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01-24-2008, 09:20 AM
I ordered my tile yesterday and need to go pick it up today. The issue is I have a small car, a Mazda 3, which is rated for 5 passengers at a max of 850 lbs. The issue isn't whether I can fit 14 boxes of 13 x 13 porcelain tile into it, its whether 14 boxes will be too much weight for the car. Anyone know the approximate weight of one box of porcelain tile so I can calculate if I'll be risking breaking the suspension?

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01-24-2008, 09:29 AM
...I don't know the weight off hand but would venture to guess the boxes are easily 40 lbs each.. Some porcelian I've picked up feel like they are much heavier..and likely are. A Mazda 3 is pretty small ..can you make 2 trips?

01-24-2008, 09:34 AM
It's the hatchback version so it really will fit all 14 boxes. I promise! Its like a Mini, you can fit way more into it than you think.

I suppose I can make two trips. Only issue is the tile shop is near work, and home is 30 miles away, and they close at 4:30. So a trip home in the middle of the work day is not gonna fly. If it comes to it I'll ask the tile shop if I can leave half the tile overnight and pick it up first thing tomorrow morning. They should be ok with it, I already paid for it after all.

01-24-2008, 09:35 AM
Call the store. They should have access to the shipping weight. Might even be printed on the carton. If in kilos, (1) kilo = 2.2 lbs.

01-24-2008, 09:37 AM
I would deliver it to you if you bought it from me :tongue: especially if you asked really nice :)

01-24-2008, 09:38 AM
Oregon is a little far from Maryland. But if you want to deliver I can cancel my order!

BTW, nice site!

01-24-2008, 09:55 AM
Nice to see another Marlander :)

You should be fine driving it in your car. Ofcourse don't pile all the tiles by the right wheel tire. spread it out.

01-24-2008, 09:57 AM
Oregon is a little far from Maryland. But if you want to deliver I can cancel my order!
:lol1: :lol2: :rofl: that was good!

I think for a small fee they might deliver it if your close.

try placing the boxes equally through out your car,
(front passengers floor, front seat, back seats and hatch area.)

01-24-2008, 09:57 AM
I was just reading a bit and see that car manufacturers add in an undisclosed "safety" zone as far as weight concerns go. So I should be fine as long as we're not talking 70 lbs boxes. Thanks everyone! And I really need to start a specific thread about my kitchen project once I get pictures uploaded to the internet.

01-24-2008, 09:58 AM
whats the name and style of your porcelain ?

01-24-2008, 09:59 AM
US Tile Tuscany 13 x 13. I checked their website, no weight info.

01-24-2008, 10:09 AM
then the best thing to do is what Mike says and call the store and ask for the total weight of your order.
they will and should have that on your invoice.

are you getting grout & thinset too ?

01-24-2008, 10:16 AM
Just grout, no thinset. One bag of grout. I want to say it was a 25 lb bag. I'm planning to pick up the tile in 2 hours so I'll figure it out when I get there. I have an idea of how much each box can weigh and be safe in the car.

01-24-2008, 10:38 AM
I had a freind who worked at a shop where the tile was 12"s and they weighed 65 lbs. each. I've lifted others that weighed quite a bit more but they were 18"-20" tiles. Also depends on how many feet per box. Distribute in car, ask shop for weight, they might wine about having to think but they will know the info. They also shouldn't care if you make multiple trips. I do it all the time because I no longer have a cargo van. As long as you don't do it over a 4 week period it should be no big deal to them.

01-24-2008, 10:45 AM
I figured they wouldn't mind. Its a small mom and pop shop so I'm sure they won't mind if it takes me two trips. I'll probably do it in two trips just to be on the safe side. I will distribute throughout the car. Thanks for the help everyone!

01-24-2008, 11:18 AM
The number of boxes is not relevant as just stated. There could be 9 pieces in there or maybe 16 pieces. How many sq. ft. did you buy? Is it standard thickness or a premium tile?


01-24-2008, 11:39 AM
I'm guessing you will be okay on weight, they try and get each to around 30 - 50 lbs for shipping purposes. I would be more concerned with fitting all the boxes in your car. Good luck! :tup2:

If it makes you feel any better I just had 1400 lbs. of mosaic delivered to my office today in 42 boxes that I have to figure out how to get to my remodel.

01-24-2008, 12:48 PM
I checked the invoice before picking it up. Total weight of my order was 536 lbs. I distributed it as if I had 3 heavier guys and a big dog riding in my car. 3 boxes on each seat, 2 on the passenger side floor, and 3 more in the back. It looks like its been lowered a bit, but certainly not at capacity. Hubby told me not to rally race I-270 on my way home (I drive like an old lady).

01-24-2008, 03:14 PM
I put some 500sf of hardwood flooring in the back of my Ford Escort station wagon once for a 5 mile drive home. Drove out of the hardware store just fine, until I got onto the highway. At about 40mph my front wheels started to lift off the road and the car started to drift and wobble---with head-on traffic! I slowed way down, surely pissing off the drivers behind me, but made it home safe but very shaken up. After that, I always make sure to get enough weight onto those front tires!

01-24-2008, 03:32 PM
Years ago, we loaded a bunch of tile in the back of a Civic hatchback and it damaged the rear suspension. It was only a ten mile trip. Spread out the weight.