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Old October 1st, 2013, 08:10 AM   #81
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90 suburban, they are big, but no bigger than a long box truck
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Old October 1st, 2013, 08:18 AM   #82
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Alright I'm bumping this thread:

1. To the early haters in this thread, the girl and I are still going strong.

2. I have taken her on a few trips and now Gitchee Gumee. She loves it and is quickly learning everything she can.

3. All I heard on the way home from Gitchee Gumee was ideas for us to drag the whole crew. We talked buggies, two rigs, vans, trars, etc. and the same today. She has a strong comprehension of wheelbase, approach and departure angle, and has come up with some wild ideas.

I think I got me a good one!
That would drive me flippin crazy. The last thing I want to hear is wheeling and rig advice from my girl friend (if I had one).
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Old October 1st, 2013, 08:22 AM   #83
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Old October 1st, 2013, 08:26 AM   #84
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How about a Commander Limited with the third row? Or the "extended" Trailblazer, that has a thrid row too. A Suburban would work well also. I know you are over on IFSJA...check out some of the third row seating options people have done with their FSJs...could do that with the Cherokee
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I'm happy to share most of my hobbies with my fiancee (wife in one month from tomorrow)

Have you thought about putting a third row station wagon style (facing backwards) in something? like a blazer?

Then just make a nice roof rack to store the spare tools, or find creative ways to put them inside.

glad you two are still going strong Kieth.
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I say run a 4/5 seater whatever.

The rear seating can be a reward. The 2/3 best kids get to ride. The others have to hike behind.

The news keeps on saying kids need more physical activity
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I would say rear facing seat in a Land Rover Discovery. Give the kids a cool upward view and "plenty" of room.
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Seating for 4 or 5 total. Leave the rest with their other parents. A giant rig on tight trails is a PITA.
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I'm happy to share most of my hobbies with my fiancee (wife in one month from tomorrow)

Have you thought about putting a third row station wagon style (facing backwards) in something? like a blazer?

Then just make a nice roof rack to store the spare tools, or find creative ways to put them inside.

glad you two are still going strong Kieth.
Thank you! And same here. The ex-wife and I had almost no common interests amd it caused alot of friction. Stephanie and I have found we enjoy traveling, skiing, and now wheeling together. We still have other hobbies and interests to ourselves, but this is a nice balance.

The third row, backwards, seems to be the best idea. Not perfectly practical, but doable. I already have a nice FSJ Cherokee that I am going that route with. I just haven't fully decided if I want to go full rig with it because its so clean.

I have put thought to Blazers, full size Broncos, and other ideas as you suggested. Last night we were looking online at 67-74 Blazers with the full removable top. I used to have a 1970 and the bestop top was quite tall in the back, which would have helped with third row head room/cage room.

One other thought I have is to take a mini truck and build a six passenger cage with three rows of two in place of the bed. The only downside would be the effort required to protect them from the elements if we want to use the "truggy" year round.
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Seating for 4 or 5 total. Leave the rest with their other parents. A giant rig on tight trails is a PITA.
Fo sho.

There were a few spots last weekend where I really wished the JK was a bit smaller.
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That would drive me flippin crazy. The last thing I want to hear is wheeling and rig advice from my girl friend (if I had one).
would you rather hear her bitch and moan everytime you buy new parts for your rig or make plans to go out wheeling with your friends?
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There were a few spots last weekend where I really wished the JK was a bit smaller.
JK's are damn near as wide as a full size SUV anyway, and not much shorter.
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would you rather hear her bitch and moan everytime you buy new parts for your rig or make plans to go out wheeling with your friends?
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JK's are damn near as wide as a full size SUV anyway, and not much shorter.
I saw that at Gitchee Gumee last weekend. We had a mild JK four door in our group and although it got through everything it was a bit of a pain at times. I believe a four door JK is actually physically larger and heavier than my FSJ cherokee.
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Seating for 4 or 5 total. Leave the rest with their other parents. A giant rig on tight trails is a PITA.
If only it was that easy. Problem is they all want to go!
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I think your best option is two rigs.
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If only it was that easy. Problem is they all want to go!
Off-road trailer for the kids. Use the sami, and fabricate a four seat trailer to haul the kids around. Make it a short one to keep the tight trails doable
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I think your best option is two rigs.
We did talk about building an Automatic tracker or sami for her :)
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would you rather hear her bitch and moan everytime you buy new parts for your rig or make plans to go out wheeling with your friends?
I would have to break up with her either way, so your question is irrelevant.
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