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Does anyone on here know what the law is,pertaining to hauling a canoe in the bed of a pickup truck? How long can the load extend past the end of the truck bed? I'm trying to figure out my options for carrying a 14.5 ft canoe. I have a Nissan crew cab pickup with the short bed. I am looking at a rack that Cabela's sells,it goes into the trailer hitch,and can be angled upwards to hold the back end of the canoe level with the top of the cab. If anyone knows of any other options,please let me know. Or post a pic if you have a similar setup.
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Years ago when I worked at a lumber yard , we flagged anything close to 4 feet beyond the tailgate . How much can something stick out past the tailgate even if you flag it ? I'm not sure .
 

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if you have cab high support in the rear, cushion the roof and put the front out over top the windshield a bit and tie it fast. I hauled a 16 ft canoe on a long bed s-10, a c-5 jeep and several compact cars with no problems.

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wis bang,that's basically what I had in mind,and probably the safest way to haul it. Thanks for the pool noodle idea,they will be way cheaper than buying the canoe foam blocks. I might even have some laying around,from when my grandkids were younger!

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No matter what Flag it... cheap 5$ flag will save you money and hassle in the long run... heck use an old rag or part of a small game vest that is trashed...
Better safe then sorry with an extra 4 mins of work.
 

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Bob,

I hauled boats across the state and back dozens of times with my Nissan Frontier. I had a factory rack on it which was worthless. Every other truck I've owned I had used Thule racks. They can be had reasonably cheap second hand. I like a cap on a pick up, with this truck & the factory rack I could not haul anything with out it because of how narrow the factory rack was. Here's an instance where I have a 16' & a 13' boat loaded. In your case you'd have your racks on the cab of the truck, unlike how I have mine on the cap. You will have plenty of spread between the racks on the cab. Tie the front of the boats off to the front bumper & your in business.

Heres a photo of the Frontier & my F250, which is more applicable to your situation. Those boats are rock solid & I've driven many of miles at 80MPH with no issues.



 

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§ 4924. Limitations on length of projecting loads.

(a) General rule.--Subject to the provisions of this subchapter limiting the length of vehicles and loads, the load upon any vehicle or the load upon the front vehicle of a combination of vehicles shall not extend more than three feet beyond the foremost part of the vehicle, and the load upon any vehicle operated alone or the load, other than a nondivisible load, upon the rear vehicle of a combination shall not extend more than six feet beyond the rear of the bed or body of such vehicle.

(b) Red flags and lights.--If the load on any vehicle extends more than four feet beyond the rear of the vehicle, a red flag or cloth not less than 12 inches square shall be displayed at the end of the load. During hours of darkness, a red light shall be displayed in the same position in lieu of the flag or cloth.

(c) Compliance with maximum length limitations.--Subsection (a) does not permit loads to exceed the maximum limits set forth in section 4923 (relating to length of vehicles).
6' flagged.

http://www.dmv.pa.gov/Information-Centers/Laws-Regulations/Pages/PA-Vehicle-Code-(Title-75).aspx
 
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