As someone who’s never owned a car with a back seat, I’ve had to get creative when packing for a weekend trip or doing an especially extensive round of Christmas shopping. Between some Tetris-like loading of packages into the trunk (and occasionally having my passenger hold something on his or her lap), I’ve been able to haul some impressive loads. But I’ve got nothing on the crazy carrying capacity of these vehicles.
My small car is a bit of an anomaly in the US, where wide boulevards make driving even an enormous SUV a snap. On the other end of the spectrum, Japan’s narrow roads and reliance on public transportation have led to the creation of an entire industry of local home delivery services.
But people in many other parts of the world, with no money to waste on the convenience of delivery, nor on an extra-large mode of personal transportation, have to do without such luxuries. When you have to make every trip count, sometimes the only thing you can do is to take the listing for “maximum load capacity” in the driver’s manual as little more than a very loose guideline.
▼ Many of these vehicles are used as farm equipment, transporting crops and meat to both market and dinner table.
▼ We have no idea if this picture shows the front or the back of the vehicle.
▼ What makes this guy crazier? That he tied a half-dozen ducks he plans to eat to his handlebars, or that said ducks are still alive?
▼ Of course, with production comes consumption, which inevitably leaves behind waste material which needs to be picked up.
▼ For some reason, many of the photos floating around the Internet feature towering collections of these bottles with red and yellow labels.
▼ Who springs for an Audi and a trailer hitch, but not professional delivery?
▼ Why stop there? Couldn’t you put a person on that sofa?
▼ That’s the spirit!
▼ A real fitness buff would have carried that sweet chin-up/tricep dip station home on his back.
▼ Can’t have a home without a stylishly appointed interior.
▼ Windows are a must, too, of course.
▼ Wouldn’t it be simpler to stop this piece-by-piece nonsense, and just move the whole building?
▼ Some shots even show vehicles being used to transport other vehicles.
▼ Why even bother taking the bus when your luggage includes a perfectly good car?
▼ For that matter, why bother travelling on the ground at all when you have an airplane?
▼ There’s also the option of placing your secondary mode of transportation inside your primary one.
▼ Although in this case, we think the truck just got rear-ended, and its owner can’t be bothered to pull the car out.
▼ Judging from the expression of the two kids in the middle, we’re guessing their friend on the right just cut the cheese.
▼ Are you still riding in the van if no part of its body is actually under you?
▼ Remember, guys: you don’t have to settle down and sell your motorcycle just because you have half a dozen kids.
▼ Or even a full dozen.
▼ Of course, you don’t even really need a motor to accomplish your goal of hauling crazy amounts of stuff.
▼ We’re amazed at how docile this horse is. With such a taskmaster for an owner, we’d expect it to rear up on its hind legs in rebellion and attack. Thankfully, that’s something you don’t have to worry about with cars, no matter how heavy the load, right?
▼ Think again.