Can I load 900 pounds into a 2007 Camry?

They wanted $125 to deliver them.

As it happens, my daughter came home from college with the RAV4 this weekend so I used that. The weight still exceeded the rated capacity but it was no problem at all. The car handled fine, and it was a two-mile trip on suburban roads.

My back is also fine :slight_smile:

Thanks to all who contributed and that’s my all’s-well-that-ends-well ending.

I know the job is done, but wanted to chime in with some science!

I have done a lot of hauling of brick, etc. in my Toyota Matrix with a similar loading capacity. And the moment I go over the 700lb total mark (including myself), my braking distance nearly doubled. Acceleration times went up by 50%, but was really the braking that was most compromised. I never approached the full weight limit as I really don’t feel that there was much give in that given already the enormous performance decrease.

I’ve rented the HD truck several times, and that’s never been my experience. I get the truck reserved, go shopping, load the truck, and then tell them “I’m leaving now,” and that’s when they start the clock for me. The clock stops when I arrive at the customer service desk with the key.

Interestingly, I don’t remember ever buying fuel for the truck, or being told to do so. I think the idea is that you probably can’t drive very far in an hour (especially if you’re going to take any time at all to offload your cargo), so you can’t use much gas (big-rigs get 6 MPG; I would guess the HD truck gets at least 10 MPG). I think maybe they are willing to cover the gas to facilitate rental of the truck on the theory that doing things this way helps them sell bulky items that people otherwise might not want to buy.

Mythbusters successfully hauled (video) a gigantic load of building materials on a tiny car. Note the support beams keeping the roof from collapsing. I can’t imagine that car was in great shape afterward.

As I said up-thread I just recently rented a box truck from HD. That’s my only experience with HD rental vehicles, but FWIW I too saw none of the shenanigans Duckster shared.

The rental was per day, not per hour. And yes, I was supposed to bring it back full of gas which I did. As they explained up front, the flat price included some small number of miles (30?) and excess miles were 50 cents per. Which excess they charged on my return.

The process was indistinguishable from renting a car at any brand name agency. Organized, computerized, and seemingly trustworthy. No BS.

Anyone who posted here probably knows this but 1/2 ton of ceramic tiles takes up surprisingly little space. I just laid them out in a single layer. There was enough space in there to load at least 5,000 pounds.

And somewhere in the poorer corners of the world, it’s been done. :smiley:

Surely in modern America it can’t be that rare for people to haul 900 pounds worth of humans in a midsize car. Four average men will almost do it. Would they sell cars with five seats if four men, or three fat people, are going to make the car unsafe to drive?

Good point, although four average men is within capacity.

The car seats five. U.S. male average weight is 195[sup]1[/sup]. Five of those would be 980 pounds.


  1. I guess the nation is overweight. I’m 5’10", which is a fraction of an inch over average height, and only 170, and my doctor tells me to watch my weight.

Honestly I wouldn’t worry too much about it, those little cars can take more of a beating than we think.

Back when I was in a different career, we had to make a trip out to South Dakota (about 500miles) since I owned a Prius and got good mileage I volunteered to drive.

We loaded up all our equipment (easily 800lb, probably more) myself (180lb), passenger (150lb)

Just about to take off, and we learn we have another passenger to take. No problem, we had space, here comes the biggest guy I’ve personally ever seen, weighing between 500 and 600 pounds.

Anyway, Prius handled it like a champ, no issues, and I drove it for another 7 years before a deer took it out of commission.

technically, yes, you can.

your suspension will need to be replaced after you’re done though.

I’ve had experience with someone who tried to use their corolla to move.
The car still drove, but it was never right again until they replaced the suspension.

That’s what you get for letting a deer drive.

Pounds are a little bigger than dollars, but gosh, they’re not so big that they don’t fit in a car.

That is a classic photo from the archives of those attempting to win a Darwin Award. The photo doesn’t even give an idea of the true damage to the car which included suspension, tires, internal punctures to the body, etc.

Make a few trips and don’t take a chance. Also remember that your acceleration and braking will suffer so drive CAREFULLY! If you somehow have an accident do you want the inertia of 900 lbs. of tile trying to find it’s way into the engine compartment?

Psst. See post #25. :slight_smile: The OP got the job done a week ago.

Since the OP’s job is done, can I ask: what do you drive that you can’t even haul an 80-pound load in it?

You missed a zero. I had to load 900 pounds. If the limit is 80 you are going to have a hard time finding even a driver.

I coulda been more clear. I was asking LSLGuy, actually, in reference to this:

I’m guessing it’s not the weight, it’s the dimensions. An 8x4 of plywood, 16-foot 2x4, etc.

Ahh, got it. Actually my situation was far more convoluted than that. Which is why I didn’t include the details. Since you asked …
My fancy-pants sports car had a non-repairable tire failure on the freeway 700 miles from home. I limped into the nearest tire store at noon on Saturday. A store that would close at 5pm and reopen on Tuesday. I hadda get tires installed in the next 5 hours or spend an unplanned weekend in some random Nowheresville.

Their store didn’t have the rather esoteric tires I needed. Luckily a sister store 30 miles away did. But they didn’t have a runner to go get the tires today; they’d already done their daily run. Meantime, I’m trapped here at the tire store on foot. What to do? What to do?

Aha! A Home Depot is right across the highway. They rent trucks. I’ll trot over there, rent a pickup, drive the 30 miles, pick up my new tires, drive back, get back by 3:30 and that gives them 90 minutes to get the job done before closing time. Yes!!

But when I get to HD it turns out they had already rented all their pickups (remember it’s Saturday afternoon; of course they’re all rented out). I had no slack time to wait for a pickup to maybe get back in time. The 16’ Ryder truck was all they had right now.

So off we went across town in the Ryder to pick up two car tires. Wide, low profile, expensive tires, but just 2 of them. It looked pretty silly rolling the door down on that cavernous empty space loaded with two whole tires.

The total cost to deliver my two tires across town was a bit silly. But far less than the alternative: 2 nights in the local Holiday Inn & 6 meals times 2 people.

They got us back on the road by 4:15 with 45 minutes to spare. Whew.

And now you know … the rest of the story. :smiley:
And FTR, even if my car had been drivable I could not have carried even one tire on board. Too bulky.