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Re: Roof rack system for carrying Plywood
« Reply #30 on: March 14, 2023, 11:11 AM »
I own a Chrysler Pacifica with the stow in place roof rack.  Never used it.

When I fold down the Stow n Go seats I can slide a full sheet of 4’ x 8’ plywood in the interior and close the door. 

I then drive home and back onto the driveway.  I setup my saw horse cutting setup behind the car.  I place a roller stand behind the van just a little higher than the saw horses.  I then slide out the sheet over the roller stand and roll it onto the cutting station.

I make my cuts and carry the smaller pieces into the shop. 

The Stow n Go is the only reason I got the van and the only reason I kept it after getting a Chrysler 300 sedan.

If we ever have a second kid, my wife has finally reluctantly come around to being okay replacing our Rav 4 with a minivan (she doesn't want to be a Minivan Mom).  I've been itching for one for this very reason.

I miss my parents' old Ford Aerostar Extended, body-on-frame minivan.  No stowable seats, though; those things were cumbersome to remove, to say the least.

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Re: Roof rack system for carrying Plywood
« Reply #31 on: March 14, 2023, 03:08 PM »
The Pacifica is surprisingly luxurious, quiet and has good ride characteristics.

I had purchased a 2019 Honda CRV with all the bells and whistles.  I kept it for 6,000 miles and about 3 - 4 months before trading it in on the Pacifica.  The Pacifica is a vastly nicer car (and far more expensive). 

I can only recommend the Honda CRV or the Civic (which shares the same engine) if you live in the south. In cold weather the engine will only reach operating temperature at highway speeds.  If you let it idle, the temperature will drop to “cold” in the winter.  So your defroster will not defrost.  It will not clear the snow from accumulating because in the snow you are not driving at highway speeds.  Honda knew about the problem.  At one point the Canadian equivalent of the DOT threatened to have a mandatory recall. 

A couple of weeks after I took delivery of my car they had a “quite recall”, that is they had dealers retrofit new fuel injectors to all the cars that were on their lot but were unsold.  It was a partial fix. 

I found out about it but Honda would not replace the injectors on my car because “Honda does not believe there is a defect”. 

I have permanently divorced myself from Honda and all Honda products. 

Quite aside from that, the SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) was not sporty, lacked utility, and was barely suitable as a vehicle.  I could not carry even a 60” long plank of wood in the cargo area with the seats folded down. 

The Pacifica is far nicer to ride in, quieter and smoother riding.  It has more utility, but no more sportiness. 

I traded in the nearly new Honda and an older Sonata plus $800.00 that I put on my Amex and I drove off with the van.  Never regretted it.

Anyone who favors SUVs over a Pacifica or the new Kia, simply has not driven both.  Image aside, the vans are far nicer vehicles.  The Honda van is supposed to be nice too, but you know how I feel about Hondas. 

Both the Pacifica and the Toyota are available with 4-wheel drive.  But only the Pacifica has the Stow n Go.  But the super delux version with captains chairs does not have stow and go, and the hybrid also does not. 

If you are looking to buy a Pacifica (or the newest version of the Dodge) make sure that you know that it features the stow and go.  Some models do not.