Among the full size 4x4 vans, SMBs, and some gorgeous Westys in this forum, this post may be a little sacrilegious, but here goes.
I own a 2001 Town & Country AWD. It's the family's grocery getter as well as trip vehicle. It performs excellent in snow, and I only had it once on soft sand but it performed well. Its main handicap however is its low ground clearance coupled with no armor/protection. Chrysler claims 6" ground clearance, but I doubt it although I've never measured. We'd like to explore a little further into the woods now. Maybe rougher gravel roads and mild fire roads for more interesting camping spots. No serious off-road stuff. So here are my questions:
-how come this van is never mentioned in this forum? (I think it is comparable to the Toyota 4wd, Westy, Astro, etc which get a lot of mention)
-Can this van be lightly modified to tackle mild off-road (maybe a 2" lift, bigger tires)?
-Am I delusional and should just buy a full size 4x4 van? (but going from 20mpg to 12mpg will hurt)
I appreciate your thoughts/opinions on this.