We bought some time back a Honda Odyssey. It's a great vehicle. Good mileage, drives great and handles like a dream.
We did sell our big 4 wheel Ford van with a thousand pound tommy on the back. Got 8 miles to the gallon. I was sure glad to see Old Igor..that's the name we gave it, go on down the road. No, I sure don't miss that one. Good for carrying the cargo canoe on top. Looked like some kind of a hat on that van. It was a mess to get up and down from there. Took two people and that tommy lift to do it. Alone, and after the stroke, I couldn't manage that.
I like my trucks, but that Honda is the easiest to herd down the road.
In Texas, we use to take Igor camping. He had a closet that I kept a portable potty in, so good that way. I tore out the sink, and counters and what in there. It was Not really tall enough to stand up in easy for most people. We got a heavy foam pad and nice carpet, and that worked out fine. Used sleeping bags.
Best place we camped was Padre Island.
At the time we used it a lot gas was cheap, and it used regular.
I drove it mostly. Yep. That van was far too big for me to drive, but that's what I drove.
We have a 2000 Grand Voyager -- has 195,000 miles now,so I fear she won't be with us much longer. We've taken many a road trip with her fully-loaded down with camping gear, and she's never complained. I've heard a lot of people badmouthing Chrysler transmissions, but we haven't had any problem with it whatsoever. The main problem right now is water/coolant leakage. I've had the water pump and radiator replaced, but still smell some coolant leaking after driving... I keep wondering what I should look for when it comes time to replace her -- we sure like the cargo room!
We got one when it's running lol. Not right now. 1993 GMC. We have put a lot of money into it but we've had it for close to 10 years. We have got a lot of service out of this van and I think I'd swear by a GMC, best large vehicle we've had so far. 230,000 miles I think, maybe more. When it goes for good it headed to the junk yard.
But we want something like a little Honda or little economy car just to get to the doc's and hopefully get up to my daughters in KY once in a while. I missed seeing Anna while she was down from NH due to no reliable transportation, but I see one in our future, but only in my dreams so far LOL. ;).
Put 250,000 miles on a 1989 Ford Econoline Van. Raised my daughters in it traveling all over for skating meets, took guys skiing, used it for work travel. A lot of memories, but th elast 50,000 miles were full of heartache. I pretty well make a living on the road. (My daughters named it the "skank-mobile) I have observed that most of the time I would see a vehicle dead on the side of the road, it was an earlier style mini-van. Still the majority of vehicles being driven/hauled south of the border from auctions in the Midwest are mini-vans. Often these vehicles are stalled on the side of the highway, as they try to fix a mini-van. I am sure the newer versions are much more dependible.
I wondered about this. The auto manufactors in order to sell vehicles....say like a van, but didn't want to call it that, named their vehicles "SUV" and people started snapping them up cause it sounded 'cool'.