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Old 11-30-2012, 03:38 PM   #1
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xmas trees

How do you guys haul your xmas trees around? This is my first year with the Jeep Im not exactly sure how Im going to do it yet. We usually get a tree thats a good 7' high and usually really full in the middle so Im not sure if it will fit inside and theres no rack on the top to lash it down to. The tree farm is just on the other side of town so Im not going down the interstate or anything, but I still dont want it falling off


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Take back window out an stick it in trunk first. And tie it down with the toe points

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Old 11-30-2012, 03:46 PM   #3
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I haul my CHRISTMAS tree on top of the roof.
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Put the top down and set it up like you would in your house. What could go wrong?
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:16 PM   #6
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borrow a friend's trailer otherwise you will have pine needles in the jeep or scratches on the top.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:25 PM   #7
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I put my back seat up, left the back window open and just stuck it in trunk first. Remember to snap a pic hehe. Happy holidays!
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:00 PM   #8
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See if the tree farm has a tree wrapper....Have em wrap it first , then you can stick inside and let it hang out the back. Short trip won't hurt nothin..
You got a 2 door or 4 door ????
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:23 PM   #9
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lay a trap or old tent on the top. Lay the tree with the stump end toward the front on that. Tie the tree off to the footman loop. And then to the back corners. Just did this on an '11 JK. Worked fine and road well to 70 MPH. Came off clean, no scratches.

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Old 11-30-2012, 06:09 PM   #11
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Rear window open, trunk first. Smells great inside after too!!!
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:37 PM   #12
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Our 12-14 footer goes roof only. On the Sequoia that is No damn trees on my brand new Jeep.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:46 PM   #13
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tree farm wrapped my 8 footer,then i tied a few old towels around it and put it on the top and tied it with a ratchet strap through the doors and closed doors over thin part of strap..no scratches and it didnt move
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:36 PM   #17
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Have you considered an artificial tree?
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Funny you mention it- same question was bugging me today. I had a hard top for the TJ and hauled all kinds of stuff on the roof. No hardtop on this one.

I have a hitch mount cargo rack and might try to work something out with that. Might mean the tree can't be taller than the Jeep is wide! One of the joys of having some miles on the old Jeep was that it was never a thing about getting it dirty, covered in sap, needles, etc. I am just not ready to trash her up yet.

Had also thought about a makeshift X shaped rack of 2x4s standing off the spare to hold the trunk up and then brace the top of the tree at the windshield. Might keep most of the weight off the soft top frame.

May happen tomorrow, will report back- unless I drop a tree going 60mph. Then it never happened.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:35 PM   #19
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most of the weight will be on the windshield frame if you do it right.
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Funny you mention it- same question was bugging me today. I had a hard top for the TJ and hauled all kinds of stuff on the roof. No hardtop on this one.

I have a hitch mount cargo rack and might try to work something out with that. Might mean the tree can't be taller than the Jeep is wide! One of the joys of having some miles on the old Jeep was that it was never a thing about getting it dirty, covered in sap, needles, etc. I am just not ready to trash her up yet.

Had also thought about a makeshift X shaped rack of 2x4s standing off the spare to hold the trunk up and then brace the top of the tree at the windshield. Might keep most of the weight off the soft top frame.

May happen tomorrow, will report back- unless I drop a tree going 60mph. Then it never happened.
I'd have them wrap it then put the trunk on the cargo rack and strap it to the spare.
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Have you considered an artificial tree?
^ This. Insert box. Remove box. Set up tree. The new ones are actually pretty nice and pay for themselves quickly. They also take care of every problem you ever have with a real tree. Burn some pine tree candles....
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:31 AM   #22
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I don't think this thing had a chance of fitting inside

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Old 12-03-2012, 07:35 AM   #23
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Screw putting it on the roof!

we put a blanket on the roof of my gf's 2010 ford focus. roof of the YJ is too high and too fragile to be throwing trees up there.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:39 AM   #24
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Take the top off and let the tree ride shotgun...
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:03 AM   #25
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Cargo tray in hitch...works perfect.
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I took the seat out a long time ago. My 7ft tree fit back there just fine. Box didnt stick out or anything... Seriously, I had 10 pcs of 8' 2x4 in the back of mine last summer. They stuck out a couple feet, but they rode just fine. Wrap the tree up with an old sheet and use some 100 mph tape to contain it. Leave the seat and back window at home.
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Been driving a christmas tree home in the passenger seat of a convertible every year since the kids were small. Wife and kids followed in her car.Old tree farm closed down years ago but the guy still lets a select few that know hes back there cut one down. First year we were there older son was in a carrier under a year old.
This year my son wanted to drive it home in his vert just like I always did,so we compromised We just got a TJ a month ago and today we learned together how to put the top down. We brought this tree home together,next year he might be in college when we get the tree.Wife and other son followed in her car as always.
3 bungee cords on the rollbar and one rope to the bumper!


Got it a little muddy hitting the deep potholes on the dirt track leading there.Wife was following me,found out quick I was steering into the worst parts!
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Been driving a christmas tree home in the passenger seat of a convertible every year since the kids were small. Wife and kids followed in her car.Old tree farm closed down years ago but the guy still lets a select few that know hes back there cut one down. First year we were there older son was in a carrier under a year old.
This year my son wanted to drive it home in his vert just like I always did,so we compromised We just got a TJ a month ago and today we learned together how to put the top down. We brought this tree home together,next year he might be in college when we get the tree.Wife and other son followed in her car as always.
3 bungee cords on the rollbar and one rope to the bumper!


Got it a little muddy hitting the deep potholes on the dirt track leading there.Wife was following me,found out quick I was steering into the worst parts!
Wow, Gilboa NY. Haven't thought of that place in years. My dad had a small house in Roxbury he'd use for hunting and relaxing. Whenever we were there we'd head to the Ron De Voo in Gilboa for stuffed pizza. Yum!! May have to take a ride up in the new jeep!!

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