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Old 07-09-2012, 04:34 AM
 
Location: The Shire !
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Default Homemade wooden flatbed pick up trucks

I need to squeeze another year or two out of my truck. The bed has rusted out and is literally falling off.
Fabricating one out of pressure treated wood is not an issue for me

For those in New Hampshire: Are these street legal ?
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:32 AM
 
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I need to squeeze another year or two out of my truck. The bed has rusted out and is literally falling off.
Fabricating one out of pressure treated wood is not an issue for me

For those in New Hampshire: Are these street legal ?
Check with the RMV/DOT, but when I was there I saw some absolutely gorgeous wooden beds, some stained and covered with marine-grade polyurethane, some with stake-sides. Almost too nice to actually put anything in it.
There were many in MA, but that was 20 years ago, so I don't know the rules now, but I would be very surprised if they are not entirely legal. You aren't messing with the VIN, and if you don't compromise the structural integrity too much... I think you would be fine. If it is a full-frame truck, the bed is essentially just along for the ride...

(To digress as I usually do, come ride in a tuk-tuk or a songthaew, and that will freak you out as to what is legal in other parts of the world).
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:11 PM
 
Location: The Shire !
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Checked several reliable sources, as long as the wheels are covered i'm GTG
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:59 PM
 
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I need to squeeze another year or two out of my truck. The bed has rusted out and is literally falling off.
Fabricating one out of pressure treated wood is not an issue for me

For those in New Hampshire: Are these street legal ?
Don't know about NH, but would assume that if your wheels are covered by fenders, your lights all work properly, and you have a license plate displayed, you should be good to go.

I don't know why a wooden flatbed would be treated any differently than the steel ones you see on trucks all the time.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:49 AM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Pick up beds are cheap. We have many in the county with mismatched beds as many do not care what they look like. You can find beds in craigslist for a couple hundred dollars. Cheaper than the lumber yard.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:42 AM
 
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Pick up beds are cheap. We have many in the county with mismatched beds as many do not care what they look like. You can find beds in craigslist for a couple hundred dollars. Cheaper than the lumber yard.
That may be true in California, but up here in The Snow & Rust Belt that is not the case. It's pretty slim pickins, and any truck box that isn't a complete rust bucket is probably going to run upwards of $1,000.
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:38 AM
 
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You could maybe try CT or another state that doesn't use salt
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:57 AM
 
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You could maybe try CT or another state that doesn't use salt
Not sure where that C-D (Chronic Dis-information) came from, but they most certainly do.

Quote:"DOT trucks were filling up with road salt in East Hartford and across the state."

But then again, how would I know? I only have a house there...

Fortunately, where I spend most of my time, there is no such thing as snow (or going below freezing).
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:43 AM
 
Location: San Bruno, CA
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Not sure where that C-D (Chronic Dis-information) came from, but they most certainly do.

Quote:"DOT trucks were filling up with road salt in East Hartford and across the state."

But then again, how would I know? I only have a house there...

Fortunately, where I spend most of my time, there is no such thing as snow (or going below freezing).
I too was conteplating buying a high horse...
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:33 AM
 
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I too was conteplating buying a high horse...
First, it is spelled "contemplating".
Second, my question is "How high a horse?" Personally, I would like this one:
http://www.leonardo-da-vinci-biograp...ci-horse.2.jpg

I am no moderator here (nor would I ever want to be), but when people post stuff that is downright wrong and inaccurate, I think it is acceptable to chime in.

Just my personal opinions.
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