Originally Posted by WarMovies
So you you towed w/o mirrors? Hmmm. How was visibility? Here is what I purchased. I have tried them on but thats about it. There arent that many choices out there for the Express Van.
Your WDH. Its steel and has some bars and it distributes weight. I'm not sure we really need to know what the label says the brand is. Mine is coming with a blue ox. My daughter heard that and mentioned something about Paul Bunyan. We are from MN after all.
Sounds like a busy start to the summer. I also didnt miss the details that mentioned 8 kids. Wow. Did you buy one or two campers?? Do you plan on fitting everyone in the camper? I have a friend who has 6 kids and I've told him that he had better keep the pulse on things in his house otherwise he could have an insurrection/coup attempt at some point. You have two more!
How far is the camper storage from home? I mentioned your situation to the co-pilot and having to store it and she said that would be a serious bummer. But..you gotta do what you gotta do..period. :-)
What kind of mileage are you getting with your van? We just purchased ours in January and drove it home from San Diego. We got 12-13mpg the whole trip at 75mph. However, on the tank driving over the rockies in CO we got nearly 16mpg but we barely got over 50mph by choice as we didnt want to drive very fast and miss anything. Since getting home I've been fighting to get 10mpg (rarely getting it up to 60mph). Most of the miles being town mileage with lots of warming up in this MN winter. Bleh. I'd love to know what you guys are getting. Mine seems to be very thirsty.
Yup. Nine days...but who is counting.
Yes, we do plan on fitting them all in the summer!
2 oldest boys in the back bed, 2 oldest girls in the side bed. 1 boy on the dinette bed, 1 boy old on the sofa bed, 2 year old with us in the front bed. This will change but she is my horrible sleeper. And we plan to bring a pack-n-play for the 1 year old. It will be tight, but 8 of us fit in a tent last year with TWO pack-n-plays! (That did not include my husband or my oldest son, they did not go on that trip.)
How many do you plan to fit in the camper? Doesn't everyone fit 10 people?
The camper storage is about 7 miles away. We pass it regularly on our way to church so it isn't too far away. We have considered moving over the years because our HOA can be restrictive but we love where we live. So storage it is!
Your numbers sound about right. I know we do better on our trips to Florida straight down I-75. Yes, this one is a gas guzzler. But it has been good to us. My husband is always writing numbers down and calculating for the car he drives to work. He tells me all the time I mess up his calculations because I fill the van and don't write down the numbers!
I thought visibility was ok with the van mirrors. But I may not know better and the mirrors could help. I am going to hold off buying them until you use them and you can tell me if they are worth it! If you don't mind.
How long did it take you to get home from San Diego? One of these days, we would love to go west..see the Grand Canyon and go to southern California. We thought about doing it this summer but decided it was just too much driving for the 1 and 2 year old. Some day!!