Ski car or ski truck?

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louie.mirags louie.mirags
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I prefer a pick up truck but I don't have the funds for one currently.  I drive a '12 Jetta.  The back seats fold down so the skis fit just fine.  I can only bring 2 buddies though.  30mpg not bad

and for days like last tuesday, I make sure my brother calls in sick as well so we can go shred and drive his f150.  It was a beast during Stella
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I'm happy with my 2011 rav4. It has a lock which helps with my steep driveway. The mileage is decent for a AWD and I think more room than a CRV.

I also have a friend with an Volvo S60 and he loves it in the snow.

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Brownski Brownski
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campgottagopee wrote
like this??

That's pretty nice but what I really want is one of these things



Of course then I would need to find something to do with it - and the time yo do if of course...
Snowballs Snowballs
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IDK, But it's amazing the amount of stuff skiing takes. We had a Saturn Vue when all 4 of us were skiing. It's back area was packed when we all went. No backpacks or extra stuff, just skis on roof, boot bags, poles, coats in cargo area.
MC2 5678F589 MC2 5678F589
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Two options: Subaru Impreza or Toyota 4Runner.

We usually end up taking the Impreza everywhere because the gas mileage is better (~34mpg) and the AWD is totally capable. Got out of the Gore Parking lot pretty easily a week ago when everyone else was struggling to move. We thought about taking the 4Runner for the increased clearance, but the Impreza managed to do just fine.

Now that back seats fold down, storage in most vehicles is pretty good. It gets more cramped in Summer when we put the bike rack on the Impreza and fill the back up with camping gear, chairs, mountain biking stuff, etc.
Brownski Brownski
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The 4Runner is a solid truck, Matt. I've had a lot of family members buy toyotas for years, though I never owned one. I think I'm finally gonna go for a Tacoma when I'm ready to re-up, though an F150 is very tempting. I can see the appeal of the little Subies if you're moving two or fewer skiers. Glad you didn't get stuck last week. I would have been worried about clearance issues too.
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LOVED my 4runner. wasn't too impressed with the new ones so went with a 2011 taco. only regret is that i didn't hold out for the 6' bed. it can fit enough boat, bike and ski stuff but you have to get all rubics on it. family trips the outback with a thule box works great too.
riverc0il riverc0il
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Here is a contrarian idea...

As long as a vehicle will fit your gear and anyone you are bringing with you, then you are good. Don't get a vehicle specifically for skiing. Slap a set of snow tires on any car and you are good to go. Does it fit your gear? Okay, cool. Now look at all of your other needs for the rest of the year (got a steep nasty driveway, okay go for the AWD). I've never ever wanted for AWD, four snows and I'm good to go and passing AWD SUVs without snows that are in the ditch. For me, I drive a ton so if it doesn't get 40+ MPG on the highway, it ain't for me.

And of course, your mileage may vary...
x10003q x10003q
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riverc0il wrote
Here is a contrarian idea...

As long as a vehicle will fit your gear and anyone you are bringing with you, then you are good. Don't get a vehicle specifically for skiing. Slap a set of snow tires on any car and you are good to go. Does it fit your gear? Okay, cool. Now look at all of your other needs for the rest of the year (got a steep nasty driveway, okay go for the AWD). I've never ever wanted for AWD, four snows and I'm good to go and passing AWD SUVs without snows that are in the ditch. For me, I drive a ton so if it doesn't get 40+ MPG on the highway, it ain't for me.

And of course, your mileage may vary...
Car threads always eventually have somebody mentioning the mythical "passing AWD SUVs in a ditch without snows" to justify to themselves that they do not need AWD. Actually, you have no idea what kind of tires they have or whether they have awd or not or whether they ended up in the ditch due to somebody else, unless you actually stopped to take a survey. In fact, it could be somebody like your self - driving a front wheel drive vehicle with snows.
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Of course then I would need to find something to do with it - and the time yo do if of course...
That's good for people moving but where the hell woould you put all your dead deer??
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