Skip to comments.What's Your Best Summer Road Trip Vehicle?
Posted on 07/26/2013 4:30:32 PM PDT by Daffynition
The sun is out! The birds are singing! The open road calls! Your vinyl interior is burning itself into your thighs! Yes, summer is here and it's time to go on some road trips. What car do you take, though?
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My back yard is just as good so why would I want to go anywhere?
B-class motor home.
Best cross country vehicle = S-3B
Reasonably fast, plenty of cargo space, and fun low level at destination.
The wagon queen family truckster was one tough vehicle.
It's a 1988 Chrysler Town & Country woodie. Completely original; 90K miles.
It's the quintessential Ugly Duckling....it's so funky...it's cool again. We've enjoyed daily road trips; it's very comfortable, has A/C, seat belts, fair mileage [26mpg]...and a cassette player!
BUT > a couple times per summer I'll splurge and turn on the A/C !
Sorry, I *had* to put in a URL of some sort to post...didn’t even look at the article. ;(
2011 Harley FLHX.. just did a 3800 mile ride through Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and back home to Maryland.
How fun! Where have you gone so far in your RV?
This would be my choice if I could afford it:http://www.armoraustralia.com/images/UnimogValirTruck_lg.jpg
I'm old school.
You think you hate it now, just wait until you drive it.
I had a 65 Olds 425 Rocket V8, 370hp Delta 88. It was powerful and got surprisingly good gas mileage. Many happy memories go along with it.
First my Father owned it then my older brother then it was mine. It had positraction which helped when taking my date on one of those rough country roads.
Comfortable, fast, even nimble handling. Cruise the interstate doing 80 all day. It was just loafing along.
Proof that if you wait long enough everything becomes cool again, even if in an ironic way.
BTW, congrats on the cassette player. My old BMW has the original cassette player. When I bought it a few years ago it gave me a chance to pull my old cassette collection out of storage. Now every time I drive the car it’s like a major nostalgia trip!
We had a Honda S2000 that was a blast to drive. Unfortunately Obama’s economy forced us to sell it last year.
Very fine...but I need *chrome* to use it. ;(
Roll 'em up!
Yes I do.
LOL....I’ve enjoyed going to flea markets and *restoring* the old tapes I threw out ages ago....they usually cost 25 cents each.
Yeah, but just watching the pre-made video is cool. I haven’t actually played with it either.
A 1979 Honda CX500.
I'd get the Supersonic Family Truckster.
“I had a 65 Olds 425 Rocket V8, 370hp Delta 88. It was powerful and got surprisingly good gas mileage.”
Had a similar experience with a 65 Buick Electra 225, also had a 425 nailhead. Had cruise control built into the speedometer, setup was similar to an alarm clock. Lived in Midland, Tx at the time and as with your Olds it would loaf along at 80mph for hours on end when driving to El Paso, Dallas, etc. quite the road hog, had dual exhaust with glass packs, sounded great. Good memories for sure.
Who has the money to go anywhere?
I can relate in kind of a tragic way. Just a few weeks ago my cassette case got stolen out of my car (while I was parked at Earthfare of all places). 36 cassette tapes gone, tapes that I had as far back as middle school. So now I’m replacing them. If I were smart I’d do the flea market thing like you’re doing, but instead I’m buying them on eBay for two or three bucks a pop. Still pretty cheap though.
When I floored it, you could hear the air being sucked into that 425. A beautiful sound, I mean really great sound.
I once had a girl friend whose Daddy owned one of those Electras. This would have been 1969. She was only 5 feet tall and really looked small driving that huge Buick.
Man, I got a big tote bin in the garage full of cassettes I can’t bring myself to get rid of. I listen to an old iPhone I loaded up with just music and plug into a cassette adapter.
Grandpa had a Buick Electra 225 that I learned to drive in.
When he drove it he was always speeding. The buzzer would go off when he got over the preset limit but he couldn’t hear it since he was hard of hearing. Those were the days.
Has to be a convertible:
And a way to keep cool:
Went east through the lower tier route to southern Florida, then toodled up through NC, TN, Arkansas, etc. on the way back.
As we were dropping into our valley on the last leg, we both commented that we could easily just keep goin....
Ahhh.... the ‘65’s. Great cars.
My Dad had the 65 Buick Wildcat. 4 door. I can’t recall if he had the 425 cubic inch V8 or “only” the 401.
I do remember all 7 of us (plus luggage) making road trips. 75-80 mph was an easy pace. All day long.
We just did a road trip down to Georgia (Chickamauga National Military Park) earlier this week and are planning a huge trip out West (Colorado, Wyoming, etc...) next Spring.
When I was 9yo, my parents took me on a trip from Oklahoma City to Brunswick, GA and back via New Orleans. I rode laying down in the back of a VW Bug with the seats folded down. That’s not a good way to take a road trip.
They got about two-thirds of my cassettes when they took that case. I’ve still got a pretty good collection in another case. The upside is that now, as I’m replacing them, I can be selective and just replace the really good stuff. There were some that I never listened to. I won’t replace those, just the good ones. It should be a nice concentrated set of good music when I’m done.
BTW, I wonder what the thieves thought when they opened that case and realized it was a bunch of cassettes...
Those big block high compression V-8s were absolutely great engines. I sold mine in 1973 to a Mexican in San Antonio. The water pump had started making a noise but he knew it was an inexpensive repair.
It had over 250,000 miles and did not use oil. All I ever did was change the plugs, oil and filter plus replace the AC compressor seal. I think I had to replace the alternator once but can’t think of another repair in all that 250,000 miles.
The positraction made a noise for the last few years but never tore up. The one thing which was surprising was how nimble it was. It really handled well plus would run almost with the true muscle cars.
I understand cassette tapes are all the rage these days. [Which has raised their price from nothing...to something]
Radio Flyer Woody version. Great mileage but a little slow. But what the heck, it’s a road trip!!!
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