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Old 11-21-2012, 12:22 AM   #15
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There are just so many stereotypes that people have about cars they don't own. The ultimate bicycle hauling 25mpg vehicle is my minivan. I disassemble my bike and put it inside. I hate having a nice bike out in the weather and in view of someone who thinks they deserve it more than I do.


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Old 11-21-2012, 05:51 AM   #16
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IMO most think a minivan is for people with kids but it's a great vehicle for OLD people because they're so easy to get into and out of. Biggest problem is that there's so much room for "stuff" that you don't really have to carry around but do anyway.

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Old 11-21-2012, 06:09 AM   #17
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AND...with all but the front seats stowed or removed (as is the case with my 02 Grand Caravan), you can haul 4x8 sheets of plywood completely out of the weather. I love my minivan.

Oh, and I can haul my bike and my kayak at the same time, also inside and out of the weather and out of temptation's way.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:34 AM   #18
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Have had two minivans over the years and enjoyed the convenience of both of them. Used a minivan to haul the family across the country, twice. As others have said, they are great for ease of entry. Sliding side doors make it easy to load and unload the kids. I have carried bikes, furniture, large appliances, building supplies and a host of other items in my minivan. I have used it for hauling freshly cut firewood back from the forest with so much weight in the back that the front wheels seemed close to lifting off the pavement. I have slept in the back of the minivan. I have tied three canoes and a weeks worth of camping gear on the roof rack and gone to my paddling trips with it. I have had a queen size mattress and box spring blow off the roof of my minivan and take the rack with it. My 1st minivan suffered from a faulty transmission and is now long gone. I have passed my 2nd minivan onto my middle son, and am not worried that it is so powerful that he will get into trouble with it.

Minivans are great, but my time with them has passed.

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Old 11-21-2012, 11:45 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by streetvan1 View Post
Had an argument with a co worker a while back, about his mazda 5 being a minivan. I said "look at the side doors, they slide. minivan. done". He said "noooo, it's not, becuase it's built on a car chassis!".... to which i replied "oh, on a car chassis? so then the caravan, windstar, venture, sienna, and odyssey aren't minivans either?". We don't talk much anymore.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:07 PM   #20
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We have a Safari mini van. It is not very mini. We have taken it Thousands of miles with five kids. My wife drives it most of the time. I drive a much more manly Pontiac Firefly.

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