Wednesday, December 01, 2010
If you have not seen the You Tube swagger wagon videos, they are a must see. They are about a family trying to make a van a "cool" car to drive.
I don't know how to put one of those links on or I would. I have always had an aversion to vans and have never wanted to own one. When Kami and Meghan were growing up we had 2 jeeps in a row, then two suburbans in a row. I was so glad when they started driving to move to a car. I do not like driving those really long vehicles and a van is like a station wagon to me. No offense to those that drive vans. They are made for families. I just don't like them. With each addition we have ended up having to make a decision about what I will drive. I had a car when we started to adopt Emma but soon realized that an suv would be easier to put her in and out of a car seat.
Then when we decided to adopt Meilynn we still had enough room for two. Of course if I wanted to
take anyone else I couldn't.
Then when we decided to adopt Lily, we tried to fit our current car seats in the back, three in a row. We couldn't make them fit. What were we going to do? I did not want to buy a van. We drove to Babies' R us and tried every car seat and still we couldn't make them fit. Then through a search on the internet I found the Radian car seats. The dimensions sounded like they might just squeeze in and they did! Buying three new car seats is a lot cheaper than buying a new car, And they would all be in 5 point harness's which was very important to us since our daughters still are so light.
Fast forward to today and now we need room for four car seats. (Lily only weighs 40 pounds at 7) We found only a few vehicles that have seating for 7 or 8. Most of them were way bigger than I want to drive.
Mike already has a Yukon and I really do not like driving it. We really wanted to have three seats in the back, with two in the middle, so you can walk through and two in the front. A van would be perfect and I agreed that if that was all that would work I would get one.
We had rented a van on vacation and loved how the girls could get in and out on their own with the sliding doors and the low height.
After much searching we found the Acadia.
I think that it is going to work out great. We should have it by the end of December, but in the mean time my car is sold and this is what I am renting! Never say Never!
Yes, a Swagger Wagon (a van)! And there are some things that I am really liking about it!
Posted by Vicki at 9:20 PM