Originally Posted by djkkt6
I'm making a move from St. Louis to Chicago (probably 5 hour drive) and plan on transporting the bed on top of my 4Runner, using the luggage rack. Has anyone done anything like this before? I'm trying to figure out the most secure way of doing so. Definitely don't want the bed to come flying off while going 75 on the interstate!
What size bed are you talking about? If it's a single, this should be easy. If it's a double, it's still doable.
First of all, make sure your mattress is protected. A furniture store might have a box you can get, or a heavy plastic bag. If not, you can get inexpensive tarps anywhere.
If you're also taking your bed frame, set that on TOP of the mattress, before you strap it down. Use your headboard too. Also, consider going to Home Depot and getting about 4 2x4 studs to set on top. All this will add rigidity and keep the mattress from lifting in the front.
Strap that baby down! Quarter-inch rope will work, provided you secure it well. Ratchet straps are also good. You can get 6-packs of them at placed like WalMart for about $15.00. This link will show you what I'm talking about. Trailer Parts Superstore - Ratcheting Utility Straps
(http://shop.easternmarine.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=catalog.catalog&categoryID=23 2 - broken link)
I used to run a side-line lawn mowing service with my sons, before they left home. We've secured and hauled just about everything imaginable. They've also traipsed all over the country while traveling with bands. We never once lost anything we were hauling. It can easily be done, provided you have the load secured.
DM me if you have any specific questions.