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If you are trying to buy a wheelbarrow for use in your yard, and wondering if you can safely get it home in your vehicle, then you need to know whether or not it will fit. Additionally, there might be times when you have to loan your wheelbarrow to a friend or family member, and need to fit it in your vehicle for transport. At first glance, this can seem like a difficult proposition. Will this idea work, or will you be forced to rent a trailer?

A wheelbarrow will certainly fit in a minivan or SUV, but might be a tighter squeeze in a sedan. There are a plethora of wheelbarrow sizes, and so it will depend on what size wheelbarrow you are using, and how big the measurements of your vehicles are.

 There are many issues to consider when trying to safely get a wheelbarrow from one place to another in your sedan, minivan, or SUV. Read on to find out how to deal with this somewhat perplexing problem. A wheelbarrow is such a useful tool, and your home will be more functional with one there.

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Can I Fit a Wheelbarrow Into my Sedan, Minivan, or SUV?

Depending on the dimensions of your wheelbarrow and the size of your vehicle, you should be able to fit a wheelbarrow into your vehicle to get it home from the store or get it to a relative or friend’s  house to help them with yard work. You might need to use some pool noodles to shimmy it into a sedan, though.

What Size Wheelbarrow Do I Need?

If you are making a wheelbarrow purchase, there are many things you need to consider.

If you are doing simple gardening, a 3 cubic foot wheelbarrow will do the trick. This will allow you to carry flower pots, bags of top soil, bricks, the flowers themselves, fertilizer, and tools. The basin will be deep enough to carry things, but the wheelbarrow itself will not be too big or unwieldy for you to roll around the yard or transport to another place.

On the other hand, if you know you are going to need to haul bulkier materials or things like bags of mulch or soil that have more volume, a 6 cubic foot wheelbarrow is a better idea. This way the wheelbarrow will hold more and you will be able to take fewer trips.

How Do I Get My Wheelbarrow Home?

After you determine what size wheelbarrow you will buy, you need to decide how you will be able to get it home from the store. Most wheelbarrows can be purchased unassembled, but then you have to actually assemble the wheelbarrow which can be a hassle. It is much easier to purchase a wheelbarrow already assembled. You will just need to determine whether or not it will fit in your vehicle.

Can I Fit a Wheelbarrow into my Minivan?

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You will be able to fit a wheelbarrow into your minivan. The best way to do this is to take out the back row of seats so that there is a wide open space in which you can place your wheelbarrow. If the seats are out, both a 3 cubic foot wheelbarrow and a 6 cubic foot wheelbarrow will fit. Although taking the seats out can be a pain, it is a small price to pay for the convenience of having a wheelbarrow at your house.

Placing the wheelbarrow into the minivan will definitely be a two-person job, as a wheelbarrow can be bulky and you do not want to scratch your car. Obviously you need to make sure the basin fits into the back of the minivan, but getting the handles to fit might be the more difficult part, as they may need to push through the seats.

Place the wheelbarrow upside down so that it does not roll around during transport. For a 6 cubic foot wheelbarrow, you may need to put it on an angle, and could secure it with a blanket or even pool noodles.

Can I Fit a Wheelbarrow Into my SUV?

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If you have an SUV, you need to worry about the height. Unlike a minivan which has a lot of height to it, you will not have the same luxury in an SUV. But the good news is, that if you have a 3 cubic foot wheelbarrow, it will fit in a sport utility vehicle if you fold up the rear seat. Follow the same procedure as with a minivan, using two people to lift it and ensuring that the SUV does not get scratched by using blankets or pool noodles.

Can I Fit a Wheelbarrow Into my Sedan?

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As you know, a sedan does not have the luxury of space like a minivan or SUV do, so getting a wheelbarrow home in a sedan will be a trickier proposition. You simply do not have enough clearance to get a wheelbarrow into the back seat of your car. You should be able to fit a 3 cubic foot wheelbarrow into the trunk of your sedan, however.

Make sure that you lift the wheelbarrow with two people, and put the basin in first, with the handles sticking out of the trunk. You can use pool noodles for cushioning and rope so that you can close the trunk. I don’t recommend trying to fit a wheelbarrow into a sedan. If all you have is a sedan it would be easier to just have the store deliver the wheelbarrow to you.

Final Thoughts

A wheelbarrow is an excellent tool to transport your tools and supplies in your garden. Once you have one at your disposal, you can use it for a large variety of tasks. However, getting your wheelbarrow home from the store can be tricky. With a little ingenuity and a friend to help you lift it, you will be able to get your wheelbarrow home in a sedan, minivan, or SUV, or just have it delivered.

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