No headache rack?

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  1. rank

    rank Road Train Member

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    is it even possible to pull step decks with a 244” wb 379 and 62” bunk? I don’t see room for a headache rack. Not much frame rail space to store chains, binders, 15 straps, flags, 4 banners, strobes. Usually pulling different trailers so trailer storage doesn’t work either. Does anyone do this?
     
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  3. blacklabel

    blacklabel Heavy Load Member

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    Get you a few big step boxes? Straps can go in side boxes and chains in step boxes? I don't like a headache rack so I don't see a problem
     
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  4. beastr123

    beastr123 Road Train Member

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    There are hundreds of 244" 379 with 63" bunks pulling steps/flats out of western Canada where 244"WB was (and I think still is) the maximum WB allowed. It is crowded behind the bunk but by mounting the rack close to the bunk wall (2 to 3") and using a 8" or 10" deep cabinet you can stay inside the wings/air-foils and you will find room for a set of narrow steps for access.
    A legless frame mount helps a lot.
     
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  5. jamespmack

    jamespmack Road Train Member

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    225 with a 48" bunk and a 30" king pin is cutting mustard.
     
  6. Old Man

    Old Man Road Train Member

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    Get a step with a 18 or 24” deep king pin.
    18” inch kp is like having a 262” wheel base.
     
  7. rank

    rank Road Train Member

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    Hmmm...244” is/was a rule here too. I don’t recall seeing too many.....maybe some short hood Petes.

    The truck pictured is 253” with one of the skinniest headache racks I’ve come across. The frame rail step is 18”. Taking 11” out of the wb allows for only a 7” wide step box. About the width of my boot. imagining that truck with a 244” conjures up images of a asphalt snack every time I climb down from the catwalk
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  8. jason6541

    jason6541 Road Train Member

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    Or remove 1 fuel tank and put a massive box on 1 side.
     
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  9. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

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    The place my dad was leased to didn't do too much flatbed but they had some. He ended up doing this with a 218wb. Catwalk box was for chains/binders then a 2ft box on the drivers side and a 1ft on the pass side. You probably have about the same amount of room @rank

    Wasn't the most organized but it sufficed for what it was. The box sat nicely between the frame rails

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  10. rank

    rank Road Train Member

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    I’m getting by OK with my 253” wb but there’s a 244” long hood that’s caught my eye. Just can’t make sense of it for pulling open decks though.
     
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  11. staceydude

    staceydude Medium Load Member

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    what year is your truck? I like it!
     
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