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I need a pickup (or a trailer)

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Craig S., Oct 25, 2013.

  1. Craig S.

    Craig S. Member

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    I came across a decent listing of Hickory & Oak on craigslist. The hickory had been down since Sandy last year, the oak was fresh cut ... the oak pieces had to be a few feet in width (would need to be split on site) ... The amount I grabbed was limited partially by the size of my SUV, and that some of the rounds were huge.

    I may go back for more of the hickory this weekend ... if I do, I will bring help (and a trailer if I can borrow one).

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  2. Rickb

    Rickb Minister of Fire

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    I can fit 3 wheelbarrels full of small rounds in the trunk of my focus. Add another 3-4 if I use the back seat. Add 1 more for the passenger front seat. :p
  3. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    I suggest a 4x8 or bigger trailer with a ramp. Very versatile. You'll wonder how you got along with out it.
  4. NYLumberjack914

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    I think you should get a trailer. Check Craigslist
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    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    I'd go for a trailer.

    Until you buy a truck :p
  6. PSYS

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    The biggest handicap that my wife and I currently have as first time homeowners is the fact that we own two small vehicles. :(

    A truck is next on our agenda as my wife's car will very likely bite the dust fairly soon.
    Now that we're going to be full blown wood burners when our Lopi is installed next week, not having a larger vehicle is agony.

    The "free" ads on craigslist like the one you referenced above pains me to read although, I did do what RickB. mentioned above with his Focus and toss a few big rounds in the trunk of car a couple of weeks ago when I found a "come 'n get it" ad on craigslist... granted, my Toyota Yaris bottomed out all the way home, but it was totally worth it.
  7. aansorge

    aansorge Minister of Fire

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    I use our van (Mazda) and a 4 by 8 trailer. I don't really need a truck because I can't see really wanted to lift all the logs that high up. I'd hook up the trailer and use it anyhow. May as well keep the van.

    Prior to the van I used my 4 cylinder 318i BMW. It worked fine for a wood hauler.

    I do occasionally use my uncles f350 and his dump trailer or my cousin's dump truck, but really, I like my little trailer a lot and use it the most.
  8. cygnus

    cygnus Feeling the Heat

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    About the same here in my Lincoln LS...plus some room for the saw. It's totally crazy bug it works if it needs to.
  9. jokersloose68

    jokersloose68 New Member

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    I need a truck AND a trailer. Found out I can get cords from the Dept of Foresty for 10.00. Just have to fall them and cut. So need a truck and trailrer lol

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    Ram 1500 with an axe... Minister of Fire

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    I've guesstimated that I can only bring home 1/5 to 1/4 of a cord in the back of my pick up truck, disappointing amounts in my opinion....... image.jpg
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  11. Beetle-Kill

    Beetle-Kill Minister of Fire

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    You'd get more wood home with the tailgate up is my guess. ;)
  12. Beetle-Kill

    Beetle-Kill Minister of Fire

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    For the OP, what sort of "SUV" are you driving?
  13. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Trailer is the way to go if you are going to haul much wood & do it for several years.
    I have a PU, but just load the trailer. It's a good day's work when full.
    Up graded to a dual axle over winter & it's working well.. I can haul the atv & a cord of wood ;)

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    Made a ramp tail gate so I can roll the bigger, heavier rounds on & off.
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  14. Soundchasm

    Soundchasm Minister of Fire

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    I got some bitternut hickory rounds that split like a dream. Dug it out of a big pile of downed wood. It was on a VERY long slope pointing down to the river. All the streets had names like "Running Spring", etc. The bark would NOT let go on a few pieces. I peeled some back and I swear it looked viable, wet and glistening.

    I asked the owner when it came down, and she said the big storm here 5/10. Blew my mind. So, I guess the moral of the story is keep it off the ground! Wood must be the original "wick-away" material. ;)
  15. red oak

    red oak Minister of Fire

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    If I really load my Ranger full I can get about 1/3 cord on it. I don't mind the number of trips because the wood is usually less than 5 miles away. I don't have a trailer, would love to get one but have other things to spend the money on right now.
  16. blades

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    4x8 trailer, common 1500 lbs so will do very well for you and those small cars ( work just fine with truck later also). hard part is hitch on car, so you might want to check that out first. Around $150-200 installed. There are limitations with these newer cars particularly with the front wheel drive units as there isn't a lot of solid mounting area in the back due to the uni body construction.
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  17. aansorge

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    I've had a trailer hitch on basically every car I have owned, including my Miata. Most cars have a hitch available.

    A 4 by 8 trailer and a car can hold about 1/2 a cord. Just drive slow and take it easy on the transmission.
  18. NickDL

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    I bring a hand truck with me to help move those really large rounds onto the trailer. It saves the back from a ton of pain.
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  19. 930dreamer

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    I hauled this in my 89' Toyota long bed, only had to 6 miles to the shop.

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    rowerwet Minister of Fire

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    I keep a search going on craigslist for tent trailers, they get ruined by mice or age and the cost for new screens is not cheap. I have two old pop ups I got for free, I just had to drag them home.
    I tore one apart, burned the wood (rotten) scrapped the metal ($ at the scrap yard) and built my own deck of pressure treated plywood with wire fencing sides.
    I haul my wood home in it, if the frame or axle give out, the frame gets cut up with my sawzall (scrap metal!) and the spare trailer gets converted for hauling.
    I also build teardrop trailers so the sink, stove, latches, lights, inverter, etc get saved to sell on fleabay or to use in a future build

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  21. teutonicking

    teutonicking Feeling the Heat

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    Nice locust.
  22. Craig S.

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    Toyota Sequoia ... with the 3rd row out and the 2nd row folded over there's quite a bit of room. Don't know what the load limit is though.
  23. jokersloose68

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    I want to buid me a teardrop. :

    James
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    rowerwet Minister of Fire

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  25. Beetle-Kill

    Beetle-Kill Minister of Fire

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    I looked at the spec.s for the Sequoia, you should be able to tow a smaller trailer pretty easily. Single axle rated for 5K or 7K, the box at 5' x 10' with a long(ish) tongue. Stout frame. Removable sides, 18"- 30" height. Plenty of stake pockets on the sides with a 2" x 3/8" strap tieing them together. Go 10 ply on the trailer tires to stay safe.
    Size the trailer dependant on space to store it, it could go smaller easily. A 4' x 8' with a 3500LB axle could be just the ticket for you.
    With hardwood, go overboard on the axle capacity, seems you could fill a smaller trailer pretty quickly and max. out the frame/suspension.

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