I have never owned one and do not particularly want to.
They use a lot of petroil, are so big, and for me, totally unnecessary. I think an ordinary mid size sedan has just as much room for children, luggage etc, so I really cannot see why so many people buy them.
They often are bad drivers also and think they own the road.....no, unless you go into the bush I cannot understand why these are so popular and there are so many around.
Oh! Finy, your 2nd para re space is incorrect.
We carried the two kids, large portable fridge, huge willow picnic basket with camping cooking gear, two stock saddles with their accompanying tack, two kit bags with our clothes, & fishing gear, in the back of our SWB.
Try fitting ALL of that in the back, & boot of a mid sized sedan car!
I find parking the most difficult part of driving and I think in a monster like this I would really struggle..... but then a lot of people driving them don't seem able to park them properly, given the number I've seen badly parked, blocking extra spaces etc etc.... so perhaps I shouldn't let it put me off!
Yes. Toyota SWB FJ40. 'Australian Travelling Brown' is its' official colour/paint job! Bought it 1976. Hasn't done 200000 Klms yet. Only has gone to NP's, through NSW, SA, Qld & to the dump!
Had it converted, seat wise for kids in back. Recaro passenger seat for me. Additional fuel tank means 800klms without refuelling, plus 3 jerry cans' worth chained to back.
Fabulously reliable vehicle. Pulled camper/trailer for many years'. Has cast iron engine. Have been told never to sell it!
I have my little red rav 4 which has 4wd and a bull bar. I am strangely very emotionaly attached to this car. It makes me happy to drive it especially when I am doing a bit of bush bashing on the weekends. Nothing hard core like massive hill climbs or rocky creek crossings, just easy dirt tracks. Yeah, I love my baby suv.