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Extended cab pickup and family? #4454249
07/09/17 11:46 AM
07/09/17 11:46 AM
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Fort Worth TX
TheKracken Offline OP
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Howdy everyone, I wanted to see if anyone else has an opinion on this. My wife DD our mini van and I DD my truck and then we have a prius for most other trips including almost weekly 100+ mile road trips.

Basically, does anyone here find any issues with using a extended cab pickup to hold a small family? We have a baby on the way now but don't know if it is going to be extremely inconvenient using a ext. cab. The truck will be our sunday car basically where we take it on small outings.

Our truck has seat belts for 6 people.

Last edited by TheKracken; 07/09/17 11:46 AM.

2011 Prius 96k miles RLI 5w20
97 Toy T100 4x4: amsoil 0w20 242k Miles
04 Toy Sienna awd: Pennzoil 0w20 281k Miles
Re: Extended cab pickup and family? [Re: TheKracken] #4454257
07/09/17 12:01 PM
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A 1997 T100 extended cab? Pretty tight, but OK for baby and booster seats and young kids.

When you get tired of them kicking the back of your seat, you'll know it's time for something bigger...


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Re: Extended cab pickup and family? [Re: TheKracken] #4454271
07/09/17 12:18 PM
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My daughter has a 3 1/2 year old and another one due in January.
The backward facing 3-6 year old seat will not fit in the back of my 2011 GMC extended cab 2500 without the front seats shoved all the way forward.
She looked at a 2017 Canyon last month, tried the seat, same thing.

Too bad, because I would rather give her my truck and buy a new 3500 CC/LB with the new Duramax, than buy her a new truck.
So... it looks like a 1500 crew cab short box, dog 'n kid proof leather interior, prolly with the max-trailer option for the big mirrors,
8 speed & lower gearing.

I'll swap the p-rated tires out for 275/70/18 Hankook RF-10s, and dump the 0w20 for some 10 tenths 25W70 while I'm at it.

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Re: Extended cab pickup and family? [Re: TheKracken] #4454280
07/09/17 12:33 PM
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If you have a Prius and a minivan, why would you take the truck on "small outings" with a baby?


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Re: Extended cab pickup and family? [Re: TheKracken] #4454282
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It should work fine but a Crew Cab is king.
Had both- you cant beat a CC

Re: Extended cab pickup and family? [Re: TheKracken] #4454286
07/09/17 12:41 PM
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Take the Prius on outings.

The number one thing to consider is you do not want the vehicle to break down with wife and baby. So that rules out your pickup.

Last edited by Donald; 07/09/17 12:44 PM.

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Re: Extended cab pickup and family? [Re: TheKracken] #4454299
07/09/17 12:55 PM
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A 20 year old pickup, even a Toyota, is not reliable or safe enough to entrust your family with. The ext cab is too small anyway. I'd either get a modern CC pickup with good safety ratings, like an aluminum F-150, or stick with the Sienna or Prius.

Last edited by NO2; 07/09/17 12:59 PM.
Re: Extended cab pickup and family? [Re: NO2] #4454303
07/09/17 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted By: NO2
A 20 year old pickup, even a Toyota, is not reliable or safe enough to entrust your family with. The ext cab is too small anyway. I'd either get a modern CC pickup with good safety ratings, like an aluminum F-150, or stick with the Sienna or Prius.


Oh please.

Lots of us drive older cars.

They might not meet your personal "standards", but the OP didn't say, "I've got $50K for a new truck, what should I get?"

He asked if he can fit his family in his current truck for Sunday outings.

This truck is his daily driver - so it's plenty reliable. And taking his family in the truck for outings seems quite reasonable to me.

I used to take my family on outings in a 1990 Toyota. Taught my kids to drive in it. Didn't sell it until last year.

You must be horrified to think that people actually drive trucks that old...

Last edited by Astro14; 07/09/17 01:05 PM.

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Re: Extended cab pickup and family? [Re: NO2] #4454327
07/09/17 01:25 PM
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Flaherty, KY
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Originally Posted By: NO2
A 20 year old pickup, even a Toyota, is not reliable or safe enough to entrust your family with.


