I'm not a camper... (except maybe in certain online video games, where the word has a slightly different meaning) ... but it seems to me if I were so inclined it'd be more advantageous to rent an SUV for the 'lets go camping' weekend rather than owning one the whole rest of the year.hyperion said:Not one of us campers DARED to give up our SUV's, or mini-vans. The Prius makes a perfect 2nd car!
I hear & read this a lot. Camping types who keep a larger gas guzzler than otherwise needed for normal day-to-day frequently solo commuting & errands.ehurtley said:Well, this will be the first Summer we have the Prius; and we go camping a lot. We haven't given up the Explorer yet, but we are very seriously considering replacing both the Explorer AND the second car (Hyundai Accent) with a more economical car. A used classic Prius, TDI Volkswagen (to run on Bio-diesel, of course,) and even a Honda Insight are on the list. (The Insight would become my day-to-day car, since I average 40+ miles a day, and the '04 Prius would be my wife's commuter plus family car. Otherwise, I'd keep the '04 Prius, and the classic Prius/TDI would be my wife's commuter.) The big thing then would be camping.
I haven't read the manual *that* thoroughly... Is it 4 passengers + 800 pounds or 800 pounds? Because if the former, when you're alone you can add (at least) another 600 pounds to that.hyperion said:800 pounds doesn't go too far.
Have you tried? I have fit three large folding-leg tables in the back of my Prius just fine, thank you very much. With the back gate closed. (Just measured, they are 30" by 6 feet.) Not quite a 4 by 8, but as they fit flat, I'm sure a 4-by-8 would fit at an angle. Yeah, it'd stick out the back a bit, but you could carry them. I have fit all sorts of odd things in the back of my Prius. (Love seat, dining room set...)hyperion said:Those fold down seats will never accept a 4 by 8 ft. sheet of plywood, and the list goes on and on.
Nope, three 30" by 6' tables fit just fine in the back. I had to move the driver's seat a little uncomfortably far forward, but they fit with the back end closed. I've bought cabinet sets at Home Depot, plywood (sorry, don't remember the size, but I know it was smaller than the tables,) and all sorts of things that fit just fine with the back seat folded down. Only one thing required the use of the old Ford Explorer: An old kids wading pool. (That just barely fit in the Explorer.)hyperion said:E, you've got to be kidding!!