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Hello Moved a couch last week and drove this 10 miles. There are lots of places in the volt to cinch ties downs too.

I checked to see if it was illegal and in most or many states it is not as long as load is stable. Some states have a 2/3 rule. Measure length form wheel to wheel and X by 2/3. That is the max that can stick out in some states. I did not readily find the florida law.


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I moved stuff from our townhouse several times and had the passenger seat and back section full to the ceiling several times as I made the 250 mile trip.
 

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Couch sticking out the back. Definitely not the right vehicle for the job, but I have a Suburban for when I need that kind of cargo.

I have loaded up my volt with 17 40 pound bags of dog food, 3 bags of crabgrass preventer, and 5 bags of grass seed. There was a clearance sale at our local Shopko. But that was only a 4 mile trip.

We also had 3 passengers plus 2 full sized IKEA shelves wedged on the center console between the front and back seats, and dread seat folded down with the rest of the cargo area filled to the top on two occasions, one for a trip to St Louis (130 miles there, and another 130 back) and the next weekend to Chicagoland (120 miles there and 120 miles back). We had to go to both places because neither had everything we eneded (and we didn't have the space anyway).

This reminds me of the time I was in front of our hardware store and a guy had a geo metro hatchback loaded up with 20 foot PVC hanging out the back, rear shocks and springs completely compressed, and the front end looked like it was about to pop a wheelie. That definitely wasn't the right vehicle for the job. People do crazy things with their cars. Be careful out there
 

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In FL non commercially you can tow whatever you want, if it stick out more than 4 feet you have to flag it and use lights at night. Only other requirement is it has to be stable and you have to be able to stop.
 

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Hello. Not the best vehicle of choice for a couch, but is was pretty stable. That weekend the 20$/HR pickup's from Home depot where all out and gone.

The CG is just above the back edge of the car. The most important straps that made this possible are the straps on the forward end of the couch tied around the bottom of the seat frameworks. This pulls the Frwd end down and keeps the load stable. I had to put a tiedown strap all around the forward end of the couch to give these straps something to tie to. I kept the speed at no more then 40MPH and did not use the interstate for the 10 miles to the house.
 

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In FL non commercially you can tow whatever you want, if it stick out more than 4 feet you have to flag it and use lights at night. Only other requirement is it has to be stable and you have to be able to stop.
TKS I googled it but did not find anything about FL
 

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