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 Post subject: What do you own as a backup vehicle?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:23 am 
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Crazy situation! Between my fiance and I we have had 3 cars for the past month since I bought my Rav EV. I previously drove a PIP. She drove a 04 Corolla. We agreed we would keep, and she would drive, whichever sold last no matter which one it was.

We take a lot of road trips and I hoped hers would sell first so we could keep mine. I like the radar cruise and seats.

I found a buyer and met him a few hours away from home to do the exchange. While I was gone a cash buyer stopped by and bought her Corolla.... Now we need a backup....

I dont want to spend a lot of money so instinctively I am thinking a 09-10 regular Prius.

What do you guys own, if anything, as your backup?

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 Post subject: Re: What do you own as a backup vehicle?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:33 pm 
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Actually, the "backup" vehicle in my household, is my VOLT. My wife uses the RAV4 EV and I drive the Volt for commuting purposes. This is a good all around combination for ALL our transportation needs.

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 Post subject: Re: What do you own as a backup vehicle?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:37 pm 
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Rent a car for your backup. I suspect your existing cars can make it to any car rental place in any direction.

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 Post subject: Re: What do you own as a backup vehicle?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:07 pm 
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Volt. Will go anywhere and is electric powered under typical circumstances


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 Post subject: Re: What do you own as a backup vehicle?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:31 pm 
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'04 Ram 2500 Cumins turbo diesel. See signature. It will haul a lot of stuff and pull a heavy trailer.

I went 115 miles yesterday in my RAV4 with a 1 hour charge at home after 50 miles...couldn't have done that in the LEAF. The truck sits in the garage feeling neglected.

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 Post subject: Re: What do you own as a backup vehicle?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 10:58 pm 
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I would love to be an all electric household. But we take a lot of weekend trips. Last year I drove straight to Orlando in the PIP. There is also been countless trips to North Carolina.

I am thinking it will have to be a 2009-ish Prius. That sets up my future move in which she takes over the Rav and I get a Tesla :-)

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 Post subject: Re: What do you own as a backup vehicle?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 11:01 pm 
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Dsinned wrote:
Actually, the "backup" vehicle in my household, is my VOLT. My wife uses the RAV4 EV and I drive the Volt for commuting purposes. This is a good all around combination for ALL our transportation needs.


My situation is the reverse. My wife drives the Volt (MY 2014) and I drive the RAV4 (MY 2012). Since she rarely drives more than 35 mi/day, we only use gas for occasional trips to LA. Otherwise the situation is the same.


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 Post subject: Re: What do you own as a backup vehicle?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 11:39 pm 
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Every vehicle in my garage tries to fulfill a different niche, such that in total, they offer the widest breadth of capability for various needs of the family. They all have to be great at basic transportation firstly (i.e. can seat 4 and handle child seats), but are well differentiated beyond that.

Between my wife and I, we have the following cars: RAV4 EV (wife's DD), 911 Porche Turbo (my DD), Lexus LX470 (backup/vacation/utility/offroad)

You already have 2 frugal and efficient cars. Perhaps something completely different to answer some other need? The RAV4 has great utility as an SUV. It's just too bad it can't serve the function of a vacation car.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:49 am 
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Get a first generation Honda Insight with a bum battery for cheap and get JeremyW to tell you how to bring it back to life.

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 Post subject: Re: What do you own as a backup vehicle?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:18 am 
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We'll have a 2007 Prius for sale, after we get the JdeMO. :D Haven't needed it since we got the RAV4 EV, but Barbara won't let it go yet. You never know when you will need to drive 500 miles nonstop with 10 minutes notice. :roll:

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