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01-05-2012 06:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: transporting truck car wood bf tie load

Im in my apt in charlotte, and dont have a truck with me… has anyone ever transported 100b.f. wood in a car? I have a 2009 jetta, the back seats drop down and maybe i could let it stick out the back of the trunk. I’d rather not rent a truck cause the trip to the lumber yard is a bit of a drive (1.5-2 hrs, also a concern). Anybody done this, think it is a terrible or not gonna happen, or have a better solution? im not so sure itll work…

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 06:55 PM

I’d be more concerned with the weight than the size. Make sure you know what the weight limits are on your car..

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#2 posted 01-05-2012 06:58 PM

No problem. The VW Jetta is widely known to be able to carry immense loads…

Sorry, I couldn’t resist…

Perhaps a trip to Harbor Freight for one of their folding trailers is in order…

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#3 posted 01-05-2012 07:00 PM


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#4 posted 01-05-2012 07:02 PM

its gonna be ash, which is 41 lb/cubic foot, so 100 b.f. / 12 = ~9.5 9.5*41 = 390lbs. i think that would be ok, i mean thats 2 good size guys sitting on the trunk.

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#5 posted 01-05-2012 07:03 PM

lol, great pic

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#6 posted 01-05-2012 07:15 PM

Unsurfaced boards come in lengths up to 10 feet, sometimes longer. It’s not the
weight of 100bf that should be a concern so much as how much is sticking
out the back.

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#7 posted 01-05-2012 07:20 PM

yeah that was what i was worried about more

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#8 posted 01-05-2012 07:26 PM

I’ve put about 120 bd ft of oak in my Toyota rav4 prior to having a trailer and a van. I had to cut most of the boards to 60” lengths to fit them in but for me that was ok because that was the size that I needed. I think that was pushing the weight limit but all ended up fine. I wouldn’t make a habit of it but that is way I bought a Ford E150 van.
You gonna store 100 bd ft in your apartment?

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#9 posted 01-05-2012 07:27 PM

You need a roof rack, if you only have a car they’re worth the money. I wouldn’t carry that much lumber in the trunk, even though it is no more then the weight of two decent sized guys it is spaced where your FWD car isn’t meant to have it. It will actually do quite a bit to upset your handling because the weight isn’t balanced over the rear wheel or between the front and rear where it really should be.

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#10 posted 01-05-2012 07:32 PM


I’ve kept track, over the years (boredom), and … by my tally … when a question starts with—basically—“Is it a good idea to ….” 72.3% of the time, the answer is “No.”


Yeah. HF trailer, a receiver on your car, and a lifetime of big lumber purchases !

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#11 posted 01-05-2012 08:14 PM

roof racks are generally not supposed to carry more than 100 lbs or so I believe.

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#12 posted 01-05-2012 08:58 PM

From the crushed picture above your Jetta seems smaller than my Sante Fe – but I’ve hauled at least that much or more in my Sante Fe. With the seats folded down (the front seat does not lay flat) I can rest the boards on the dash and get quite a lot in. I do this quite often because when I do get a chance to go the hardwood yard, I take every advantage and get as much as I can. With that said, my Sante Fe is one model that the rear window opens – so I can stick a little out that if I have to. I also make sure that I bungee cord the stacks together and I put a piece of ply between the passenger seat and my center console so that if the boards shift in transit – I have a little protection from in. I also tie the read window latch to the boards to keep it from flopping in the air stream. Of course most of my boards are cut to 8 foot by the yard – they only sell the 10 footers in 8/4 size and I seldom use 8/4.

I also would like to know where you plan to store 100 bf in an apartment. That’s a lot of lumber!

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#13 posted 01-05-2012 09:10 PM

i think im gonna drop the rear seat down and try and put most of what i can in the trunk, with it open yet tied shut. For the long pieces i think im gonna bring a blanket for my roof and maybe put a few pieces on top. what ever else ill cut so itll fit, (ill just up my waste calculation little). As for the apt, ill be storing it in my extra bedroom/studio/soon to be lumber storage haha, until i get it to the woodshop.

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#14 posted 01-05-2012 09:11 PM

I have an older BMW323i with fold-down seats that is probably a very similar size as a Jetta. I often make trips to a local lumber dealer that is close to work, but usually limit purchases to ~50bf at a time. I fold the front seat all the way back. Some times I have to remove the headrest.

A 10’ board will fit if it tucks under the glove box. However, this forces the board to tilt upwards towards the trunk. This would limit the thickness to about 3” before it is limited by the trunk height. At 10’ long by 3” high and 18” wide, this would be only 45bf and a very tight fit.

An 8’ board can be placed on top of the dashboard and tilts down torards the trunk. This allows a stack that is possibly 12” tall by 18” wide and 8’ long or 144bf. They start getting hard to slide in as the stack gets taller. It is also a lot of weight to have sitting on the dash. I am not suggesting that is is a good idea, just mentioning that it may be physically possible to fit. It would be best to add support blocks so most of the weight is on the seats instead of the dash. Make sure to tie the load down so it does not shift around during turns and sudden stops.

Another option might be to remove the front passenger seat and possibly even the fold-down portion of the rear seat. This would clear out most of the obstructions so that everything becomes easier to fit. If you can do this, then I would think that 100bf made up of 8-10’ long boards would be no problem.

Cutting the boards into 4-5’ lengths is also an easy option if it works for you.

btw: all of these options that I have mentioned include the trunk lid closed on my car.

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#15 posted 01-05-2012 09:14 PM

In the old days, I used to put boards diagonally from the rear window behind the driver to out the passenger window over the mirror. The passenger seat would need to be laid down for this to work, and no other passengers could be in the car. It’s not ideal, but sometimes you just have to be creative and make do.

I once put an apartment kitchen of cabinets in my Ford Aerostar minivan and transported it 125 miles to the install. I had to remove all the seats except the driver’s and it was full full full. I won a bet with that one!

Ah, those were the days.

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