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mnisam



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got THE answer: Prius, 50 mpg!! ( nothing but kite gear:-)). Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PeconicPuffin wrote:
I use a Ford E150 cargo van, and carry inside 4 boards, 7 sails, 4 booms, 7 masts, 3 wetsuits, and everything else I need. Plenty of room for camping gear, and I lay a sleeping bag on an air mattress down the middle to sleep. To see how I have thevan set up, check out this page and the links to the photo album on my blog.

If you go the cargo van route, get a light duty van (like the E150). A heavy duty van (like an E350) will have its suspension set up for carrying a ton (literally) of cargo, and with your light windsurfing stuff the ride will be terrible.

The only thing I'd change about the van if I could would be to make it 4WD, otherwise it's an outstanding shredmobile. Gas mileage is not great (20mph highway) but the vehicle itself is so inexpensive to buy and maintain that I don't sweat it.

Seperately, I did not know that there's enough room behind a minivan's driver's seat to fit boards (that would be 8 feet minimum). I would get into any minivan you're looking at, and think about exactly where you're going to put your boards. When I set up my van I had to plan around a 9'3" board. It had to go low in the rack because the the back of the driver's seat angles towards the rear, and the amount of clearance you have at floor level is more than what you have 3 feet off the deck.


I just bought a used Toyota cruiser. They're great four wheel drives, and handle soft sand with a breeze when the a-track mode is engaged. Kinda pricey and not that great on gas, but I absolutely love it. It has a nice roof rack, and a lot of room in the back.
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