blackheart
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Re: iMiEV as workhorse

Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:49 am

PV1 wrote: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



Looks nice!!
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jray3
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Re: iMiEV as workhorse

Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:24 pm

I replaced my generic camlock cargo strap for the hatch with the Trunk Buddy. Made in the USA by mentally disabled workers, it has a specialized safety hook and loop for locking in the latch, plus it stores away more compactly.

http://thetrunkbuddy.com/shop.html

Recall from earlier in this thread; you may simply press a hook into the hatch latch, and hook the other end to the steel eye above the bumper that the hatch latches to, then pull 'er snug to carry oversized loads.
2012 i-SE "MR BEAN" 91,000 miles
2000 Mazda Miata EV, 78 kW, 17 kWh
1983 Grumman Kurbwatt EV,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

jray3
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Re: iMiEV as workhorse

Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:14 am

For your utilitarian considerations, here's a 50" box containing a 55 gallon aquarium and all accessories slid in neatly behind my blushing bride.
We got the usual sideways glances when I stopped the flatbed cart behind MR BEAN and opened the hatch, but of course it slid in quickly and easily.

Passenger seat did need to slide forward and put the seatback more vertical than usual. Removing the headrest mitigated any spousal discomfort, but she was too happy about saving 75% on the purchase to complain...
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1n3FGeYYg_LX2trbFF4aDhxMHJlSkU1Sk5PWXVUUlliWUVZ/view?usp=sharing
2012 i-SE "MR BEAN" 91,000 miles
2000 Mazda Miata EV, 78 kW, 17 kWh
1983 Grumman Kurbwatt EV,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

Phximiev
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Re: iMiEV as workhorse

Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:37 am

jray3 wrote:For your utilitarian considerations, here's a 50" box containing a 55 gallon aquarium and all accessories slid in neatly behind my blushing bride.
We got the usual sideways glances when I stopped the flatbed cart behind MR BEAN and opened the hatch, but of course it slid in quickly and easily.

Passenger seat did need to slide forward and put the seatback more vertical than usual. Removing the headrest mitigated any spousal discomfort, but she was too happy about saving 75% on the purchase to complain...
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1n3FGeYYg_LX2trbFF4aDhxMHJlSkU1Sk5PWXVUUlliWUVZ/view?usp=sharing


Nice pic and great deal! Now what's that aluminum foil doing in the right rear wheel?
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jray3
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Re: iMiEV as workhorse

Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:41 am

Phximiev wrote:Nice pic and great deal! Now what's that aluminum foil doing in the right rear wheel?


HA! I had to look twice, but that's just daylight on the pavement. (we do get winter insolation occasionally around Seattle)

You probably also noticed last winter's dry-erase markings on the rims "OFF LF" etc. Amazing how that wipe-off marker persisted through an entire wet winter and a single automated car wash since the snow wheels went on in November... Guess I'll have to give them rims an honest washing before storage this year.
2012 i-SE "MR BEAN" 91,000 miles
2000 Mazda Miata EV, 78 kW, 17 kWh
1983 Grumman Kurbwatt EV,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

wmcbrine
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Re: iMiEV as workhorse

Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:28 am

I've been thinking about getting a new TV, but I don't want to pay for delivery. So, I measured the available space in the car, then went around measuring boxes in Best Buy. I think I might just barely be able to fit in a 55", but it'll be tight.

misterbleepy
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Re: iMiEV as workhorse

Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:19 am

wmcbrine wrote:I've been thinking about getting a new TV, but I don't want to pay for delivery. So, I measured the available space in the car, then went around measuring boxes in Best Buy. I think I might just barely be able to fit in a 55", but it'll be tight.


I recently bought a 55" LG TV, and wanted to take it home right away. Unfortunately the box was about 3" too long, so we had to come back the next day in the old Prius.
My car is a narrow one, so your extra width may help out here - here's hoping it fits.
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jray3
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Finally built my solar range trailer !

Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:40 pm

It might not be very practical for i-MiEV range extension but I just couldn’t resist setting up MR BEAN at the National Drive Electric Week car show on Saturday in the manner that would elicit the most attention. Some actually believed that I do tow in the manner demonstrated in the following video.... https://m.facebook.com/groups/634985806 ... oser=false
The trailer was empty, but weighs 3600 lbs.
2012 i-SE "MR BEAN" 91,000 miles
2000 Mazda Miata EV, 78 kW, 17 kWh
1983 Grumman Kurbwatt EV,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

1pk
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Re: iMiEV as workhorse

Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:03 pm

Nice Jray, that must have been fun and I'm sure you impressed a few people.

I finally installed a wiring harness using Ben Nelsons instructions. I have been wanting to ever since my neighbour brought home a utility trailer and said I was welcome to it.

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This is a load of organics from the brewery I work at. I'd say the load was 6-700 lbs not including the trailer. I Hauled it 40 km home on the hwy at 90-100km/hr. Normally I use 6 bars going home and for this trip I used only 9. Had no trouble up hills, had lots of regen down and it worked great.

This trailer had a fold down ramp at the back that sticks up alot higher than the sides and I used 12 bar hauling it to work empty where I usually use 7. On the way home I folded it into the trailer and used less power pulling it loaded than empty! Goes to show how big an effect air resistance has on range.

charliejuliett
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Re: iMiEV as workhorse

Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:43 am

Its great to see people using the i to its true potential. The hitch really is a lifesaver. I have a few pictures of my i doing its part to haul some things, including a stack of solar panels that now help power it.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/ ... sp=sharing

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