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Re: Forgot to clarify
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Posted by Snowmobile [Email] (#686) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Snowmobile) on Thu, 14 Jan 2016 06:49:33 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: Forgot to clarify, No Snaab, Wed, 13 Jan 2016 15:37:52
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I understand. Obviously many people also understand because minivans have been big sellers over the past few decades. They are practical. I guess what I'm saying is there are still people who have tried the things (and various crossover incarnations that bound the minivan class also), and would still actively prefer a more performance oriented car even if it means bending over to buckle a kid in... Maybe sounds crazy... but honestly, kids aren't that big and they like compact spaces. They have stuff, but so does everyone else...

Before we had kids, we had the car (saab 900) full of mountain bikes and gear... now we just have to pack a bit more gear in (4 mountain bikes in our case), but it still fits in a saab... actually, to be honest, many times before kids, we'd go off to a race 4hrs away with 4 adults, 4 (or more) bikes on the roof, and camping and bike repair gear for a weekend 24 hr race all in 1 car... would it be more roomy in a minivan? sure! Does that matter to me more than having a more fun car to drive for the 4 hours there and back? and all the rest of the time also? nope. Basically, I get what JMJ is saying... but I also get what you are saying... for most people, getting a minivan is an easy choice.

3 kids is definitely more difficult than 2 in the back of a car, and I will be honest, the various times I took 3, only 2 at most were siblings and there was no fighting (though sometimes loud antics)... I think if kids are going to be loud though, they'll find a way to be loud. I'm not one to advocate for video screens in cars either... but that might be the easiest way to maintain peace regardless of vehicle.

The other thing with minivans, is they have a large interior volume, but much of that is just wasted space at the ceiling. The actual floor area behind the last row of seats (I'm assuming you're using 3 rows if you are not using it like a car) is generally not much bigger than a trunk (if even). So you can stack it high and get lots in, but that's not really the best thing in the case of a collision. Kind of like in a wagon where you need a cage if you want to stack to the roof...

to me, the real benefit of the minivan is if you need to haul a very large piece of furniture out of the elements, or move a kid to university, or haul 10 sheets of plywood or other sheet goods you don't want to get wet. But if these tasks are relatively uncommon, then renting is probably best unless for some reason one just likes the convenience more than the loss of driving fun.
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