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  • Maria Buchanan
    Aug 18 1:01 PM
      LOL no that was an event here in Houston TX after an especially bad rain storm that lasted a total of 3 days.  It was NOT fun.  Oh and high persona, Italian Ren.  Luckily my dress was cotton.  Easy to wash.
      Maria

      --- On Tue, 8/18/09, svanarose <svanarose@...> wrote:

      From: svanarose <svanarose@...>
      Subject: Re: [SCA Newcomers] Schlepmobile -- Thanks!
      To: scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 2:39 PM






       





      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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      > without putting a seat down.

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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:scanewcomer s@ 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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