#1422: Mattress Aerodynamics

May 31, 2014
This week on Car Talk, Howard needs to drive a mattress from Boston to “Hunga-Dunga”, and wants to know how to keep it from flying off the roof of his car. Tom and Ray know one method that won’t work, as evidenced by an ill-fated attempt to transport 18 sheets of plywood. Elsewhere, Tina just learned a scary and stinky lesson why you shouldn’t drive drive down a mountain in Neutral; Jerry is looking for an alternative to the “stick and ballet pose” method he’s using to get his convertible top to work; and, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Elisa accepted her parents’ bribe, um we mean, “generous offer” to buy her a new car if she married her live-in boyfriend. And, by popular demand, aonother reading of the Melissa letter. All this and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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The connection between birth time and adult lifestyle.

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how to carry a mattress on top of your car

Build a rack that extends the rear of your car top to allow the front of the mattress to be secured at the front of the car top. Not forward of the wind screen, where it would create a negative pressure. I once carried a mattress and box spring on top of my Jeep for over 100 miles. Or just enlist a friend with a truck.
Favorite Moment: 
When the guys got off track with the plywood story.

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