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Old 05-30-2013, 09:59 AM   #1
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I have a SUV like a Nissan xterra.

I need to get some lumber that comes in 16 feet. true 1" thick by 3 for a variety of purposes.

I only need 10 pieces. Any thoughts as to best way to transport it with my SUV? Tie down on the roof with parts of it overhanging, or stick 10' into the truck and leave 6' out the back?

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Delivery costs more than the pieces unfortunately.

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If the eyes of the law are benevolent, drive, long-ways, over the stack, and then tie the stack up tight to both the front and rear bumpers.... if you can find a "tie" point on these new plastic bumpers... thus "slinging" the load underneath your vehicle. Wouldn't hurt to have a friend following close behind you.

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You will need to find or metal shop to weld you a rooftop frame for carrying lumber. Then prime and paint it.

The board feet you need may be heavier than you think so check the spring and shock absorber ratings on the Nissan vehicle you have. You may have to enhance them and perhaps your vehicle frame too.

And then there is the issue of carrying long lumber, even red flagged on a little mini SUV. It has to stick way over the legal limit?

Sometimes you just have to cry and pay the piper to deliver things. Or even here in a big city I could rent a truck to match near any needs for a couple hours or a day. Why even think of beating up your cute little SUV for this?
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I need to get some lumber that comes in 16 feet.
true 1" thick by 3 for a variety of purposes.
I only need 10 pieces.

Ideas?
What else do you need (or could use) that they sell?
Make the delivery charge worthwhile.
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This little Harbor Freight trailer I bought for $350 has more than paid for it's self.

When I don't need it, I leave it at work....but if I wanted, I could fold it in half and park it standing up on it's a$$.

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Do you need to use it in 16' lengths?
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Do you need to use it in 16' lengths?
The longer the pieces you have, typically the less waste....and typically looks better...depending on what your doing with it.
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If your buying it from one of the big box stores they have trucks for rent.
Maybe 30 bucks for an hour.
If you use your suv, through the suv and out the passenger side Window. Wind up with about 2 1/2 feet in either direction front and back.

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What else do you need (or could use) that they sell?
Make the delivery charge worthwhile.
Absolutely. And great advice.

Maybe the suspension on a little Nissan could pull a trailer. Will only cost $60-100 to find out, get the hitch, run the wiring, for the taillights?

And OP, so we know, the delivery fee for this you do not want to have to pay is how much? As mentioned, trucks I rented at times beyond the capabilities of my trucks or vans cost me $20-30 for a day since I was a frequent renter. Got what my crews needed when delivery charges were out of wack, stuck fuel in them and left them for someone else to pay for and park.
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The longer the pieces you have, typically the less waste....and typically looks better...depending on what your doing with it.
I realize that and have put 24' on my truck for similar reasons. He only said it comes in 16' lengths, not that he needed it in 16'
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If your buying it from one of the big box stores they have trucks for rent.
Maybe 30 bucks for an hour.
If you use your suv, through the suv and out the passenger side Window. Wind up with about 2 1/2 feet in either direction front and back.
We are talking 10 pieces of 16 foot wood. I cannot drive legally with that sticking out and even red flagged through windows of a tiny Nissan like the OP has here.
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It's good free entertanment to sit in the parking lot at one of the box store and see what people try and put in there vehicles.
I saw someone with a short bed Ford Ranger with a tool box in the back trying to load 2 X 12 X 16' pressure treated and about 50, 5/4 decking boards.
The wood was dragging on the ground and the front wheels were off the pavement and he was still loading when I drove off.
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We are talking 10 pieces of 16 foot wood. I cannot drive legally with that sticking out and even red flagged through windows of a tiny Nissan like the OP has here.
Were talking 10 pieces of 16' 1 X 3.
It can be done. 2 stacks of 5 would be easy to do even in an xterra.
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You will need to find or metal shop to weld you a rooftop frame for carrying lumber. Then prime and paint it.

The board feet you need may be heavier than you think so check the spring and shock absorber ratings on the Nissan vehicle you have. You may have to enhance them and perhaps your vehicle frame too.
Seriously?
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Sorry I was not more clear in the original post.

It is ten pieces of 16' thin lumber. For all practical purposes you can think of it as baseboards.

I do not need all of them in 16' lengths. I just did some calculations and I need some 14', a few 12' and 10's. However, I am not sure cutting them slightly shorter in varying lengths change the problem. I could not use them in 8' lengths, if I could I would ask them to cut in half and 20 pieces of 8' would fit entirely inside the car no problem.

There is nothing else I need there. It is a specialty lumber yard and I called around they are the only place that carries this particular product within 50 miles. So I am making this trip to get it. It is a 1 hour drive one way on the highway. They have a minimum charge to deliver millwork and since it's across county they charge $129.95, the lumber is only $80 or so. I guess they charge more because it's one of those long flat bed truck they will have to use?

I doubt load is a problem. It is 1x3, so two of those will weight less than one piece of standard 2x4 right footer. We are talking about less than 5 pieces of 2x4x8 here. I am not putting a 300 pound fridge on the roof of my truck. It's the length that's the problem.

I just measured the distance from the front windshield to the back door, it's about 10.5'. I can keep the back door closed, but open the top portion which is glass that flips up. If I slide the wood in all the way through to the front and have it rest on the dash, I will have 5.5' sticking out the back through the glass flip window.

That should work better than trying to tie them to the roof?

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