I'm new to this forum and have already gotta some great tips. I've always loved taking road trips and I love to drive. After a recent trip to the White Mountains with my 2 young children, my husband and I have decided to see the country. We expect to take several road trips per year and are researching destinations for next year. My children are 6 and 1.5 years old.
So far we've taken our trips in my car and my husbands small SUV. He is tall 6'2" and gets cramped easily. Within the past 10 months we've driven to New Hampshire, Virginia Beach, and Florida from New Jersey. I've had to listen to "I can't get comfortable" and "Are we there yet?" thousands of times!
I have been pondering the usefulness of a conversion van, and think that it may be the best thing for our family. I've seen some unbelievable prices for what they offer and the condition they are in. We're talking under $5000. We would use it almost exclusively for road trips. I thought about getting a minivan, but I'm not really fond of them and we'll have both of our vehicles paid off in a few months, and I intend to drive them until they die. A minivan as a travel vehicle? Unless we buy newer we may not get the features that we want. I don't see putting out $20,000 for a used minivan just to travel in.
But what are your opinions? Is a conversion van overkill? We will take one big 1000+ mile trip per year, and 2-3 smaller trips (less than 8 hours) per year. Are they really expensive to maintain (I'm ok with gas, I expect that), but oil changes, brakes, tires....? Are they really comfortable for the driver and front passenger (my hubby)? If you have one, what do you like about it?