Hauling Heavy Load in Trunk of Car: Advice, please.

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Hauling Heavy Load in Trunk of Car: Advice, please.

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I have an Infiniti M37. I have to place 230 lbs of weight in the trunk. According to my research, my car is rated to haul about 1K of weight. My weight brings the total to less than 50% of the limit.

Should I anticipate any problems in hauling this weight, and is there any mitigation measures I should take? My tires are filled as recommended.

Many thanks.
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I don't see a problem. I think that you are good to go.
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That's not very heavy. That's about having 5 packs of 40 water bottles.
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You might check the manual to see if it indicates any limits. Usually there is a roof limit, but I don't recall ever seeing a trunk limit indicated.

I've moved landscaping blocks in my Civic, right up to the load rating listed on the capacity stick on the driver's door sill. I put some on the floor in the passenger foot space to spread the load out as a precaution, but I probably had 400 pounds in the trunk.
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You will have no issue. Kind of be like a 230lb passenger only in the trunk.
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230 lb is not heavy at all.

There are a lot of Americans way fatter than 230 lb that drive around in similar cars every day before filling the trunk.
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If it's 230 pounds of dead weight it shouldn't be a problem. We see it in gangster movies all the time.
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Every once in a while, I'll see a 20+ year old car titled to the left (driver's side lower), because the driver is so overweight. The shocks/struts probably have 100-200k miles on them and have never been replaced.
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That’s not even close to the weight limit in that car.
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Cruise wrote: Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:29 pm I have an Infiniti M37. I have to place 230 lbs of weight in the trunk. According to my research, my car is rated to haul about 1K of weight. My weight brings the total to less than 50% of the limit.

Should I anticipate any problems in hauling this weight, and is there any mitigation measures I should take? My tires are filled as recommended.

Many thanks.
Think of is another passenger who happens to be a bit above average weight. The biggest things to take into account are stopping distance (extra weight) and handling on twisty roads (weight distribution). In general, to be safe with heavy loads, the best advice is "drive slower."
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Would you be concerned about a large man riding in your backseat (or trunk in this case)? Try to center the load in the trunk, and if it has small contact areas (very compact, feet, etc) then maybe put something fairly stiff like boards or a couple of layers of card board underneath so it doesn't damage the carpet or the foam that's probably underneath covering the spare tire. I wouldn't be too worried about it though, 230lbs isn't that heavy.
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Yeah, that's not that much weight. But, I would place it as far forward in the trunk as possible - get it as close to the axle as you can. A heavy enough weight, far enough back, will unweight the front tires enough to reduce stearability/braking.
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The greater the load, the longer the stopping distance. Also accelerating onto a freeway ramp is slower. But your scenario should lead to a barely noticeable effect.
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I'd on occasion have my previous G35 ( :( ) trunk so loaded down that the rear suspension was basically fully compressed. For example, when I loaded the entire trunk and backseat with pavers and rock to DIY a patio. I definitely drove slowly and avoided bumps and potholes at all costs, but it was otherwise fine. I can't tell you if it was wise, but it worked.
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Thanks all for your inputs!

I loaded the body :happy into the trunk and drove to the drop off site with no problems, even stopping for a case of wine to celebrate, which I placed in the back seat. Drove and turned slowly, which helped avoid police detection! :happy

As always, appreciate the thoughtfulness of your advice!
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Mobsters do it all the time :)
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I would be more concerned about hurting your back getting the heavy load in and out of the trunk.
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Being careful of your back is great advice. Especially lifting into and out of a trunk. I love that my Subaru Outback has a flat, and fairly low, floor.
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230 lb is basically like having extra adult in the car, nothing to worry about.
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Yep, you’re good to go.

I routinely put way too much weight in the trunk of my car, and have never had a problem. Typically might be 8 bags of concrete, weighing 60 lbs each, so 480 pounds total.

230 should be no problem.
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RudyS wrote: Mon Sep 21, 2020 4:35 pm Being careful of your back is great advice. Especially lifting into and out of a trunk. I love that my Subaru Outback has a flat, and fairly low, floor.
OP here. Thanks for the warning. I actually did tweak my back, but not dealing with the 230 lb cargo. It was that case of wine that did it!
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