Headache Rack, Headboard, Bulkhead

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by tommkatz1, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. tommkatz1

    tommkatz1 Bobtail Member

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    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.
     
  2. searay

    searay Light Load Member

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

    rookietrucker Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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  4. Working Class Patriot

    Working Class Patriot Road Train Member

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    Even if they weren't, I would still have them.
    You can never be TOO SAFE! :yes2557:
     
  5. searay

    searay Light Load Member

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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.
     
  6. TrooperRat

    TrooperRat Medium Load Member

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    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.
     
  7. Ducks

    Ducks "Token Four-Wheeler"

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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?
     
  8. Joetro

    Joetro Road Train Member

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    Correct, although the bulkhead may not necessarily be permanently attached.

    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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  9. Lurchgs

    Lurchgs Road Train Member

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

    User Name Light Load Member

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    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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