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A couple thoughts:

 

You can fit an SUV in a garage with a Yakima LoPro box.  Our MDX fits everywhere.   It's nice to be able to leave the box on and not worry about parking structures, etc.

 

Maybe at some point (after the mountain home!) consider adding a third, cheap, used off-road capable vehicle.  The more vehicles in the quiver the better, right!  

 

Good ski vehicles, like your Outback or our MDX, fill a different spot in the quiver than an off-road vehicle, IMO.   Paying for the gas and wear and tear on an off-road capable vehicle for front range skiing and commuting is unnecessary.  It's really the summer excursions when you need the off-road capabilities.  In the winter you really just need snow tires.   The first year depreciation on a new Grand Cherokee will buy you a decent used off-road vehicle to add to your quiver.

 

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This is Elephant Hill in the Needles district of Canyonlands. Price of admission to see this


 

 

Not necessarily!   I usually don't bother taking my Tundra to Moab, as I'll mountain bike from the trailheads and get around even faster, and save a bunch on gas.   A real 4x4 is very useful hiking, camping and backpacking, though.  I'd probably not bother with an off-road capable vehicle if I just mountain biked, as I'm not really into off-roading for its own sake.


Edited by tball - 10/28/14 at 12:42pm
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I probably wouldn't either if I just mountain biked, but MTB the Needles District is one of those exercises in brutality that I generally try to avoid smile.gif. You've got the Devil's Kitchen camping back there, The Joint, The Confluence...so much of the west can be accessed by 4x4 that very active people with AWD and bikes never see because there are so many more reasonable alternatives (and corresponding traffic) in the same area.

And we are going to have to address the subject of your obvious denial biggrin.gif of the blackout period that is coming when your kids are both too old to exclude and too young to include...
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And we are going to have to address the subject of your obvious denial biggrin.gif of the blackout period that is coming when your kids are both too old to exclude and too young to include...

 

I know!  And, I hear at some point they won't take two hour naps every afternoon too!  :eek  Hmmm... maybe wheeling around with the kids might just be the ticket during the blackout period.  Good justification for my Tundra to transform into a LC or Sequoia.

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A couple thoughts:

 

You can fit an SUV in a garage with a Yakima LoPro box.  Our MDX fits everywhere.   It's nice to be able to leave the box on and not worry about parking structures, etc.

 

Maybe at some point (after the mountain home!) consider adding a third, cheap, used off-road capable vehicle.  The more vehicles in the quiver the better, right!  

 

Good ski vehicles, like your Outback or our MDX, fill a different spot in the quiver than an off-road vehicle, IMO.   Paying for the gas and wear and tear on an off-road capable vehicle for front range skiing and commuting is unnecessary.  It's really the summer excursions when you need the off-road capabilities.  In the winter you really just need snow tires.   The first year depreciation on a new Grand Cherokee will buy you a decent used off-road vehicle to add to your quiver.

 

 

I think our garage is just stunted. My 2008 Outback (so, before they went tall) + Yakima skybox = 1" clearance. Maybe the LoPro would fit on a JGC; I haven't checked it out.

 

You raise an interesting point about the vehicle quiver. Not sure I'm ready to go there, yet. Our motorcycles and bicycles already fill the third garage.

 

God I sound like the most ridiculous FWP whiner in the world. These are all good problems to have =)

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