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Old 06-10-2017, 12:52 AM   #731 (permalink)
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If we ever need to haul anything, unless it's really huge, we can usually fit it in the back of my wife's little HRV with the back seats down. And that thing still gets around 30 mpg with mixed driving. Not bad for a little SUV.
Being made with the Fit's platform enhanced its utilitarian aspect, even though the Fit still feels roomier.

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Old 06-18-2017, 08:12 PM   #732 (permalink)
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It was only about a mile ride home at maybe 15MPH max, so they should be fine.

Wasn't planning on the plant, original reason for going was to get a pot and potting soil for another plant that is getting too big for its current pot. My wife has been wanting a hanging plant for the front porch, ended up with a multilevel hanging strawberry, we'll see how it does.

A nice side effect of taking the bikes and trailer is it limits how much we can get.

Maybe I should start making my wife happy too. They say that stomach is the way to the heart, maybe it's plants this time. Eventually, they will go to the stomach after harvest.
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Old 07-31-2017, 09:59 AM   #733 (permalink)
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Had a good run yesterday for a Craigslist score. Hooked the trailer up to the Fit (the wife wanted me to hook it up to the minivan and was worrying) and went 65 miles to get a washer and dryer. I wanted to gas up on the way out, but the card readers at the pumps were down- I hate paying ahead based on a guess and had enough gas to get where I was going, so I left.

I bought the stuff, loaded them up and found a gas station half a mile away. Pulled into the driveway with 64.5 miles on the tank. A good chunk was interstate, the rest was built up suburban "highways" crowded with Sunday drivers and stoplights.

37.7 mpg for the trip.
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That works Fat Charlie. As you know, if you drive for the conditions, it doesn't take a monster to pull a trailer. Hat's off to your good example!
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Old 09-03-2017, 02:27 PM   #735 (permalink)
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Saw this the other day in my travels . . . Build a trailer instead of buying an RV.

OK, so this poses an interesting +/- in my book. I applaud the guy for building the trailer (I'm a huge fan of DIY), but from an engineering standpoint, it's just wrong on so many levels. Thought I'd share the photo for your enjoyment.

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Old 09-04-2017, 12:40 AM   #736 (permalink)
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That trailer frame seems quite overloaded with that shed.
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Old 09-04-2017, 12:42 AM   #737 (permalink)
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Looks like an ice fishing shack.
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I recently tried to rent a U-Haul, the only moving truck in town. When I can, I plan on installing a hitch. I am not sure how large of a trailer I can pull in my Accord 283 miles up and down mountains in Arizona.

Bad time to use a grill block?

I could make a trailer tail or just install a cargo box.

The aluminum cargo rack from Harbor Freight is rated for 750 pounds, but the U-Haul hitch is only rated for 200 pounds tongue weight.
That box is just deep enough for one of my Army tough boxes. I once put 180 pounds in one and dragged it to the post office. I am pretty sure the one I have full of tools weighs more than that.

So, that does not seem very helpful.
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That trailer frame seems quite overloaded with that shed.
I can't see any problem with the frame, but the tow vehicle needs an equalizing hitch.

It appears to be all wood with a thin coat of metal. I'd bet there's wood sheathing under that siding material, it's too thin to stand on it's own. And that cap strip across the top front is going to come off because air can get in under it.

Too heavy for any payload. If there's a door on the back the one on the side is redundant. It deserves a participation trophy.
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I recently tried to rent a U-Haul, the only moving truck in town. When I can, I plan on installing a hitch. I am not sure how large of a trailer I can pull in my Accord 283 miles up and down mountains in Arizona.

Bad time to use a grill block?
I've hauled 1800 lbs with my Prius, on the flat, slowly, a short distance.

You certainly wouldn't want to use a grill block when towing, especially up a grade.

I didn't know AZ had mountains. Seemed relatively flat when I passed through.

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