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cowmeat 07-28-2015 08:57 AM

Who says small cars can't carry big loads?
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On my way home the other night on I-4, I passed this guy.

He had that Smart car loaded down and was doing about 50 mph, and when I passed him it looked a lot like he might be living in it

Xist 07-28-2015 09:37 AM

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 07-28-2015 11:43 AM

Go to any 3rd-world country and you'll see lots of overloaded small cars.

MetroMPG 07-28-2015 11:44 AM

Wow. :D

At least for better aero he didn't stick it all on the roof!

Xist 07-28-2015 01:19 PM

Metro, it was probably easier this way.

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 07-29-2015 03:45 PM

I usually see compact cars with overloaded roof racks, but trailers seem to have become popular nowadays (at least where I live).

fusion210 07-30-2015 11:29 AM

I miss my perceived cargo capacity of my neon.

The most was when I had an engine in the trunk, a transmission in the back seat, misc parts, and my friend/myself in the front both knocking on 250lbs. Barely had any trouble.

I read that the Insight has a rating of 400lbs for all passengers/cargo, I'm in the high 220lb range now and that really cuts it down! I have had myself and a friend who could be 300lbs without issue in there. If I needed to replace a strut on the neon, it's cheap. The Insight is expensive. I take more care going over bumps now.

With gas prices staying low I almost feel like it was the worst time to buy. It's neat getting great mileage but currently it's costing me money.

cowmeat 07-30-2015 01:10 PM

Add yourself a trailer hitch on the back like Ecky did!

He towed everything he owned up north behind his Insight a couple of months ago . . .

California98Civic 07-30-2015 01:58 PM

Love it! Here is fire wood loaded into my Civic from (removed) front and rear passenger seat area all the way to the back of the trunk compartment. All linings removed. "Super mini enclosed pick-up."


redpoint5 07-30-2015 04:02 PM

Wish I had a photo of me (6'2" tall) and friend (6'3" tall) driving to the lake in my Subaru with a stand-up jetski inside. We both put the seats fully forward with back rests fully upright. The nose of the jetski touched the windshield and the stern touched the rear hatch door.

The lengths young guys will go to to ride a crappy jetski is amazing.

Jump starting the crappy jetski

My friend riding the crappy jetski

Xist 07-30-2015 05:38 PM

I briefly had a paper route with my Prelude, but after six weeks, another clutch went out, and I was fired, even though I immediately informed my supervisor that my car broke down, borrowed my mechanic's wife's bike and rode it several miles to pre-fold the Sunday paper, so that whoever covered for me had the least work possible.

My first Sunday, I fit 250 papers in my car. As I went to leave the parking lot, I heard grinding, stopped, and realized that the car was much higher than it was supposed to be. I was bottoming out on level ground! The first time that I turned, there was an avalanche, and I needed to throw papers back onto the passenger side. After that, I always made two trips, and had so many people complain that their papers were late, that I actually lost money. I probably lost money overall with that job.

cowmeat 07-30-2015 06:41 PM

I used to put the kayak up on my Festiva to go to the lake. The kayak was a longer than the car.
Before I got a riding mower, I made two small ramps from 2X6's and would shove my push mower, weed eater and blower into the back of the Festiva to go mow yards. That car could actually hold a LOT.

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 07-30-2015 11:13 PM


Originally Posted by California98Civic (Post 488475)

Sounds perfectly reasonable from my 3rd-world perspective :D

PaleMelanesian 07-31-2015 04:10 PM

2 bales of hay, plus 3x 50lb sacks of feed. Bonus air filters.
Could have fit 4 bales with careful tetris work.

aerohead 07-31-2015 06:45 PM

who says

fusion210 08-02-2015 10:47 AM

Now you're just pushing it aerohead.

Xist 08-02-2015 05:22 PM


It looks like Aerohead's file faded in the sun. According to Tineye, that is a sailplane trailer:

brandon727 08-05-2015 09:38 AM

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first the obligatory motor hauling, the vx motor coming home last weekend to start my build.

the second was a few years back when i was transporting a 425lb atlas stone for strongman training.

Xist 08-05-2015 01:52 PM

Did the Atlas stone move around at all? :)

brandon727 08-05-2015 01:59 PM


Originally Posted by Xist (Post 489021)
Did the Atlas stone move around at all? :)

I had it behind the hump in the floor board so it didn't move much just side to side a little scrapped the door panel.

It moved about 45" up when I loaded it on to a platform in my workout later that day :cool:

Xist 08-05-2015 04:00 PM

Wouldn't it have been a better workout had you just pushed it home? :D

PaleMelanesian 08-07-2015 11:51 AM

Just hope it wasn't an uphill trip home.

aerohead 08-07-2015 03:04 PM

1,000-lbs costs 2-mpg
back in the 80's I drove to Los Angeles and picked up a load of NiCad batteries for my PV system.
Loaded,the rig was a half ton over original weight of the solo car.
I averaged 50-mpg at 55-mph,a 2-mpg loss.
If I ever finish this thing she might do a bit better.

PaleMelanesian 09-18-2015 11:49 AM

A stove. :D

I used the 2x4's as a ramp to slide it up and in, and later down and out by myself.

It's a cheap used one I found on Craigslist to go in the rental house.

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