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Old 11-30-2018, 05:30 AM
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Default Christmas tree transport, long distances?

Surely Im not the only one that's ever thought about this. I'm in the mountains with a plan to cut down a Christmas tree at some point this weekend. Couple farms aren't staffed, lowkey style, just cut a tree and leave cash in a box.

Without a baler on site, how should I secure the tree? Five hours at 80 mph Sunday, not looking to get back and have all the needles be gone.

4Runner with a standard roof rack. Got plenty of rope. I'm thinking about buying a sheet or some burlap and some clothesline and bailing it myself.

Edit in advance: I don't want to hear about your fake Christmas tree and how easy it is. Fake Christmas trees are nearly as un-American as not hanging Christmas lights.
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Contractor bags and some duct tape?
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I would hit one of the staffed locations for 2 reasons. They can bale it, but also they have a shaker. The mess on your car and in your house will be much less. Otherwise I think you have a solid plan. Burlap or fabric will definitely be better than a tarp.

Also most of those have hot chocolate, etc. for the kids if you have them in tow.
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When I had an SUV, I used one of those trailer hitch hauler racks. Not sure if that’s an option or not, but trees can be easily secured with those style racks.
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I did this once. Finally found a tree that we bought looked nice in the field...struggled to get it on top of our Jeep... Got it home and set it up...it looked like a giant Charlie Brown Christmas tree. It was an experience, but in the end cost way more $$$ with the wife not working and gas for day.

The Federal land where we cut it down (legally, had to buy a tag) stipulated that only hand tools could be used. Hand tools aren't fun in freezing temps and snow.
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you should just strap a fake one to the roof!
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Trade in the 4runner for an F450 8' bed duelly.

It's the THT solution for all problems.
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Originally Posted by Rolandt03 View Post
you should just strap a fake one to the roof!
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
I would hit one of the staffed locations for 2 reasons. They can bale it, but also they have a shaker. The mess on your car and in your house will be much less. Otherwise I think you have a solid plan. Burlap or fabric will definitely be better than a tarp.

Also most of those have hot chocolate, etc. for the kids if you have them in tow.
You're probably right.

the staffed option I'm eyeing doesn't open til noon on Sunday, which is tough. Kid stuff out the wazoo. I told my three year old we are at the North Pole, I need to deliver at least one Santa/elf sighting for sure, shooting for two. Might just do it tomorrow in a downpour, my kids are tough. Wife, not so much.
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I not sure but I think shooting two elves might get you kicked out.
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The air rushing over the needles on the way home will dry it out immediately. Especially at 80MPH.
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Originally Posted by Double tyme View Post
I don't want to hear about your fake Christmas tree and how easy it is. Fake Christmas trees are nearly as un-American as not hanging Christmas lights.
Now you're making me feel badly. Christmas used to be my big season. On one December 9 many years ago when I lost a son, the happy went out. If the kids are around, Christmas is happy; otherwise it's just another day.
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Put the wife and kids on roof. They are more durable. Put the tree inside. Imagine the nice quiet ride?
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Originally Posted by DotRotten View Post
I not sure but I think shooting two elves might get you kicked out.
Not to mention being put on the lifetime naughty list. Santa don't play.
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Originally Posted by Squidd Vicious View Post
The air rushing over the needles on the way home will dry it out immediately. Especially at 80MPH.
Several tree farmers here in the mountains tell me the same thing.... let your back seat down and put it in the suv if you can.
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Just install a festivus pole!

Problem solved.
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
Just install a festivus pole!

Problem solved.
my solution. Felt tree on the wall. Kids can play with it all they want to. If the damn post office will ever deliver the thing. Thinking it may be faster to ride up the hill and cut a real tree at this point.

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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
Just install a festivus pole!

Problem solved.
Years ago I was living in Raleigh and about a week before Christmas I joked with my neighbor that I was going to put up a Festivus pole. He said, "I bet you won't do it." I had been joking, but I'm not one to back down from a bet, so a few days later, just to be a smart ass I dug a hole in my front yard and installed a 10' tall, 3" diameter aluminum pole. While I was putting it up he saw me digging the hole and he came over with 2 beers and a second shovel and we happily erected the pole together. As we were finishing up he said to me, "I bet you 100 bucks you won't leave it up until Christmas." I said, "You're on".

The next morning I woke up to find that in the middle of the night he'd used a charred 2x4 and half a roll of duct tape and turned it into a burned cross. I went back inside, got $100, walked over to his house and said, "Well played, can you help me take it down?"
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