Even a massive cargo ship can sometimes be no match for the massive storms brewing on the world’s oceans. But when you add hundreds of thousands of tons of cargo into the mix, the last place you want to find yourself is on deck when cargo starts spilling overboard.
This motorcyclist learned a painful lesson in not trusting his fellow motorists to secure their cargo properly. Thankfully the biker reportedly wasn’t seriously injured.
One of the worst pitfalls of pickup truck ownership? Every time “a friend” needs something moved, you’re on deck to doll out the favor. This guy won’t have that problem anymore.
You know that guy down the street with the rusty old Ford Aerostar on his lawn, that’s stacked to the roof with old magazines or tools or whatever? Apparently U-Haul does that on a corporate scale. When their trucks die, the cargo boxes become storage lockers.
Fiat Chrysler USA was just awarded an American patent for “a ramp system for a vehicle storage bed” which appears to be exactly what it sounds like, and would be a hugely helpful feature for folks like me who like to put heavy stuff in trucks but don’t always have friends around to help.
So you heard Mercedes is bringing a smallish utility van to America and found yourself thinking: who cares. I was there too until I put a few miles on a 2016 Mercedes Metris, and experienced genuinely amazing driving dynamics. In a utility wagon that can carry 2,502 pounds.
To those of you who snicker at truck beds under six feet; I just carried gear to support nine off-road motorcycles, about 50 gallons of fuel, three weeks worth of luggage for eleven people, and a Kawasaki KLR from one side of South America to the other in a truck bed about the size of a really nice cooler. Here's how.
Toyota will not be building this adorable, durable, compact cargo-mover they call the Urban Utility Concept, but they are promising it's amazing features will make their way into upcoming models. Did you see that the tailgate is a ramp!?
This first forklift here is almost tall enough to put a load in this container, but the whole thing needs to get into the cargo box! The job gets the job done alley-oop style with a little help from a forklift friend. Adorable.
The ubiquitous Ford E-Series van is finally bowing out to the 2015 Ford Transit, synchronizing Ford's van lineup around the world. The new Transit is a great hauler, but don't be fooled by the car-style dashboard, it's a van alright. We know, we autocrossed it (Sort of).
Everyone loves big planes. The bigger they are the more interesting they become. Famed mammoths like Howard Hughes' HK-1 "Hercules," otherwise known as the "Spruce Goose," and Antonov's gigantic An-225 "Dream" conjure up feelings that man has somehow cheated physics by creating such flying hulks.
The Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, sometimes referred to affectionately as "The Moose" due to its busy looking wing structure that includes four engines and upturned winglets, remains the mainstay of America's heavy hauling cargo fleet with 223 examples of the type in the USAF's inventory.
Truck bed-cap company A.R.E. is diversifying its lineup of cargo accessories with the "Rod Pod," a plastic tube that holds (you guessed it!) fishing rods. They want $495 for it, and at that price I'll go ahead and spend three hours in Home Depot trying to make my own, thankyouverymuch.
Air drops are a reliable way to get lots material on the ground fast, but it can also be pretty dangerous. The nature of regurgitating thousands of pounds on cargo in seconds can put the dropping aircraft momentarily at the limits of its envelope, and if things don't go as planned there is little time to react.
Three months ago we called the Liberian-flagged cargo ship Rena and its perilously-tilted containers a "disaster frozen in time." Over the weekend the worst maritime disaster in New Zealand's history unfroze when a storm split the ship in two.
Walter Soplata, owner of the secret backyard Ohio warplane collection, died earlier this month at the age of 87. His family has not said what would happen to his cache, but several of his "saves" will fly again.
In a deal of the century conspicuously like the movie Deal Of The Century, someone's selling a $17.5 million cargo-scanning particle accelerator on eBay. The bonus? Seven Lamborghinis for free! Plus, it's guaranteed to "not kill a stowaway." UPDATE!
Volkswagen doesn't sell their cargo vans in the U.S., but these two clever advertisements make us wish they would. When was the last time you saw a brontosaurus in a Sprinter?
With a pickup bed able to fold up into a vertical storage bin, Adam Schacter's CarGo concept is a Piaggio Ape for the 21st century. Like its ultra-stylish Italian predecessor, the battery-powered single-seater's designed for frequent deliveries in dense cities.