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The Right Vehicle Size for Your Wholesale Fireworks Pickup

Are you planning to pick up your wholesale fireworks order at a local freight terminal or from our warehouse in Orange Park, Florida? If so, be sure to consider your order size in relation to your vehicle size. Wholesale fireworks cases can be large, and you could quickly run out of space if you don’t do a little upfront planning. Properly sizing your vehicle for your wholesale fireworks pickup will help ensure a smooth and successful trip!

But don’t just take our word for it. Our customer Bradley from Florida left these words in his review after picking up his order from our warehouse recently:

Definitely make sure you bring a large enough vehicle for everything you buy. We used a pickup truck and filled up the bed of the truck and had to put boxes in the cab. They aren’t joking when they say the boxes take up a lot of room!

With that in mind, here’s a quick reference chart to help you plan:

Fireworks Pickup Quick Reference Chart

Vehicle/Trailer # of Cases
4-Door Sedan/Small SUV 8-10
Large SUV/Minivan 15-20
Full-Size Pickup Trucks 25-30
4×8 Enclosed Trailer 40-50
Full-Size Cargo Van 50-60
5×10 Enclosed Trailer 60-75
10′ Box Truck 90-120
6×12 Enclosed Trailer 110-130
15′ Box Truck 170-190
20′ Box Truck 230-250

What About My Vehicle?

To determine how many cases your specific vehicle holds, divide your vehicle’s cargo capacity in cubic feet by 3. You can find your vehicle’s cargo capacity either in your vehicle’s manual, sales brochure, or through an online search. Of course, you will never be able to use 100% of your vehicle’s capacity, so we recommend giving yourself at least a 10% buffer.

Also, many products such as assortments, finale racks, and artillery shell kits are larger than the average case. To compensate for this, we recommend you count these types of products as two or three cases instead of just one.

Cars and Small SUVs

You should think carefully before trying to pick up your order in a car or small SUV. Only the smallest wholesale orders of approximately 8-10 cases will fit in these types of vehicles. Even at that, you may not have room for larger items. If this is your only option, try getting a friend or family member to go with you to split the order between two vehicles.

Large SUVs and Minivans

Stepping up to a large SUV or minivan will allow you to easily pick up most wholesale orders between $1,000 and $1,500. And if your seats fold flat or can be removed altogether, you may even squeeze in more than 20 cases!

Pickup Trucks

Believe it or not, pickup trucks do not hold as many cases as you might think. Even an 8-foot bed can only hold a single pallet of fireworks and still close the tailgate. And unless you have a topper or weatherproof cover of some kind, your order will be exposed to the elements.

If you are picking your order up from our warehouse in Orange Park, we can wrap your items on a pallet and load them into your bed with a forklift. For additional rain protection, you can also bring an 8′ x 8′ or 10′ x 10′ tarp we can wrap onto the top of the pallet for you. Just mention you would like for us to do this in the comments of your online order or call us at 904-213-0615 to let us know.


A great way to boost your cargo capacity for your fireworks pickup is to use a trailer. You can even tow some of the smaller trailers with cars and small SUVs. We recommend using an enclosed trailer if you can in case of inclement weather. If your only option is an open trailer, try to pay attention to the weather and avoid the rain if you can. The shrink wrap on the shipping pallet(s) may not keep the shipment dry in heavy rain. If you are picking up at our warehouse in Orange Park, we can help you better waterproof your shipment with your 8′ x 8′ or 10′ x 10′ tarp. Just let us know you want help with this before the day of your fireworks pickup.

Cargo Vans and Box Trucks

If your order is extremely large, you may consider picking up your order in a cargo can or even box truck. The cargo capacity of these vehicles is large enough to hold just about any fireworks pickup, including large reseller pickups. If your order is larger than one of these vehicles can hold, we recommend having your order delivered instead.

Vehicle Weight Ratings

One final thing to consider for your fireworks pickup is your vehicle’s weight rating. Just because it will fit does not mean it is safe to drive. There are many factors to consider including Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), Payload and Towing Capacity if you are towing a trailer. This is a complex system of numbers which must be properly balanced to ensure your safety. A detailed explanation of all this is beyond the scope of this article, but you can find lots of articles online to help you figure it all out. Our advice is to err on using too big of a vehicle for the job!

If you would like to know how much your order weighs to help you figure all this out, please email us at or call us at 904-213-0615. We are always happy to help!

Be sure to also check out all of our shipping and pickup options on our shipping information page.

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2 Responses to The Right Vehicle Size for Your Wholesale Fireworks Pickup

  1. aurora shelton June 14, 2019 at 11:36 am #

    well thats neat ,superior breaks down the vehicle space for cases, i’ve never seen that before on a firework site..thank you very much… thumbs up

    • Superior Fireworks June 14, 2019 at 11:38 am #

      Thanks! We try to make the process as easy as possible.

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