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Old 12-09-2013, 12:36 PM   #1
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Wrangler limited shortcomings

We traded our beloved Ford F-150 in for a new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

This weekend we headed to our favorite nursery to pick out our Christmas tree.

With the seats folded down the tree stuck out the back window by 2 feet.

Looks like we need a roof rack. Something nice. We are mall crawlers so don't want something that looks like it came off an Army Jeep.

Any suggestions?

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Old 12-09-2013, 12:45 PM   #2
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Not what you were asking for, but have you considered a small 4' x 8' trailer? We looked at racks and ended up going for a trailer as a more versatile option. Also, we didn't want a rack on the Jeep all the time due to noise, clearance, etc... Trailer comes off easy and stored behind the garage! The nicer racks that held a good amount of weight, and were also removable were more expensive than the trailer.

We snagged this little one and have used it to haul wood, leaves, new furniture, plywood, etc...

Big Max 4 Ft. x 8 Ft. Wood-Sided Utility Trailer - Mills Fleet Farm

Only negative it I probably would want to drive 75mph on the highway for 6 hours with it - not sure how it would behave at high speed.

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Old 12-09-2013, 12:51 PM   #3
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We traded our beloved Ford F-150 in for a new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

This weekend we headed to our favorite nursery to pick out our Christmas tree.

With the seats folded down the tree stuck out the back window by 2 feet.

Looks like we need a roof rack. Something nice. We are mall crawlers so don't want something that looks like it came off an Army Jeep.

Any suggestions?
Just wondering why you didn't tie the tree to the top?

If you have a hard top, just get a Thule or Yakima rack system. Should work fine for your needs.
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:54 PM   #4
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Actually, that's not a bad idea. Thanks.

I'll see what we have locally around here. I love the Jeep but I sure do miss the truck for hauling building supplies or taking stuff to the dump.
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:55 PM   #5
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hitch hauler from harbor freight! $60. thats what we used this weekend to get ours home. Downside was there was slush and snow all over the roads so the tree got a little bit iced up but it works! beats strapping it to the roof or putting it inside and getting sap everywhere!
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:00 PM   #6
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I have a small trailer for when I have to haul large things. I also have a hitch mounted cargo rack and a water proof cargo bag to strap to the rack for times when I go on vacation and I cannot fit everything in the rear cargo space of the Jeep.
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:32 PM   #7
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Harbor Freight folding trailer for the WIN! One of the best purchases I've ever made. (Make sure you use a 20% or 25% off coupon).
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(Or next time tie the tree to the top of the Jeep.)

Here is a poor pic of mine folded up in the garage.


You can see the corner of it in this pic with the reflectors lighting up. When I move the trailer closer to he compressor...I can fit a car in that spot. That is...when the garage is actually clean.


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Old 12-09-2013, 02:38 PM   #8
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I use a hitch rack for the Christmas tree every year.
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Old 12-09-2013, 03:53 PM   #9
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hitch hauler from harbor freight! $60. thats what we used this weekend to get ours home. Downside was there was slush and snow all over the roads so the tree got a little bit iced up but it works! beats strapping it to the roof or putting it inside and getting sap everywhere!
We did the exact same thing yesterday, except that I remembered to bring a tarp to wrap the tree in. There was 4" of snow on the ground by the time we left the tree farm, and the main roads were a slushy mess, but the tree stayed free from slush/snow/salt.
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:55 PM   #10
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Just curious, what's wrong with a X-mas tree sticking out your rear window 2 feet? I've had X-mas trees that stick out the back and it doesn't bother me driving home from the tree farm. You just need to keep the tree trunk inside where all the weight is, lay a tarp in the cargo area to catch any tree sap, and strap the tree from rolling around. I'm not understanding the problem.

I have a soft top so the roof isn't an option without a rack, but I have the advantage of just taking out the rear window.
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Actually, that's not a bad idea. Thanks.

I'll see what we have locally around here. I love the Jeep but I sure do miss the truck for hauling building supplies or taking stuff to the dump.

You can't compare the Jeep to a pickup. Pickups are made for hauling and towing. The Wrangler is made for fun.
Sure you will miss the pickup at times but most guys drive around in a pickup and seldom or never use the bed. Its like someone buying an Avalanche or better yet a Lincoln Pickup truck.

Love the Wrangler for what it is, not for what it wasn't meant to be. As stated a small trailer will be able to haul building supplies and junk to the dump. Now if you are a builder or a commercial junk hauler, you may want to get a pick up or take the top off and bedline your Wrangler.
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We traded our beloved Ford F-150 in for a new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. This weekend we headed to our favorite nursery to pick out our Christmas tree. With the seats folded down the tree stuck out the back window by 2 feet. Looks like we need a roof rack. Something nice. We are mall crawlers so don't want something that looks like it came off an Army Jeep. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:23 PM   #13
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10' tree, cut down out off a fire road, in the national forest, around 10K ft. altitude, driven home about 30 miles, tied to the top of our '12 JKR hard top with some clothes line the last three years. Some people think too much.
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Small Trailer will help when you need to haul anything larger. I have a small 5x8 Aluminum trailer that I use whenever I need to haul stuff. Works great.
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Not what you were asking for, but have you considered a small 4' x 8' trailer? We looked at racks and ended up going for a trailer as a more versatile option. Also, we didn't want a rack on the Jeep all the time due to noise, clearance, etc... Trailer comes off easy and stored behind the garage! The nicer racks that held a good amount of weight, and were also removable were more expensive than the trailer.

We snagged this little one and have used it to haul wood, leaves, new furniture, plywood, etc...

Big Max 4 Ft. x 8 Ft. Wood-Sided Utility Trailer - Mills Fleet Farm

Only negative it I probably would want to drive 75mph on the highway for 6 hours with it - not sure how it would behave at high speed.
I pulled one with a similar wheelbase and tire size 6 hours on the highway with speeds in excess of 85mph, barely even knew it was back there.

I really like the long tongue that they all come with, I can still get my tailgate open!

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