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Vehicles that a Pinball Machine Fits in

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    #1601 9 months ago
    Quoted from Bernardspop:

    A lord of the rings Stern

    No, not going to fit. Even if you take the head completely off, you’d have to remove the hinges from the head. Or maybe it would fit In the front seat. But you’re better off just renting a trailer from uhaul for under $20

    #1602 9 months ago

    Does anyone have experience with moving pins with the newer Honda Pilots? I have a 2009 Honda Pilot that is past 300K miles, so I'll be looking to get a new vehicle at some point here. I know the body style changed in 2016 and it appears the rear dimensions of the Honda Pilot got smaller in this change, so I'm looking for feedback with the newer body style.

    #1603 9 months ago
    Quoted from Eric_S:

    Does anyone have experience with moving pins with the newer Honda Pilots? I have a 2009 Honda Pilot that is past 300K miles, so I'll be looking to get a new vehicle at some point here. I know the body style changed in 2016 and it appears the rear dimensions of the Honda Pilot got smaller in this change, so I'm looking for feedback with the newer body style.

    Use the "posts containing keyword" search box at the top of the page. A search on "pilot" returned a lot of good info.

    #1604 9 months ago

    Anyone use a Transit connect?
    Can you stand up a machine in end inside a high roof version?
    I’d like to figure out if you can get 4 upright in a long wheelbase version.

    #1605 9 months ago
    Quoted from Eric_S:

    Does anyone have experience with moving pins with the newer Honda Pilots?

    When I sold my Shadow back a few years ago, the guy who bought it from me had a new pilot (2016-present). I helped him load it, and it slid right in with zero issues. Seemed like a good pin hauler to me.

    #1606 9 months ago

    Anyone able to find clearance for the VW ID4? Thinking about future vehicle and can't find that spec yet. The local dealership wasn't much help either while they await the first shipment.

    #1607 8 months ago

    Chevy Volt, possible but definitely not recommended. It was very difficult with four people. Chopping the head off was a frightmare. But hey, at least you get the crypt keeper creepily staring out the back window! "Oh I'm sorry officer, the check is the the MAUL. I'll be sure to replace my head LICE next time."

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    #1608 8 months ago

    OK I've read the last 15+ pages of this thread and I don't think my particular question has been asked, so here goes:

    Are there any minivans that can fit one modern pin AND comfortably seat four people??!

    Looking to pick up our R&M from Spooky in a couple months. Thought it would be a fun road trip with some family stops along the way, after this past year of quarantine.

    But it seems most if not all modern minivans do not have enough length fit a pin "lengthwise" behind the second row seats. Nor enough room between wheelwells / interior panels to turn a pin across the back. OR the right split/fold seat ratios to fold half the 2r / 3r seats to hold a pin, yet still seat a person comfortably next to it. I suppose we could slide & turn a pin into the middle seat row, then use the back row seating, but obviously that is less than "ideal" for a 600+ mile trip.

    (Bad enough that all the extra BS in modern vans seems to have made them less useful as haulers, but now you apparently can't even fit pins through the sliding doors either?!?! Sigh... I miss my old Aerostar).

    I'm getting the sense we must be the only family dumb enough to do this, hence why nobody has brought it up before

    #1609 8 months ago
    Quoted from goingincirclez:

    Are there any minivans that can fit one modern pin AND comfortably seat four people??!

    My 2006 Odyssey does this just fine. I can’t speak to other minivans though.

    Middle row stays in, and the two captains chairs will still seat 2 adults comfortably, along with a driver and passenger. I’ve carried 4 people and a modern WPC game plenty of times (usually when I’m hauling games and friends to and from pinball shows).

    #1610 8 months ago
    Quoted from beergut666:

    Body change was in 2016. I moved pins in my 05 Equinox, and when I was looking for a newer one I wanted to make sure that I could still move a machine in it. I ended up finding a 2015 last year that only had 40k miles on it and went with that over something newer.

    my 2016 equinox would fit an old machine with head off or newer style folded down.after 3 machines i traded it in on a truck

    #1611 8 months ago
    Quoted from mbaumle:

    My 2006 Odyssey does this just fine. I can’t speak to other minivans though.
    Middle row stays in, and the two captains chairs will still seat 2 adults comfortably, along with a driver and passenger. I’ve carried 4 people and a modern WPC game plenty of times (usually when I’m hauling games and friends to and from pinball shows).

    Thanks, that's good to know it was possible that far/recently... I appreciate it.

