Pimp My Ride — Family Edition

October 20, 2006



Remember my post about selling the Eurovan? Well, we haven’t had the heart to do it — especially now that our awesome road trip reminded me that the VW is actually designed for awesome roadtrips. What in the world are we going to replace it with?

Plus, I think it’s a really good candidate for Pimp My Ride. In the last episode I watched, the Pimp My Ride team installed a snow maker on the car, three different TV screens in the dashboard, and also TV screens on the mudflaps. Awesome. For sure they can handle my requests.

This is what I want done to our Eurovan:

-Replace the 5 rear seats with a curved bench that seats 6 (we always need an extra seatbelt for a guest/playdate). The bench would start where the back, passenger-side bench starts, but then curve around until it meets the driver’s seat. This would be amazing. It would eliminate front row/back row arguments and there would be super easy access from the side door for me to climb in and buckle everyone quickly. We only have one sliding side door, and the bench would block a potential second side door, but I don’t mind. The bench would be so great.
-The curved bench also needs to convert to a bed when needed.

-The curved bench needs to be easily removed so we can have pure, unadulterated cargo space as needed.
-Each seat on the bench should have it’s own cubby/basket attached underneath, but not touching the floor to make for easier vacuuming. The cubbies should be easily removeable for cleaning out.

-In two or three seats on the bench there should be built-in carseats that are safe for 1-year-olds and up (like volvos) that can convert to regular seats. Imagine: no more installing car seats!

-In front of the curved bench there would be a table that stores flush with the floor and sets up with one hand — the kids could eat or play games or do homework here.
-All ashtrays and existing pockets for stuff should be eliminated so that there’s nowhere for apple cores to hide and no hard-to-reach places to clean. Streamline.
-There should be a Dustbuster port that charges as the van runs, so it’s ready anytime.

-I don’t want a fridge in the car, but there should be cupholders in the bench that have a cooling button.

-TV screens installed in the seatbacks of the 2 front seats.

-Some kind of media station that accomodates DVDs, iPods, cds, tapes, GPS — with no visible wires.
-wifi access.
-Surfaces should be easy to maintain. Leather on the seats, maybe rubber flooring.
-A built-in diaper wipes compartment near the bench that’s easy to restock.
-Armorall wipes compartment in the dash (Ben likes to Armorall the car when he’s at red lights.)
-A garbage compartment that fits standard size garbage liners. And has a place to store garbage liners.

-Auto lift gate.
-Auto side door.

-Auto windows in the rear.
-Car kit with first aid, tools, chains, cables, blanket, etc. that stores neatly out of the way.
-TV screens on the mudflaps.

What do you think? Is the Eurovan reality show material?

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1 Jenni October 20, 2006 at 8:38 am

awesome, maybe they’d give you a job on that show as a designer, can’t you just see gabby pimpin’? they might want to slam it down to the ground a bit and put hydraulics in it tough. i think you thought of everything, perfect.

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2 amy October 20, 2006 at 10:54 am

-There should be a Dustbuster port that charges as the van runs, so it’s ready anytime.

Someone is going to steal this idea and then you will see it on the 2008 Dodge Caravan.

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3 Lizzy October 20, 2006 at 1:11 pm

husku
absolutely! the bench idea is perfect…how about built in carseats that change into regualr seats nicely? TLC should do their own spin on this show for moms!

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4 Design Mom October 20, 2006 at 1:36 pm

Amy, if I had a nickel for every time Dodge uses one of my ideas. . .

Lizzy, I agree. I think it could be a whole series on customizing family cars. Espisodes could feature all kinds of scenarios. For the first time parent. For the owner of a big dog. For the family that’s way into skiing. For the family lives by the beach. For the family of twins. And on and on and on.

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5 Namona October 20, 2006 at 1:49 pm

Will you please contact one of the big auto makers & apply for a job? I NEED the family vehicle you’ll design!!!

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6 ashlynn October 20, 2006 at 4:53 pm

Please apply for the show or subbit your idea to HGTV – I would watch & love it.

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7 the Moira November 15, 2006 at 11:57 pm

You forgot the neon lights under the car, and the tinted windows.

I hate my minivan, but I would buy this car.

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8 EmilyS August 10, 2007 at 2:58 pm

You should all check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEFE3B0Rje0

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9 alibop September 23, 2007 at 4:35 pm

have you checked out the new Dodge Sprinter? It is made in Germany by Mercedes so it would take about 8 months for a custom van. It is quite a bit bigger than the VW but my husband just test drove one and said it seems less truck like than the chevy vans. I want one! But I want one with a PA system so I can communicate over all the noise. It would also be nice to have some sort of over head storage but l like the idea of underneath cubbies too.

Maybe in the future we will have family vans that are fueled solely by that garbage and trash they accumulate.

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10 Mommy in the Making May 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Love it :)

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11 Marie-Celine Murawski May 27, 2010 at 7:44 am

sounds like a mom of 4′s dream here; I esp love the slide in underseat storage space which does not touch the floor so it can still be vacuumed. Hate to say it… but pure genius.

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12 emily July 15, 2010 at 10:15 am

Yes, but what color would you paint it? And would it have FLAMES!?

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13 Lauren August 18, 2010 at 10:32 pm

That’s awesome about the Armor All at red lights! I thought mine was the only guy who did that!

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14 Ryan August 26, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Gabby, and since you like curved benches so much….we installed a curved bench in your curve bench! :)

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15 Sue September 11, 2010 at 3:24 pm

LOVE your ideas. Where were you 20 years ago? Times have surely changed for the better! I’m a armorall wiper at stop lights also so now I know I’m not alone!

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16 Kristin July 26, 2011 at 5:25 am

Yes, I think it’s doable, but I also want some kind of invention that would automatically clean up the toddler crumbs from under and in the car seat, as well as automatically take off the carseat cover, wash it and put it back in the carseat the correct way.

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17 Greta October 6, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Hi. I just discovered your blog via Wise Craft.
I love everything about it.
This post has me cracking up and saying, YES!” at the same time.
We just had our 4th and a car such as you describe would be fabulous.
Can’t wait to read more.
Love from,
Greta

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18 Analise June 4, 2012 at 11:09 am

I have been following your blog on and off for years and just stumbled on this old post. Superb ideas! I am curious what you are driving now that you are a family of 8? I am pregnant with twins (which will bring us to 8 also) and we have been testing driving some options (there aren’t many :) Also if you know of any great twin blogs or websites I would sure love some recommendations! Thanks!

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19 Heidi April 26, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I was just reading this several years past the original post date and Honda has put a built in vacuum in the 2014 Odyssey Touring! Prophetic? Me thinks so.

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