The little H3 is just that...little, more so than the exterior leads one to believe, so I am giving it back later this year to get a larger truck. I would get a Jeep Grand Cherokee (not much bigger, but still bigger inside than H3), but my GF hates Jeeps (maybe because I already have two which are perpetual works in progress...a must for any true Jeep enthusiast).
So since I dont trust FirstOnRecallDay quality, and we are not about to get a $100k LR or even lease it for the price of a mortgage on a ski home, and I wont buy Japanese, and my GF does not like the looks of the G series Benz, that really only leaves us with GM trucks. We are looking at the H2, Suburban, Yukon Denali, and the Escalade in all three of its itinerations.
Do any of you have one of these? How are they as a ski a vehicle? As a daily use vehicle? Are the interiors durable? Do they hold up to daily use and sports gear carrying?
I am a bit apprehensive about the Escalade, even though I think its gorgeous, I am thinking it might be too "fancy" a ride to be tossing ski gear in the winter, beach junk in the summer, and gardening stuff and Home Depot purchases all other times. H2 I also am not too sure of, its really too big and obnoxious of a truck for any normal human and I am not sure about its cargo space, but she loves them. Thoughts? Thanks
What about a converted military 6x6 with a passenger box on it? I know a guy who built a homemade passenger box for the back of a Bombardier snow cat. Maybe he can make one for you. Make it as tough as you want, so you can throw anything in there - people, skis, garden tools, bulldozers - you know, whatever.
But, wait, we can do even better. Some MRAP vehicles come with passenger boxes. Snowstorm and IED resistant! You can't do better than that! Get one with a hydraulic arm and clamshell on it to use either for moving IEDs or removing those irritating Suburbans and SUVs taking up the eight parking spaces you want. Or, don't even bother. Just drive over anything in the way and park next to the lift. I mean, who's going to stop you?
That said, a Suburban does many things well. I know from experience that a Suburban with chains on all four can be driven through an astonishing amount of snow. Just don't get stuck, because then you're really stuck.
A Suburban also swallows an astonishing amount of gas, and is not as efficient as a minivan in many ways. If you don't need to pull a trailer or travel off-road (i.e., if this is really a ski vehicle), a minivan might work better. It gets better fuel mileage, handles better, is more comfortable, and provides better access to all the junk in back.
Back to more extreme ideas...there are some interesting 4WD conversions of full-size vans out there...