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post #16 of 27 Old 08-05-2019, 07:42 AM
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Re: Very handy item.

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Anything that long would make sense to use a trailer. Easier to load and unload. Safer when driving.
16' boards are coincidently the same length as a 16' canoe. Both balanced nicely on the roof rack, and because the 2x8 would have flexed with the overhang, the extended hitch based support made for a very stable and secure load. Might have been easier to load to a 16' trailer, don't have one. I don't understand your point about safety when driving.

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I just think its safer driving not placing anything on the roof of your car that's 16 feet long.

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Re: Very handy item.

Thanks! I've never seen one of those. I used to flip down the ramp on my trailer for the long stuff, secured on both sides with a long plank and 4 HD clamps. With one of these up here on the northeast toll roads, you can potentially save enough to pay for that. Cuomo pockets extra for trailers. Just don't forget to tie a red flag on the end!

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From the Toyota Specifications Web site:

Length of Highlander 192.5"
From the British book of conversions 16' x 12"/foot = 192"

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I miss my old Ford station wagon. That was perfect for hauling 4x8 sheets and the like. I could hang 12 footers out the back. The tailgate swung either down or hinged like a door. With the window down, I could put a push mower back there with the handle out the window. I even used to fold down the rear seat to haul small riding mowers! (I built a custom ramp). Loved that car until the road salt got the best of all 3 I owned over the years. I put a police interceptor motor in the '82.

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From the Toyota Specifications Web site:

Length of Highlander 192.5"
From the British book of conversions 16' x 12"/foot = 192"

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The actual roof is 8 or 9 feet long. Some SUV roofs have a 5 foot moon roof.

But I feel its unsafe on the roof because the lumber if its pressure treated, 2 x 8 x 16 foot long weighs anywhere from 40 lbs dry to 65 lbs wet. Your friend had all that weight on the roof. If he had to stop suddenly or turned fast it may move and cause an accident. All the states have a law that says you can't have more than a 1 meter beyond the tailgate or 4 meters beyond the center of the rear axle on the back end of a vehicle. I still think a trailer would have been safer.

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Re: Very handy item.

No one said how much weight, or the weight of the vehicle, or the height, or whether the vehicle in question has stabilizer [anti-roll] bars...

If you stop hard or take a fast corner, a trailer could give you trouble too.

The choice depends on countless variables, you can't reduce it to 'this is better than that'.

I often put things on my roof; I often use a trailer too.

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One time I had my 8x10 trailer totally loaded with 2 tractors, a tiller, and a snowblower. I't's a dump trailer, and the axle being centered likes to sway unless the load is centered and even then. Took me 5 hours @35 mph to get home going backroads due to severe sway. Keeping right with 4 ways going caused me to get a flat tire. I only planned on buying one tractor and nothing else. I'll never do that again! So glad I wasn't even further away!

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I miss my old Ford station wagon. That was perfect for hauling 4x8 sheets and the like. I could hang 12 footers out the back. The tailgate swung either down or hinged like a door. With the window down, I could put a push mower back there with the handle out the window. I even used to fold down the rear seat to haul small riding mowers! (I built a custom ramp). Loved that car until the road salt got the best of all 3 I owned over the years. I put a police interceptor motor in the '82.
When our kids were young I had a shortbox Chevy S10 and the wife had a Dodge Grand Caravan. I could stuff way more lumber in the van than in the S10! 4x8 sheets fit with the gate closed and I could even slide 12' 2x lumber up in between the front bucket seats and close the gate! Like you, I even stuffed my old Montgomery Ward lawn tractor in there once!

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I would not own a trailer with the axle centered.... Very dangerous ...


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I would not own a trailer with the axle centered.... Very dangerous ...
I have one and will never part with it. It is the best way to control tounge wait.

The secret is to keep more weight on the front than on the back. No sway that way.

Keep about 200 lb over the tounge.

If Joe had loaded heavier mower first and had more weight to front; no problem at all.

Guess this thread got off track 😀

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I have one and will never part with it. It is the best way to control tounge wait.

The secret is to keep more weight on the front than on the back. No sway that way.

Keep about 200 lb over the tounge.

If Joe had loaded heavier mower first and had more weight to front; no problem at all.

Guess this thread got off track 😀


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When our kids were young I had a shortbox Chevy S10 and the wife had a Dodge Grand Caravan. I could stuff way more lumber in the van than in the S10! 4x8 sheets fit with the gate closed and I could even slide 12' 2x lumber up in between the front bucket seats and close the gate! Like you, I even stuffed my old Montgomery Ward lawn tractor in there once!
I had a couple of those also! Yes, 4x8 sheets and long boards fit great as well as tractors! I junked my last caravan when the sliding door fell off while accelerating! That along with a 4 qt. per tankful trans fluid leak at the converter pump seal sealed its fate. Too bad, the motor ran perfect even after 200k miles.

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