    Anyone have info on newer vans? Anyone have one they could measure for us? We're looking to purchase a "newerish" minivan soon to replace our finally-earned-retirement Aerostar. Yes we know vans aren't sexy but neither is a hernia or backsnap from trying to hoist a pin up into a brodozer load floor. Never mind other issues: that comment a few pages back about an Escalade (of all things!) not fitting even one pin is just hilarious for all the wrong reasons. Long live the unloved minivan.

    #1612 8 months ago
    Quoted from goingincirclez:

    Are there any minivans that can fit one modern pin AND comfortably seat four people??!

    The fourth generation Odyssey (2011-2017) will fit a pin in back with the middle seats installed, so you can actually seat five with a pin in the back. I'm not sure about the fifth generation (2018+) but I'd hope so, the body style is very similar. I tried to get clarification on this but couldn't.

    The fourth generation won't fit a NIB Stern with the middle seats unless you fold the seat backs down, but any game out of box will fit just fine.

    #1613 8 months ago

    To those new to this thread, to find out about a specific vehicle, go to near the top of this web page (on the right hand side).
    Locate the search engine called "Find in Topic". It's about 4-inches from the top of this page.
    In the box "Posts Containing Key Word(s)", enter the vehicle you are interested in...and hit enter
    You will be rewarded... I hope.
    Robert

    #1614 8 months ago

    To those wanting to know about a certain vehicle, it may already be in this thread.
    So to find out if info on a vehicle exists:
    1. Go to the top of the page and click on the "Find in Topic" line.
    2. Then enter "your vehicle"
    3. Hit "Find"
    You may be rewarded...
    Robert

    #1615 8 months ago
    Quoted from Eric_S:

    Does anyone have experience with moving pins with the newer Honda Pilots? I have a 2009 Honda Pilot that is past 300K miles, so I'll be looking to get a new vehicle at some point here. I know the body style changed in 2016 and it appears the rear dimensions of the Honda Pilot got smaller in this change, so I'm looking for feedback with the newer body style.

    I have the newer style 2016 pilot touring. Had a 2011 and 2008 before. Great vehicles! Just hit 100k on the 2016. Never been in the shop for a single issue. Still getting 25mpg on road trips!

    I picked up a new Stern Elvira HoH a month ago in it. You won’t fit a box in there, as the roofline by the hatch is lowered, but a machine with the head folded down slides right in. I’ll say there isn’t 1/2” to spare, but it fits fine!

    The SUV has room to spare with the seats down. I’m a woodworker and can fit 7’ lengths of lumber in the back and still close the hatch.

    Can’t go wrong!

    #1616 8 months ago

    Buick Encore - another update.
    Fits wide-body JJP like a glove. No clearance issues but shooter rod was just touching the drivers seat. Its like they made this thing to haul pins. My favorite 1 pin hauler so far.

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    #1617 8 months ago
    Quoted from ahanson:

    I've fit a few 2-player Gottlieb EMs in the back of my Subaru Impreza hatchback but didn't think a four player would fit. Did a bit more Tetris playing tonight and found out I'm good to go for old Bally SS machines. Not sure if the dolly will get in there too though.
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    It is possible to fit newer titles as well, as long as you completely remove the head! I hauled a mid 90s SEGA in my 2013 Impreza WRX STI earlier without issue.
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    #1618 8 months ago

    Volvo V70 2003 Bally Hotdoggin' will fit. Bally/Williams Sys11/WPC games doesn't fit without loosening the backbox and sliding it down. I`ve cut two notches in the upper left and right corner so now even a Starship Troopers (Sega showcase) fits with 1cm+ (1/2") to spare.
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    #1619 7 months ago

    Will 2 pins fit in a 2017 Toyota Sienna in various seating configurations?

    I am about to move 2 pins for the first time in a 2017 Toyota Sienna. I could get them in my Odyseey just fine, and am sure I can get them in here. What scares me and is different about this on is the fact the seat carriages don't sit flat in this.

    Questions:
    1. Will 2 pins fit, one sideways towards the front and one longways towards the middle with the middle seats folded forward?
    2. Will 2 pins fit, one sideways towards the front and one longways towards the middle with the middle seats removed without the pin having to sit on the chasis or hooks that hold the chairs?
    3.Will 2 pins fit, one sideways towards the front and one longways towards the middle with the middle seats removed with the pin witting on the chasis or hooks that hold the chairs?
    4. Will a pin fit in the side door on this one?

