Godbout, Marc (GodboutM@ANDOVERCONTROLS.COM)
Mon, 9 Jun 1997 08:45:32 -0400
> From: Blaine S Nay[SMTP:b.nay@JUNO.COM]
> Reply To: Blaine S Nay
> Sent: Friday, June 06, 1997 3:06 PM
> To: Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L
> Subject: Re: Scoutmastermobile
> I seriously doubt that four-wheel-drive is really needed by 99.9% of
> Scoutmasters. What he needs is hauling capacity best (in my opinion)
> met by a full-size van for boys plus a trailer for gear.
I guess I fit into that .1%. That one time I needed it to get out of a
washed-out road saved a 2 -3 mile hike to a phone, then a 2.5 hour wait
for drivers to come up to haul our boys back home, then another drive
back to pick up the vehicles when the road crews have filled in the
I fully agree that cargo space is most important, but my Explorer fit
the four boys plus all our gear. The Jeep Wagoneer, also 4X4, fit the
rest of the boys plus the leaders who had cars and had to back on
Tuesday to get them.
Another consideration is ground clearance. The full size vans look
excellent for this, but stay away from minivans. They're designed for
easy entry/exit and can't handle even moderately bumpy access "roads".
> If he needs four-wheel-drive for personal reasons (ie concern for the
> wife in heavy snow, rare fishing / hunting situations, fun, macho,
> then get four-wheel-drive. You'll give up badly needed hauling
> in exchange for the mobility. But it just gets you deeper into the
> before you get stuck.
The trick is to use 2-wheel drive to get in and push the button when you
need it to get back out.
> When the trails rough, the boys ought to be hiking anyway!
Again, my main concern is getting out, not getting in.
SM Troop 98
ASM Troop 412
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