[rescue] What a load of...

Robert Darlington rdarlington at gmail.com
Thu Sep 27 09:12:54 CDT 2007

I use my minivan to haul arcade machines on occasion.  My sgi
collection has taken a ride more than once as well.  I actually bought
the thing exactly for this (and moving a big telescope).  I didn't
even test drive it.  I went down to carmax with a minimum opening size
and found one that "fit".


On 9/27/07, Francois Dion <francois.dion at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 9/26/07, Mr Ian Primus <ian_primus at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > But seriously, putting 1600 pounds of hardware in a
> > minivan makes driving (and stopping) fun. I've done
> > it, and I'm likely to do it again. But remember when
> > overloading vehicles
> What is the point of a minivan if 1600lbs is overloading? A properly
> designed minivan should be level and totally safe to drive with
> 1600lbs. Average weight for an American is about 175lbs (170lbs
> female, 180lbs male) according to some studies. I would have tought
> higher (didn't I post a similar thought recently?), but I'm not sure
> what range of ages this takes into consideration. But, anyway, for
> argument sake, let's say 175lbs. The minivan seats 8.
> 8x175lbs =1400 lbs
> Ok, so not 1600lbs. If the minivan is not rated for at least 1400lbs (
> GVWR - curb weight), I think they are misrepresenting the vehicule.
> Reality check, a Chrysler Town and Country Limited weighs 4450 lbs,
> GVWR is 5700, so 1250lbs, but it can only sit 7 people, so that would
> be right on.
> Toyota Sienna, 4400 lbs, GVWR 5690, so 1290 and comes in 7 or 8 seater...
> Disapointing. I was really expecting close to 2000lbs. They make the
> cars out of tin nowadays? So I'm baffled by such low numbers. Let me
> look at a Chevy Avalanche. 1190lbs! ??
> My 25+mpg, 16 year old 8 seater wagon has higher load capacity than
> the above vehicules... That's progress. I cant imagine driving a "car"
> that weighs over 4000 lbs empty...
> Francois
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