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Quick! How many bales of hay fit in the back of a pickup truck?

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  • Quick! How many bales of hay fit in the back of a pickup truck?

    Will the truck get 15 bales or do I need to take my trailer too? (It's less than a 5 mile trip...)

  • #2
    15 bales should be no problem!


    • #3
      Do you have straps for the hay? I would just bring the trailer to be safe, it is only 5 miles.


      • #4
        You shouldn't have any problem fitting 15 bales in a regular sized pickup truck bed. You my want to take some straps to tie them down.


        • #5
          I've seen people drive around with 30+ bales in the back of a pickup. As long as you don't mind stacking high or wide, you should be fine.


          • #6
            You should be fine with just the truck - I've squeezed in many more than 15!


            • #7
              14 fits perfect in ours. Six in the bed and eight on top of them.


              • Original Poster

                You guys are great! Thanks.


                • #9
                  I can get close to 40 in my F250 with a short bed. Fifteen will be easy peasy. And I've never lost a bale yet!

                  My friend's husband has a Ford Ranger, and I think she gets something like 25 on it!


                  • #10
                    52 on a full size truck with 8' bed, 35 on a mini. But you have to know how to stack.


                    • #11
                      Yep... we get 54 on our F250 long bed. But DH is a strap addict, so they are strapped down better than a bridge.
                      Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
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                      • #12
                        we get around 40 on our truck. good stacking and bungees cords


                        • #13
                          Standard bed (8') we get 11 in the bed with the tail gate down, 4 behind the cab, 3 between the wheels and 4 on the tailgate all lengthwise to the bed. Make sure the ones on the tailgate are fanned out.

                          Next row gets the opposite direction, 2 behind the cab meeting in the middle of the truck with the left and right ends on the side of the truck bed, then two more, two more and two more for 5 rows (10 bales). The last two don't fully cover the ones on the tailgate, they overlap them, though.

                          This continues with the next layers until you are at the level of the top of the cab. The next layer starts 1/2 bale back, overlapping the 4 bales underneath and is only 6 bales.

                          The last layer is three bales down the middle in the same direction as the ones underneath but again, set back 1/2 bale from the ones underneath and each top bale overlapping the 4 bales beneath.

                          That's 50 bales on a standard bed pickup. We run a tow strap from the front bumper over the top down the middle and fasten it to the middle of the rear of the truck, underneath the bumper. Don't crank down the tow strap too much or you create a "spring" that will kablooey your bales out if you hit a dip in the road.
                          "If you would have only one day to live, you should spend at least half of it in the saddle."


                          • #14
                            how many bales?

                            Hay bales come in varied sized from tiny (heavy) compressed bales to huge 1600 lb bales!

                            I can easily fir 24 3-tie (150#) in my F250 doesn't mean it is not a we bit scary to drive in the hills! Those deaths bales are hard to handle.

                            Can fit over 50 of the lighter 2-tie that I prefer to tie down. the 2-tie are way easier to handle (even though some times they can weigh up to 100#)


                            • #15
                              Depends on what you mean by "bale", of course, but I can do 15 average-sized (40-60 pound) bales in my short bed, no problem.
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                              • #16
                                I have no idea, but this would be a most awesome word problem for math class!
                                Delicious strawberry flavored death!


                                • #17
                                  I can get 50 in my truck of average size bales, its death defying but they are strapped down well, I let the hay guy do the strapping, he's kinda ocd about loadng hay


                                  • #18
                                    Shucks. I thought there was going to be a punch line.
                                    "Oh, sure, you may be able to take down one smurf, but mark my words: You bonk one smurf, you better be ready for a blue wave."---Bucky Katt


                                    • #19
                                      There may still be...Subk hasn't posted her final count!
                                      I was going to ask what others asked -- what size bales?


                                      • #20
                                        50 or so, tied down. 20 or so, not tied.