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Old 07-14-2015, 02:09 PM   #71
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I agree with you Laura, I do. I actually went and looked at a loaded 2010 F-150 Lariat Crew Cab at lunch today. They want $22,000 for that with 126,000 miles. So the $600 trade-in price of the FJ would have to be subtracted from that, and then add in the Escape purchase and ouch! Wish I for a moment was Bill Gates. Oh that is so cliché! I hate it when people say that!! and yet I fell for it too. I'm trying to create a nice, happy balance between the cost of recreation and the number of years we will not be able to recreate because we are paying for all of it. Of course, you might say "if you can't afford to do it right, then you can't afford it". To which I retort "what's your point?"

Now as to the FJ, had I known 3 years ago when we bought it that we would be upgrading trailers (we thought the Casita was our forever trailer), I might not have purchased it. Heck, I know I wouldn't have. Because I wouldn't have to be agonizing right now!. Add to that the kids have grown too, and the FJ hasn't. I know a 6600 mile round trip next year with the 4 of us and 2 dogs in there is going to test all our patience. Not that it in anyway diminishes MY love for the FJ. I just am an island unto myself on that now I'm afraid.

Oh, and as to the space? My wife would 100% agree with you. Especially after coming from the Astro van. She is a phenomenal sewer and quilter and constantly makes herself new designer type suitcases that she calls purses. And they end up between the seats just like you say or by her feet, which she sweetly complains about.

I'm still as frustrated as I was, because yes, in my heart of hearts, I know the FJ probably is marginal for what we will request of it, yet how do I tell my wallet that?
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Old 07-14-2015, 03:24 PM   #72
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Since driving long distances with my new F150, I have to say I would never give up the room in the cab. Didn't think that extra width vs a midsize suv would make a difference, but for me it does. Makes towing SO much more enjoyable, and stress free, but to each is or her own.
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Old 07-14-2015, 03:59 PM   #73
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I agree, ask me how I was able to drive 18 hours and just made it short of Oklahoma on my recent trip and then continued on and made it cross country in 4 days total. Towing with a proper set up makes it really effortless. You can appreciate that with your new Ford.
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Old 07-14-2015, 04:02 PM   #74
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I agree with you Laura, I do. I actually went and looked at a loaded 2010 F-150 Lariat Crew Cab at lunch today. They want $22,000 for that with 126,000 miles. So the $600 trade-in price of the FJ would have to be subtracted from that, and then add in the Escape purchase and ouch! Wish I for a moment was Bill Gates. Oh that is so cliché! I hate it when people say that!! and yet I fell for it too. I'm trying to create a nice, happy balance between the cost of recreation and the number of years we will not be able to recreate because we are paying for all of it. Of course, you might say "if you can't afford to do it right, then you can't afford it". To which I retort "what's your point?"

Now as to the FJ, had I known 3 years ago when we bought it that we would be upgrading trailers (we thought the Casita was our forever trailer), I might not have purchased it. Heck, I know I wouldn't have. Because I wouldn't have to be agonizing right now!. Add to that the kids have grown too, and the FJ hasn't. I know a 6600 mile round trip next year with the 4 of us and 2 dogs in there is going to test all our patience. Not that it in anyway diminishes MY love for the FJ. I just am an island unto myself on that now I'm afraid.

Oh, and as to the space? My wife would 100% agree with you. Especially after coming from the Astro van. She is a phenomenal sewer and quilter and constantly makes herself new designer type suitcases that she calls purses. And they end up between the seats just like you say or by her feet, which she sweetly complains about.

I'm still as frustrated as I was, because yes, in my heart of hearts, I know the FJ probably is marginal for what we will request of it, yet how do I tell my wallet that?
Wow, I thought FJ's were increasing in value, now that they no longer are being made. I traded mine on a Forrester and got cash back. That truck has a lot of miles and read the manual, sometimes 100,000 miles is the magic time for major overhauls.
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Old 07-14-2015, 04:14 PM   #75
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I was in jest about the trade-in value. I'm sure it has a good resale value. I just want it have as good resale as fiberglass trailers. I want a lot, don't I? I'm actually scared to know what they will offer. I could go the private sale route...

Of course, this might be all academic, if my wife refuses to acquiesce to the additional debt. Who knows, I might be the proud owner of both the Casita and the FJ for years and years... Worse things could happen. You mean not owning a trailer? Noooo!! Heaven forbid I would be forced to own a sticky!!
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as we get older, bigger tv"s seem to be better. it just seems easier and a lot less crowded.
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Old 07-14-2015, 05:35 PM   #77
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:35 PM   #78
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Thank you everyone! I think I have enough information to spend the next year conflicted. That is, if I can get a trailer ordered soon enough. Otherwise, they won't have ours made before 2017.
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Old 07-15-2015, 01:20 AM   #79
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Thank you everyone! I think I have enough information to spend the next year conflicted. That is, if I can get a trailer ordered soon enough. Otherwise, they won't have ours made before 2017.
That's about the schedule we're looking at, unless one of us comes into a big inheritance soon or wins the lotto (but we never play, so that option is out).

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Enjoyed your story. Oh the paradox of choice. Enjoy your musings and good luck with all the decisions you may or mAy not be facing. Sorry, no advice. See link Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice | TED Talk | TED.com
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