cargo carrier modifications for carrying sheet goods?

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Forum topic by jerkylips posted 12-22-2011 06:53 PM 1063 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-22-2011 06:53 PM

I’m going to order something similar to this cargo carrier soon. I’ve found these to really convenient for hauling lawnmowers, snowblowers/yard waste without having to find the space to store a trailer. It helps that I have a friend with a trailer that I can borrow when I need it.. ;)

Anyway, I was thinking that it may work to build a cage or some raised sides that I could bolt on so that I could put 4×8 sheets of plywood in vertically. I think my intent would be something that can be installed/removed as needed. I was thinking some angle iron & strapping, maybe…

Has anyone else done something along these lines?

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#1 posted 12-23-2011 05:24 AM

A vertical 4×8 sheet of plywood will be a giant sail that will dramatically alter the aerodynamics of your vehicle! If I did this I would drive very slowly.

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#2 posted 12-23-2011 07:30 AM

Are you looking to keep the long side horizontal and the short side vertical? I’d be wary of anything that stuck above the roof like of the car. The wind force could wreck havoc on anything you use for support.

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#3 posted 12-23-2011 04:45 PM

thanks for the replies! I was thinking that I would put it it in vertically & strap it down with tie-downs. I have an SUV so from the carrier to the roof is probably 5 feet. I thought about the wind issues, but assuming that only about 3 feet would be above the roof, I thought it might be OK. Also, HD, Menard’s, Fleet Farm, and a couple lumber yards are all within about 3 miles of my house so I wouldn’t be going too far or fast. I was jus curious if anyone else had tried this..

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