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Re: Carrying Cargo 'n Things in My i3...

Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:48 am

I have a recumbent, folding tricycle that I regularly carry in my i3. That was a deal breaker...if it didn't fit, I wouldn't have bought the car! FWIW, it's an IceTrike Adventure model. My ICE can sit in the garage with a battery maintainer on it for months between uses. The vast majority of my driving is local, less than 10-miles, so the i3 is ideal. When I do need the ICE, it might go for a few thousand miles before finding its way back to the garage.
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Re: Carrying Cargo 'n Things in Our i3's...

Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:01 am

Here's a load that has a low "wow factor" and isn't going to win any awards for specialousness, but it is representative of our typical morning trek: two boys, their backpacks, a trumpet, my work bag and overnight bag, lunch bag, dry cleaning, and some miscellanea. This is close to max load for the i3 trunk -- maybe fill it out with a couple of heavy winter coats.

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Re: Carrying Cargo 'n Things in Our i3's...

Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:02 pm

Here's some mystery cargo.

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Re: Carrying Cargo 'n Things in Our i3's...

Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:23 pm

eNate wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:02 pm
Here's some mystery cargo.
Your custom cargo extender. Shows how much additional cargo volume is available in the space where the REx engine would be.
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Re: Carrying Cargo 'n Things in Our i3's...

Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:34 pm

alohart wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:23 pm

Your custom cargo extender.

Shoot, too easy Art! That's right, my cargo is more cargo volume. I should have flipped it upside down. :/ Would that have made it more difficult?
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Re: Carrying Cargo 'n Things in Our i3's...

Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:01 pm

eNate wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:34 pm
Shoot, too easy Art!
Especially for a fellow BEV owner who has considered such a cargo extender. Unfortunately, shipping costs to Honolulu make the cost way more than I want to spend.

I also wonder about how such an extender would work in practice. How accessible is the extra capacity? The cargo area carpet would need to be lifted, right?

If one placed a small heavy item on the carpet over the extended cargo compartment which has no hard cover, would the carpet support the heavy load?

Seems like the ideal solution would be to cut a hole the size of the opening to extended cargo area in the original carpet and CFRP (2014) or aluminum (>2014) cargo area floor. Attach the cut-out CFRP or aluminum piece to the extended cargo area with hinges to make an extended cargo area cover. With this modification, the extra cargo area could be accessed without lifting the carpet, and the hard cargo cover would support cargo.
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Re: Carrying Cargo 'n Things in Our i3's...

Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:47 pm

I'll post a new thread with a review in the next couple of days.
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Re: Carrying Cargo 'n Things in Our i3's...

Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:11 am

alohart wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:01 pm
eNate wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:34 pm
Shoot, too easy Art!
Especially for a fellow BEV owner who has considered such a cargo extender. Unfortunately, shipping costs to Honolulu make the cost way more than I want to spend.

I also wonder about how such an extender would work in practice. How accessible is the extra capacity? The cargo area carpet would need to be lifted, right?

If one placed a small heavy item on the carpet over the extended cargo compartment which has no hard cover, would the carpet support the heavy load?

Seems like the ideal solution would be to cut a hole the size of the opening to extended cargo area in the original carpet and CFRP (2014) or aluminum (>2014) cargo area floor. Attach the cut-out CFRP or aluminum piece to the extended cargo area with hinges to make an extended cargo area cover. With this modification, the extra cargo area could be accessed without lifting the carpet, and the hard cargo cover would support cargo.
For me , ideal solution is building a similarly volumed extender, dropping a massive subwoofer and amp in it, putting the alum cover back on and never looking back. I dunno, maybe something like a 700RMS sub, just dumping massive bass.

I find this little car so practical for carrying cargo, I've really never considered adding more space. I fill it both in volume and weight loaded. It's amazing. I cant remember how many rolls of romex I was able to fit last time.....50 rolls? probably. lol. I need to remember to snap pictures next time. 800lbs of cargo is a cakewalk.
Am I trashing it?, absolutely, but with love, like every other BMW I've owned.
Rondel stands for something, and I fully utilize all the non neutered abilities its got.
Takeaway. This is an amazing piece of engineering. And I'm not impressed with 'stuff'

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Re: Carrying Cargo 'n Things in Our i3's...

Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:51 pm

I ought to put this in a new thread titled "BMW i3 Runflat Tire..."

My wife's runflat has run flat again. Bridgestone DriveGuards cost a fortune and don't seem to last that long. But this one got her home. Puncture is in the sidewall so can't be patched. Looks like I could carry two of these in the i3's cargo space (to and from the tire shop -- not as spares!!) and maintain my family duty rating of four passengers. Single tie-down strap to the rear floor loop, and with the tire angled all the way out so that the inside of the hatch just touches it when it closes. (Two tires would be standing straight up, and I'd use both left-side tie-down loops.)

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