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Old 09-16-2008, 01:05 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Man I'm jealous.

Either a moving company, or a car moving company, or get this; a freight company.

I ship stuff with freightquote.com all the time and feel as though I get good prices; I'd give them a call and see what they can do for you. Price will be much less if you can get someone in LA to load it up; would it fit on a pallet?

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Old 09-16-2008, 02:16 PM   #12 (permalink)
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your s-10 + cheap harbor freight trailer = ROADTRIP

drive to the car, buy the trailer there, sell it when you get home. plus you get to visit family as well.
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your s-10 + cheap harbor freight trailer = ROADTRIP.
I was totally thinking that too, but it's a LOT of hours on the road.

Maybe I could use our Frappr Map to find where ecomodders are on the way for sofa's to crash on!
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I can vouch for the Harbor Freight trailer. Works well for the $

I haul 800~1000 lbs of WVO in a 400 + Lbs tank with no issues, just a few simple mods.


Mods I've done to the HArbor Freight trailer.
1) Use Bearing grease in wheel bearings. Amazingly the manual tells you to remove factory packing grease and replace with moly. Trust me you need to, the factory grease is crap. even has grease zerk factory.
2) Bolt the front and back to gether. It comes pre-drilled, but no bolts; 4 bolts at the hardware store later and you have a much stronger trailer.
3) Buy a spare tire.

You could actually do one of two things to help out the procedure.

1) Fold it up and put it in the bed of your S-10

2) Just buy it in LA; takes about 2~3 hours to assemble and needs a sheet of plywood (+ self tapping screws) which you could get at home Depot. If you do this, don't bother cutting the plywood to fold the trailer; it will be stronger, and you can cut it when you get home.

Oh, and don't forget to check if it doesn't just fit in the bed of your s-10.
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the citi car whee base is 48" wide, 68'' long, body is 54" wide 94" bumper to bumper, 60" tall, I don't have the weight spec in front of me, but i believe it's 1,200lbs including the 510 pounds of batteries, I often lift the front and rear of my citi car to move it around the garage and to put it on jack stands to work under it with the two 12v car batteries that I have in it for testing.
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Hey Ryland,

I just re-read that you said the WHEELBASE is 48 inches wide.

Would this car fit on a four foot wide trailer or NOT?

4-foot trailers are much more common (cheaper!) than 5 footers.


I have called around to a couple of freight and moving places. The freight place said they would recommend AGAINST moving the Citicar as Less-Than-Truckload freight unless it was custom crated.

When I called a big residential moving company they immediately recommended a car carrier company. They said moving it in one of their vans would be much more expensive.

I am starting to think the roadtrip is the way to go...


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I just got back an e-mail from my wife from me talking about driving to California this weekend to get the CitiCar.

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"You will owe me BIG TIME!!"

OH, and in another e-mail, she said:
YES - YOU ARE INSANE!"



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I made a few phone calls to pro car haulers and the estimates range from $925 - 1100.
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$1100 was the price that I got a couple times. Most of them charge you extra if they can't just drive the car up the ramp too.
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I wish they sold them in Australia, I love minimalistic cars and electric to boot.
One question though how are they on 20~25% grades?
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Old 09-19-2008, 02:30 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Still...I will be anxiously reading along... Congrats Ben.

p.s. I would do the road trip. You never know what you might find along the way!!

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