It really depends on what setup you create for yourself, into what
vehicle it will fit. I have, a “dreaded” station wagon, as you call
it, and until recently I was able to fit things just fine into it. I
recently redid my setup, though, and although it’s got several pros
over my old setup, bulk isn’t one of them. Actually, if I’d just
made use of the roof rack this first time I used it, I’d probably
have still been fine with my one car. I just needed to throw a few
things in my husband’s car, but he was going separately with me in
his car, anyway.
For the next time I use it, I’ll just have to consider again the
arrangement in my car, sometimes it takes a few times to really
figure out the best way to fit all these things in, no matter the
vehicle. I tell you, though, I was recently driving a minivan (rental
for a long trip with 6 people) and with the stow 'n go seats, I was
thinking that’d work really well for schelpping my show stuff! I’ve
been resistant to a minivan (to me, that was the dreaded one), but
maybe it’s in my future.
I’d say, if you don’t want to get an SUV (and I wish more people
would decide NOT to get an SUV!) a station wagon could work just fine
or, perhaps even better, a minivan. I don’t know why station wagons
lost their appeal here in the US. They’re useful, they don’t guzzle
the gas like SUVs, and in many cases they actually have more hauling
capacity, anyway. Unlike the rest of the world, it seems we need to
have things big & bulky & impressive looking.
OK, I’ll stop. There’s also the route of the hook-on trailer thing,
but personally I’d rather not have to drive with one of those, or
figure out where to put it when it’s not in use, and with two kids I
need the hauling capacity on a daily basis, anyway. I’ve also
considered the idea of renting something for the occassion, since
right now I’m not sure how exactly to get everything in the station
If you generally don’t need a larger vehicle, and you aren’t doing
shows every other weekend, then perhaps renting is a thought for you.
You could save a lot of money by not using the larger vehicle every
day, and perhaps it’d be more than you’d spend to rent one now & then
for a show. Not sure yet myself, I haven’t really sat down & done the
math on that. By the way, I have a Ford Focus wagon, so it’s not a
huge vehicle, but I can still fit lots into it. At least with
jewelry, the inventory itself isn’t the space problem!
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