For the third year running, we rented
a single 15-passenger van. With only seven total people on the
trip, we had plenty of room for luggage and to spread out, and it
You can see all the vehicles we've
rented over the years on our special
page dedicated to them.
A 2010 Chevrolet Express was our vehicle this year.
When we picked it up, it had about 11,000 miles on it, and we put
another 1,813 on the odometer before we were through with it.
Interestingly, that was almost exactly the same mileage we put on
last year's van (1,825).
Good thing we get them with unlimited miles!
was probably the best van we've ever had. Not a single problem
the entire trip. Last year, the battery would run down
overnight sometimes, and we were lucky to get it started the next
morning. But it didn't do it consistently, and we could never
figure out the problem. The year before, the remote keyless
fob didn't work, so we had to actually stick the key in the door
every time we wanted to unlock it. How 1970s can you get?
|For the first time, we had a vehicle that was "flex
fuel" and could take the E-85 (85%) ethanol fuel. We never
found a station, though, in our 1800+ miles of travel that offered
||This is the owner's manual for the van. Who
takes a picture of the owner's manual, you say? WE do!
(It proves we actually had the van, right? I mean, we COULD
have just taken a picture of any van parked on the side of the road
or in a parking lot and called it ours, couldn't we have? How would
you ever know one way or the other? More importantly, why
would you CARE?)
What you remember most about riding in the
van. Lots of open space, and a highway that looks like it
stretches on forever.
|The "Welcome to Arizona" sign
heading westbound on I-40. Apparently parking is not allowed
anywhere in Arizona.
||Saw this nifty pink Cadillac with a
white vinyl top on I-40 in New Mexico.