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Old 11-22-2010, 03:06 AM
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Default Using V6 Ranger to haul firewood

I have access to free firewood provided I cut and split it. Most of the wood is hardwood.. which I understand is about 5000 pounds per cord. I am assuming I can safely fit 1/3 cord in the bed of the Ranger, which would equate to about 1700 pounds. Is that advisable, or am I exceeding a weight limit? I've seen people load up their pick ups with firewood in the past.. just wondering if you can hurt anything by doing so.
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:26 AM
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Check your payload. I have a 05 ranger xlt with 4.0 and if I remeber correctly the max payload for mine was around 1200 - 1300 pounds. I would think you should be ok but if in question just make the loads smaller. A few extra trips to the woods is alot better then one long trip to the auto parts store for broken parts.
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:27 AM
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1700 pounds is about 500 over the rated payload or more depending on truck configuration (drivetrain, cab length ECT). how far are you hauling it?
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:13 AM
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What I did was just load until it squats! But not so much that it's sitting on the rubber axel stops. I never filled above the bed rails either.

I used to haul logs back to my shop to be used in my woodworking hobby and my 2001 3.0 Ranger handled them just fine.

Here's a load of walnut with is a very dense and heavy wood. Hauled it 40 miles back home.
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:33 AM
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Just throwing this out there, I hauled things way heavier then that in the bed of my truck that never should of been put in it. I used my truck like it was a super duty at times. I pulled a Ford 5000 tractor on a trailer with my truck and got on the park way and got my truck up to 70, and it did great. As far as the bed goes I had it full of dirt once, and several times I had a combine fill my truck up full of corn, and corn isn't light by no means.
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:36 AM
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I haul large loads of wood quite frequently with my truck and have never had any issues
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I packed up everything I own, in my truck and a Uhaul 6x12 with Aaron Ariens helping, towed it 2700 miles to Tennessee from Washington. I think it will haul wood just fine, like was stated, try not to go over 1200 lbs. I would also say look into a trailer since you can probably tow more then you can put in the bed, although it does make turning around and backing a PITA!
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Around my way they sell split seasioned wood by the "rick" it is a little less then 1/3 cord. At least that is what I'm told.
I get 1 "rick", in layed nice and neat. But the front end is way to high.
I have a 4dr step side.
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I have access to free firewood provided I cut and split it. Most of the wood is hardwood.. which I understand is about 5000 pounds per cord. I am assuming I can safely fit 1/3 cord in the bed of the Ranger, which would equate to about 1700 pounds. Is that advisable, or am I exceeding a weight limit? I've seen people load up their pick ups with firewood in the past.. just wondering if you can hurt anything by doing so.
Since it is free wood why push the limit? Most likely you can fill the box to the height of the bed sides and be OK..but look at how it sits as you get close to that. Probably not advisable to have it noticeably squatting.
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Old 11-24-2010, 10:53 AM
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If the wood is green, it's a lot heavier than seasoned wood. You'd probably be okay if you only fill it just a ways above the bed. You might see if you ahve a friend with a trailer you could tow. Then you could load it up ...

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Old 11-24-2010, 09:27 PM
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Default Re: Using V6 Ranger to haul firewood

i have a 2010 2.3 xl and when i used to camping id fill the bed with wood... not sure how much it weighed but it seemed to do just fine... it was about a 40-50km drive to the campsite so i think u should be okay
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