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Old 10-16-2017, 11:11 AM   #21
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Maybe.

OK the shorter version of my way-too-long original post is:

If you're buying a truck, do you try to find one that also makes a good winter vehicle? Or do you go for a utilitarian beater?
I would get something you can live with. A trailer might make more sense than a beater truck.

The Ridgeline is interesting, but for the ugly, and the bed that is so small I'm not sure why you'd bother.

That Colorado zr2 looks pretty cool, but you can get a lot of full-size truck for that kind of money.

Keep in mind that trucks with "trucky" 4wd systems aren't really great in normal inclement weather. They don't want to be in 4wd on any sort of dryish road. Also, there is no weight in the back so traction can be an issue.

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I really don't know how people own homes without a truck. Mine comes in handy all the time.

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I don't know how much firewood you are thinking of hauling or how regularly, but you'll never even get a half-cord of wood on a utility trailer, or in a Colorado size truck.
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Old 10-16-2017, 11:15 AM   #22
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Home Depot rents trucks by the hour if there is one closer than the U Haul place, but I'd just toss the wood in the back of the wagon and call it a day.
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Old 10-16-2017, 11:20 AM   #23
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...I'd just toss the wood in the back of the wagon and call it a day.
You could get one of those cargo area liner things and toss wood back there until it's on the bump stops. How far is the drive home?
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Old 10-16-2017, 11:23 AM   #24
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You could get one of those cargo area liner things and toss wood back there until it's on the bump stops. How far is the drive home?
Yeah, what tires are on the car?

A tarp would work as well. I'm sure we've hauled wood in the 5 and the 3 wagons we had. But just from our shed in Rappahannock up to the house. When we got the tractor and a trailer, that was a much better solution.

Edit: Now you can add tractor to the wishlist.
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Old 10-16-2017, 11:29 AM   #25
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Yeah, what tires are on the car?
Mismatched, since one of the BBS RK's broke.

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Edit: Now you can add tractor to the wishlist.
I was looking at this trackbarrow over the weekend.

I have a steep yard and it's difficult for me to get anything heavy up or down to the lake. No room for a car. And soon I'm going to cut down several trees so I need to get the wood up somehow. I figure that thing would break after about 3 months of use and be a general pain in the ass though.

The other option is a gas powered winch to drag the logs up.
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Old 10-16-2017, 11:34 AM   #26
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Keep in mind that trucks with "trucky" 4wd systems aren't really great in normal inclement weather. They don't want to be in 4wd on any sort of dryish road. Also, there is no weight in the back so traction can be an issue.
Yep, this is why the Ridgeline is pretty attractive as a regular use winter vehicle. The bed is pretty stupid though. And yes, the ugly.

Aren't the "trucky" 4wd systems kind of silly unless you're off roading? Plus they generally come with open front and rear diffs, so it's still just 2wd. It doesn't seem like the functionality most people would want. I think the up side is durability, but other than that...
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That trackbarrow thing is crazy.
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Old 10-16-2017, 11:47 AM   #28
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That trackbarrow thing is crazy.
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Now I see why you want one. It comes with a manual transmission.


Edit: We've had one of these for years. Won't help with a huge incline, though. https://www.amazon.com/FoldIt-2200-U...it+garden+cart
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Old 10-16-2017, 11:52 AM   #30
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Home Depot rents trucks by the hour if there is one closer than the U Haul place, but I'd just toss the wood in the back of the wagon and call it a day.
Not if you're not buying something from them to haul. At least here they don't
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