    Thanks! If no answer I will try and report results!

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    #1620 7 months ago

    OK so my wife has a 2016 Ford edge I have hauled quite a few pinball machines in it but never a widebody I’m looking at picking up an Indiana Jones and I am concerned that it may not fit. A standard body game barely fits height wise but has plenty of room width wise, does anyone know if Bally Williams games is the same height when the back box is folded down... standard versus white body?

    #1621 7 months ago
    Quoted from Concretehardt:

    OK so my wife has a 2016 Ford edge I have hauled quite a few pinball machines in it but never a widebody I’m looking at picking up an Indiana Jones and I am concerned that it may not fit. A standard body game barely fits height wise but has plenty of room width wise, does anyone know if Bally Williams games is the same height when the back box is folded down... standard versus white body?

    Here you go https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vehicles-that-a-pinball-machine-fits-in/page/31#post-5984068

    #1623 7 months ago
    Quoted from sataneatscheese:

    Will 2 pins fit in a 2017 Toyota Sienna in various seating configurations?
    I am about to move 2 pins for the first time in a 2017 Toyota Sienna. I could get them in my Odyseey just fine, and am sure I can get them in here. What scares me and is different about this on is the fact the seat carriages don't sit flat in this.
    Questions:
    1. Will 2 pins fit, one sideways towards the front and one longways towards the middle with the middle seats folded forward?
    2. Will 2 pins fit, one sideways towards the front and one longways towards the middle with the middle seats removed without the pin having to sit on the chasis or hooks that hold the chairs?
    3.Will 2 pins fit, one sideways towards the front and one longways towards the middle with the middle seats removed with the pin witting on the chasis or hooks that hold the chairs?
    4. Will a pin fit in the side door on this one?
    Thanks! If no answer I will try and report results!
    [quoted image][quoted image]

    Yes. I have a 2015 Sienna and hauled 2 90s Williams pins at the same time. 1 loaded in the side door and 1 loaded in the rear hatch. With room to spare. Yes, you will need to remove the middle row seats- very easy.

    #1624 7 months ago
    Quoted from Coz:

    Yes. I have a 2015 Sienna and hauled 2 90s Williams pins at the same time. 1 loaded in the side door and 1 loaded in the rear hatch. With room to spare. Yes, you will need to remove the middle row seats- very easy.

    Awesome!

    If you don't mind a follow up question, those middle seats come out easy, but are on a "carriage" of sorts that slides forwards and backwards. I have looked into removing those, but you pretty much have to take the car apart. Were you able to load the pins without setting one on top of those carriages? I am trying to figure out if I need to buy a 4x8 and slide it in the rear first.

    Thanks!

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    #1625 7 months ago
    Quoted from sataneatscheese:

    Awesome!
    If you don't mind a follow up question, those middle seats come out easy, but are on a "carriage" of sorts that slides forwards and backwards. I have looked into removing those, but you pretty much have to take the car apart. Were you able to load the pins without setting one on top of those carriages? I am trying to figure out if I need to buy a 4x8 and slide it in the rear first.
    Thanks!
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    You’ll need some cardboard, foam pad or maybe a workout mat to place over that. I usually throw a harbor freight moving blanket over it too. I have never removed the bracket only put something on top of it. It’s also the only time I carried 2 pins. I usually only do one at a time and just move the seats forward, only need to take them out for 2 games.

    The van is my wife’s, I currently use a 2018 Honda CR-V to move 1 pin at a time. 1 stern pin fits great in the back of the crv

    #1626 7 months ago

    Mini Cooper Countryman?

    #1627 7 months ago

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/anybody-know-if-you-can-fit-a-pin-in-a-mini-cooper

    Some in a countryman.

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    #1628 7 months ago

    2017 Toyota Sienna. Minivan.

    A Sienna will fit one pin without removing any seats, moving the center left seat all the way forward and folding the rear left seat down. Confirmed to move a Widebody Pin (Twilight Zone).

    A Sienna will fit 2 pins with the center row seats removed and the rear seats folded down flat. HOWEVER, it will only fit with one pin sideways immediately behind the drivers seat and the other one longways behind that. This van has seat hooks that are non removable. You will have to put one of the pins overtop of these hooks (the seat carriage) or put something overtop of it.

