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    Forbidden 3 Headache Rack, Headboard, Bulkhead

    Ok, are these items required by law or regulation? I can't find where it is for flatbed operators. The only requirement I find is if cargo is contact with it that it be required.


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    Yes there is a DOT rule. Look for the DOT rules.

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    I think the part your interested in reading is 393 subpart I. Hope that helps you...
    http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regul...ection_toc=762

    You also need to read 393.86
    http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regul...ction_toc=1916

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    Even if they weren't, I would still have them.
    You can never be TOO SAFE!

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    If you do get one get a good looking one, Like one with Stainless Steel doors they look the best. I have one like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommkatz1 View Post
    Ok, are these items required by law or regulation? I can't find where it is for flatbed operators. The only requirement I find is if cargo is contact with it that it be required.
    You don't have to have a bulkhead. You are required to have the "headache rack". I pull flatbeds - I have seen plenty of trailers without bulkheads, but never without a headache rack.

    Bulkheads can interfere with certain types of large loads. If you are pulling a flatbed without a headache rack, then you are required to have more securing devices - chains or straps. It goes for both weight and length. I personally am not a fan of bulkheads, but darn I would never haul a flatbed without a headache rack.

    A vast majority of OTR and Regional trailers do not have bulkheads - but they all have the racks. Probably more local trailers do not have bulkheads - but it's only by my observations as some types of dedicated fleets have material they are hauling that have bulkheads as extra added security.

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    More Flatbed 101, please...

    Is a headache rack mounted on the truck whereas a bulkhead is permanently affixed to the front of the trailer?

    And what, then, is a headboard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducks View Post
    More Flatbed 101, please...

    Is a headache rack mounted on the truck whereas a bulkhead is permanently affixed to the front of the trailer?
    Correct, although the bulkhead may not necessarily be permanently attached.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ducks View Post
    And what, then, is a headboard?
    It's at the head of your bed.

    A bulkhead afixed to the trailer is only required where there is no headach rack mounted to the tractor.

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    and it's amazing how many times you see a rig on the highway with neither

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lurchgs View Post
    and it's amazing how many times you see a rig on the highway with neither
    Law requires one or the other, if they're on the road, they're just lucky.

    Bzzzttt.....wrong!

    Okay, guess as of 2006 (I stopped pulling a flat in '05) the laws have changed again & you don't need one? Sheese, how crazy is that!

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