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07-10-2011 10:16 AM

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Iam thinking of getting an suv when my lease is up. Just wondered if you could get a 4×8 sheet to lay flat in any of them? What can you fit in yours? Would love a truck but thats not going to fly with thr boss.

-- Billp

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#1 posted 07-10-2011 12:22 PM

A 4×8 sheet of ply will lay flat in my Xtera ….............. if I cut it in thirds. ;^))

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#2 posted 07-10-2011 01:43 PM

Get the SUV with a roof rack.
You can carry a lot of stuff up there.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 07-10-2011 01:46 PM

This ol’ boy in Texas has the ”truck” and a Harley, and about the only thing I can think of getting ”in my SUV” would be my rifle sights. Aren’t those things something like one of those citified Minivans? Come on Bill, the truck even holds your pair of you know whut so you don’t have to grow new ones!


-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 07-10-2011 01:58 PM

if you get an suv get a trailer. my wife has a yukon xl. they dont get much. i doubt a 4×8 sheet would fit in it. plus the interior’s are nice enough you really wouldnt’t want to put it in there

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#5 posted 07-10-2011 03:51 PM

SUVs are great for hauling people and groceries, but the suck at plywood and lumber. If you can find one that will take a sheet of plywood laying flat, grab it. But I don’t know of any.

I faced the same problem recently. My wife wasn’t crazy about the truck idea either, but I finally convinced her that an extended cab pickup was the way for me to go. Price was on the plus side…. with rebates and dealer discounts, I got my 2011 Chevy Silverado LS for an even $20k with all the necessary creature comforts. It’s got a full bench seat in the back that folds up and down, so I can sit 6 pretty comfortably. It’s the best of both worlds. Only negative is that it sure is thirsty. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 07-10-2011 04:07 PM

I don’t know if my Pontiac Montana can lay a sheet of 4 X 8 flat. (I kind of doubt it.)
But, once the guy at the big stamping plant I was getting those beautiful Oak crates from gave me the green light, you WOULDN’T BELIEVE how many of those things I was able to stuff in there each night after work !!! LOL
And I’ve got to admit, that comment from HorizontalMike was funny as hell.
I think I’m going to use Charlies tactic when this van gives up, and convince her of the attributes of an extended cab pick up. (Unless this darn gas price keeps going up).

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#7 posted 07-10-2011 04:18 PM

There are lots of small trailers on CL in my area for small $. I think this would be MUCH better than cramming stuff in an SUV and trashing it. Just a thought.

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#8 posted 07-10-2011 04:38 PM

I forget if it’s the state or the insurance company that calls my 1991 GMC Suburban a SUV. It does allow full sheets to lay flat I know several people with various “real” SUVs. Plan on picking up a trailer too.

-- Dragonsrite, Minnesota

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#9 posted 07-10-2011 04:58 PM

If you are planning on putting a trailer hitch on some of these newer vehicles, check before you buy, some
of the new unibody designs will not allow you to easily mount a trailer hitch that can pull a substantial trailer.
Still remember the person that wanted to buy a new (at that time) 1978 Subaru wagon to pull a horse
trailer, thought all 4X4s had lots of power and could go anywhere.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 07-10-2011 05:29 PM

It’s not an SUV but my chyrsler mini van can haul 4×8 shhets of plywood with the door closed, you can get some 10fter slide between the front seats. The nice thing is you dont have to take the seats out to get a flat floor the fold into the foor and you are ready to go. It is great in the snow in a wisconsin winter, its not sexy or a lot of fun to drive but it is great for moving anything you want to haul.

-- Alex

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#11 posted 07-10-2011 05:45 PM

I can get 4×8 sheets in my ‘71 VW bus with no problem. Try to sell that idea to your boss . . . =)

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#12 posted 07-10-2011 05:54 PM

Living off of lake Erie in the snow belt I opted for a E-150 cargo van instead of a pickup. It is a 1999 rust bucket and I only use it for getting lumber and making deliveries. I have a mini van for my day job and my wife has an SUV, but neither are big enough for 4×8 plywood.

-- "When the going gets tough, switch to power tools." - Red Green

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#13 posted 07-10-2011 06:47 PM

GMC Acadia witch I have will take a 4×8 sheet and 8’ long 2×4.
Plus it will seat 8 people if you need it and the ride is wonderful it rides just like a Cadillac, the price here in Canada is only a little over $50,000.
I also get over 30 miles per gallon.
Also all set up to haul a large travel trailer or any trailer.

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#14 posted 07-10-2011 07:12 PM

Another XTerra here, a 2001. I can fit a full sheet of plywood in, as long as it’s slanted up at an angle. I can fit 8’ lumber in, as long as I don’t need to close the tailgate. (I can close the tailgate if the wood runs straight up the middle and sits on the console.)

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#15 posted 07-10-2011 07:46 PM

Why add a gas hog that doubles as a family car?

I did not change my comfortable car for a truck or SUV just so I could haul lumber and tools “occasionally”.

I got myself a small trailer:

Model #:29SA
• 60” x 10’ or 14’ Single Axle • Approximate Carrying Capacity ranges from 2,000# – 2,200# depending on length • 2” A-Frame Coupler • 15” Tires
Cost me just over $700 60” x 10ft cargo area gives you ability to transport sheet goods and 10ft long studs. Also has a nice ramp and is very easy to pull.

OH …..... and the license tags cost $6.75 per year.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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