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Stan wrote:

Why are people in cities and warm climates buying these gas guzzeling, insurance
intensive, bone jarring crates?

Well, some of us can see a use for 4wd.

We just bought a used Explorer. We decided on a SUV because my husband, the sailplane pilot, wants to do some cross-country soaring. One of the risks of that is landing out the plane in a rural field somewhere. That means the ground crew (me) gets to drive the plane's trailer out to wherever he's at, help put the plane in the trailer (the wings come off) and pull the whole shebang out of the field.

For those of you who are wondering, a sailplane is a glider-- all long wings and no engine.

Regards

Cheryl
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