14879RE: [SCA Newcomers] Schlepmobile -- Thanks!
- Aug 18, 2009Hello Judith,
I don't know much about car brands, but I do know a little about making sure
things will fit.
When you go looking for a car, there are some things you need to know and
some things you need to take with you.
The biggest thing we carry is the rigid golf case carrying the rapiers.
You need to know the dimensions of the biggest thing you will be carrying in
your vehicle - not just the length, as we found out, when trying to get the
case into the back of some of the vehicles - they were wide enough at some
point, but that width varied so we could not get the golf case into the back
without putting a seat down.
You will need to bring either a tape measure and those dimensions, or the
actual item, to try fitting it into the vehicle.
The longest thing we carry is a pole arm - 7'!
We found that we could slide it down the driver's side of our 2005 Ford
Explorer, but that makes it so that the passenger behind the driver must
climb across from the passenger side - doable, but annoying.
The 2009 Ford Explorer does not have the width to fit the golf case - we
We had to buy a car in May, and went from dealership to dealership with our
gear, checking for which car would hold all of our stuff.
We ended up with a Toyota FJ Cruiser - it's a tight fit, and if we are
bringing archery gear, we can't see out of the back at all - but it does
hold all of the stuff!
The other car that would have worked was the Toyota Highlander, but that was
a little more money.
Both of those cars get better gas mileage than the Explorer, but not by a
Plus they all have 4 wheel drive, which means we are less likely to get
stuck in the mud, as so many did at Pennsic this year.
Since many events have us parking on grass, it's a consideration.
Just remember to do your homework, and bring the largest item, or the
dimensions and a tape measure, to make sure your stuff will fit.
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Subject: [SCA Newcomers] Schlepmobile -- Thanks!
I'll be so glad to get more advice if there is any, but I want to say
thanks for all the help to everyone who has posted or emailed
privately. This is so much more helpful than trying to ask my family.
They do know cars, but who don't know much about SCAdian schlepping
needs. I haven't bought or owned a vehicle since 1992, and that was a
1974 Opel Manta, so you can imagine how lost I'd feel without all your
help. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!
So far, the short list of possible vehicles:
Dodge Grand Caravan with the V-6 engine
Chevy S-10, probably with a camper-lid-thingy on the back
Ford F150 with 5.4L V8 engine
Honda CR-V (mixed reviews, but the 2001 model has seats that fold down
to beds, which is seriously cool and would obviate the pressing need
for tent and bedding purchases/space-taking-up)
I also know now that I should consult with Carfax to find a vehicle,
if possible, which has been a single-owner leased fleet van. The lease
means that the driver had to take it in for all maintenance, and being
fleet-leased means someone actually made sure that was done. I'll be
checking my library for a consumer report on these used vehicles.
Judith / no SCA name yet
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