Kia Sedona: One Way to Move a Sandbox
April 16, 2007
Faced with the challenge of moving my daughter's beloved sandbox to our new backyard (without having our long-term Silverado available), I was pleased to find the Kia Sedona open for the weekend. What you see here are the dozen bags of semi-wet sand and a trash can with more wet sand becuause my eyeball estimate was about three bags shy.
With the sand taken care of, there was the not-so-small matter of the sandbox itself.
Had the Silverado been available, moving the now-empty yet fully-entact sandbox four blocks would've been easy-peasy. I didn't have time to disassemble the 30-piece puzzle, so the only solution was to go up. Looking something like a Lincoln Log pop-up camper top, the sandbox fit neatly on the Sedona's roof rack (rated to 165-pounds).
A few canvas straps were all that was needed to putt-putt around the corner and down the block safely. I'm sure that if the Boys in Blue had spotted this too-tall contraption they would've asked to see some identification and checked my rigging. Luckily, the majority of law enforcement was on Shorline Boulevard, keeping an eye on the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, and we made the five-minute drive without incident.
When the Sedona arrived in the new driveway, my three-year old thought it was the funniest thing she had ever seen. "Daddy, that's my sandbox on your car!"
Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 21,970 miles