We bought our Chrysler Town and Country Touring in February 2010. At the time we weren’t expecting it to be anything more than our family car. It would transport kids to school, football games, band concerts, grandparents house and errands. Fast forward two years and we decide to move to Florida and take on the life of travel photographer, bloggers and online entrepreneurs, and our family mini van is now going to be our Roadtrip vehicle and most important piece of business equipment we own.
When we moved to Florida our van had around 37,000 miles on it. Three and a half of years later our Chrysler Town and Country has over 135,000 miles on it. Since we left on our journey 7/15/2012, we have been on 34 roadtrips and hundreds (if not thousands) of day trips to theme parks, beaches, shows and more. I sat down and tried to figure out how many miles we have done just in the roadtrips, and calculated that we have put on roughly 35,000 miles. With our day trips from the Orlando area I have calculated that we have roughly put on additional 25,000 miles.
Over the last 12 months we are starting to see all our roadtripping taking it’s toll on our van and her age is showing. From replacing wheel bearings, a new radiator, spark plugs, head gasket bolts, the alternator and timing belt. We have gone through 3 sets of tires, 3 batteries, 4 new sets of brakes and more windshield wiper blades then I care to admit. As I am writing this, Patrick is learning how to fix our entertainment system, as both screens in the have stopped working. Yes, our Touring is showing her age, but I truly believe she still has some roadtrips left in her, and have taken to Google to research what others have experienced with their Chrysler T&C Tourings.
I found this Chrysler forum where owners and potential buyers talk about various things with Chrysler products. According to everything I have read there, our Town & Country should easily get to 200k miles for us. Which, with our current Florida Roadtrip Plans and any additional roadtrips outside of the state, we should reach within the next 2 years.
Now I am not gonna lie, I would much rather be roadtripping in an RV or a full size conversion van. My dream is that one day we will be proud RV owners and touring the US (& Canada) in our RV. I will be able to setup my camera on top of it and do astrophotography while Pat and the kids sleep soundly below…. Oh to dream…..
But, for now we will be sticking with our Chrysler Town & Country Touring until she gives out on us. I have managed over the last few years to get roadtripping with two little ones down to a science in our T&C. You would be surprised at how much stuff I can pack in our mini van and still seat us all comfortably for 12 – 16 hour drive days. What about you? How many miles have you put on your main roadtripping vehicle? How many miles do you expect it to last you?