Who says? If you were maintaining my vehicles, I could certainly agree with you.

We routinely make family trips in our '85 F-250, even towing recreation vehicles up mountain passes for long distances when we lived in Colorado. All our vehicles made the 1100 mile trip to KY when we moved here in the spring. Despite them being 13, 15, 21, and 32 years old, none of them have left us stranded on the side of the road. I've never once felt unsafe or on edge bringing my family anywhere in them. What makes this possible is noticing problems early, and staying on top of them. Having a spare vehicle when one goes down for repairs/maintenance, helps immensely. I'm of the opinion that a well maintained and taken care of older vehicle will be more reliable than one much newer that is neglected. I'll save that monthly car payment for something else, others can keep throwing their money away on bank interest. When the time comes for a new vehicle (likely when kids are out of the house, and I actually have the time to appreciate a new vehicle!) I'll pay cash and own it outright. To each their own!


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04 Odyssey EX 182k PUP 0w-40
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Re: Extended cab pickup and family? [Re: Nick1994] #4454331
07/09/17 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted By: Nick1994
If you have a Prius and a minivan, why would you take the truck on "small outings" with a baby?
probably pulls a boat or travel trailer.


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Re: Extended cab pickup and family? [Re: TheKracken] #4454339
07/09/17 01:37 PM
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2016 Colorado frontal crash test. The baby seat in back is up to 18 months. The OP from Seattle, will likely know the Sea to Sky highway from Vancouver to Whistler and Pemberton. We lose a tire a year to sharp rocks, that is why the 3-ply sidewall E rated.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHVlncWhIQQ NCAP video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAwy070U6yA edit; side crash test

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Re: Extended cab pickup and family? [Re: AirgunSavant] #4454356
07/09/17 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted By: AirgunSavant
It should work fine but a Crew Cab is king.
Had both- you cant beat a CC


That's exactly right.

Re: Extended cab pickup and family? [Re: AirgunSavant] #4454358
07/09/17 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted By: AirgunSavant
It should work fine but a Crew Cab is king.
Had both- you cant beat a CC
+1 on the crew cab. I would never buy a truck unless its a crew cab.


2015 RAM SXT Crew Cab 5.7 with 6 speed tranny.

2008 Mazda 3 GS Sport Hatchback 5sp MT (Girlfriend's car)

Re: Extended cab pickup and family? [Re: TheKracken] #4454388
07/09/17 02:30 PM
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My cousin and his wife have a 2014 ecoboost F150 crew cab and 3 kids under age 5.

They're very happy with it. Not sure how it would do with 4 kids, though?


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Re: Extended cab pickup and family? [Re: Astro14] #4454413
07/09/17 02:55 PM
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Originally Posted By: Astro14
Originally Posted By: NO2
A 20 year old pickup, even a Toyota, is not reliable or safe enough to entrust your family with. The ext cab is too small anyway. I'd either get a modern CC pickup with good safety ratings, like an aluminum F-150, or stick with the Sienna or Prius.


Oh please.

Lots of us drive older cars.

They might not meet your personal "standards", but the OP didn't say, "I've got $50K for a new truck, what should I get?"

He asked if he can fit his family in his current truck for Sunday outings.

This truck is his daily driver - so it's plenty reliable. And taking his family in the truck for outings seems quite reasonable to me.

I used to take my family on outings in a 1990 Toyota. Taught my kids to drive in it. Didn't sell it until last year.

You must be horrified to think that people actually drive trucks that old...


Lordy, I just sold my 1970 C-20 Chevy and thought I'd really modernized when I bought a 1993 F-150 extended cab 4x4 with 82K on the clock ... I got A/C and Cruise and a small back seat and windows and locks and posi and a bed liner - who-ee I'm stylin now smile

Yeah, I'd take the Prius on some outings, if I had one ... But a lot of places I go, a Prius would be a joke, and get stuck quick. Maybe the OP wants to go gather fire wood, or collect mushrooms, or something. Small outing could be rock hounding or rock climbing ...

As far as using a truck for a small family - I'd get the three door style. Regular front doors, the rear half doors to it's easier to get the kids in and out smile


Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.
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