Re: [MedievalSawdust] Re: A Quandary) Period junk and *space*...
- On Thu, July 20, 2006 21:10, Lance J. Brown said:
> SCA and Medieval WoodworkingI started reenqcting back in 1987 with a 1984Consider a Toyota Matrix as an alternative. It's surprisingly roomy
> Toyota Celica and from there went to a 1988 Bronco two. After that, I
> downsized to a Mitsubishi eclipse (You should have seen that thing loaded
> for Gettysburg, lol The ridge pole went all the way uo to the shift).
> From there to a For Ranger and then to an Eplorere. I am wondering now
> do I keep the explorer or do I trade it in. I want to buy a Corolla for
> commuting to work (80 miles round trip) and am not sure do I keep the
> Explore or trade it in, and should I buy a newer Corolla or an older one
> (13,900 vs. 8500).
inside, has a dead flat fold down hard deck that is easy to load and pack.
Gets very good gas mileage when compared to a Corolla (within 3mpg of a
similar corolla). I drive the 2003 Matrix XRS (6 spd high performance
180hp engine 30mpg avg) while the wife drives the 2005 AWD Matrix XR
(130hp engine 26-27mpg avg). I get better gas mileage than she does as I
have the manual transmission, hers handles infinitely better in the snow
than mine but mine goes from zero to 60 only needing to use first and
second gear :)
Last weekend we drove from the Hudson Valley area of NY to Maine for Great
Northeastern War in the XRS. I have a Thule roof rack on it and picked up
a Thule cargo pod on Friday. I had the futon mattress, down pillows and
down comforter in the pod, and should be able to get more in there. I had
the wood for the Gokstad bed and the tent poles on the other side of the
rack. Inside was 3 six board boxes (1x12 pine style), 3 Ikea Kartotek
plywood boxes (same basic size), a cooler, a huge plastic tote with the
tent canvas, the four bed posts and two directors chairs (as the wife
asked for something with arms for the weekend instead of our usual sitting
on the six board chests). There was still plenty of room to see through
the rear windows or to bring more stuff.
I've also gotten a pair of huge servers (on pallets) inside this thing. It
is the most amazing small car I've ever driven. The XRS is a blast to
drive, it's essentially the same engine and transmission as the Celica
GTS, but with the Matrix body. So it becomes a sports car that can haul a
crapload of stuff. The back seats are roomy enough that when I weighed
340lbs I could still sit back there. The only issue is the six board
chests are about an inch or two too long to sit in the back with the rear
seats up. But I so rarely bring 4 people to events. With three, one seat
is down the other is up and plenty of space for the boxes.
I just ordered a hitch for hers and will be using hers to tow a trailer to
Pennsic. Likely a smaller trailer than my current 5'x10', but that remains
to be seen as the big trailer is only 750lbs empty.
My advice is to get a car that makes good sense for the commute, the
better your mileage the less it costs you to get to work and the more you
save for play time. Use a trailer to augment your carry capacity as needed
when needed and you only pay the mpg price when you tow. Alternatively, if
you can afford it or you just need to haul more than any small car can
handle, getting a second vehicle to use a large cargo hauler is the option
to consider. A fellow apprentice has a full size cargo van and a Cooper
Mini for just that reason. The hard part this year is the temptation to
just drive my AWD Chrysler Town & Contry LTD minivan to war again but I
really don't think I need the space and don't want to add another 1000
miles to it as I am trying to sell it, even if it is supposed to be my
designated Pennsic and weekend camping hauler.
... They got the library at Alexandria, they aren't getting mine!