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Old 11-19-2016, 09:52 PM   #1
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Question for those driving a service body truck, how do you go about transporting conduit? I've moved loads of pipe with standard truck boxes but the tailgates on the knapheide service truck bodies look too low for just putting it in the back. A typical load of conduit for me could be a bundle of 1/2 emt or several hundred feet of 2" grc.


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Do you not have ladder racks? If emt is in bundles laid in the back it should be heavy enough not to shoot out when it's secured with a bungee to the tailgate.
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Do you not have ladder racks? If emt is in bundles laid in the back it should be heavy enough not to shoot out when it's secured with a bungee to the tailgate.


I don't have anything right now I'm just shopping. I would definitely put a ladder rack on the truck but not sure if I'd use it for pipe. I used to drive a truck that we strapped an 11' piece of 8" pvc on, glued a pipe cap on one side and a female adapter on the other with a threaded plug. It was good for small pipe but pretty useless for bigger stuff


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I don't have anything right now I'm just shopping. I would definitely put a ladder rack on the truck but not sure if I'd use it for pipe. I used to drive a truck that we strapped an 11' piece of 8" pvc on, glued a pipe cap on one side and a female adapter on the other with a threaded plug. It was good for small pipe but pretty useless for bigger stuff


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I used PVC on all the vehicles I've had but I've also seen many accidents where emt has shot out of the tube like a rocket launcher from a front end collision.

My BIL always drove a service body and bought the aluminum box type emt carriers.



I have had good success with a headache rack with a top rack and putting in 10' pipe and tube lengths from the rack down to the tailgate.

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I used PVC on all the vehicles I've had but I've also seen many accidents where emt has shot out of the tube like a rocket launcher from a front end collision.



My BIL always drove a service body and bought the aluminum box type emt carriers.







I have had good success with a headache rack with a top rack and putting in 10' pipe and tube lengths from the rack down to the tailgate.



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I like that conduit carrier, and the headache rack idea.


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That box is like 8"x8", the ones the BIL had prior were more flat and he loved the square one more.

I had a reading headache rack that was all steel frame with aluminum slats, held up and worked well.
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I have an 8 foot bed and leave the tailgate up slide it in . Yeah 2 feet hangs out but so what 2 feet don't need a red flag . In CA utility trucks must stop at scales and nothing has ever been said about it . I have been driving these trucks for 20+ years .
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Utility trucks are second best for service work, not as good as vans because of the stuffs you have to carry around. But for the type of work you do, I'm surprised the company hasn't had you in one with the pipe racks and side boxes and maybe a dually tire set up yet. They are perfect for commercial/ industrial work , and besides that, they fit in parking garages quite nice where vans cannot go...
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Utility trucks are second best for service work, not as good as vans because of the stuffs you have to carry around. But for the type of work you do, I'm surprised the company hasn't had you in one with the pipe racks and side boxes and maybe a dually tire set up yet. They are perfect for commercial/ industrial work , and besides that, they fit in parking garages quite nice where vans cannot go...


This is for when I'm on my own. I'm partial to a service body truck like you described rather than a kuv. I'm thinking tommy lift too for loading the benders by myself nice and easy


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The service body truck I have worked out of in the past had a pocket on the top back of one side and the conduit rested on the top of the headache rack. Worked real nice.
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This is for when I'm on my own. I'm partial to a service body truck like you described rather than a kuv. I'm thinking tommy lift too for loading the benders by myself nice and easy


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I have a Knaphide KUV and I think I could put a lift of 2" GRS inside and close the door with no problem
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