    If you are going to routinely move 2 pins at once, I would strongly recommend purchasing a 4x8 foot sheet of wood. Remove the center seats and fold rear seats flat. Move front seats all the way forward. Place piece of wood in van and slide all the way forward and tuck under the front seats. Move seats back to sittable position and make sure trunk will close. I am 6'4" and there was plenty of room for me to move the seats back.

    This will give you a nice surface to slide pins on without worrying about damaging the pin or catching on any floor hooks.

    A 4x8 sheet of wood is insanely expensive right now (paid $70 Saturday) but reusable.

    This configuration allows for the movement of 2 pins of pretty much any era.

    Good luck folks!

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    #1629 7 months ago

    How bout the new bronco sport.

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    #1630 7 months ago
    Quoted from stangbat:

    The fourth generation Odyssey (2011-2017) will fit a pin in back with the middle seats installed, so you can actually seat five with a pin in the back. I'm not sure about the fifth generation (2018+) but I'd hope so, the body style is very similar. I tried to get clarification on this but couldn't.
    The fourth generation won't fit a NIB Stern with the middle seats unless you fold the seat backs down, but any game out of box will fit just fine.

    2014 Odyssey here.

    You can, and I have, but depending on the depth of the pin (ie: TNG’s phaser launcher vs a standard plunger) you may have to either move the 2nd row seats forward or make sure the protruding not-plunger is in the middle of the van, with the center seat pushed forward.

    If you have A) tall people in the first row (pushing the first row seats back), B) teens-or-larger in the second row, and C) a long pin, it’s not going to be comfortable for the second row passengers.

    FWIW, I just fit a boxed GnR in the van with the second row seats all the way forward (worst-case scenario). I didn’t really have to squeeze much to make it fit.

    The Odyssey is a great pin hauler. Low load height, very flat load floor, wide enough to fit a boxed game and a dolly, and plenty of height. We’re trading ours in, and I’m not looking forward to trying to cram a game in an SUV.

    #1631 7 months ago

    Any one know about the new 2021 Ford Escape? Looks like it is getting pretty small.

    2 weeks later
    #1632 6 months ago

    I'm looking into getting a small, reliable, fuel efficient car. The more MPG's, the better. I'm looking forward to some road trips and would really like the ability to haul a pin, if need be.
    Most likely, any pin I would be hauling would be DMD era and newer. I'd much prefer to not have to remove the head.

    So far, the front runners are Honda Fit, Chevy Spark and Chevy Sonic hatchback.
    I'm also looking at a 2010 Prius II. I saw some people were able to fit pins in a Prius, but had to remove the head. Would removing the backseat create enough room to leave the head on and just fold it?

    Any advice, with the exact model and year that you've used or seen, would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

    #1633 6 months ago
    Quoted from OilGuy:

    Any one know about the new 2021 Ford Escape? Looks like it is getting pretty small.

    A quick forum search will lead you to my post on the '20 Escape which is the same as the '21 - the short answer is they made the damn hatch opening too small! https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vehicles-that-a-pinball-machine-fits-in/page/31#post-5961322

    #1634 6 months ago
    Quoted from KYLEDM5:

    I'm looking into getting a small, reliable, fuel efficient car. The more MPG's, the better. I'm looking forward to some road trips and would really like the ability to haul a pin, if need be.
    Most likely, any pin I would be hauling would be DMD era and newer. I'd much prefer to not have to remove the head.
    So far, the front runners are Honda Fit, Chevy Spark and Chevy Sonic hatchback.
    I'm also looking at a 2010 Prius II. I saw some people were able to fit pins in a Prius, but had to remove the head. Would removing the backseat create enough room to leave the head on and just fold it?
    Any advice, with the exact model and year that you've used or seen, would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks!

    If you are looking that vintage I'd also look at Honda Element, Scion xB, and Nissan Cube....

    #1635 6 months ago

    Haven't heard of any of the newer gmc/chevys will fit a game

    2020 GMC terrain?
    2018+ GMC acadia ?

    #1636 6 months ago

    I rented a Chrysler Voyager minivan from Enterprise to go trade my LW3 for Dr. Dude (I added cash) about 90 miles away.

    Though the pin fin easily in the back and the seats collapse easily into the floor, the car was weak as hell and struggled to go slightly uphill at 65 MPH.

    Chrysler living up to its reputation.

    #1637 6 months ago
    Quoted from prl867:

    I rented a Chrysler Voyager minivan from Enterprise to go trade my LW3 for Dr. Dude (I added cash) about 90 miles away.
    Though the pin fin easily in the back and the seats collapse easily into the floor, the car was weak as hell and struggled to go slightly uphill at 65 MPH.
    Chrysler living up to its reputation.

