Royal Floor Sweeper
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: The Sticks, South Carolina
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Since buying the B, my family of 4 has expanded to 5-> 1 age 2 and the others at 8 and 9. When we travel, we use the B, rather than my wife's Dodge Grand Caravan.
Last summer, we went to the beach, for a week (4 hour drive), in the B. On the roof, we had 4 bodyboards and used the cargo box (bought last summer) for the baby bed, towels, and random food. Last year, we just used the basket for the baby bed and towels.
For weekend trips, we almost NEVER use the roof box. Though, use the rack for bikes. The (rather massive, even when folded) three-wheel stroller can either go in the back or on the roof, depending on how much we think we will need.
W/ 4, there is enough room inside, unless you pack WAY too much. We used the B w/o a roof rack for 2.5 YEARS as our main family trip vehicle-> preferring it OVER the van. The xB is more comfortable and rides better. The interior is roomy in the back, as well as the front.
I don't really use the roof rack for family trips near as much as I expected- as it all usually fits w/o needing it. And that is with FIVE! We use the roof box (and earlier a roof bag, which replaced using a tarp wrapped around stuff) only on extended trips, which we tend to overpack for.
Heck, last year, we went to my parents house for CHRISTMAS in the xB and managed to fit all the "loot" INSIDE the B, with not much on the roof. We plan to use it again this year for that trip.
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