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Old 11-10-2013, 11:24 PM
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Q- What is cream in colour, roughly 6’ x 8’, and travels at approximately 70km/h??

A- My brand new queen size mattress!

Very recently my wife and I bought a new house about two hours north of the city and are in need of a few things……..(like a mattress of course or else this story wouldn't make sense)!!

Because the new house is in a rural area the vendor of the mattress will not deliver the mattress, so we had to make arrangements to pick it up ourselves.

The closest place that we could get the mattress from was an hour away from our new home. No big deal to me, I know that sucker will fit easily into the truck.

So on Friday I picked up said brand new queen size mattress from the store, tie it down in the bed of my truck and off I went.

First let me say to those of you that don’t have the supplied bed divider that comes with the Ram boxes, you really are missing something and should get one if you haven’t done so already.

The ones the come with the Ramboxes allows you to attach the bed divider at the tailgate end of your truck, and extend out onto the tailgate making your box longer.

This just so happens to fit a queen size mattress and box spring perfectly…….well for the most part perfectly!?!

I used the supplied tie down hooks that comes with the rail system with Ramboxes to tie down my mattress, combined with the bed divider and figured I was golden.

My wife was following me in her car as we leave the parking lot, as I wanted her to see how bad the buffeting effect would be when big trucks passed us by and call me.

We get out onto a major road and as I’m reaching the posted speed limit of 70km/h, I look into my side view mirror and notice that the mattress is moving more than what I would like.

Since this is a major road I don’t want to just pull off anywhere, I glance ahead and see that a wide portion of the shoulder is coming. I think to myself that this would make a great place to stop and check the tie down straps.

As I glance back into my side view mirror to see where my wife is…..WHOOOSH……the mattress comes flying out of the back of the truck.

I don’t know whether to laugh or hold my breath as I don’t want to kill anybody, but I couldn't help but think how kite like this thing was.

Fortunately for me the big truck that passed me by and obviously helped make my mattress a flying deadly projectile, didn’t hit it and there was nobody else coming behind him.

My wife who mas wisely following some distance behind me didn’t run into it either, and the petrified drivers behind her managed to slow down and avoid what I was imagining to be a beautiful nights sleep.

Of course the wide shoulder was now a thing of the past, and I had to pull a u-turn to go back and pick up my road spill.

Oh I know you cops on here are loving this story! LOL….

So by the time I get back, my wife has parked her car in the middle of the road (because that was safe??), and pulled the mattress off to the shoulder.

We both can’t help but laugh at what happened, but at the same time talk about how relieved we are that we didn’t kill anybody……but mostly laughed!

Puzzled by what happened, I look at my straps hanging there with both ends of their hooks intact and realized what happened.

That damn stupid Bak F1 cover that I bought that comes with poor, nay rotten instructions, has the tie down hooks in the wrong spot. Because I had to keep sliding them on and off the rail system to make the cover work, I guess I had inadvertently forgot to tighten up the hooks on the passenger side of the truck when I put them on last.

The nut that holds it into place must have been threaded enough to allow me to wrench down my straps, but the force pulling against them combined with the bumps in the road and that final last blast of wind from the big truck caused them to give way.

I was lucky on multiple levels.

Lucky that the mattress didn’t hit anyone, lucky that the tie down hooks and straps didn’t hit my truck and do damage, and lucky that there were no cops around because that was surely a ticket for not properly securing a load!

Can any of Ontario's finest tell me what that charge would have been?

In the end we had a good laugh, a great story to tell people, and an even better nights sleep on our slightly road rash mattress.

Anybody need help moving anything?? LOL……..
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Old 11-11-2013, 12:14 AM
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Q- What is cream in colour, roughly 6’ x 8’, and travels at approximately 70km/h??

A- My brand new queen size mattress!

Very recently my wife and I bought a new house about two hours north of the city and are in need of a few things……..(like a mattress of course or else this story wouldn't make sense)!!

Because the new house is in a rural area the vendor of the mattress will not deliver the mattress, so we had to make arrangements to pick it up ourselves.

The closest place that we could get the mattress from was an hour away from our new home. No big deal to me, I know that sucker will fit easily into the truck.

So on Friday I picked up said brand new queen size mattress from the store, tie it down in the bed of my truck and off I went.

First let me say to those of you that don’t have the supplied bed divider that comes with the Ram boxes, you really are missing something and should get one if you haven’t done so already.

The ones the come with the Ramboxes allows you to attach the bed divider at the tailgate end of your truck, and extend out onto the tailgate making your box longer.

This just so happens to fit a queen size mattress and box spring perfectly…….well for the most part perfectly!?!

I used the supplied tie down hooks that comes with the rail system with Ramboxes to tie down my mattress, combined with the bed divider and figured I was golden.

