Flat metal wire mesh 8 by 8 shifting load

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by Lones777, Jan 29, 2023.

  1. Lones777

    Lones777 Bobtail Member

    Jan 29, 2023
    So, I got loaded with wire mesh 8 ft by 8ft total full load. I have 7 stacks with 100 wire mesh in each stack. 3 and 3 stacks and top stack in the middle of both stacks. I was told by shipper the best way to strap these loads is 2 straps on the end ones and then 4 on the top stack.... But my load has shifted some and I'd like to get an idea of how to get it to shift back into normal place... Or is this somewhat normal the stack has shifted like a foot out of place. But has not moved much since. I have three hr drive to go still 200 miles. And not sure how I could get it to shift back without a fork lift. Any help guys or is this normal for this load. I have them strapped down tight and used v boards. Just want to be safe.
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  3. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

    Apr 10, 2009
    Copied in Hell
    Post pics asap!

    Usually a load like this requires that you strap and tighten from both sides of the trailer. If your load is shifting to one side, throw straps and tighten on the side opposing the lean.
  4. Kshaw0960

    Kshaw0960 Road Train Member

    Jun 17, 2018
    I would strap from the other side as previously noted and roll with it. A foot doesn’t seem too bad and if you are 200 miles out I believe you are OK. Some loads like this can move a little and your best bet is to strap a lot and make sure it’s extremely tight.
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  5. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2014
    Newport, Ar
    Wire is fun to haul.
    Best way was since you have 3 stacks, Strap them, then put the other three on top, then strap them.
    I’d say 3 straps on bottom, 4 over top.
    Then you don’t go flying around curves cause it will lie down as it springs.
    Drive like a load of eggs.

    I don’t have a load of wire hand but I’ll use what I do, use your imagination.

    Say the wire loaded like that second high pallet, where I’d throw straps or run through the pallet with my 1x8 board I carried to run the hook of a strap through, though at 7 stacks I’d say go 3, Throw three straps tighten, put other section, 4, on top, 4 straps.

    I had 15 wenches on trailer plus carried two portable ones.

    But photos of your load would help.
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  6. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    I hauled a couple pallets of 4'x4' wire mesh decks for pallet racking a while ago. I found that a couple boards running lengthwise along the top of the stack where it was strapped helped spread the stress of the straps so I could ratchet them down tighter without distorting the product.
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  7. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

    Jan 23, 2016
    Eastern Iowa
    I had a similar load once that did the exact same thing. I threw a couple cross chains on the ends. I wasn’t able to fix the shift, but this seemed to prevent it from getting any worse. Note this was several years ago, I just happened to still have the picture saved. Also, that trailer only had winches on one side, otherwise I would have done as others have suggested and tightened from both sides.

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  8. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

    Mar 4, 2015
    Kind of the same but different. This is how I’d do it when we would haul this stuff out of Calgary.

  9. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Just south of the north 40
    That is about how we do that. Only difference is I like to put a piece of wood on the top in the middle of the stack. Helps with squeezing the load down.
  10. Lones777

    Lones777 Bobtail Member

    Jan 29, 2023
    I would cross straps but only one side has wrenches and it's a rental trailer. I will post pics and I'm going to be careful and also try some more wrenches as it's on the same side as the wrenches. Night pic is how far it shifted on passenger side and its enough to I just moved mirror on passenger side so I could see. I'll show better pic tomorrow

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  11. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Gettin' down westbound
    Looks like the flying j in rocker, mt :cool:
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