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smarty

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Posted: 12/13/19 08:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You need to be careful in your selection of toy haulers. Be fully aware of what the carrying capacity of the ENTIRE toy hauler is, not just the garage area. You will find that for some toy haulers if you put your smart car in the garage that you literally can't put anything else in the entire toy hauler because you have met the entire carrying capacity of the toy hauler by having your car in it.

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Posted: 12/13/19 09:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't know that the weight of the Smart car will be that much of an issue. They only weigh around 1,500 lbs., so I think any solid toy hauler will work. But it definitely needs to be kept in mind, just because some won't haul much.

I think the transfer from the door to the toyhauler floor will more of a clearance issue.


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Posted: 12/13/19 10:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

fj12ryder wrote:

I don't know that the weight of the Smart car will be that much of an issue. They only weigh around 1,500 lbs., so I think any solid toy hauler will work. But it definitely needs to be kept in mind, just because some won't haul much.

I think the transfer from the door to the toyhauler floor will more of a clearance issue.


It made me cry a little, but I recall a 40' toy hauler with 1,800 pounds of cargo carrying capacity.

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Friends don't let friends drive smart cars.


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The couple that bought my old Raptor with a 12' garage came and looked at it and agreed to buy in on the condition that there fiat 500 would fit. It loaded and fit just fine in the garage. I think it actually fit better than my Polaris Ranger and I bet the weight was about the same. Keep in mind you can always raise the front of the FW to help with the loading angle.

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Grit dog wrote:

Friends don't let friends drive smart cars.
Pish tosh. More protection than walking, or a motorcycle. Just depends on your personal fear level.

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I ride a motorcycle so the poo-pooers about "Smart" Cars don't get much traction with me.

My DW's trike weighs 1250lbs and mine is 850lbs - more than a Smart would weigh.

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Posted: 12/14/19 11:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BBC Top Gear did some smash tests including smart. The crash protection is interesting.

What I don’t want to do is roll over my won ton pickups- the cabs like to flatten. Local tow feller says most of the wrecks he hauls in people survive roll overs because of the natural tendency to duck.

I’ve only seen 2 smarts involved in collisions and both times the occupants were not injured. The cab is very strong and the light weight vehicles bounced off the heavier vehicle instead of trying to plow through it. The one was a 3/4 ton running a red light at about 30-40 mph. smart ended up on a lawn and the pickup ended up on its side. Both totalled. smart driver helped the pickup people out the passenger window.

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I have almost 147,000 miles on my 2010 Smart Car. They are safe to drive and have respectable crash performance. I've worked in the Automotive manufacturing business for 33 years and don't have any concerns about its safety performance. I carry my Smart in a Raptor 412TS. There is no problem with ground clearance or high centering on the ramp. My car weighs in at 1,860 lbs. The RV ramp is rated for 3,000 lbs. I've hauled the Smart in the Raptor for a few thousand miles with no issues.
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Fair amount of mis-information on smart car safety here. cwill925 has it right. If you are concerned do some investigation, don't listen to uninformed alarmists.

Our 2011 smart was hit 3/4 head on by a Chevy pickup running a red light at 50 MPH plus. My buddy & I had slight injuries caused by the seat belts. All eight (yes 8) airbags deployed and the egg shaped frame protecting the passenger compartment was undamaged, doors still opened and closed.

We have no fear at all driving our smart - better crash damage ratings than most cars on the road.


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