Nothing says summer like fireworks. And a big fireworks display needs a big vehicle. Here’s our top 5 picks for hauling fireworks this summer.
4th of July is right around the corner. That means cookouts, pool parties, and lots of time with friends and family. Oh and of course, celebrating the birth of our nation.
And what could be more patriotic than celebrating by hosting your own spectacular fireworks display. Nothing says “I love America” more than a bright, flashy display of fireworks.
You’ve done the research. Planned out your light show from A-Z. Now all you have to do it get the fireworks and patiently wait for the big day.
But you can’t just haul around fireworks in just any car. You need the space and capacity for all those sparklers, spinners, poppers and firecrackers you plan to amuse your family with.
Don’t forget to keep it safe when you’re transporting highly explosive fireworks. You don’t want anything ruining the big show, so take precautions and follow all guidelines when it comes to transporting fireworks.
The U.S. Department of transportation provides very good resources on how to properly pack and move your fireworks. Be sure to read the travel safety tips and make sure you know what you’re doing.
And please, make sure you pack your vehicle the right way (aka safely). So you don’t end up like this:
We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 vehicles to use for hauling around those roman candles and everything else. These vehicles not only have the space for all the fireworks your heart could desire, but they’re also built for maximum power and force.
With it’s V6 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission, this truck can handle a pretty heavy duty job. You can haul up to 7,700 pounds. So you’ll hardly even notice that you’ve got all those fireworks loaded up in the bed of this bad boy.
This is a smaller truck, so it’s perfect if you live in the city or a crowded area, where wide open spaces and roomy parking spots aren’t available. Or if you just don’t feel like maneuvering a full-size truck around.
The Super Duty F-350 XL also has a lot of power, with its 6-speed automatic transmission and V8 engine. Depending on the model, you can tow up to 21,000 pounds. The regular cab cargo box has a volume of 78.5 cubic feet for you to fill to your heart's desire with sparklers and roman candles.
And don’t forget about the gas tank. You can get 34 gallons of gas, meaning less refueling and more getting the job done. We can’t really see any downsides to picking this beast as your firework-hauling vehicle of choice.
Although it’s similar to the Ford F-350, this one could still be a great choice for move those fireworks around this summer. If you want a truck that still packs a punch but doesn’t have quite as much horse power and sheer force, this truck is for you.
It’s got a lot of the same qualities as the F-350 like it’s 6-speed transmission. However, the V6 engine is a little bit smaller and it can only haul up to 12,000 pounds, but that’s still not too shabby. Overall, we’d recommend this vehicle to any firework wielding citizen this summer.
This is another popular choice among truck lovers and we can see why. The Toyota Tundra has a whopping 38 gallon fuel tank, V8 engine, and was built for high-performance. Originally manufactured to dominate extreme terrain, you can be sure that this truck will handle any bumps or rocky road on your firework adventure.
The design and function of this vehicle was made for efficiency. So whether you're packing up your sparklers and whiz-bombs in the trunk, or loading in your family of 4 in the cabin, you can be sure that you’ve got the space to do it. You can also tow up to 10,500 pound with the Tundra, meaning those fireworks are no match for your power.
Lastly, if you’re really serious about loading up some major fireworks this summer, we’d recommend the Mercedes-Benz Cargo Van. It’s it built for loading and hauling all sorts of things, from your best friends living room furniture to heavy-duty gear for the construction site.
Who said the van belonged to stay-at-home moms and families of 8? This van changes the whole image of what “van” could and should mean. With it’s 530 cubic feet of cargo capacity, you can fit as many fireworks in the back of that thing as you dream of. And although it may not be able to tow as much as the trucks previously mentioned, we know that it will surely meet all of your firework carrying needs.
Get Your Summer Started Off With a Bang
Whatever car, van, truck or other vehicle you plan to use to lug those fireworks around this summer, make sure to keep in mind all safety and traffic law precautions. Don’t overload your vehicle or make any rash moves when moving fireworks.
Fireworks bring to mind all the simple joys of summer. So be sure and do your country justice by hosting the biggest, most patriotic 4th of July bash your neighborhood has ever seen. And even if you decide you don’t need a new vehicle for your firework-hauling needs, keep in mind these summer driving tips so you can keep the party going all summer long.