best (fish'g, bike'g) truck 4 family? and roof rack ?s

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  1. hoping to ask the experts out there for some quick help... we need a 2nd car.

    info to help figure out the best truck:

    * us: me 6', her 5'1 (step up height? trunk ease?), and new baby (easy access rear seating, roomy).
    * beach driving (surf fishing, camping) in NC some weekends/vac
    * everyday driving for her and baby (at least for now)
    * would like to put a roof rack (thule, yak, or factory) to handle a torpedo shaped cargo box and
    hopefully 2 mountain bike trays on the other side, get creative for spacing? any help on this?
    i've seen it done i think.
    * camping, no real off roading other than the beach probably.

    recommendations for a 4x4? we drove a Mazda tribute, but after more reasearch it seems it's 4x4
    capability is limited? bad on the beach?

    the toyota 4runner seems like a great truck... if this is the one what should we look for in price
    and specs? we'd like to spend no more than 17-25K, so we'd probably have to get a used one.

    any help appreciated.... email preferred! Thanks,james

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  2. James,

    Have you considered the Jeep Grand Cherokee? It's a very capable 4wd! Get one with Selectrack
    transfer case. This one is full time/part time 4wd. The JGC has a roof rack capable of 200 lbs. But
    if I were you, buy an aftermarket "wilderness rack" and put the bikes in a carrier located off the
    rear receiver hitch.

    The JGC is a very comfortable ride for daily use and doesn't sit so high that putting a kid in a
    child seat isn't a chore.

    Luck, Brian '01 Cherokee '81 CJ-7

    "James Y. Yang" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > hoping to ask the experts out there for some quick help... we need a 2nd car.
    >
    > info to help figure out the best truck:
    >
    > * us: me 6', her 5'1 (step up height? trunk ease?), and new baby (easy access rear seating,
    > roomy).
    > * beach driving (surf fishing, camping) in NC some weekends/vac
    > * everyday driving for her and baby (at least for now)
    > * would like to put a roof rack (thule, yak, or factory) to handle a torpedo shaped cargo box and
    > hopefully 2 mountain bike trays on the other side, get creative for spacing? any help on this?
    > i've seen it done i think.
    > * camping, no real off roading other than the beach probably.
    >
    > recommendations for a 4x4? we drove a Mazda tribute, but after more reasearch it seems it's 4x4
    > capability is limited? bad on the beach?
    >
    > the toyota 4runner seems like a great truck... if this is the one what should we look for in price
    > and specs? we'd like to spend no more than 17-25K, so we'd probably have to get a used one.
    >
    > any help appreciated.... email preferred! Thanks,james
    >
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  3. Rodney

    Rodney Guest

    bulletsnbrains wrote:

    > James,
    >
    > Have you considered the Jeep Grand Cherokee?

    That's what I have and just love it
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    Rock Hopper & Rig Saver weights, and the EZKnot http://www.ezknot.com

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  4. Rick Onanian

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    On 16 Aug 2003 07:10:05 GMT, James Y. Yang <[email protected]> wrote:
    > info to help figure out the best truck:
    >
    > * us: me 6', her 5'1 (step up height? trunk ease?), and new baby (easy access rear seating,
    > roomy).
    > * camping, no real off roading other than the beach probably.

    Where do you

    > recommendations for a 4x4? we drove a Mazda tribute, but after more reasearch it seems it's 4x4
    > capability is limited? bad on the beach?
    >
    > the toyota 4runner seems like a great truck... if this is the one what should we look for in price
    > and specs? we'd like to spend no more than 17-25K, so we'd probably have to get a used one.

    It sounds like your concerns have minor conflicts.

    You could get a truck -- a full size pickup, extended cab, 4wd would do everything you want. You can
    even get it brand new for $25k, not loaded, but not stripped. Any manufacturer's full size pickup
    will have more than sufficient off-road capability for you. Additionally, one with backwards-opening
    rear doors on the extended cab makes the absolute best rear-seat access you'll find anywhere, IMO,
    aside from minivans.

    Additionally, the full-size pickup, while capable of having the rack you want, would not need
    said rack.

    If you look at SUVs, you will find demand-inflated prices on vehicles that are not great for
    anything, but are versatile nonetheless. Most modern SUVs are not trucks at all, just station wagons
    with a few more inches ground clearance and a taller roof.

    It sounds like you could do with a Subaru, maybe a Subaru Forrester wagon for it's headroom, length,
    and easy step-up.

    You could also consider an all-wheel-drive minivan, which is more of everything the Forrester is,
    except that the Forrester's smaller size may work a little better off road. My experience with
    minvans is that they are _very_ comfortable, handle more like a car than even a car-based SUV, and
    can do just about anything most modern SUVs can, but better.

