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Old 06-27-2007, 09:14 PM   #1
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How not to load a vehicle

My wife passed this email to me via her sister. Granted its not really tow vehicle related but it does bring to light the fact that one must look at all the capabilities of the vehicle you choose to do the job:

This picture is real - not doctored in any way - and was taken by a Transportation Supervisor for a company that delivers building materials for 84 Lumber. When he saw it in the parking lot of IHOP, he went to buy a camera to take pictures.

The car is still running, as can be witnessed by the exhaust.

The driver finally came back after the police were called, and was found crouched behind the rear of the car, attempting to cut the twine around the load! Luckily, the police stopped her and had the load removed .

The materials were loaded at Home Depot. Their store manager said they made the customer sign a waiver. (That could be your local trailer salesman telling you that your current tow vehicle will have no problems pulling that new 34' Classic w/SO.)

While the plywood and 2X4's are fairly obvious, what you can't see is the back seat, which contains – are you ready for this? – 10 bags of concrete @ 80 lbs. each.

They estimated the load weight at 3000 lbs. Both back tires exploded, the wheels bent and the rear shocks were driven through the floorboard.
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Old 06-27-2007, 09:18 PM   #2
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While true, it's been around forever.
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Old 06-27-2007, 09:22 PM   #3
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Didn't think to checkout the Urban Legends page before posting but it did hit home how important it is to have the right stuff though.
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Old 06-27-2007, 09:24 PM   #4
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That's one for the dumb book......... Thanks

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I was lookin' at this thinking, naw, no one could be that.......
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Originally Posted by dpandorf
My wife passed this email to me via her sister. Granted its not really tow vehicle related but it does bring to light the fact that one must look at all the capabilities of the vehicle you choose to do the job:

This picture is real - not doctored in any way - and was taken by a Transportation Supervisor for a company that delivers building materials for 84 Lumber. When he saw it in the parking lot of IHOP, he went to buy a camera to take pictures.

The car is still running, as can be witnessed by the exhaust.

The driver finally came back after the police were called, and was found crouched behind the rear of the car, attempting to cut the twine around the load! Luckily, the police stopped her and had the load removed .

The materials were loaded at Home Depot. Their store manager said they made the customer sign a waiver. (That could be your local trailer salesman telling you that your current tow vehicle will have no problems pulling that new 34' Classic w/SO.)

While the plywood and 2X4's are fairly obvious, what you can't see is the back seat, which contains are you ready for this? 10 bags of concrete @ 80 lbs. each.

They estimated the load weight at 3000 lbs. Both back tires exploded, the wheels bent and the rear shocks were driven through the floorboard.
That is a good one. I had that picture posted on the wall in the shop that I worked in before I retired. I think it is still up there. Anyway my boss drove a car just like that. From time to time he would pick up some shop supplies for me at the Home Depot he drove by coming to work. I showed him that photo and said he could save our company delivery charges for major supply needs. I think he thought I was serious.

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Yes, it is true. I wonder how proud the woman who slept in the car was of her man for loading all that stuff up there. Just amazing!!!
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Old 06-28-2007, 02:23 AM   #8
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What were they thinking?

What was this person thinking.... oh wait, they obviously weren't!

I once saw an overloaded delivery truck drop about 400 sheets of sheetrock off the top of a load..... at about 65mph on the Capital Beltway right near Falls Church VA.

Thousands of pounds of Gypsum all over the road, about 20 vehicles wrecked - 8 injuries (non life threatening) and a LOT of pissed off people sitting in gridlock. I saw the stack leaning over and coming toward me (I was going the other way - divided lanes) and watched it miss my vehicle by about 2 feet.... The Escort behind me had the grill Guillotined and gypsum EXPLODED all around her as she skidded to a stop.

Wierd to see an entire highway empty of traffic behind you...

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Yup, it is easy to determine the problem just by looking at it............ the wheel base is too short!!!

Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Yup, it is easy to determine the problem just by looking at it............ the wheel base is too short!!!

Sorry, couldn't resist.
That, and a serious case of cranial-rectal inversion.
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Darwin Award Nominee?

There have been very few Darwin award winners to live and tell about it. Perhaps this could be another. One of my favorite award winners was 1982 Honorable Mention: Lawn Chair Larry. I hate to make fun of people like this, but my are they funny.
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heck, the solution is obvious. A simple Weight Distribution setup would toss some of the load to the front tires
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