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Loading pins in a 2006 Grand Carivan


By Brandon

3 years ago



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#1 3 years ago

Hi all,

I have to move two pinball machines up from Texas to Illinois using a 2006 Dodge Grand Carivan (with stow and go) and was wondering if there were any recommendations on how to load 2 pinball machines into the vehicle (Addams Family and Metallica Pro). I would prefer to not have to remove the heads if possible. But, I do know that may have to be done because it is a tight fit in this vehicle. Has anyone done this before and can offer any ideas on how to accomplish this task? Pictures would be great too.

Thanks so much for the information,
Brandon

#2 3 years ago

I'm not sure about the older Caravans but I've used newer Caravans from 2011 on up to move 2 pins nicely. No need to remove heads. Just load the first one in the rear door and slide it up all the way to the front seats turning it as it goes. Have both side doors open which will make turning it easier until its nicely parallel up against the front seats. A nice thick piece of cardboard works great under the machine to help you slide it and to protect it. When the seats are stowed I think those Caravans have those exposed big steel brackets mounted in the floor... those things will damage the pin if you're not careful. Hope you're not a big guy since you may have to slide the front seats forward a bit more than normal. The second game just goes straight in the rear door and you should have plenty of room to fit some padding between the two games.

As long as Dodge hasn't changed them too much (don't think they have) over the years as far as cargo space the 2006 should work fine.

#3 3 years ago

Do what teekee said, as I have a 2005 grand caravan with stow and go and they fit fine.

#4 3 years ago

i will be doing the same thing this week and this is how i have done it in the past.

Quoted from teekee:

I'm not sure about the older Caravans but I've used newer Caravans from 2011 on up to move 2 pins nicely. No need to remove heads. Just load the first one in the rear door and slide it up all the way to the front seats turning it as it goes. Have both side doors open which will make turning it easier until its nicely parallel up against the front seats. A nice thick piece of cardboard works great under the machine to help you slide it and to protect it. When the seats are stowed I think those Caravans have those exposed big steel brackets mounted in the floor... those things will damage the pin if you're not careful. Hope you're not a big guy since you may have to slide the front seats forward a bit more than normal. The second game just goes straight in the rear door and you should have plenty of room to fit some padding between the two games.
As long as Dodge hasn't changed them too much (don't think they have) over the years as far as cargo space the 2006 should work fine.

#5 3 years ago

I've had four pins in mine plus 16 playfields and luggage and drove to Allentown a few years back. The games where Judge Dredd, Dolly Parton, Dancing Dolls and DE Playboy 35th and neither the JD or the Playboy had there heads removed. If your only taking two games then load them from the back and when you get one in then turn it 90 degree's in the van and then load the second game straight in the back door as well so that they form a "t". Very simple !!

John P. Dayhuff
Battle Creek, Mi.
269-979-3836

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