So, looking at our fleet of vehicles - all are in the neighborhood of
200,000 miles. All are showing symptoms of their age, and more expensive
repairs are likely in the future, some quite immediately. It's time to think
about the benefit of new/different rather than repair.
We also have 2 trailers for Lilies/major events - thus need vehicles that
can haul them.
Gerald's trailer is big - 16' double axle - and carries all of the Great
Machine & blacksmithing stuff. So a full-size truck is almost certainly
needed to pull it. His current truck gets around 16-17mpg (when not hauling).
My trailer is 10' long - and while I do carry all the tents & stuff for our
family, and my various projects - I have been pulling it with my full-size
van. (I did add air shocks to the back, which helped alot.) Again, it gets
about 16 mpg.
My car gets about 22mpg - and seats 6. Can hit a deer at high speed and
still drive. (You'd be surprised how frequently we hit or are hit BY deer).
Probably the one I will fix & keep - even if it just goes to the almost 16yo
So, does anyone have brand-name recommendations for replacing the van &
truck? Better gas mileage for the every day driving would be great, but it
still needs to be able to pull its assigned trailer to Lilies or Metal &
Glass. My van need to seat at least 6, so we can all fit in it.
Thanks so much. I'd also like to hear from people who have driven vehicles
that didn't pull a trailer well - so I know what to avoid.
Also, unless the vehicle is truly awesome - we won't get new. With kids at
15, 13, 11, & 9 - I need to be able to afford car insurance as they each
start driving. (Which can be as early as 14 on a school permit.)