30 Things I Love: My Minivan

Chrysler Minivan

I love my minivan. I know many don’t think they are ‘cool’, but I love it! Our current van is a 2008 Chrysler Town & Country with 211,000 miles…and counting.

This minivan is the 4th one we’ve owned. I love how many people you can pack in and still be comfortable, especially in our current van. Besides people, it’s moved our girls to and from college every year since 2009. If I take out the swivel bucket seats in the center, I can fit a twin size box spring and mattress along with the bed frame, and multiple boxes. I’ve also hauled many farm parts, bags of seed, and tools. This van has been where no minivan was designed to go, but where you need it to go on a farm. However, I do think my next van should have a lift kit. It would make it much easier to go through fields and snow drifts!

Besides the work it’s done for hauling things, we’ve had this van all over the United States. I’ve said many times how I don’t like to fly, and prefer to drive. This van has been to northern Minnesota, South Padre Island in Texas, the northern California coast, and Point Pleasant Beach in New Jersey. I can’t tell you how many times it has criss-crossed Minnesota, been through South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois. It’s been a safe, comfortable ride through blizzards, severe thunderstorms, 112 degree highs, and -32 lows.

I was pretty excited to pass the 200,000 mile mark on this van. I’ve never reached that mileage in a vehicle before, because I usually hit a deer right before that milestone. This year, I came close, but avoided the Bambi encounters, thankfully. While I hope to get many more miles on this van, I have started thinking about what type of vehicle I want next, now that our girls are grown. I keep coming back to the comfort, fuel mileage, and cargo benefits of minivans. I may not look like the coolest woman out there, but let me tell you, the sound system handles Sirius Satellite Radio’s 80’s on 8 just fine.

What is your favorite vehicle, and why?

Day 1: Pizza

Day 2: Shoes

Day 3: Shout Stain Remover

Day 4: The Ability to Vote

Day 5: My Heritage


Day 7: Black Velvet for Photography

Day 8: Strong Coffee and Strong Hairspray

Day 9: Peacefulness

Day 10: Winter’s First Snow

Day 11: Freedom

Day 12: Dairy

Day 13: Jonathan

Day 14: Coffee

Day 15: Seasons

Day 16: Scones

Day 17: #AgNerds

Day 18: Playing in the Dirt

Day 19: Friends

Day 20: My Church Choir Family

Day 21: OxyClean

Day 22: Small Town Celebrations

Day 23: Clouds

Day 24: Thanksgiving

Day 25: Sisters

Day 26: My Minivan

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Author: Carolyn Olson

I grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN. In 1988, I married my best friend, and moved to the farm. Jonathan and I have three daughters, and will soon have a son-in-law! I love life on the farm, and wouldn't trade it for anything!

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