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Old 08-24-2009, 10:14 AM   #1
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Advise on what Vehicle to take to WDW...

Ok, heres the problem. We had already decided to take my mom's Kia Optima to WDW next month to save money on gas down and back. BUT We have this mammoth double stroller we have to pack and we are afraid we wont be able to get all our luggage in the trunk of the car. MY vehicle is a Quad Cab truck. If we take it we'd have a lot more room in the cab of the truck and would have the bed of the truck to haul our stuff down and would not have a problem. Heres the thing:

Kia Optima gets 25 mpg and would cost us about $130 Round trip to get to WDW and back. PROBLEM: Not a lot of room in the trunk after we get the stroller in the car and not a lot of room in the front of the car....

Dodge Truck: Gets 18 MPG and would cost us about $190 round trip to get there and back. PROBLEM While its only $60 more to get down and back. its still $60 more.....IT has 117K miles on it and would be about 1400 miles down and back....BUT the good thing is it would have plenty of room in the bed to haul our stuff and plenty of room in the cab for 3 adults and 2 kids in car seats.

Oh I forgot to mention that Lil Sis is going with her friend in her Kia Rio so we could take her luggage too......

WWYD?????? Anyone got any advice??? Flying is out of the question....DH and Sis wont fly and even if they drove down and we flew it would cost way too much not to mention the closest air port is 2 hours from here.......HELP!!!
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:32 AM   #2
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Since there will be 2 cars could you put the double stroller in your sisters car and the luggage in your moms Kia?
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:40 AM   #3
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Having made that drive (in a mini van) several times with different amounts/ages of people, I have to side with the truck for the room. That's a long drive to be cramped into a tight space. And then you are also limited to purchases while you are there as well. Peace of mind as well as sanity votes for more space, find the extra money somewhere else in your budget like packing sandwiches or something for the drive instead of stopping to buy something. That alone can save you the $60.00.
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Old 08-24-2009, 02:24 PM   #4
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I'd go with the truck myself. If you end up having to rent a double stroller when you are down there, you will spend more than $60. I do agree with the PP, is it possible that your sister could put your double stroller in her trunk? Especially if she can fold the seats down for more space. If that is an option, I would go with that.
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Old 08-24-2009, 02:52 PM   #5
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I dont think sis's car seats fold down. And I know it wont fit in her trunk, we have tried before. so that option is out. I am starting to lean more toward the truck myself!!!
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Old 08-24-2009, 03:40 PM   #6
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I would go with the truck myself
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Old 08-25-2009, 09:48 PM   #7
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We just got home Sunday from driving to WDW from Long Island. We have a Suburban. Let me tell you, the more room the better! There was no "he is toucing me" arguments, we had plenty of space for everything and personally, I like the height of my truck compared to smaller suv's and cars. Especially on long trips! We got about 14mpg (not great!) and we spent $499 in gas round trip. The cheapest we got gas down there for was $2.37.

So in case you couldn't tell..I say take the truck!

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Old 08-25-2009, 10:06 PM   #8
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What about trying a stroller swap so you don't have to drag the "mammouth" stroller??
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:11 PM   #9
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What about one of those luggage carriers that goes on top of your car? Back in the day I think they were referred to as "hamburgers" but now they have soft-sided ones. Might be something to consider if you don't want to take a bigger car/truck.
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I would go with the truck even though its got more mileage. I have taken my car to WDW before and its got 133K miles on it and it was fine. Besides the space for bringing stuff is very important
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We had a similar challenge a couple years ago. We went to the hardware store and bought thick clear plastic yard-waste bags and double wrapped the stroller in thick plastic and strapped it to the roof of the car. Problem solved.
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We had a similar challenge a couple years ago. We went to the hardware store and bought thick clear plastic yard-waste bags and double wrapped the stroller in thick plastic and strapped it to the roof of the car. Problem solved.
Anything on the top of the car will cut down on the gas mileage. We found this out a few years back when we put a luggage carrier on top of a Dodge Neon. That car felt like the wind from the road was going to blow us away. I say take the truck.
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Here's another vote for the truck.
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:11 AM   #14
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I would take the truck too.

$60 is worth the misery of being cramped up in a smaller car.
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Old 08-27-2009, 11:43 AM   #15
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Ok, thanks for the advice. We're taking the truck!!!! LOL. I agree with the poster who said she likes the hight of the truck. I do too. Plus the room is great.
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