked back onto the other end of the bumper.This will yard the whole mess toward the front of the truck,and look good for the police.
5)big red flag on the longest piece.
6)be of good cheer

11-25-2002, 07:44 AM
Originally posted by ishmael:
So...how do you carry, oh let's say a hundred board feet, random lengths 6 to 14, in a small truck?If a roof rack with cam/ratchet straps wasn't available, or the truck with a big enough bed wasn't available then trasporting a few hundred lbs unsecured isn't acceptable. period. Stacking it in the air off the top of the cab and off the back of the gate might be tolerable if it's SECURED but twine isn't going to do it. It's great fun to go to mexico and see folks transport things like a bag of cement sitting on the hood of the car for the 10 block drive home. Boy aren't we just a bunch of worry warts?

11-25-2002, 07:48 AM
It is not always having to small of a vehicle or 2 big of a load that can cause problems.

I will use me as an example. Once I was adding a small room on to the house. Now this room wasn't to big and I didn't need much in the way of materials. One day I'm coming back from the supply store with a small load. Now I'm in a ton and half truck with a 12' tilt bed. All I have on the truck is about 8 sheets of gyp board and 3 rolls of insulation. The truck didn't have a tail gate, but what the heck with that little of a load no problem. The gyp board laid flat and I put the insultaion at the front of the truck. Had no problems going down the road at 55mph. But when I got home I headed up my driveway, did I mention I live on a hill? I looked in the mirror and the insulation started rolling out of the back of the truck. So what do I do? Well I stop, right in the middle of this hill that I call a driveway. Well when I stopped the law of gravity took over. Remember the gyp board that was laying flat in the bed of the truck? Well it decided to obey the law and proceded to slide out of the back of the truck and onto the driveway. Luckly this happened on my driveway and not the open road and all that was hurt was my feelings and a couple of corners on the gyp board.

Moral of the story. Always secure your load no matter how big or how small or whatever the size of your truck.


ken mcclure
11-25-2002, 05:26 PM
Ford Ranger, 6-foot bed, 387 board feet of cherry 6/4 and 4/4 all in 10 foot lengths - random widths. Stuffed it in leaving the tailgate up, and tied it down. (SEE trucker's hitch, above)

I wouldn't carry more than 10' long in the bed. If you have longer pieces, rent a bigger truck.

Don W
11-25-2002, 06:43 PM
On pretty much the same note-My boss's son has been bragging on the new 65" flat screen t.v. he was getting. $3500.00 TV (guess where my Christmas bonus went ) and he would'nt pay the $50 to get it delivered, instead he got a couple of guys from the shop to pick it up with an old shop truck. 65" flat screen t.v. $3,500.

Don W
11-25-2002, 06:45 PM
continued - sorry - 65" flat screen t.v. --$3,500. Having it sail out of the back of the truck at highway speed - priceless ;) .

Wayne Jeffers
11-25-2002, 08:00 PM

That really is priceless. :D

The only way it could be improved upon, I bet, would be having the event on videotape to enjoy again and again. :cool: :D


11-25-2002, 11:45 PM
Originally posted by Don W:
continued - sorry - 65" flat screen t.v. --$3,500. Having it sail out of the back of the truck at highway speed - priceless ;) .oh LORD I'm dieing over that one,,,o jeez that's too sweet.

Ron Williamson
11-26-2002, 05:35 AM
I know a guy who delivered for a lumberyard.His best trick was not tying down a 3'x6' piece of mirror,on a sheet of 1/2"plywood.At about 45mph,the two pieces went sailing off the flatbed,only to float gently onto the highway.(wouldn't that liven up your morning commute?) :eek: The guy reloaded it,being VERY thankful for no traffic,and very careful to strap it down.

Wild Wassa
11-26-2002, 12:58 PM
I had stopped at traffic lights (a few years ago), when a bathroom technician or a picture framer (?), dropped a load of brass things. HE was shooting a light to get to a job quickly (no doubt, time's money). No addresses on any of the packets or boxes.

I never did get his number, he was travelling too fast and I was only looking at the goods on the ground. I did get new brass bits though, and set up a small business, making Cedar (from real Cedar) picture frames with brass corners. I did that for a few years. Hinges, corners, small door handles, packets of screws to name only a few.


ps, he should have had his hearing aid turned on, :D .

Joe (SoCal)
11-26-2002, 02:52 PM
3 Stories smile.gif

#1 - My dad and us hoons making the yearly Florida pilgrimage in the 1970 Ford LTD station wagon, you know the one with the wood panel sides and the backward facing seat. Luggage strapped to the top traveling down I-95 @ 80+mph. Sitting in that back seat watching the samsonite luggage flip and toss in slow motion as cars swerve and honk as the luggage hits at the perfect angle to pop it open and all the clothes exploding like confetti smile.gif
#2 - Me in a 1978 Benz with 4 sheets of $85 marine ply and a 1x12x 20ft keel lumber strapped to the roof with ratchet straps and yes I admit it my hand holding it on the roof but I swear it was just feel the tension of the straps smile.gif
#3 - Me in a 2000 Nissan Xterra SUV with 10 sheets of Gyp board ratchet strapped on the roof with 2x4 on the sides but none on top (I know better now) Driving down Rt. 9 @ 60mph on the most windy day possible watching in my rearview window as 3 sheets decide to break off in the first 1/3 before the first strap again cars swerving behind me :eek: