Transport Your Christmas Tree

Dec 3, 2013

Learn various options on how transport your Christmas tree with care

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, there are approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees sold in the U.S. every year. With the holiday season in full swing, it’s that time of year to pull your favorite ornaments out of storage, pick the best spot for your Christmas tree and enjoy it’s fresh scent all season long. The next and maybe the most crucial step is transporting your Christmas tree from purchase to your home.

Using Your Own Vehicle

Prior to loading your tree on top of your vehicle,  lay down protective gear or even wrap your tree in plastic for better protection. An ideal vehicle for transport would have a roof rack, but if this is not an option, make sure you tie down with rope and pull it through your car doors, not just the windows. Also, avoid scratching the paint or leaving drops of sap on your vehicle. To avoid any wind damage, load your tree with the stump facing the vehicle’s trunk. With this transportation method, be sure to drive with extreme caution to avoid any accidental damage to your or other vehicles or pedestrians.

Cargo Van

Easily available and with the affordable rental cost as low as $19.95, cargo vans allow for the easiest transport for your Christmas tree. Since your tree isn’t on the exterior of your vehicle, you don’t have to worry about avoiding highway driving, slower speeds, or risk your tree falling from your vehicle’s rooftop. Layer the back of the van with plastic wrap for easy, hassle-free cleanup. Because the dimensions of the interior cargo space are over 9′ in length and 5’7″ in width, you’ll be able to choose a sizable tree that will be transported easily.

Trailers or Pickup Trucks 

In addition to the previous ways to transport your Christmas tree, renting a trailer or pick up truck is a viable option. Make sure you tie down your tree to the bed of the pickup truck and that it is secure for transport. If you opt for the trailer route, be sure that your vehicle is equipped with the necessary hitch to tow the trailer.

Find a local U-Haul dealer nearby to rent your choice of transport.

Which method do you prefer when transporting your Christmas tree? Share your tips and tricks with us in the comment section below!


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