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60 miles with this fine Craigslist find strapped to the Monkey Bars -- a soft rug & pad to cozy up the office. Efficiency took a definite hit and required an unplanned charging stop for the 2017.

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Okay, here's my Covid project load from Summer 2020. It's 20 4"x4"x6' treated (heavy) fenceposts for a Girl Scout human Foosball table project. Remember the supply chain crisis? I went to every home improvement store in town to find these, since no one's online inventory was up-to-date or accurate. Even with the passenger seat as far forward as possible I couldn't quite close the hatch, which I secured on the most level route I could find back to my house for staging.
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It is known(?) that even the "All the world that is Amazon" sells a trailer hitch for our massive behemoths capable of towing, oh, I don't know. The empty (harbor freight) trailer. The only tow rating I found stated 1) Not rated for towing. 2) Was a 200lb tongue load at the ball. Which is totally worthless. I can balance the hell out of a load and never exceed that. Plus, I'm guessing you might have to trim up some of the trim work in the booty for the receiver. Oh look. Another shag wagon joke! Ah, to easy, I'll leave it on the roadside. It would be interesting for a comparative test. Same load on trailer vs load on roof.
 
It is known(?) that even the "All the world that is Amazon" sells a trailer hitch for our massive behemoths capable of towing, oh, I don't know. The empty (harbor freight) trailer. The only tow rating I found stated 1) Not rated for towing. 2) Was a 200lb tongue load at the ball. Which is totally worthless. I can balance the hell out of a load and never exceed that. Plus, I'm guessing you might have to trim up some of the trim work in the booty for the receiver. Oh look. Another shag wagon joke! Ah, to easy, I'll leave it on the roadside. It would be interesting for a comparative test. Same load on trailer vs load on roof.

Yep yep! The Curt lift hitch levels it out nicely too.

I just try to stick to the GVWR for the car, which is almost 4000 lbs. Subtracting myself and the weight of the trailer leaves almost 500 lbs available to haul stuff.
 

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That's not legally an option in the UK, for two reasons: if the car has no defined Gross Train Weight, you can't legally tow with it. And you would need to get your insurance company's approval for the modification (you can be sure that they won't give that approval). If you were unlucky enough to be involved in an accident with a trailer hitched up, they would void your insurance.
 
I didn't think twice about picking up this 7 foot step ladder from Home Depot. I probably should have at least brought along the Monkey Bars, just in case.

I test-fitted a 6 foot ladder beforehand and saw that I had "about a foot" of room to spare, but hadn't considered the feet would be spread apart just a few more inches. This was enough a difference that I couldn't close the hatch with the ladder turned around the other direction, and facing this way, the feet had just about an inch of clearance from the visor.

BTW the black bath towel you see in my photo has been a mainstay in my cars for a few years -- in regular use for interior protection, or for concealing items in the footwells.
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It was a stack of foam boards and very tiny shower stall... the whole thing weighed under 150 pounds. I used 8 suction cups and multiple straps. Drove it 80 miles on the highway without any safety concerns whatsoever. Hard braking and swerving would not budge it. There was some range reduction... and some weird looks. I have done much heavier loads on the roof.
 
If you're considering carrying a spare tire for a road trip, this is a full-sized front 428 wheel (19x5.0 w/ 155 rubber) and it just fits like this if one of the rear seats is moved into the upright detent. I found mine off of a salvaged i3, purchased using Car-Part.com for a reasonable price (even came with the tire in good condition). There's room for the jack in the frunk, and a collapsible lug wrench lives in my Wokeby Trunk Extension. The blue tape is left over from when I checked it on an airline.

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This would be the i3 Carrying Car-Go 'n Nothing, or alternate title, i3 Carrying Most Valuable Cup Holder.

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