I am absolutely amazed that I have grown my staging business as far as I have owning a Volkswagon Jetta. The commercials ARE right showing how much cargo can fit into the little bugger. It is so funny to hear what people think when I pull up and pop out two six foot trees and several big plastic bins of accessories, plus a cart of tools, a steamer, an aluminum ladder and whatever floral things grace the rear window.
Thus far, I achieve the necessary expanded ‘corporate fleet’ with cargo van and box truck rentals. Have not as yet been able to justify financially the purchase of our own cargo vehicle, but that day will soon come. Meanwhile, it is time to replace my everyday company-owned Jetta with a more appropos staging vehicle. I consider myself to lead a green lifestyle, and cannot imagine using a van or SUV for daily running with as little fuel economy they offer, though bio-diesel capabilities would make a van/SUV viable for me.
So today I begin the search for the perfect new stage-mobile, with maximal storage capacity AND good gas mileage. Maybe I can work in the bio-diesel. Initial research shows the Scion xB getting better ratings on Consumer Reports than Honda Element, with $5K less price. Scion starts at $17K. Thinking larger, I undertand the Dodge Sprinter, made by DaimlerChrysler, is offered as diesel in the European markets, which would be the bio-diesel choice, however, they are priced nearer to $35K and maybe more for the diesel.
There must be many other choices and ideas waiting to emerge. Would anyone care to join in a discussion of staging vehicles with me?