    You can skip the rack in the minivan, too. Just remove the 3rd-row seat for loads of cargo space.

    > any help appreciated.... email preferred!

    Strangely enough, it appears that my newsreader (the built-in one in Opera 7) doesn't offer the
    option to reply via email.

    > Thanks,james
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  5. Joe

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    In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] (James Y.
    Yang) wrote:

    > hoping to ask the experts out there for some quick help... we need a 2nd car.
    >
    > info to help figure out the best truck:
    >
    > * us: me 6', her 5'1 (step up height? trunk ease?), and new baby (easy access rear seating,
    > roomy).
    > * beach driving (surf fishing, camping) in NC some weekends/vac
    > * everyday driving for her and baby (at least for now)
    > * would like to put a roof rack (thule, yak, or factory) to handle a torpedo shaped cargo box and
    > hopefully 2 mountain bike trays on the other side, get creative for spacing? any help on this?
    > i've seen it done i think.
    > * camping, no real off roading other than the beach probably.
    >
    > recommendations for a 4x4? we drove a Mazda tribute, but after more reasearch it seems it's 4x4
    > capability is limited? bad on the beach?
    >
    > the toyota 4runner seems like a great truck... if this is the one what should we look for in price
    > and specs? we'd like to spend no more than 17-25K, so we'd probably have to get a used one.
    >
    > any help appreciated.... email preferred! Thanks,james
    >
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    When I got ready to get a vehicle with my fishing in mind I looked at all the small medium SUVs
    and trucks.

    I narrowed to the Jeep Liberty, Saturn Vue, Subaru Forrester and the newcomer Honda Element.

    I went with the Element. The least expensive SUV with the most features I could find. Plenty of room
    (head room, leg room, front and back). The doors were a headline feature and are nice. More
    impressive though is the rear seat configuration as they swing up and fold out of the way are can be
    removed. all seats fold flat and provide a decent sleeping area.

    Mine is AWD which is nice for everyday driving as some of the heavy rains I have experienced lately.
    I have experienced almost no hydroplane and it feels very safe (my last car would float at 40 MPH).

    My only concern is the depth of beach sand it would handle. There has been some discussion on the
    boards dedicated to the vehicle <http://www.hondasuv.com/>, <http://www.hondaelement.org/> and
    <http://www.elementownersclub.com/>.

    Mine is the AWD EX which includes a 270 watt stereo with a subwoofer, AC, expected power features
    (remote locking is extra), roof racks (an option), mud guards (already installed). I got it for
    $21,300 in March. I have about 23,000 miles on it already and average 20 mpg for fast driving
    commute and trips to fish the flats in FL with my yak on top.

    Worth a look.

    regardsm

    atljoe
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  6. Basspro*

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    I agree with another post that a 4wd extended cab truck would probably meet your needs and then
    some. I speak from experience. I own a 2000 Chevy Silverado Z71 extended cab. I mounted mountain
    bike fork racks onto my toolbox in the bed of the truck. They travel very nice like this. Also, it
    has plenty of backseat room believe it or not, especially for a young one.

    If however, you want a SUV I'd consider several. In order of best to worst here's my opinion: Nissan
    Pathfinder (new body style), Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota 4-Runner (new or older body style), Nissan
    Xterra, and the Isuzu Rodeo. Beyond that, I think they really drop off in comparison. My wife owns a
    Isuzu Rodeo and we have very few complaints. These have alot of GMC parts in it including the
    drivetrain. That is a plus for me considering I trust GM brand. If you can afford a used Pathfinder
    in the newest body style go for it. They are comfortable, lots of power, great off road ability, and
    excellent access. For the trendy style, you might try the XTerra. This SUV doesn't have enough
    features for me though. I enjoy leather and I don't think thats even an option with this SUV. I have
    lots of friends who own SUVs and all this comes from my experience with them.

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  7. Igor

    Igor Guest

    > info to help figure out the best truck:
    >

    I vote 4Runner. We use it for the same purposes you are. Roof rack is great for anything - I mainly
    transport an 11 foot inflatable boat or a cargo box. You can also choose to use regular bike rack or
    a tow hitch monted one. Whatever you get, make sure you don't get a truck with a spare on the back -
    they are not very bike-friendly.

    > * us: me 6', her 5'1 (step up height? trunk ease?), and new baby (easy access rear seating,
    > roomy).

    We're the same size. 4Runner has a good safety rating too.

    > * beach driving (surf fishing, camping) in NC some weekends/vac

    We have never run out of space when packing for vacation - and we bring A LOT of crap!

    > * everyday driving for her and baby (at least for now)

    Very smooth ride, good safety rating, holds value well.

