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Will my 9'4" Longboard fit in a short bed Taco?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by robpic, Sep 22, 2021.

  1. Sep 22, 2021 at 10:49 AM
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    robpic

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    New to the forum, about to purchase my first Tacoma. I want a 4x4, but with inventory so low it seems impossible to find a 4x4 with a long bed. If I went with the short bed, could I still throw my longboard in the back if I get the tailgate surfboard pad and strap??
     
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  2. Sep 22, 2021 at 10:59 AM
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    5’5” bed let me know what you think.
     
  3. Sep 22, 2021 at 11:01 AM
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    Welcome to the forum. There are options you could consider, one being some type of bed rack or bars to get it on top and over the cab, etc.
     
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    You'd still have a 9' longboard hanging out the end of a longbed too. Now you're just gonna have an extra foot or so hanging out. Put those pads on and strap your noserider right in there. should be fine.

    I can squeeze a 7' single fin egg diagonally into my the back of my own long bed with a few inches to spare.
     
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  5. Sep 22, 2021 at 11:03 AM
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    Bed extender might be an option.

     
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    You could probably fit it, tie it, and throw a couple sandbags on the lower end and be ok.
    I think the best way is to get racks. That's how most of us do it here in the islands.
     
  7. Sep 22, 2021 at 11:38 AM
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    The tailgate will be close to the halfway point on the board, it might be teetering unless you put some weight on the end that's behind the cab

    Racks would be safest for the board and other vehicles behind you
     
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    I ran around with a 12’ wilderness system tarpon 120 kayak in the back. You just need to be aware of the potential of a rear end collision and the results of the accident.
     
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    Dude, it's Wednesday, not Friday. This is definitely a Friday question... :rofl::rofl:

    If you're looking at a double cab, then you could get roof racks if it does not have them already and strap your longboard to the crossbars. I do not know if they make roof racks for the access cab.

    But if you throw the board in the bed and strap it down you will have too much overhanging and need to (should) put a flag on it.

    Btw, welcome. :hattip:
     
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    Since you're talking 5.5 beds it must be double cabs that you're looking at. You can do it but gate up you'll have half the board hanging out. Gate down, still 3 feet dangling out the back. A roof rack (factory or otherwise) might be the easiest way to carry. I strap a 12 footer (kayak) on my factory rack. Works well.

    Cheers.
     
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    Welcome! Does your wife know how to read a tape measure.
     
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    Get with the program and get one of the newer short boards unless you're a Gordo.
     
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    I don't have any issues with a 10' kayak or 10' lumber. Tailgate up or down, your choice. With the gate down you have a little over 6' of floor. A 10' kayak only has 4' hanging out the back. With the gate up more is hanging out the back, but it is angled up. I sorta like gate up better for a kayak. That way if a car gets too close what ever you're carrying is over the car behind you.

    With my 12' kayak I have to use a bed extender like in post #5.
     
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    It makes your stick look bigger and that's always a plus. :rimshot:
     
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    My friend got those folding bed racks for his truck to transport a paddle board. When not in use there pretty much out of the way. Made from aluminum so pretty
    Light but strong enough to haul lumber too.something like deezee
    Invisible rack
     
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    C'mon.....think outside of convention.

    I've hauled 20' long 2x10 with my Tacoma didn't use the bed. Just used a few ratchet straps. Hung the wood on the side of the truck, the straps were anchored to the D-ring in the bed and the passenger seat mount.

    The load needs to be secured to the vehicle.

    A load extending more than 2' behind the vehicle requires a red flag as a warning to following vehicles.
     
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    Basic answer, sure. I’ve hauled a 9’6” and a 9’0” board off the tailgate with a strap and a towel over the tailgate. For added assurance I ran a strap from the front d rings over the nose but basic math would tell you that’s redundant the nose rarely moves around.

    with that’s said, find some roof straps and run it on the roof, or a roof rack (even stock) will be better with such a large board. I had a pucker moment every time I braked for a light with the extra 4-4’6” coming off the back, afraid the person behind me would bump them. Over the tailgate is easy and only really ideal for short trips, like a few minutes.
     
  20. Sep 22, 2021 at 7:24 PM
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    I haul a 10' kayak with an 8' kayak on top of it in the bed. Tailgate down and I cross two straps in the bed to hold them in place.
     

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