My wife was following me in her car as we leave the parking lot, as I wanted her to see how bad the buffeting effect would be when big trucks passed us by and call me.

We get out onto a major road and as I’m reaching the posted speed limit of 70km/h, I look into my side view mirror and notice that the mattress is moving more than what I would like.

Since this is a major road I don’t want to just pull off anywhere, I glance ahead and see that a wide portion of the shoulder is coming. I think to myself that this would make a great place to stop and check the tie down straps.

As I glance back into my side view mirror to see where my wife is…..WHOOOSH……the mattress comes flying out of the back of the truck.

I don’t know whether to laugh or hold my breath as I don’t want to kill anybody, but I couldn't help but think how kite like this thing was.

Fortunately for me the big truck that passed me by and obviously helped make my mattress a flying deadly projectile, didn’t hit it and there was nobody else coming behind him.

My wife who mas wisely following some distance behind me didn’t run into it either, and the petrified drivers behind her managed to slow down and avoid what I was imagining to be a beautiful nights sleep.

Of course the wide shoulder was now a thing of the past, and I had to pull a u-turn to go back and pick up my road spill.

Oh I know you cops on here are loving this story! LOL….

So by the time I get back, my wife has parked her car in the middle of the road (because that was safe??), and pulled the mattress off to the shoulder.

We both can’t help but laugh at what happened, but at the same time talk about how relieved we are that we didn’t kill anybody……but mostly laughed!

Puzzled by what happened, I look at my straps hanging there with both ends of their hooks intact and realized what happened.

That damn stupid Bak F1 cover that I bought that comes with poor, nay rotten instructions, has the tie down hooks in the wrong spot. Because I had to keep sliding them on and off the rail system to make the cover work, I guess I had inadvertently forgot to tighten up the hooks on the passenger side of the truck when I put them on last.

The nut that holds it into place must have been threaded enough to allow me to wrench down my straps, but the force pulling against them combined with the bumps in the road and that final last blast of wind from the big truck caused them to give way.

I was lucky on multiple levels.

Lucky that the mattress didn’t hit anyone, lucky that the tie down hooks and straps didn’t hit my truck and do damage, and lucky that there were no cops around because that was surely a ticket for not properly securing a load!

Can any of Ontario's finest tell me what that charge would have been?

In the end we had a good laugh, a great story to tell people, and an even better nights sleep on our slightly road rash mattress.

Anybody need help moving anything?? LOL……..

I need some help moving... oh darn, you're way up in Canada. That's too bad. Maybe next time.
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Ohh jeez You scare me .. I have had those times where I am waiting to see if something will come flying out.. Most comonly when I do scrap metal runs... Have my tailgate down and have some metal poles hanging out a foot or 2 past that.. Just praying that my racket strap job will hold on.. Had no accidents yet.. So yayyy. And good thing the bed didnt' get damaged lol. Note for next time when do big things.. Triple check the straps and their connections and then after ten-15 mins. Pull over over and check again to just double check. Then continue on.
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This is why I have ratchet straps in every hidden compartment of my truck! Overkill for the win.

I'm curious what the charges or ticket fees would have been too.
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This is why I have ratchet straps in every hidden compartment of my truck! Overkill for the win.

I'm curious what the charges or ticket fees would have been too.
Ditto! Definitely straps are not a place to skimp!
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As someone who sees objects like pallets and other large objects fly off of truck beds and trailers fairly often, I am super anal about securing my loads. Its a pain in the ass to get all the tie downs and rope off though.
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As someone who sees objects like pallets and other large objects fly off of truck beds and trailers fairly often, I am super anal about securing my loads. Its a pain in the ass to get all the tie downs and rope off though.
Amen to that. I am like that with trailer aswell.. Working with RV's I know everything that has to be done and proper ways. My one friend who got a summer job with me was assisting me to getting the work scrap metal trailer onto the truck. I wanted him to learn how to do hook everything up, gave him a chance then went over it all again to make it perfect (he forgot to cross the chains). I also built the scrap trailer from an old tent trailer that I gutted the inside of, wired the lights to the outside and under (so nothing can cut them) and welded custom brackets and support bars that lock in across the trailer to hold the walls in tight and also work as a rack. I then installed big hooks on the ground in each corner of the trailer where I run a big rope through them to make a massive x, then add straps if needed. Usually all steel and bigger metal in trailer and alloy sheets and such in bed of truck which I secure with straps.

I love me some straps... Spend 10 minutes extra securing everything, and you save yourself from damage, dangers, potential injury and tickets.
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Yeah, better safe than sorry. If two straps are sufficient, then I'll use four!
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I helped a friend move from Tulsa to Oklahoma City back in July, mattress was 100% secure.

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