Pictures please Hopk1ns
using a van as your only vehicle.
I've been considering it for years. Every time I've changed cars I've had a look and never done it. Usually had large hatchbacks or estates to compensate.
Switched earlier this year to having a van as my weekend vehicle and a car for commuting rather that a biking/commuting car that was always filthy and a weekend car that was never used.
Got a 6 seater crew cab SWB low transit and absolutely love it. Back seats are wide enough to sleep in (I'm 5'9). Air bed fits snugly in there and all biking kit goes in the seperate rear area.
Managed to fit 6 people and 6 road bikes in, two or three bikes had front wheels off but all in the vehicle and out of site when we stopped anywhere. Full camping and biking kit in for weekends away with room to spare. Absolutely love it.
Fuel wise it's mid 30mpg which is great (commuting car gets 23!). Comfy enough but seats could be better. Might swap the driver's seat next year.
Wouldn't be without it now. Not sure if I'd want one as my only vehicle as I love cruising in to work in a V8 armchair
The question is - if it doesn't take 4 people and 4 bikes safely and comfortably, What are my other reasons not to use a large car?
You can't get changed in the back of a large car.
You can't store 4 bikes in the back of a large car without them being broken down and without them being visible.
You can't fit 4 bikes in any car without removing parts.
You can't throw bikes in the back of a car filthy and sweep it out when it's dry (well in most cars).
You can't leave a bike (out of sight) and full gear in the back of a car (and still have room for day to day use) in case you make a last minute decision to ride.
You can't fit a massive chest of drawers in the back of a car when passing a charity shop and spot some that would store loads of biking gear.
Once you've got a van you wonder how you coped with a car. Have had various Volvo estates so pretty big motors but the fact I can leave the bike in it and store filthy kit right out of the way has been fantastic. People wouldn't get into my last car as it was so dirty (bike always went in the boot) and I usually had to wipe the seat down before heading to work on Monday. With being able to get changed in the van and always having spare clothes in it I never seem to get it so filthy...
Got me a tranny!
Now you have your sexuals sorted
what van you getting
Are you here all week?
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