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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-22-2011, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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Securing a long load

Can anyone give me some advice on what the rules in Alberta (Edmonton, specifically) are on what's allowed, regarding carrying a long load on a vehicle?

I need to buy some pieces of structural steel tubing (square 1.5"x1.5") to make some gates for my driveway. The tubing usually comes in 24' lengths. I'll have the supplier cut them in half to 12', but I can't really go any shorter. So that's obviously going to be longer than the 6' bed of my truck.

Can I tie down the metal at the front of the bed, and sit it on the top of the tailgate, so it sticks out the back at an angle? It would stick out about 6', and I'd put a red flag on the end. I'll weigh down the front with a sandbag, or something, so the tubing doesn't teeter-totter off the tailgate. It would be strapped down at the tailgate. The tubing itself isn't really very heavy.

I've done this with lumber that only sticks out maybe 3', but is 6' going too far? Is there a limit in Alberta? I figure there must. I don't want to get busted.

Would that setup be legal?

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I went to the Alberta Govt. website and found this. Look at Module 7, page 5.. I've personally hauled lumber over 8 feet out of the bed without any problem. The main thing is that you have your load well flagged.

http://www.transportation.alberta.ca...on/Module7.pdf

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Thanks, that helps. I didn't want to bother making some sort of a headache rack, since I'm pretty sure I won't be doing this again anytime soon.

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usually as long as you have it well flagged you should be alright!

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usually as long as you have it well flagged you should be alright!
Thanks! I think I'll just go for it. I've seen a lot more dangerous unsecured loads bombing down the highway than what I've got in mind. And if anyone wants to tailgate me, they'll get a fun surprise through their windshield.

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