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Show me your Woods Truck: Inspiration Sought

Post in 'The Gear' started by TNCave, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. wazzu

    wazzu Member

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    Side racks hold the load on. Maybe flatbeds are just an "out west" thing. They are built WAY sturdier than the bed on your pickup and are perfect for things like firewood and they have a headache rack built in.

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  2. stephiedoll

    stephiedoll Burning Hunk

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    Not that it gets around in tight places very well :)

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  3. UncleJoe

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    That tail light looks familiar. I have one that's quite similar. Must be a new standard accessories on wood hauling trucks. :)
  4. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    2005 F250, 3 horse slant load

    Hauls allotta stuff and critters !
    [​IMG] stuff !
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  5. Gearhead

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    Here's mine. Truck holds between 3-4 cord loosely stacked. Trailer holds another 2+.

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  6. loadstarken

    loadstarken Member

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    Awesome truck Gearhead and nice wheel/tire combo!

    Someday I will have one in my driveway!
    You can never have too much olive drab!
  7. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    Jealous!
  8. Paul L

    Paul L Member

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    Rock and freaking Roll.
  9. MofoG23

    MofoG23 Feeling the Heat

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    Can't go wrong with old iron from the Big 3 IMO.

    My 76 K20 - built like a tank and extremely simple to service.

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  10. salecker

    salecker Feeling the Heat

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    Nice old truck,i have a few of that era around the yard.
    I see it is also part 80's truck.
    Thomas
  11. MofoG23

    MofoG23 Feeling the Heat

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    The only item that might be from the 80's would be the bed, everything else is original or same year replacement parts.
  12. salecker

    salecker Feeling the Heat

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    Yea i meant the bed,the tank covers are the giveaway.The 70's had the gas caps.
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  13. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    You got have some sides for the flatbed to be an effective wood hauler. Don't try this with a pickup.
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  14. Philbo

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    I just picked up this truck to be my main wood hauler / delivery truck. A bit rusty in the body, but frame is decent. A flatbed (with some good stake sides) is ideal for wood hauling, IMO. I want to make some 2.5' - 3' sides for mine so I can haul a cord + in mine without having to stack it in the bed. What you see in 2nd pic is probably 4/5 of a cord loosely tossed in.

    '97 3500 4x4 5spd 12v Cummins w/ limited slip rear (DRW). It's wide, but if you're serious about hauling lots of wood at one time then the 4 wheels on the back end makes a nice difference in stability and capacity.

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  15. Polarbear

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  16. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    Did you load that by hand? I'd be afraid that a pickup bed would not survive being loaded like that with a machine.
  17. Polarbear

    Polarbear New Member

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    We put the forks on the bucket of that loader tractor. I have loaded some big logs by hand but not any more. We use the trailers most of the time. All the smaller limbs get loaded by hand. The big stuff by machine. Bring home a lot of wood in one load this way. Cut it right off the trailer or tailgate. A cant hook is a good friend.
  18. Highbeam

    Highbeam Minister of Fire

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    I think it is safe to assume that most of us aren't loading firewood by machine. I have a machine to load logs into my truck/trailer but I only have one so I would not have a machine to unload it.

    Low bed height is hugely important when hand loading firewood. I lowered my F350 to F250 height, just 2" difference, to make it easier plus lots of other things are easier too like working on the tailgate or loading motorcycles.

    Horse trailers are awesome due to low bed height and stout sides/top. It's like a huge walk in dumpster.
  19. Twisted Priorities

    Twisted Priorities New Member

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    What ever truck you decided on using make sure that it can handle the weight when loaded.
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  20. Spinny

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    When they sell it by the pickup bed load you've got to make sure you get your money's worth...
  21. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    Have you seen the rounds I bring home, Highbeam? I'm not loading 30" - 60" oak and ash by hand!
  22. flhpi

    flhpi Burning Hunk

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    There are trucks around my area that are expensive commuters. They are lifted with tall lift heights. When I see them I think that the person that drives them can't use them for serious work or must be related to the golly green giant.

    My neighbor has a tricked out diesel ford with TALL tires, I helped him unload a fridge and it was a hassle. I have kept my truck stock height and when I looked for tires I wanted to keep the stock size for gearing and no increase of bed height. My truck is a dually so I can't reach over the sides as much as I did with a standard bed but the load capacity and stability is a nice trade off.

    If anything bad happens to the dually fenders or I have have a fender bender that damages the bed, I will go flat bed with removable sides.
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  23. Highbeam

    Highbeam Minister of Fire

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    No, never been east of Montana. I've loaded green cottonwood well over 36" across but these days I cut/split them in half to make it easier on my body.
  24. D8Chumley

    D8Chumley Feeling the Heat

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    Not my trailer, one of my buddies- but I'd love to have one. Not a "woods" truck either, I have the quad for that

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  25. Mryank9

    Mryank9 New Member

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    What's general consensus about late 90s-early 2000s f150s? Seen a good amount of them for good prices around here

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