When you install new carpet, you can always have it delivered. Most carpet sellers or manufacturers expect you to want the carpet delivered, so they already have some type of service for this. This service is often expensive and will incur additional expenses that you may not have budgeted for. If you’re doing the work yourself, you probably want to cut costs and try transporting it yourself.
Most self-installers like to transport the carpet themselves or find it essential to have the ability to transport the carpet themselves. This is especially important if you are doing any kind of side work for friends and family. If you have the right vehicle and tools, or can borrow them for free, you’ll be in a much better financial position. But be warned, CARPET IS HEAVY, and loading and unloading large rolls of carpet is hard work. You may want to ask a friend to help you move the rug.
Now on to the vehicle of choice… In my opinion, the ideal truck for transporting carpet from one job site to another is a 16-foot box truck with a “grandma’s attic.” Having a diesel engine box truck is even better as it will reduce fuel costs. The “grandma’s attic” above the cabin is ideal for storage. It will allow plenty of room for rugs, pads, tools, and supplies along with protection from the elements.
For one-off jobs, you can use a pickup truck or trailer, but these aren’t the most ideal vehicles because they don’t have protection from the elements. Although some trucks have bed covers that can be easily added and removed from the vehicle. These can be great for hauling rugs in the rain when all you have is a truck.
I have also seen used dump trucks, but they are not designed for this type of work. It also doesn’t seem easy to remove the carpet from the dump truck bed (but then again I wouldn’t really know, I haven’t had to go this route and hopefully never will). I guess these vehicles are only used as a last resort.
Another vehicle you can use to transport rugs is a van, one of those big work vans. I see these types of vehicles hauling rugs almost weekly, so they must be convenient. The only thing I see a problem with is that the rug sometimes sticks out the back, so tying the rug or using bungee cords is essential to prevent the rug from flying out the back door.
These are the best ways I’ve seen to transport carpet, so don’t let me see you flying down the road with a huge roll of carpet strapped to the roof of your Honda Prelude!