Why turn pallets sideways?

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  1. Jdm5jdm5

    Jdm5jdm5 Light Load Member

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    I've picked up at a couple places and they ask if i want the pallets turned sideways. What are the advantages of turning pallets sideways? Do sideway pallets only tip front to back, preventing them from tipping left to right?
     
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  2. VolvoTerry

    VolvoTerry Light Load Member

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    Turning pallets sideways will allow you an additional row of freight. Common in refridgerated world. Doing so will also effectively slide more weight forward.
     
  3. Hotplate

    Hotplate Light Load Member

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    Loading pallets sideways saves you space if they're standard 40x48 foot skids. It might not seem like much at first, but it adds up. For a full load to the back door, you'll be able to squeeze in an extra two pallets if they're all side loaded
     
  4. Jdm5jdm5

    Jdm5jdm5 Light Load Member

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    If you have a single sideways pallet is it more likely to tip over left to right?


     
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  5. Accidental Trucker

    Accidental Trucker Road Train Member

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    Three reasons I know of:

    Less movement side to side -- in some areas (Alberta, for example) consider more than about 8" of room side to side an "unsecured load", even in a van.

    On a flat bed or curtain side, if you're going to be off loaded from the ground, the pallets should be sideways.

    If you have a bulky load, turning them sideways gets more pallets on the truck.

    Make that four. It also moves weight forward.
     
  6. VolvoTerry

    VolvoTerry Light Load Member

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    Tipping point is mute regardless of which way the pallet is turned. Most pallets tip due to accelleration and or hard braking.
     
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  7. mitrucker

    mitrucker Road Train Member

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    Or turning too fast
     
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  8. Jdm5jdm5

    Jdm5jdm5 Light Load Member

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    If you have a single sideways pallet (loaded single, double, single in the nose of the trailer) is it more likely to tip over side to side?



     
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  9. mitrucker

    mitrucker Road Train Member

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    No. Less likely to tip side to side.
     
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  10. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    Wouldn't that be lateral acceleration?
     
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