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post #1 of 15 Old 04-16-2021, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Hauling drywall, someone may know this

2021 GC Limited. Just wondering if anyone has had occasion to haul drywall which typically is 8' x 4' and if it will fit in the back of the Jeep. Tried measuring diagonally and it seems to be right at 48".

I know the Compass wouldn't fit it, and when I did small drywall projects I had to haul it on the roof or score/break the DW in the Menards parking lot.

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post #2 of 15 Old 04-16-2021, 08:36 AM
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2021 GC Limited. Just wondering if anyone has had occasion to haul drywall which typically is 8' x 4' and if it will fit in the back of the Jeep.
Not unless the 2021 JGC is significantly bigger than the 2015 JGC.

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Tried measuring diagonally and it seems to be right at 48".
Huh?

You mean diagonally from lower corner to upper? Did you do this next to a wheel well? Do you have eight feet from the back of the top of the hatch to the backs of the front seats? I would be surprised if you do.

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I know the Compass wouldn't fit it, and when I did small drywall projects I had to haul it on the roof or score/break the DW in the Menards parking lot.
Wouldn't it have been easier to rent a trailer from U-Haul? (If you have a hitch. My JGC Ltd. has a hitch receiver. It was a requirement in my case.)

I love my JGC, but this was the one major thing I liked about my 2007 Chevy TrailBlazer over it: The cargo space. I surely do miss that cargo capacity.
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You can rent Lowe's pickup for a few bucks. Moline Illinois store has one.

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post #4 of 15 Old 04-16-2021, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I would just put a moving blanket on the roof and put the drywall on top, rather than rent a pickup. Just going a couple of miles... figured someone might know from experience on the fit though.
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I think the tailgate opening may be narrower.

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post #6 of 15 Old 04-16-2021, 01:02 PM
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I had to carry a few sheets and they fit in the back but it was a TIGHT fit. You can't get more the 1 or 2 sheets in there and I think took advantage of some of the "bend" of a sheet. If I did it again i would pt them on the roof with a few 2x4s under them
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I recommend against it.

4x8’ length requires stealing a few inches into the front seat area. Possibly collapse rear seats, put front passenger seat all the way back flat and then tilt the sheet to rest on driver’s shoulder/neck.

Lots of chances for ruining the Jeep, sheet rock and you.
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post #8 of 15 Old 04-16-2021, 02:04 PM
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When I start building my shed, I'm just going to spend the 20 bucks to rent a truck from lowes. Even though my hatch glass does open and I have no trouble carrying 2x4's, Plywood is more difficult. No way a full sheet would fit in my 2011.

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Lowes here stopped renting trucks. not all stores do that anymore.

But i have a truck with a 8' bed. The wifes SUV 4x4 can hold a 4x8 easy and about as much weight as well. dash to rear doors/hatch is near 12 feet i know as i had a 1x2 x12 in it and it fit right down the middle doors closed.

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post #10 of 15 Old 04-16-2021, 06:29 PM
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I rent the trailer from uhaul. For a day (which is pick it up one day, return the next) it is like $30, no mileage, no per hour, no refilling gas to right spot. I can make many trips if I want. I can take stuff to the dump if I want. But even just for a single trip for drywall, it's fine. Can even get those 4x12 sheets which makes for many fewer sheets and fewer seams.


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Most people donít know how to tie things to a roof. Drywall will also bust in pieces say a corner that plywood wonít.
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post #12 of 15 Old 04-21-2021, 09:55 AM
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This was the one concession that I had to make when selling my Ford Explorer and buying the JGC last year. The Explorer could easily transport 4 x 8 sheets laying flat on the floor between the wheel wells. Fortunately I am finished with most of my construction work and if need be I can use my 5 x 12 tandem trailer.
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post #13 of 15 Old 04-22-2021, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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LOL! I totally misconceived the size of 4x8 drywall sheet in my head. Way too bulky for the cargo area. Got it hauled with a pickup though.
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LOL! I totally misconceived the size of 4x8 drywall sheet in my head. Way too bulky for the cargo area. Got it hauled with a pickup though.
Yeah, the last time I got any it was inside my 2002 Chrysler Town and Country Limited I had. With the 5 rear seating removed, and the drivers seat moved up a bit, I had 17 sheets in side it. (Also hauled a lawn tractor in it once)
No way of doing anything like that in a JGC, I doubt even the Grand Wagoneer could get close.
Another vehicle that could swallow up a ton of cargo was the 4 door (non convertible) PT Cruiser. Super low floor and rear seat could fold,tumble, and even be removed entirely, and the front passenger seat could fold. It was basically a miniminivan. I bet with 1 driver only, it could hold what my WK2 does.

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ooof..just reading the word "drywall" makes me grimace..i've done my share...good luck!
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