Sizing Up Truck Bed Parade Floats
“I’m Using an Inflatable in the Back of My Truck at a Local Parade, How Big Can I Make It?”
Using custom inflatables in truck beds is a very popular option for parades because they’re easy to set-up, cost-effective, and require very little management. There are two basic configurations for hauling custom inflatables on the back of a truck; inside the truck bed or on a platform above the truck bed. The dimensions of your inflatable will be based on which configuration you use.
#1. Place the Inflatable Inside the Truck Bed
- Recommended height: 9 feet
- Maximum base dimensions for parade balloon: 3 feet wide x 4 feet long
Tip: We suggest adding a pedestal to the bottom of a parade inflatable. The pedestal will lift the inflatable so that it will be seen over the top of the truck bed.
#2. Build a Platform for the Truck Bed & Place Inflatable on Top
- Recommended height: 7.4 feet
- No need for an additional pedestal on your custom inflatable
- Base dimensions: 3 feet wide x 4 feet long
Tip: A 12-13 foot height restriction is typical for parade floats due to power lines. Be sure to check your specific parade rules and regulations for size requirements.
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