The 4 Moms of 35 Kids are answering the question, "What is the best vehicle for a large family?"
Be sure to see what the other moms drive:
Way back yonder when The Smockity Bunch only totaled 8 - with one on the way, we drove a Suburban and had every single seat filled.
In fact, we even made a very lengthy and crowded road trip in that Suburban while we were waiting for the 15 passenger van we were trying to buy to be ready for purchase. The very day we rolled back into town from our cross-country vacation, loaded down with 4 car seats, a pack-and-play, a double stroller, an ice chest, and 2 large suitcases, we got a call from the car dealership that our van was ready!
Ever since that day, we have been driving a 15 passenger van, which we bought used and promptly named "Hogzilla".
What? You don't name your vehicles? Huh. Weird.
We keep the removable last row of 4 seats out of the van since it is placed against the back doors and doesn't leave room for any cargo when installed. This essentially gives us an 11 passenger van and lots of space for groceries, luggage, strollers, alpacas, etc.
What? You don't drive around with alpacas in your car? Huh. Weird.
If we know we will be carting around extra people, we simply put the back seat in place and we are good to go.
Would you like to see how 7 children can load up and get buckled in 40 seconds flat? Well, of course you do because the only time you're going to see it done that easily is when there is a camera pointed at them and you're not late for a Very Important Engagement. Go ahead. Click the link and watch the video. It's a thing of beauty.
Our 15 passenger van is perfect for our family of 10, and it was very reasonably priced. It turns out not a lot of people actually want to drive one as their family car, so we found a used one for a great price.
And they are so stylish too! I always turn heads when I cruise around town.
Of course, that could have something to do with the alpacas...