It rained as I was driving home from Phoenix the other day with our new tandem on the roof (a 4 hour drive), and we visit Phoenix on a regular basis. This combined with added security, less wind-drag, and the fact that it's time for a new (-er used) car leads me to ask about your experience fitting a tandem inside a car with the rear wheel on.
I'd really like to fit the tandem inside standing up, with only the front wheel removed (on a fork mount). I also would like to see 30 mpg or better. I have considered the Honda Odessy, but wonder if something smaller and more economical would fit. Specifically we are looking at the VW Jetta and Passat wagons (TDI). Does anyone fit their tandem in one of these?
After digging around the archives, I found this post by Rudy.
From this post, it sounds like the fit is close enough in this case to depend on the size of the tandem. Ours is 88 inches long with the front wheel removed. My single (also needs to be accommodated) is taller than the tandem at 37 inches tall in the same fashion. I wonder if their tandem travels standing upright?Originally Posted by zonatandem
It seems unfortunately common for car manufactures and reviewers to measure cargo room in square feet and neglect to tell us about the actual dimensions.
And hey, if that's not enough to slim down the selection, I'm also partial to turbo because we live at nearly six thousand feet elevation.