SO, if you have 4 kiddos, what do you drive? I'm thinking a Suburban would give us the most options on seat configuration and room for kids friends when they are older? But, I'd love any input!
Mama to: Kaleb 9/12/2005 * Adeline 7/02/08 (born at home!) & 'Dot' EDD 12/23/2010
look into a mazda 5. I don't know how I ever lived without mine. Small like a car. Good gas mileage. Seats 6. Love it!
living with alopecia universalis (google it), learning alongside my children DD 2003 DS 2007DD 2011
I never wanted a minivan but it is the best vehicle for all these kids. The cargo space can't be beat. We just spent a week at a lake house and had to take two PNPs, a double stroller, fishing gear, all our bedding, towels, etc. Plus clothing and supplies (food included) for all six of us. We even took scooters and managed without the top carrier! I can't think of any other vehicle that we took for a test drive that could have done that (it has stow and go).
There is a reason so many families have minivans!
Once we are done building our home and before baby comes we wills ell the truck and are looking for an 11 passenger van. We NNED the space. If you have over 4 or 5 kids in a minivan there is NOT enough room. For groceries etc. We also haul our goats /chickens around in their crates sometimes and I want to have space for that. So we will get an 11 and take the back seat out to make a long 8 seater. I also have a stepdaughter too so when she is here there will be 6 kids and 2 adults, cramming that many into a minivan doesn't work well!
Rachel , wifey to best friend Karl ,
SAHM to Kaelan (11) Chandra (9) Liam (7) Lachlan (5) Killian (4),Riordan (1), Baby Boy EDD 11/14. All born at home!
It worked great with 3, great with 4, and it'll be fine with our 5 (infant carseat and 7yo in booster in the captains chairs, 12yo, 3yo in carseat, and 8yo in booster in the back.
Raising a full house- Kings (12, 3, new) over Queens (8, 7)
Baby #6: 20****25****30****35**** - EDD December 17, 2010
Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. ~Dylan Thomas
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Mindie, wife to Mark, not-so-crunchy mom to Dylan (4/04); Devon (6/06); Dorothy (9/07); Derek (12/19/09); Daniel (12/18/10); Newbie D (2/22/12)
DH wants a Suburban but only for road tripping, not as my drive around town car because of the gas mileage. and MOST of the time around town it would be 2 adults and the 4 kids which the van holds easily and even if my mom did come and one of us had to squish a bit in the back well it's a short trip. actually maybe even only 3 of them a lot of the time as ds 1 is in school now.
lovin DH since 1/04, best mom for my 3 boys 10/04, 11/08, 11/10 one girlie (1/07), one 13 wk (10/13) and 5/15 just your average multigenerational living family!!