’15-’20 F-150 / ’17-’20 Super Duty
’98-’14 F-150 / ’98-’16 Super Duty
If you’ll be transporting a box spring as well, tie the two together as one unit with strong rope or cord. Prepare your straps by running one end of each through your truck tie-down anchors and hang them down the outside of the bed for use later. Depending on the sizes of your mattress, you may have to adjust the way you position it in your truck. First, slide your mattress and or box spring up into the truck bed as far to the left-hand side as possible. We recommend angling the mattress to allow one side to sit within the bed and the other to rest along the opposite bedrail. Although we have successfully seen mattresses transported other ways, such as standing vertically or across both bed rails, an angled load makes for the easiest loading and unloading procedure. With the mattress loaded soundly in your truck bed, it’s time to tie it down properly. Take your previously prepared straps and run the other ends up over the mattress and secure to your anchor points at the other side of the truck bed. Tighten them down snugly.
First, lower your tailgate. If necessary, clean out your truck bed. Specifically, clean it of any debris or unsecured cargo that may damage your kayak. Then, slide your boat into your truck bed and close the tailgate. Putting the tailgate up raises any overhang up in the air at a steep angle, above the hood of any cars behind you. If you do get sufficient overhang, be sure to tie a flag to the end of your boat to help alert fellow drivers to the potential hazard. In order to achieve the proper positioning, angle the stern of the boat into the front left corner of the truck bed. Align the bow to the tailgate at the opposite corner.
Then, run a cam buckle strap across the top of your kayak, parallel to the tailgate. Attach the cam buckle to your truck’s anchor points and pull to tighten. Next, run a second tie-down from the tow loop back to your bed anchor. Tighten down the strap to pull the boat forward into the rear bed wall. This method works great for kayaks under 11’. Anything longer than that should utilize a rack system to lift the kayak and secure it over the vehicle’s cab.
If your vehicle will be out of sight for an extended period, be sure to use a locking cable run. The cable should run through the tow loop, seat, or grab handles to secure your rig and prevent theft. Follow these easy steps to ensure your yak makes it safely to and from your favorite body of water.
When it comes time to load a pickup truck for moving, there are as many ways to load the bed as there are items to put in it. And, while there is no one “right way” to load a truck bed, there are some general guidelines you should follow. These will help keep your belongings safe and secure, as well as make things as convenient as possible for you, the driver. Keep the following in mind when it comes time to load up for the long haul.
- Load heaviest items first and position them nearest the truck’s cab.
- Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier ones to avoid crushing and don’t stack boxes too high.
- Make sure weight is evenly distributed from left to right.
- Don’t throw loose or unsecured items directly into the truck bed. They run the risk of flying out at high speeds.
- Tape all boxes and plastic containers shut to avoid anything flying open during transport.
An important, but often overlooked step when you load a pickup truck for moving is covering your belongings once they are loaded into your truck. Use a sturdy weatherproof tarp. This will help protect your items from inclement weather and flying road debris. It also helps prevent any objects from flying out on the highway if a box were to come open or an item was to come untied.