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Car hire for 6 people and 6 case

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Car hire for 6 people and 6 case

In the middle of organising a trip to florida for 6 people in June. Have organised most things but am a bit stuck on car hire - so we are 5 adults and a 4 year old, we have six medium/ large cases. Am thinking either a Dodge grand caravan or Toyota Sienna. Does anyone have any experience of hiring either of these vans or have any general advice on what to hire?

Many thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Car hire for 6 people and 6 case

You certainly wouldn't be able to fit 5 adults and a 4 year old plus luggage in a Grand Caravan. I have rented this vehicle many times and there is very little luggage space, we tend to have this as a party of 4 with the rear bench folded flat for the luggage.

Never hired a Sienna but they are a little bit bigger, they claim to be 8 seats but looking at pictures the middle seat in the 2nd row looks like it would only suit a child.

You could possibly fit in this and fold down part of the rear seat to squeeze your luggage in.

Here is a picture of the inside of a Sienna to give you an idea of size: http://www.toyota.com/sienna/#!/gallery

Edited: 10:04 am, March 20, 2013
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2. Re: Car hire for 6 people and 6 case

Full size SUV such as a Chevvy Tahoe? - otherwise it's one of the larger 12 or 15 seater vans, Unless the Sienna would work.

https:/…FFAR-fullsize-suv.html

gm.ca/gm/…overview

Does partly depend how big those cases are and it would likely be hand luggage on laps from and to the airport (when you are carrying all the bags).

Edited: 10:21 am, March 20, 2013
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3. Re: Car hire for 6 people and 6 case

If the car is fine for the most of your trip then you could send a couple of your party to their hotel/villa in a taxi depending if this is more cost effective than upping the size of your vehicle to accommodate the full party with luggage.

Chevy Tahoe would be my recommendation if going for a larger vehicle for your party. We had that for 6 adults plus luggage 18 months ago and it worked well for us. We normally have a Grand Caravan or Sienna for our party of 4 or 5. This year we have booked a Chevy Traverse, which accommodates 7 through Hertz for 5 of us.

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4. Re: Car hire for 6 people and 6 case

Never hired a Sienna, but we have hired a Dodge Caravan for 5 of us, and there is only just enough room for luggage, it's a great car, but only if you have limited luggage

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5. Re: Car hire for 6 people and 6 case

We've had a dodge caravan every time with either 5 or 6 people and managed fine, put 1 seat down and stack all cases in, only a bit of a struggle to and from airport.

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6. Re: Car hire for 6 people and 6 case

Dodge Grand Caravan specs are: seats 7 people....if you rent a vehicle away from the airport will be much cheaper....check with your hotel most have inexpensive shuttle bus to and from airport which will take excess baggage....when renting van or hotel compare on internet....rates change daily...pack light, there are many clothing outlet stores and you may want to purchase new wardrobes....

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7. Re: Car hire for 6 people and 6 case

I am also going in June with 6 people & 6 cases plus hand luggage & i have booked a Chevvy Tahoe after advice given to me from a friend at work who travels to Florida regularly with 6 people he says the Tahoe is ideal :0)

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8. Re: Car hire for 6 people and 6 case

Thanks so much for all your useful advice. Looks like its the Chevvy Tahoe for us. Will get booking!

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9. Re: Car hire for 6 people and 6 case

Good luck as long as you don't steal mine haha ;0)

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10. Re: Car hire for 6 people and 6 case

A mini van would be a much better choice for 6 people than a Tahoe. The dual sliding doors will make it much easier to get in and out of. As stated the ride to and from the airport will be cramped, but that is only 30 mins of your trip. The rest of the time you will find it much easier to manage.