    How old was this van? I don't think they've made a Voyager in years. Was it a Pacifica? If those have the 4 cyl in them they're pretty doggy.

    CHris

    #1638 6 months ago

    2020 Chevrolet Equinox
    (same as Terrain)

    No-go based on about 1" too little entry height.

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    #1639 6 months ago

    2020 Cadillac Escalade
    (Same as Yukon XL & Suburban. If anything Cadillac my have a bit less vertical space than the others but lots of room all around).

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    #1640 6 months ago

    2018 Acadia
    Nice square opening. Lots of room all around with 2nd row folded.

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    #1641 6 months ago
    Quoted from MLmotorsport:

    2020 Chevrolet Equinox
    (same as Terrain)
    No-go based on about 1" too little entry height.
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    was the 2018 terrain different than the 2020's?

    #1642 6 months ago
    Quoted from northvibe:

    was the 2018 terrain different than the 2020's?

    Unfortunately no - same style. I had to take the head off of a Stern POTC to get it in that style Terrain. Lots of room if you could sneak past that upper beam at the rear hatch (trust me, I tried to).

    #1643 6 months ago
    Quoted from MLmotorsport:

    Unfortunately no - same style. I had to take the head off of a Stern POTC to get it in that style Terrain. Lots of room if you could sneak past that upper beam at the rear hatch (trust me, I tried to).

    I was confused as the WCS fit in the terrain but not equinox. If they are the sam chassis, I just assume the terrain has a boxier body in the rear?

    #1644 6 months ago

    I use a Honda Element. Such a great pin hauler. I bought it just for this purpose as a spare vehicle. Any advice on what to use to slide it in and out? Prefer something that will protect the bottom of machine? I try cardboard but it just gets stuck all the time. Has to be a better way.....

    #1645 6 months ago
    Quoted from northvibe:

    I was confused as the WCS fit in the terrain but not equinox. If they are the sam chassis, I just assume the terrain has a boxier body in the rear?

    The white car is a 2018 Acadia

    #1646 6 months ago
    Quoted from goingincirclez:

    Thanks, that's good to know it was possible that far/recently... I appreciate it.
    Anyone have info on newer vans? Anyone have one they could measure for us? We're looking to purchase a "newerish" minivan soon to replace our finally-earned-retirement Aerostar. Yes we know vans aren't sexy but neither is a hernia or backsnap from trying to hoist a pin up into a brodozer load floor. Never mind other issues: that comment a few pages back about an Escalade (of all things!) not fitting even one pin is just hilarious for all the wrong reasons. Long live the unloved minivan.

    Honda Odyssey fits 2 newer sterns perfectly. T shape . 1 horizontal after removing 2nd row seats and the 2nd pin straight in.

    #1647 6 months ago
    Quoted from MLmotorsport:

    The white car is a 2018 Acadia

    OMG wow. I need to make a pot of coffee.... :-p thanks for the reminder.

    #1648 6 months ago
    Quoted from insight75:

    I use a Honda Element. Such a great pin hauler. I bought it just for this purpose as a spare vehicle. Any advice on what to use to slide it in and out? Prefer something that will protect the bottom of machine? I try cardboard but it just gets stuck all the time. Has to be a better way.....

    If you look in my pictures that is what some bumper covers come wrapped in (as in automobile replacement parts). Slick on one side and durable foam on the other so the bottom of the machine catches it and slides it back naturally. Good if on a carpeted surface. These wrappers were really common back in the day but less so now. May still be commonly used in other shipping/packaging sectors but GM not using them much. Check with a local bodyshop - I'm sure they'd be happy to give them away if they have some handy.

    #1649 6 months ago
    Quoted from insight75:

    I use a Honda Element. Such a great pin hauler. I bought it just for this purpose as a spare vehicle. Any advice on what to use to slide it in and out? Prefer something that will protect the bottom of machine? I try cardboard but it just gets stuck all the time. Has to be a better way.....

    A sheet of masonite cut to size and a Harbor Freight moving blanket. The masonite is slick on one side, and with the blanket underneath the pin will slide right in on the masonite.

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Hardboard-Tempered-Panel-Common-3-16-in-x-4-ft-x-8-ft-Actual-0-175-in-x-48-in-x-96-in-832780/202404545

    #1650 6 months ago

    $20 rent a truck from Home Depot.

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