Traffic Arrow Boards are an important part of construction site safety, particularly in the case of road and highway construction. Arrow boards come in a variety of styles and sizes to meet the needs of any job. From towable towers to mountable truck units, each can be very useful in the field. If you're considering a truck-mounted unit, you may have some questions about how the board will integrate with your current set up.
Basically, there are four ways you might mount a board to your current vehicle: Tailgate Mount, Bed Rail Rack, Bed Floor Rack, and Bulk Head Rack. I've posted images of each style below for you to review.
As you can see, each of these mounting options can accommodate a variety of situations. Generally a full-size pickup with a regular, enclosed bed would use either a bed rail rack or bed floor rack system to mount the arrow board properly. Utility, sewer, dump, and other heavy-duty commercial motor vehicles will generally require a tailgate style mount or a bulk head mount. Each of these mounting styles can be purchased in a manual tilt or power tilt option. The power tilt arrow board allows you to control the board's tilt from the cab of your truck. Some applications find this feature very necessary, and others that are price conscious or have a tailgate mounted unit don't find it to be a necessity at all. It generally will come down to preference. However, I would recommend a power tilt unit almost 100% of the time. Keep in mind, any time it's unsafe for an operator to get out of their vehicle to deploy a board roadside, a power tilt becomes very handy. Don't skimp on price early only to regret your decision on the road with cars flying by at 75 mph!
Because mounting an arrow board can be confusing and would be difficult to do on your own, Trafcon Industries has created several standard kits for full-size pickups. This includes both bed mounting options. The mounting kits included with either bed option, rail or floor, are capable of fitting any full-size pickup. So whether you have a Ford F-250 or a Chevrolet Silverado 2500, you'll be set with the Trafcon units. If you have any questions about specific models, capabilities, or installation, please leave a comment below.