Especially your thermos flask!I once purchased some assorted items from B&Q including some drawer fronts from the bargain bin I was going to use for a project. I think there were eight in total.
Loaded my assorted items into my Fiesta van that I had at the time and began to head home.
I drove the small roads for maybe three or four miles, negotiating corners and roundabouts but as I reached 50ish on the slip road of a large A road I hear a weird scraping noise and saw eight pieces of wood flying about in my rear view mirror.
Luckily enough there were no cars behind me (thank god) and I managed to pull up on the hard shoulder and collect the drawer fronts.
Lesson learned.... Never EVER put anything on the roof of the car before opening the doors...
I remember once having to manoever around a roof rack & canoes which were sitting in the middle of the M4 !I once came back from plymouth with a couple of 18mm ply on the van roof racks. By the rime i got near home i had forgotten they were there and at about 70, the front of the van lifted up and there was a loud bang...... then the van dropped back down and i stopped, to find the ply plus roof racks on the road behind me
It literally ripped the racks out of the metal gutter and bent it up..... so dont be a kev!
LOL- I wondered what these guys were doing, now I know...If you set up your carrier so that the rear of the sheet was a little higher than the front, you could generate aerodynamic downforce, enabling higher cornering speeds and getting your sheet goods home sooner...
Not a serious suggestion.
For crash force multiply by at least 30gThere’s very clear rules on overhanging loads, note the disparity between front/back and side, because on the side is how you catch a pedestrian.
Someone at school got hit in the head by a 150mm length of plastic soil pipe that came off a van, she had three operations to mostly put her face back where it was.
There’s much talked here about table-saw safety, most people are far more dangerous in a car. Remember to multiply the load of the material on the roof by 10-15 times for the crash force, so if you put 100kg up there, make sure you can dangle the car by your tie-down mechanism, or it’s not safe.
Once you’ve done any work on vehicle safety, you never load your car the same way ever again, a loose mobile phone will make a mess of you, that ID lanyard around your neck will get pushed between your ribs by the airbag, it’s frightening stuff.
If you’re not absolutely certain it’s safe (which means you are certain, not that you don’t know any better) just don’t do it.
As I a pilot, I am aware of the load placement and the affect on the center of mass (gravity) and handling. Ford publishes a separate body and chassis guide for the Ranger that shows the relevant information so vehicle converters can properly design and attach conversions. The information in this manual is similar to the aircraft manuals I used to calculate weight and balance. Sometimes I shake my head in disbelief when I see how some drivers load their vehicles and trailers...or aircraft.With a new Ranger you’d also be placing the centre of mass of the load outside the recommended window (it’s surprising tight).
If you go looking for crash safety on Fords you can find a forum where people discuss where to add steel to remove the crumple zones so their truck isn’t so damaged in a crash, the same people often have pro-trump and anti-vax signatures to their posts, I wonder if that’s a coincidence.
So how many sheets of ply do I need mounted end to end each side of the 3 series Estate (longitudinal engine obviously!) And where can I get a decent sized radiator fan? Perhaps airbus?!!!I used to fly gliders. It’s astonishing how slowly you can fly. A two seater with two people in it can weigh about a metric ton and not stall at 40 something knots. The wings are each longer than 8 feet but narrower than 4 feet. Perhaps one sheet for each wing to lift about the same weight as my car At 50 mph. just A thought!