Aerowhatt
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Re: iMiEV as workhorse

Mon Aug 29, 2016 6:48 pm

jray3 wrote:I finally got around to purchasing the Thule roof rack foot kit, I stayed with the old rectangular style because I have many accessories for that profile. However, the wind noise is amazingly loud, and the range penalty is quite noticeable. I wonder what went wrong?


Put any or all of it on a nice narrow trailer and you won't know you are hauling it. Except for backing up or parking ;) Range hit is almost unnoticeable hauling low profile items on my trailer. Even better, brought home a new extra large capacity clothes washer on the "flatbed" hitch receiver cargo rack a few weeks ago. Haul eGO electric scooters on it too, 160lbs with batteries. All in the cars wake and no discernible range hit whatsoever :D

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jray3
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Re: iMiEV as workhorse

Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:31 pm

Aerowhatt wrote:Put any or all of it on a nice narrow trailer and you won't know you are hauling it.
Aerowhatt


Sorry, I forgot to include the irony emoticon. ;)
With the long canoe, rooftopping was simpler than wagging a long tail on my short trailer, which I also enjoy using.
But for scratchy loads like say, the Christmas tree, trailering is where we're at!
2012 i-SE "MR BEAN" 70,000 miles
i-ES traded at 21,648 miles
2000 Honda Odyssey
1987 F250 Diesel
1983 Grumman Kurbwatt,170 kW, 32 kWh
1983 Mazda RX-7 EV 43 kW 10 kWh
1971 "Karmann Eclectric" EV 240 kW 19 kWh
1965 Karmann Ghia Cabriolet

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Re: iMiEV as workhorse

Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:18 am

I tried, but no matter what I did, a 60-cell solar panel just won't fit in the i-MiEV. It won't fit in the C-Max either. But, it will fit in a LEAF, barely.

My friend had a damaged solar panel, and offered it to me to see if I could repair it. I ended up borrowing his car to bring it home.

(Sorry I didn't get a picture, it was rather dark last night.)
"Bear" - 2012 Diamond White Pearl ES with QC - 2/21/2013
Solar-powered since 10/10/2013

"Koorz" - 2012 Cool Silver Metallic ES with QC - 1/5/2015

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3 years with the i-MiEV and loving every mile!

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Re: iMiEV as workhorse

Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:10 am

PV1 wrote:I tried, but no matter what I did, a 60-cell solar panel just won't fit in the i-MiEV. It won't fit in the C-Max either. But, it will fit in a LEAF, barely. My friend had a damaged solar panel, and offered it to me to see if I could repair it. I ended up borrowing his car to bring it home.
Oh, the shame and embarrassment! :( :P There's always the roof...

An aluminum trailer-hitch cargo carrier seems like a good idea at first glance for those odd sizes, but securing a tall item could be a problem. Would use it so rarely that I personally couldn't justify it. These go on sale often:

http://www.harborfreight.com/500-lb-capacity-aluminum-cargo-carrier-92655.html
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
Hybrids: 48v1kW bike
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Re: iMiEV as workhorse

Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:51 am

Well, the hitch is on the Christmas list, so we'll see ;) . I might be buying a hitch box to use for shows (store everything in it to keep the interior clean).

Likely wouldn't have helped with the panel anyway. With the glass shattered (but held in place by adhesive), the panel didn't have any strength to prevent flexing. It was too wide to lay flat, otherwise the i-MiEV could've handled it.

On the plus side, my folding eBike and 85 watt solar trailer fit perfectly, and leave both front seats usable by adults.

Both cars will be getting a workout tomorrow, hauling A/V equipment for my work's Christmas Party. It'll all fit in one car, but two round trips in rapid succession is beyond the range for one car. I've done it before, but it required opportunity charging while loading and unloading at the office, and crawling home the last 10 miles. Not fun at 1 AM and 10 F.
"Bear" - 2012 Diamond White Pearl ES with QC - 2/21/2013
Solar-powered since 10/10/2013

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Aerowhatt
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Re: iMiEV as workhorse

Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:57 pm

JoeS wrote:An aluminum trailer-hitch cargo carrier seems like a good idea at first glance for those odd sizes, but securing a tall item could be a problem. Would use it so rarely that I personally couldn't justify it. These go on sale often:

http://www.harborfreight.com/500-lb-capacity-aluminum-cargo-carrier-92655.html


I have two for different purposes. The shallower steel unit with an aluminum tool box mounted on it. Also, a deeper aluminum flatbed unit that is set up to carry 4 bicycles or two electric scooters. Also carries just about anything else under or around 200Lb's. Like a new large clothes washing machine ;) Certain lt's no problem tying down tall items with your background as a sailor JoeS :)

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johnr
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Re: iMiEV as workhorse

Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:11 am

Recently a neighbor asked if I could help haul over a sofa she bought. Easy-peasy :)
At first I didn't think it would be possible - but with a little thought it worked quite well actually. I have the Eco-hitch on my vehicle, and it's proven to be very useful a number of times. I can pull a trailer, or use a cargo carrier, or a bike rack. This time I used my cargo carrier from Harbor Freight, placed a pallet on top, and strapped the sofa onto it. Was very secure.

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Re: iMiEV as workhorse

Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:08 am

That picture makes me less worried about the cantilevered weight of a rack and a 50 lb. eBike (though I personally would've went the trailer route ;) ).

I got the EcoHitch for Christmas and hopefully will get it installed today. Next step is to find our bike rack, straps, and locks.
"Bear" - 2012 Diamond White Pearl ES with QC - 2/21/2013
Solar-powered since 10/10/2013

"Koorz" - 2012 Cool Silver Metallic ES with QC - 1/5/2015

Driving electric since 2-21-2013.
3 years with the i-MiEV and loving every mile!

jray3
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Re: iMiEV as workhorse

Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:34 am

johnr wrote:Recently a neighbor asked if I could help haul over a sofa she bought. Easy-peasy :)
Was very secure.
Image

Surely that sofa has some occupants pictured in your private collection?! MR BEAN would need christening with a beer after that haul.
2012 i-SE "MR BEAN" 70,000 miles
i-ES traded at 21,648 miles
2000 Honda Odyssey
1987 F250 Diesel
1983 Grumman Kurbwatt,170 kW, 32 kWh
1983 Mazda RX-7 EV 43 kW 10 kWh
1971 "Karmann Eclectric" EV 240 kW 19 kWh
1965 Karmann Ghia Cabriolet

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Re: iMiEV as workhorse

Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:26 am

Although it's not a demanding task, I picked up a new Thule bike rack yesterday. I'm going to Pittsburgh for a bike ride with some friends, so I'm finally making use of my "accessory" hitch.

I went for a quick test drive around the block last night, and only felt a little extra tug at the back when going over a drop in the pavement. Other than that, didn't even know it was back there, and my eBike weighs 50 lbs.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7ij1bffzzyb7s ... M.jpg?dl=0
"Bear" - 2012 Diamond White Pearl ES with QC - 2/21/2013
Solar-powered since 10/10/2013

"Koorz" - 2012 Cool Silver Metallic ES with QC - 1/5/2015

Driving electric since 2-21-2013.
3 years with the i-MiEV and loving every mile!

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