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Old April 7th, 2013, 11:40 AM   #1
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Default What would you build to haul 6 kids on wheeling trips?

Just having fun with an idea here, my girlfriend and I have six kids between us. My recent vacation with all of them down to Florida proved fairly easy. On the way back up we got talking about taking all the kiddos on offroad trips and started thinking what would work for 8 people for a semi-serious trail-only rig. Something for more than mild trailrunning but more serious wheeling.

This rig would be trailered, body damage is of no concern although safety would be. My first thought was a 1980's Suburban, but those are so big. Tahoes and Yukons are a thought, although the third row seat ones are still pricy. Durangos have seating for 7 only.

So, I know this is picky and contridictive, but lets say base vehicle under 2K, seats 8, small as possible. I fully plan on swapping some of my big axles into whatever this build is, and beating the living crap out of it. A budget family wheeler if you will.

I'd say my best thought as of now is an Expedition or maybe a fullsize Bronco or Blazer with a third row , but those are still kind of big. What are your thoughts?
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Old April 7th, 2013, 11:42 AM   #2
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Old April 7th, 2013, 11:42 AM   #3
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No matter what you go with here it's not going to seat eight and be as small as you're looking for unless it was some kind of fully custom built and from the ground up buggy.
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Old April 7th, 2013, 11:53 AM   #4
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You could try to get trojen condoms to sponser the build. It could be a hell of a rolling billboard.
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Old April 7th, 2013, 11:59 AM   #5
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Old April 7th, 2013, 12:00 PM   #6
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something big and ugly like this lol
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Old April 7th, 2013, 12:00 PM   #7
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You could try to get trojen condoms to sponser the build. It could be a hell of a rolling billboard.
Lol! Awesome!
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Old April 7th, 2013, 12:05 PM   #8
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Interesting thought! I used to maintain a fleet of those at an old job and not only know my way around them, I kinda like em too!
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Old April 7th, 2013, 12:40 PM   #9
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I would build a website to search for a different girl friend with less kids.















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Old April 7th, 2013, 01:24 PM   #10
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Life sure throws a curve ball! When the wife left me with my two, and I started dating again, a few girls I dated had one or two kids, and it didn't work out because of them. So I started to think I could never make it work with someone with kids, even told a few buddies that. So then I fall for someone with four and it seems like we've been together forever! Good thing I'm fixed, I'd need that stretched Suburban if I had more :)
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Old April 7th, 2013, 01:32 PM   #11
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Your problem is trying to move 8 people will never be easy. I say just built 2 rigs and split people up.
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Old April 7th, 2013, 02:13 PM   #12
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Is there enough room in a Grand Wagoneer to put a 3rd facing rearward like the old station wagons?
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Old April 7th, 2013, 02:32 PM   #13
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Is there enough room in a Grand Wagoneer to put a 3rd facing rearward like the old station wagons?
Yes. I am actually building an FSJ Cherokee right now. If you take the original rear seat and turn it around backwards it does fit. It doesn't leave much foot room, but works for the little kids. I think this will be my wheeling rig for now, but we will outgrow it in a few years.
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Old April 7th, 2013, 02:34 PM   #14
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just stretch a tj tub. or pick up a fullsize waggy and put another seat in
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Old April 7th, 2013, 03:22 PM   #15
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Suburbans work well for lots of people. They already come with the 3rd row. I have had 2 of them. My current one is a 2009. Had a 99 for 10 years before that. Nice trucks.
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I wouldn't spend any money on a vehicle to haul some kids that may not be around forever.

And if 6 kids were in my life, I'd build a 2 seater.

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Old April 7th, 2013, 03:28 PM   #17
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I wouldn't spend any money on a vehicle to haul some kids that may not be around forever.

And if 6 kids were in my life, I'd build a 2 seater.

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Where do you think they are going? Are you volunteering to take a few off my hands :D
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Old April 7th, 2013, 03:29 PM   #18
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Build 2 smaller more practical rigs. If you are serious about harder technical wheeling, I can't picture 8 in a rig any way you shake it. It's tough to even do 4. You're going to come up with some monstrous claptrap rig that is too big to wheel with everyone else and the entire gang is going to be too crowded to enjoy it. I don't know what the age of the kids are but if one is old enough to start driving, it would be good experience. Otherwise, have the GF drive the other rig.
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I have thought about the two rig idea. The oldest kid is 13, second oldest is 11. I guess I could put them behind the wheel soon, but I'm not sure I'd be comfortable with them piloting the other kiddos with them quite yet.

I'm not sure about having the GF drive one or not. I don't have any automatic rigs for her to try as of yet. I would like to take her out and see how she likes it, and see if she can handle it.
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