    > * would like to put a roof rack (thule, yak, or factory) to handle a torpedo shaped cargo box and
    > hopefully 2 mountain bike trays on the other side, get creative for spacing? any help on this?
    > i've seen it done i think.

    We put the cargo box on top and a bike rack on the hitch. 300 miles to Cape Cod and back - no
    problem. LOTS of room inside. If you have only one baby, you can fold half the backseat to get more
    space, keeping the other half upright for a childseat.

    > * camping, no real off roading other than the beach probably.

    My 2002 SR5 even came with locking diffs, which is good for the sand. Keep in mind that driving in
    the sand is one of the most complicated off-roading tasks. Much worse then mud, IMO.

    > recommendations for a 4x4? we drove a Mazda tribute, but after more reasearch it seems it's 4x4
    > capability is limited? bad on the beach?

    If you want ANY off road capability, stay away from the crossover SUVs. Go with 4Runner, Jeep GC,
    Mid-range Chevys (Blazer) and Fords (Explorer) maybe even Nissan, Pathfinder. But no Muranos, MDXs,
    Vues, you get my point.

    If I couldn't have a 4Runner, I would choose Grand Cherokee.

    > the toyota 4runner seems like a great truck... if this is the one what should we look for in price
    > and specs? we'd like to spend no more than 17-25K, so we'd probably have to get a used one.

    We got our new one for about 32K. You should be able to find one 1-2
    y/o. in your price range.

    > Thanks,james

    Good Luck!

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  8. Igor

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    > ... My wife owns a Isuzu Rodeo and we have very few complaints.

    Actually, forgot to mention - I used to have a Rodeo too... 110,000 miles before FIRST problem.
    I loved it.

    But there were some people I know who had some problems.... I bought that one new for
    24K... In 1998.

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  9. Take a look at the Suzuki Sidekick. It's a very small 4x4, built on a ladder frame, true low range 4
    wheel drive, good clearance, and also 4x4 high. Very spacious inside, small outside, reliable. We
    use ours for backcountry camping, fishing, and for carrying bikes (road or Mt. fit fine, with ft.
    wheel removed).

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    "joe" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] (James Y.
    > Yang) wrote:
    >
    > > hoping to ask the experts out there for some quick help... we need
    a
    > > 2nd car.
    > >
    > > info to help figure out the best truck:
    > >
    > > * us: me 6', her 5'1 (step up height? trunk ease?), and new baby
    (easy
    > > access rear seating, roomy).
    > > * beach driving (surf fishing, camping) in NC some weekends/vac
    > > * everyday driving for her and baby (at least for now)
    > > * would like to put a roof rack (thule, yak, or factory) to handle
    a
    > > torpedo shaped cargo box and hopefully 2 mountain bike trays on
    the
    > > other side, get creative for spacing? any help on this? i've seen
    it
    > > done i think.
    > > * camping, no real off roading other than the beach probably.
    > >
    > > recommendations for a 4x4? we drove a Mazda tribute, but after
    more
    > > reasearch it seems it's 4x4 capability is limited? bad on the
    beach?
    > >
    > > the toyota 4runner seems like a great truck... if this is the one
    what
    > > should we look for in price and specs? we'd like to spend no more
    than
    > > 17-25K, so we'd probably have to get a used one.
    > >
    > > any help appreciated.... email preferred! Thanks,james
    > >
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    >
    > When I got ready to get a vehicle with my fishing in mind I looked
    at
    > all the small medium SUVs and trucks.
    >
    > I narrowed to the Jeep Liberty, Saturn Vue, Subaru Forrester and the newcomer Honda Element.
    >
    > I went with the Element. The least expensive SUV with the most
    features
    > I could find. Plenty of room (head room, leg room, front and back).
    The
    > doors were a headline feature and are nice. More impressive though
    is
    > the rear seat configuration as they swing up and fold out of the way
    are
    > can be removed. all seats fold flat and provide a decent sleeping
    area.
    >
    > Mine is AWD which is nice for everyday driving as some of the heavy rains I have experienced
    > lately. I have experienced almost no
    hydroplane
    > and it feels very safe (my last car would float at 40 MPH).
    >
    > My only concern is the depth of beach sand it would handle. There
    has
    > been some discussion on the boards dedicated to the vehicle <http://www.hondasuv.com/>,
    > <http://www.hondaelement.org/> and <http://www.elementownersclub.com/>.
    >
    > Mine is the AWD EX which includes a 270 watt stereo with a
    subwoofer,
    > AC, expected power features (remote locking is extra), roof racks
    (an
    > option), mud guards (already installed). I got it for $21,300 in
    March.
    > I have about 23,000 miles on it already and average 20 mpg for fast driving commute and trips to
    > fish the flats in FL with my yak on
    top.
    >
    > Worth a look.
    >
    > regardsm
    >
    > atljoe
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