Securing Your Shipment with a Bulkhead
One unique thing about moving in a U-Pack trailer is that you only pay for the space you need. Any empty room is filled with commercial goods moving in the same direction. After you load, you’ll install a secure divider wall — called a bulkhead — to separate your shipment from the other items. We provide the bulkhead at no additional cost, and it stays in place until you remove it at destination.
Installing and Removing the Bulkhead
The bulkhead is made of two panels that connect to cover most of the width and height of the trailer. It isn’t designed to support the weight of your belongings, so we recommend using ropes or straps to tie down items as you load. You can see the installation and removal process in this video:
To ensure safe set-up and removal, two people should do the work. You should wear protective gloves while assembling and disassembling the bulkhead.
Here’s how to set it up and remove it:
Step 1: Align the first panel with the vertical trailer posts
Step 2: Press the T-shaped load bar ends into the slots on the trailer wall
Step 3: Angle the panel away from your shipment
Step 4: Slide the load bars together (with the handles open) until you see the pinholes align
Step 5: Insert the locking pin through the pinholes of each bar
Step 6: Slide the bulkhead toward the shipment and press the end of the T-shaped bar ends into the slots on the wall
Step 7: Using an open palm, press the handles closed
Step 8: Insert a lock into each handle to secure
To remove the bulkhead, follow the instructions in reverse. Before we pick up the equipment, please place the bulkhead on the floor of the empty trailer.
Bulkhead Safety Tips
Bulkheads are great for separating your belongings from commercial freight and are easy to assemble. But, it’s important to handle them properly and safely. Here are some tips for using bulkhead:
- Secure your items with rope or ratchet straps before assembling the bulkhead — it isn’t designed to withstand the weight of your belongings
- Leave a few inches of space between your items and the bulkhead
- Wear protective gloves when installing and removing the bulkhead
- Use two people during setup and removal