How to transport 16' gutter on top of SUV?

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Old 06-15-20, 11:23 AM
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How to transport 16' gutter on top of SUV?

So I am going to add some gutters on my wife's she shed. I need a 12' 9" foot span and don't want to splice two different sections together from 10' lengths as I think the one continuous piece will look better.

Question: How do I secure the gutter on the top of my SUV (Toyota Highlander with factory roof racks) so that the gutter will not end up flopping in the breeze or becoming deformed on the trip home. The route home is about 7- 8 miles and I can probably safely travel at 35 mph without causing a lot of trouble if I go later in the evening. I thought about tying a 16' 2X4 on first and attaching the gutter to that, but not exactly sure how to attach the gutter to the 2 X 4.

Any suggestions welcome.

By the way, delivery would be 5X more than the cost of the materials as this is a small job.
 
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Old 06-15-20, 11:56 AM
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Gutters are very flimsy, Just had 2 - 17' sections delivered and even with a small trailer didn't feel comfortable hauling them home. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet!
 
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You're going to have to provide a lot of support for the gutter to keep it from flapping in the wind. Most people don't have anything 16' feet long so that ends the discussion right there. Carrying it home in smaller sections is one option.

Ratchet straps, rope, stretch wrap... all can be used to secure a piece of gutter to whatever you use to support it.
 
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I thought about tying a 16' 2X4 on first and attaching the gutter to that, but not exactly sure how to attach the gutter to the 2 X 4.
Put the 2x4 on first then tie the gutter to it in a couple of places to avoid relying solely on the tape, then put a couple of wraps of duct tape around the 2x4 and gutter every 2 feet or so and on each end of the 2x4. You might carry some small towels to use on the gutter edges before taping to keep it from cutting the tape. It doesn't look fancy but it has worked for me a time or two.
 

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Separate a 28 or 32 foot extension ladder and attach one section to roof racks. Attach gutter to ladder.
 
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I think you are concerned about crushing or bending the gutter where you tie it to the 2 X 4. Cut some short 2 X 4's just the right length to fit inside the gutter at the tie points. More ties is better than too few. Make sure your 2 X 4 is well secured to the rack first. It was funny looking but I saw 2- 20' pieces of 5' wide fence panel tied to the rack on a mini van. It worked. tied to the rack then also stabilized on the front and read bumpers. The guy had about 20 miles to go but did it on back roads.
Think about cutting three feet off the gutter. On a rack on a van 13' is more manageable.
 
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I would transport it upside down on a 2x6. Wrap it up with a roll of shrink wrap, then tape that shrink wrap with package tape or duct tape. Use rubber bungees.
 
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I would (and have) done the 2x4 (or 2x6) trick. Pallet wrap to wrap the gutter to the wood, then the wood to the roof racks. I would pre-place some rope between the 2x4 and the gutter, so the wood is actually being lashed to the roof racks.

Also, bring your snips cut it to 13'. A 13' gutter will be much easier to transport than 16'
 
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13', I read the title and though you needed 16'.

Fold the seats down, pads on the dash, prop the hatch back open and let it hang out, piece of cake!
 
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I usually use a ladder or 2x to give added support when I have to transport something long and flimsy. I have transported flimsy 20' items on ladders [top of van] with no issues.
 
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I'd go with two 8' sections of aluminum swimming pool pole to make 16' and duck tape it.
 
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Thank you for all the great suggestions. I believe I am going to use a hybrid of some of the suggestions - fixing my extension ladder on the roof racks, cutting the portion of gutter I don't need to shorten it to 13 ft, attaching/taping the gutter to the ladder, doing all of this early on a Sunday morning when there is scant traffic on the roads. I'll let you know how it works.
 
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Keep it simple. Buy 2 10 foot lengths and splice together. It will look fine. It's done all the time. Besides, handling a 10 foot length during install is a lot easier than one 16 foot length.
 
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Norm, The length of gutter I need is only 12' 9" - just seems like it would be easy to install a single piece of that length and look better to boot. If I screw it up getting it home, I may be taking your advice after all. Ha ha
 
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Old 06-20-20, 02:50 PM
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You can go to a gutter install shop (most roofers can do it) and have them fabricate the exact size you want. Most new gutters are extruded on the job site to any length you want.
 
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Norm, Never thought of that because I did not know you could do that. Would I look for a roofer or someone else for that service?
 
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Usually roofer will do gutters but you might try to find a gutter installer and ask if they will extrude a section for you.
 
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Most building supply stores can make gutters!
 
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