Sizing Up Truck Bed Parade Floats: Inflatable Design Quick-Tips

“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 are 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.

Looking for parade float inspiration and ideas? Browse our online gallery full of inflatable parade balloons that are sure to get your creative juices flowing!

About Caitlin Smith

Cailtin Smith is a vital team member at Landmark Creations. From her upfront work in communicating with clients to behind-the-scenes marketing efforts, she boosts the effectiveness of Landmark's PR and social media campaigns every day. The poster child for inflatables (literally), Caitlin can be seen in many of our product photos. Whether hosting Twitter chats or generating innovative social and PR ideas, Caitlin keeps Landmark Creations out front and noticeable.

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