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Old 09-10-2013, 11:30 AM   #1
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Got enough toad for that?

Trucks aren't the only things the weight police should be after.
http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/...weight-limits/
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:54 AM   #2
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Yep - if it fits it must be good. But really, how often are cars overloaded. Around here (DC and Baltimore), most cars I see have 1 commuter in em and no luggage. Now beach goers on vacation - maybe have an issue..
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:04 PM   #3
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I know that Old Coot has brought up this exact concern/statement- in that, we worry about trucks being overloaded but think nothing of watching a car go down the road loaded to the gills.

I know that I had my curiosity piqued and took a look at my weight sticker on my car. Offhand, I don't recall what it was- but I do remember being pretty impressed that my little Hyundai could carry so much.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:32 PM   #4
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Funny. I know exactly what I put in and can have in my TC (Explorer) but I have no clue what my Fusion can carry. I have loaded it up with gardening supplies from WM many times. Never really gave it a thought. I figured if it fit, it must be legit.
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:52 AM   #5
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2012 honda civic has a 850 Lbs load capacity

2 adults 375
2 kids 200
1 full tank gas 100 8 Lbs a gal 12 gallon tank
any accs 200 Like A/C, amps, tvs, power window systems, etc.
Luggage 150 4 suit cases 35 lbs

Oops guess a trip in the Honda would be out! All ready at 1,025 Lbs

Now the Honda's suspension never drops under this load and the MPGs are great and the brakes work just as unloaded. Who wants to bet this is Honda's way of getting out of any lawsuit you might have about safety.
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:27 PM   #6
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The weight police would claim that you are in for a horible crash and insurance issues when you do.
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:37 PM   #7
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Hmmmm...this says an awful lot to me:

"Manufacturers determine that capacity based on a number of factors, from tires and suspension to how the vehicle will handle in an emergency maneuver under load. And with increased focus on fuel economy,.those load limits may be coming down as carmakers try and reduce vehicle weight wherever possible to save fuel"

Tell me again why I shouldn't conclude that weight limits aren't somewhat arbitrary?
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Old 09-11-2013, 02:24 PM   #8
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I was always told that it is set by the load capacity of the weakest link.

Example would be my old 1999 Ford F150 V6 Stick. The clutch was the weakest link so the truck could only "safely" tow 3500 Lbs but a F150 of the same year and an automatic which had the same Part numbers for the engine, dif, brakes, and suspension could tow 5500 Lbs

Sounds to me like the weakest link is now the lawyers.
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Quote:
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1 full tank gas 100 8 Lbs a gal 12 gallon tank
If I understand correctly, a full tank of fuel is already assumed and isn't part of your cargo carrying capacity.
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