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14881Re: [SCA Newcomers] Schlepmobile -- Thanks!

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  • svanarose
    Aug 18, 2009
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      Sounds like you were at Pennsic too, Maria! After seeing what i did with stuck vehicles up to their axles in mud, i left my SUV sit in place for 6 days running. Wasnt even gonna try.

      Svana

      --- In scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com, Maria Buchanan <scarlettmb@...> wrote:
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      > Oh, also so you know, the CR-V has Real Time 4 wheel drive, which is basically all wheel drive.  I can tell you I did not get stuck in the 6 inches of mud that resulted from a 2 day rain at an event.  And there were Pickup trucks that were getting stuck in that.
      > Maria
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      > --- On Tue, 8/18/09, Kyla <skycat@...> wrote:
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      > From: Kyla <skycat@...>
      > Subject: RE: [SCA Newcomers] Schlepmobile -- Thanks!
      > To: scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com
      > Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 11:49 AM
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      > Hello Judith,
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      > I don't know much about car brands, but I do know a little about making sure
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      > things will fit.
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      > When you go looking for a car, there are some things you need to know and
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      > some things you need to take with you.
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      > The biggest thing we carry is the rigid golf case carrying the rapiers.
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      > You need to know the dimensions of the biggest thing you will be carrying in
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      > your vehicle - not just the length, as we found out, when trying to get the
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      > case into the back of some of the vehicles - they were wide enough at some
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      > point, but that width varied so we could not get the golf case into the back
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      > You will need to bring either a tape measure and those dimensions, or the
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      > actual item, to try fitting it into the vehicle.
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      > The longest thing we carry is a pole arm - 7'!
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      > We found that we could slide it down the driver's side of our 2005 Ford
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      > Explorer, but that makes it so that the passenger behind the driver must
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      > climb across from the passenger side - doable, but annoying.
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      > The 2009 Ford Explorer does not have the width to fit the golf case - we
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      > checked!
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      > We had to buy a car in May, and went from dealership to dealership with our
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      > gear, checking for which car would hold all of our stuff.
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      > We ended up with a Toyota FJ Cruiser - it's a tight fit, and if we are
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      > bringing archery gear, we can't see out of the back at all - but it does
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      > hold all of the stuff!
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      > The other car that would have worked was the Toyota Highlander, but that was
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      > Both of those cars get better gas mileage than the Explorer, but not by a
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      > Plus they all have 4 wheel drive, which means we are less likely to get
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      > stuck in the mud, as so many did at Pennsic this year.
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      > Since many events have us parking on grass, it's a consideration.
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      > Just remember to do your homework, and bring the largest item, or the
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      > dimensions and a tape measure, to make sure your stuff will fit.
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      > Tabitha Pennywarden
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      > Ravenslake, Midlands
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      > Middle Kingdom
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      > -----Original Message-----
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      > From: scanewcomers@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:scanewcomers@ yahoogroups. com]On
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      > Behalf Of Judith Epstein
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      > Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 11:02 AM
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      > To: sca-middle@midrealm .org; scanewcomers@ yahoogroups. com
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      > Subject: [SCA Newcomers] Schlepmobile -- Thanks!
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      > I'll be so glad to get more advice if there is any, but I want to say
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      > thanks for all the help to everyone who has posted or emailed
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      > privately. This is so much more helpful than trying to ask my family.
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      > They do know cars, but who don't know much about SCAdian schlepping
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      > needs. I haven't bought or owned a vehicle since 1992, and that was a
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      > 1974 Opel Manta, so you can imagine how lost I'd feel without all your
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      > help. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!
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      > So far, the short list of possible vehicles:
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      > Dodge Grand Caravan with the V-6 engine
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      > Chevy S-10, probably with a camper-lid-thingy on the back
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      > Ford Aerostar
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      > Ford F150 with 5.4L V8 engine
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      > Honda CR-V (mixed reviews, but the 2001 model has seats that fold down
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      > to beds, which is seriously cool and would obviate the pressing need
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      > for tent and bedding purchases/space- taking-up)
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      > I also know now that I should consult with Carfax to find a vehicle,
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      > if possible, which has been a single-owner leased fleet van. The lease
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      > means that the driver had to take it in for all maintenance, and being
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      > fleet-leased means someone actually made sure that was done. I'll be
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      > checking my library for a consumer report on these used vehicles.
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