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Elio External Storage Boxes / Fighter Jet Intake Mod

Discussion in 'Elio Photos and Videos' started by Sethodine, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. outsydthebox

    outsydthebox Elio Addict

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    This just gave me an interesting idea...What about all of the wasted space under that rear cover? The rear tire is very narrow and I think some storage boxes could be made to better utilize that space. Some access doors can be added to the cover and wouldn't affect the air flow. I think there is enough space, to fit a full face helmet on either side of the tire, above the swing-arm. I know, we have no reason to carry motorcycle helmets, but many of us here used to ride, so....just for perspective.
     
  2. vietvetx2

    vietvetx2 Elio Aficionado

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    Machine gun blisters ala WW II B-25s but don't forget the heads up gun sight. :-)
     
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    vietvetx2 Elio Aficionado

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    For two to travel it wold be easier to tow a motorcycle cargo trailer or what I want is a small pop up camper. If a 750cc motorcycle can do this, it should be no problem for the Elio. Gee; the milage might drop to 70 MPH. I can live with that.
     
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    Here is an "aero" teardrop you might like. Only $27,637 US.
     
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    That Alto Safari Condo teardrop trailer is pretty cool. But with an empty curb weight of 2,000# and a maximum allowable weight of 2,700#, that would most definitely be out of reach for our precious Elio's to pull.

    Consider that most coupes, midsize sedans, full-size sedans, crossovers, compact SUV's, and even light-duty pickup trucks have maximum recommended towing capabilities of less than 1,500#.

    Reference: http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/towing-capacity/vehicle /towing-capacity-chart.htm
     
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    W. WIllie Elio Addict

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    That trailer is great. No wasted space, compact, and everything installed is functional.
    Good aero when collapsed for towing, but not with the Elio.
     
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    I was thinking more along the lines of an Escapade Excel motorcycle cargo trailer. For more info, see either/both of these dealers' websites:

    http://www.openroadoutfitters.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=90_92&products_id=410

    http://californiasidecar.com/index.php/trikes/show/excel

    Empty curb weight of 250#, cargo capacity of 350#, max. gross trailer weight of 600#, less than 15# of tongue weight.

    Like the Elio, these trailers are proudly build in the USA (Virginia), made-to-order out of hand-molded fiberglass. The downside is the invoice tips the scales between $4500-6000 assembled, painted, accessorized, crated, and delivered. It's nearly doubling the cost of your Elio acquisition.

    IMHO, assuming you can get a fully equipped and optioned Elio to your liking out the door for say $11k, and a customized cargo trailer for $5k, $16k combined isn't bad for a hyper-mileage two-seater prepared for grocery shopping, golf outings, picnics, camping, cross-country trips, or even a suburban stock-up trip to Costco. With a cargo opening that's 4'x3', there's not much you couldn't accomplish.
     
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