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Steve Peterson

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 09:11 PM

I have an older BMW323i with fold-down seats that is probably a very similar size as a Jetta. I often make trips to a local lumber dealer that is close to work, but usually limit purchases to ~50bf at a time. I fold the front seat all the way back. Some times I have to remove the headrest.

A 10’ board will fit if it tucks under the glove box. However, this forces the board to tilt upwards towards the trunk. This would limit the thickness to about 3” before it is limited by the trunk height. At 10’ long by 3” high and 18” wide, this would be only 45bf and a very tight fit.

An 8’ board can be placed on top of the dashboard and tilts down torards the trunk. This allows a stack that is possibly 12” tall by 18” wide and 8’ long or 144bf. They start getting hard to slide in as the stack gets taller. It is also a lot of weight to have sitting on the dash. I am not suggesting that is is a good idea, just mentioning that it may be physically possible to fit. It would be best to add support blocks so most of the weight is on the seats instead of the dash. Make sure to tie the load down so it does not shift around during turns and sudden stops.

Another option might be to remove the front passenger seat and possibly even the fold-down portion of the rear seat. This would clear out most of the obstructions so that everything becomes easier to fit. If you can do this, then I would think that 100bf made up of 8-10’ long boards would be no problem.

Cutting the boards into 4-5’ lengths is also an easy option if it works for you.

btw: all of these options that I have mentioned include the trunk lid closed on my car.

-- Steve

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