Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Big Van Advice Needed

Hello friends,

I am hoping that someone out there could give us a little advice on getting a 12 passenger van. Right now we need to take our mini-van AND car if we want to go anywhere together, so we are in the market for a new vehicle. We really like the Nissan NV Passenger, but we are also looking at newer Ford E-Series. Does anyone have any experience with how these two vehicles handle in the snow? We get a lot of snow.

Thanks!

Life with six kids is going shockingly well! For example, right now the twins, the two year old AND the one year old are all napping! :) That happens at some point almost everyday. They are all in bed by seven-thirty, too. The twins are sleeping well, with one long stretch, so I am getting some quality sleep. Really, we are having a great time and life seems pretty under control...not what I expected this season to be like.






8 comments:

Julie said...

no advice on vans...sorry...
although I did count over 15 vans of the 12 passenger or more variety at Mass last weekend...lol...you have joined a new club...ha ha

Oh, and I can't even get my 2 year old and 3 year old to nap at all...they just talk in their beds for an hour or more and then cry all afternoon and evening because they are over tired. So, any helpful info on getting toddlers to nap would be helpful!

Kaitlin @ More Like Mary said...

You're not officially a large catholic family until you get a dodge sprinter :)

Sew said...

I'm years-light years away from needing a bus! Lol

So glad it's going well for you! I tremble thinking of #3!lol god willing later on down the road! Lol

Nicole said...

I can only tell you of our experience with our van. We have a Chevy Express 2500. It is a 12 passenger van that we bought new in 2004 when we had 5 kids. Since then our family has grown by 3 and I have to say, I LOVE my van! It is comfortable, has great pick up, handles great and has needed only basic maintenance. We have taken it on many long road trips, even towing a pop up camper behind, and it has performed wonderfully. My husband recently started driving a Ford van the same size as ours for work. Almost every time he drives ours now he comments on how much easier it is to handle than the Ford. He feels that the turning radius is much better on the Chevy and the mirrors (which are of major importance) are bigger.
Anyway, that's just our experience. I think you have to take some test drives to find what's right for you. Good luck and welcome to the club!

callmemama said...

I love that you're having to look into vans :). Love all the pictures of your beautiful little ones!!

Jen said...

Did you find a van? Otherwise I can ask my SIL what they got for their 6 kids! It's definitely a 12 passenger...

Badger Catholic said...

A monster van is something that we were looking into. As an alternative, if you get a Suburban or a larger SUV, you can put a fourth row seat in, facing backward like the old station wagons or forwards. We are going to go with this option once we get need to. You can get a Suburban with a bench seat in the front so it does technically seat 9, and then plus the fourth row would seat 12. Suburbans actually get better gas mileage than full size vans, at least from my bit of research and are a better drive. It's all up to safety standards, I think like only $500 for the whole kit(they even sell discounted used seats), easy to install, someone in La Crosse has one in now and loves it, could give you their contact info if you want to know more.
Here's the website to the seat thing.
http://www.littlepassengerseats.com/chevrolet.html

Kate (Arch) Althoff said...

We have a Chevy Express and it sometimes doesn't make it up hills in the snow. We have been eyeing those NV passenger vans and in my head, it is my 'dream car' right now, but I don't know how they handle in the snow. My husband is shaking his head when I mention any of these (chevy, NV, sprinter) for you guys, because of the snow. The modified Suburban may be the way to go! We test drove all of these except the NV, and the Suburban definitely drives the best. Matt is also saying that he likes the feel of the Ford a little better than our Chevy also. Whew! Hope you find what works for you!