[RC] rtoof-mounted water tanks, heavy loads and safety (long) - A. Perez
Someone commented on the safety issue of having a lot
of weight up high (such as a roof-mounted water tank),
and I wanted to second this. Both the effect on the
center of gravity and the security of the load are important.
I would caution against pulling a trialer with a full water tank
mounted high with no other load (horses) to help provide
ballast. Speaking of ballast, this time of year it is common
to put extra weight over your drive wheels to help with
traction on slick roads. It is important to make sure this, as
well as any other heavy load, is secured to the bed of the
truck. In the event of and accident, you don't want to find
your ballast flying through the rear window of the cab. When I
was a kid in Maine I remember driving with a friend in her Opel
station wagon. She had a few cinderblocks loose in the back to
improve traction. We hit an ice-patch, did a 180 and ended up
slamming into a snow bank. Fortunately we hit rear-end first,
and the air-born cinder blocks hit the rear lift-door, which
few open, the the blocks flew a good 15 - 20 feet into the
woods. I shudder to think what might have happended if they
had flown forward in the car. I also heard a horror story of
someone carrying a loose pallet of bricks on a flat-bed, which
ended up joining the driver IN the cab when an accident
happened - I believe the driver was crushed and killed. I have
a big plastic trunk which I fill with bags of sand, lime and
rock-salt: it is tied down in the bed of the truck.
So be careful, all, and have a great holiday season!
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