Headache Rack?

Discussion in 'Trucks [ Eighteen Wheelers ]' started by MR.D, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. MR.D

    MR.D Bobtail Member

    Jul 19, 2007
    Wilder ID
    Just getting started. So my 1st quesion to ya'all.

    Do I need a headache rack on my rig.??? (pulling a flatbed)

    I tried asking DOT and did not get a clear answer.:mmad:
  2. crazymama

    crazymama <strong>The Gardener</strong>

    Jul 14, 2007
    Kansas City Missouri
    What the heck? Headache Rack? I'm trying to figure what that is. :biggrin_25511:
  3. Slow_Starter

    Slow_Starter Light Load Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Avon, Massachusetts
    I'm affraid to say that the DOT will not tell you that you need a headache rack, afterall, it's none of thier business to do so, and its not a DOT required device.

    this link i will provide will basically show you what a headach rack is, but sorry to say, its for pick-up trucks, not 18 wheelers, but you should get the point. a headache rack is used to help prevent the materials loaded on a flatbed from going through the back of the cab and quite possibly killing you or someone else in your truck.


    But in answer to your question, a good headache rack will be a good idea, and may probably increase your resale value somewhat? It might also somehow reduce your insurance premiums, but this I cannot not say for sure.
  4. Pete_379X

    Pete_379X Super Chrome

    Jul 4, 2007
    Well.. from personal experiance.. you are better off with one. Even with a cheaper one. I had a bunk of slick board slide under heavy braking. Half hit the headache rack and tore it up pretty bad. Now if that were the sleeper... I would have had holes in the back. Get one.
  5. WiseOne

    WiseOne Inactive contact bullhaulerswife

    Feb 8, 2004
    Truckers Report, TN
    It is, most definitely a good idea to have a headache rack on a flatbed. I saw one guy's head cut clean off in Chicago in a 7-truck pileup as he hit the rear-end of another trucker and his load came through the back of the truck and steel is stronger than skin...
  6. crazy35752

    crazy35752 Light Load Member

    May 23, 2006
    you are supposed to have one either on your truck or a bulkhead on your trailer, better to have both because a bulkhead is pretty much there for looks<
  7. HereticalFaction

    HereticalFaction Bobtail Member

    Jul 13, 2007
    What might one do who drives a company truck that is not so equipped?

  8. wallbanger

    wallbanger "Enemy of showers everywhere"

    Like crazy said, if you are a co driver, either the trailer will have a DOT bulkhead and/or the truck will have a headache rack.
  9. Pete_379X

    Pete_379X Super Chrome

    Jul 4, 2007
    I dunno.. I would be on pins and needles all the time though. :biggrin_25513:
  10. Calinn

    Calinn Bobtail Member

    Apr 15, 2007
    Columbia, KY
    Take 6 - 4x4 timbers stacked and secure them at the front of the trailer with a minimum 5/16" chain and break over binder. This will provide a 24" bulkhead that will help keep the load from hitting the tractor. I keep mine in place even though we have headache racks on the truck. Every little bit helps. (trust me - it is more secure than it sounds.....a good friend of mine had a load of sheet steel shift two weeks ago. It hit the bulkhead and broke one of the 4x4's but no damage to the material or the truck.)
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