Is This Flatbed Secured Legally?

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NeeklODN's Comment
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The longer stuff is 30 feet shorter stuff is 27.

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andhe78's Comment
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If in doubt, it probably isn’t.

Why no strap over that last set of blocking. Any straps over that longer piece on the bottom where it sticks out front and rear. (Assuming I’m looking at the picture right.)

NeeklODN's Comment
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If in doubt, it probably isn’t.

Why no strap over that last set of blocking. Any straps over that longer piece on the bottom where it sticks out front and rear. (Assuming I’m looking at the picture right.)

I didn't put a strap over the rear most blocking because it is directly over my tire. I was told not to do that. Is that incorrect? And for the longest pieces in all the bundles I think I need 4 straps right? Since they are 30 ft and no headerboard?

NeeklODN's Comment
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I guess my other question is, are belly straps required for this load and if so, am I implementing them properly?

Old school I think this is primarily what you haul correct? Maybe you can weigh in.

Old School's Comment
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I think it looks great. I like the way you put the belly straps in it, and it looks like a sufficient number of straps overall.

There's going to be time's when you need a strap directly over a tire. I use a 4" hand ratchet instead of the truck mounted winches in that scenario. If you can keep 2 or three of those on board they work great and won't interfere with the tire.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Turtle's Comment
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Sometimes legally sufficient securement still isn't quite enough. I agree with andhe78, in that I'd have a strap over the rearmost blocking. Actually, you can count on me having a strap anywhere I have blocking, especially with material like what you are hauling. I haul a lot of it, and it's notorious for settling as you roll and bounce along. This can cause blocking to "walk" out, or become loose. Have you ever looked in your mirror and seen a piece of dunnage sticking out a little more than when you started? I have, and it's a very unsettling feeling haha. Imagine that blocking coming out on the interstate. Not good.

I didn't put a strap over the rear most blocking because it is directly over my tire. I was told not to do that.

What I think I said was to not have a winch over the tire. It's the winch that'll be the problem when it chews up your tire. I probably called it a ratchet, and if that confused you I apologize.

As Old School said, having a strap with a portable hand ratchet over a tire is perfectly fine. That's what they're meant for.

The load looks great otherwise. Make sure you stop and check for strap tightness soon into your trip. That decking always settles on me.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Turtle's Comment
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And by the way, I love that you're asking these questions when you're unsure of something. Shows great wisdom on your part.

Turtle's Comment
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Haha I just looked again, and see now that the blocking is banded to the bundles, so there isn't much chance of it loosening and walking out. I'd still have a strap there though.

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OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

NeeklODN's Comment
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Sorry for late reply.

Turtle, I actually wasn't referring to you about the winch over the tire thing. And thanks for the insight.

Old school, I don't currently have 4 inch ratchet straps on my truck but will be getting a couple.

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