Originally Posted by wilcodude1134
I moved into college last year with my RAV. It was all loaded up the night before with everything I was taking with me. I took out the rear seats and everything. Among other things, I had a futon frame on the roof, the mattress inside, clothes, books, computer, etc. And then a bike on my spare tire bike rack. I have pictures around somewhere... Maybe I'll grab them later and edit them into the post.
All told, I don't know how much wight but there wasn't any room for anything besides me and to shift, I had to contort my arm around a ton of stuff and the back wheels definitely had some negative camber goin' on. BUT! Everything I needed for school (including me) fit in the car and that's all that counts, right?
I was just about to say that whole basic thing! Didn't take out the rear seats, just folded them up, but I know there had to be hundreds of pounds of move in stuff in the car. In hindsight, I should have put more in my parent's car, but oh well, it made up Penn View Mountain--about a mile and a half straight up a hill that is probably a 35-40 degree slope. Not even joking... Overloaded with probably 600-800 pounds of stuff, parents behind me so I couldn't get a proper head start without getting yelled at, and morons speeding up around me, then slowing down infront of me until I almost stop.
As for the largest single item hauled, probably a lawn mower--had to bunch it up, bend this, move the wheels, etc., and it still scratched up the sides of the rear interior. (finishing a morning of work at an OA weekend, and we would have had to have a truck come and pick it up, and while my car still had half of my camping gear in it, just put it in sideways and we were off to the races!)
Then the strange uses, well, my rav was a weed sprayer--my dad rode in the back with the gate open, slowly ride through the field by the fence as he sprayed or got out to spray the fences.
Then I can say with much certainty that 4.1 Rav4's make pretty decent drive-by shooting vehicles...
...with water guns. Don't ask, I'll just say the kid with the giant water gun in the back was aiming at the lodge chief, he just couldn't really hit out of a moving vehicle at a fairly long range... and we needed to get to where he was to work anyway... (and that is one of the videos I highly doubt I'll put on youtube...)
Then you have the time at the August OA weekend (the same time as drive-bying the lodge cheif) where the first aid chairman needed me to go Chinook and haul some 5-gallon Igloo's full of water to where they needed dropped off. Needless to say the car took quite a while to dry out.
Now if somebody can come up with stranger uses than weed sprayer, watergun drive by-ing and being a water buffalo, then PLEASE let me know... (and mind you, this is only within the first 8 months I've owned it)