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Old 03-19-2010, 10:17 AM
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Or how about a 4wd Toyota ace camper?

http://www.campingaround.com/toyota_townace_4wd.html
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Old 03-19-2010, 03:26 PM
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3rd rows in 80/100's suck unless your kids are young.
I still get thrown back there on occasion in the LX
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Old 03-19-2010, 03:47 PM
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if you have more than two kids a mini van is practical but otherwise it's just a choice you can't convince me of.
I never would have gotten a minivan for 2 kids, but I also didn't know better.

I'd would still do it now, because the cost of operating is so much lower than an SUV that you can afford a lot more money for your toys.

I'm actually in the interesting position of my minivan becoming too small - by adding a large dog to a family of four, I am now squarely in Suburban territory although my two littlest are just getting to the age where they can climb in and buckle themselves.

Plus the Burb could tow the 80 for really long destinations allowing two trucks on the B end - that way I could wheel some days where the family was interested in other things. That you cannot do in a minivan.
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Old 03-19-2010, 03:58 PM
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where do you put the large dog when wheeling. Mine currently takes up the whole middle row. I need to get my drawers built...
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Old 03-19-2010, 07:15 PM
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Bringing this back closer to topic (not that I wouldn't love a 4x4 sportsmobile/syncro westfalia camper or such)

You won't get my wife in a mini-van. We need 4wd (must be able to drive through 12-18" of powder snow to get out to the county road).

We are looking at newer, just for the safety features (stronger roofs/air bags).

No real off roading. Gas mileage is not to important as my wife's commute is less than 3 miles a day.

We are looking at crew cab Tacoma, new 4 runner, Subie outback, couple year old Sequoia...

Any thoughts on the +/-s of each?
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Wow, everyone got their undies in a wad over the mini-van comment

Yeah, I would be all over another wagon, but in reality, it isn't practical.
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let the ridicule begin.

we've got the near-mac-daddy Sienna AWD (XLE package) for the two kiddos, gear and two 80lb dogs. I love the mini-van. it's soooo damn practical, easy to load kids, Home depot crap, dogs, two kids plus others in the car is nice with the third row seat. it rides very nicely, OK on gas and with the AWD it goes anywhere there are roads. We call it the Swagger wagon. My wife is all of 5' tall so the SUV's are out of the question; too tall to load up the small ones. Although, I'll admit, she keeps mentioning she NEEDS a new 200 series Cruiser when the kids are older. I say...OK.

Drew, I can't believe it, but I love our minivan...keep in mind I've got the two cruisers as well, so my addiction is satisfied. we have the Thule box on top as well, it's a pretty killer setup. IMHO. We can swing by someday if you want to check it out. it'll be fully kiddo'd out...carseats, dogs, diaper bag, Lighting McQueens all over the floor, and a few Thomas's and Percy's as well.
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