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Vehicles that a Pinball Machine Fits in

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    #2051 1 year ago
    Quoted from whoknowsgoi:

    2023 Kia Sportage? anyone know if these work for spike sterns

    I think I measured that one at 31.5" - it was the XSP model but I think they are all the same.

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    #2052 1 year ago

    2018 Honda CRV fits one modern stern machine with the back seats folded down flat. It slid in easily on it's bottom side, with the front / coindoor facing the front of the car, and the head folded down. The door closes, and I still could fit the dolly in with it.

    #2053 1 year ago
    Quoted from SantaEatsCheese:

    A 2022 Subaru Forester will fit every pinball machine ever made excepting Hercules and P3. Note that Gottilieb System 3s have to go in in their side. The doggy Matt rear protector they sell is perfect for protecting pins. 1500 pound towing capacity on all models but the wilderness which can tow 3,000. So if you rent a u-haul 5×8 you can fit 6. The perfect pin hauler.

    Here she is swallowing super Mario Brothers like a good girl.

    Thanks for the info. I measured the back opening of the 2022 Forester at 31.25" and 31.75" (edge and center), but noted that the ceiling dropped down to about 30.25" where the seat belt comes out about 9-10" in from the opening on the back right. I measured Stern Star Wars maximum height at about 30-30.25", so knocked the Forester off my list. Have you transported a modern Stern?

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    #2054 1 year ago

    2007 Hummer H3. Lay the rear seats down = and you can fit a 1993 Gottlieb Gladiators in there.

    #2055 1 year ago

    A 2022 forrester will absolutely fit a modern stern without issue. Since I already had the games wrapped from the York show I did a test fit. Hermit is holding a Deadpool. No rub on ceiling. This is in a 2022 subaru forester wilderness edition with sunroof. All models but the base are the same in the back except the base without sunroof which his actually bigger. Confirmed you can haul 5 in a 5x8 u-haul with the wilderness edition as well. What you cannot do is keep one rear seat up with the modern stern.

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    #2056 1 year ago
    Quoted from SantaEatsCheese:

    A 2022 forrester will absolutely fit a modern stern without issue. Since I already had the games wrapped from the York show I did a test fit. Hermit is holding a Deadpool. No rub on ceiling. This is in a 2022 subaru forester wilderness edition with sunroof. All models but the base are the same in the back except the base without sunroof which his actually bigger. Confirmed you can haul 5 in a 5x8 u-haul with the wilderness edition as well. What you cannot do is keep one rear seat up with the modern stern.

    Thanks! I have a 2017 Outback, purchased before pinball entered our lives in 2018. I was set on a 2022 RAV4 hybrid because of MPG and the height. But almost all Toyota dealers in the Seattle area mark them up $5000-$6000 to get them to "blue book" prices. $44k+tax/reg is hard to swallow for an XLE Premium (need Softex for dogs). One dealer 45-60 minutes away sells at MSRP based on orders only (unless you happen to be on the lot the day they have the trim that you want), so they are now selling 2023s.

    So I'm looking at the Subaru Forester again. My dealer has a blue wilderness edition on the lot today. If it's still there when the Seahawks game ends at 1:00 locally, I may go buy it. They do look sweet.

    #2057 1 year ago
    Quoted from SantaEatsCheese:

    A 2022 forrester will absolutely fit a modern stern without issue. Since I already had the games wrapped from the York show I did a test fit. Hermit is holding a Deadpool. No rub on ceiling. This is in a 2022 subaru forester wilderness edition with sunroof. All models but the base are the same in the back except the base without sunroof which his actually bigger. Confirmed you can haul 5 in a 5x8 u-haul with the wilderness edition as well. What you cannot do is keep one rear seat up with the modern stern.[quoted image][quoted image]

    I have towed pins with my 2018 Forester XT.
    Observations I can share:
    1). Use an OBD app and watch your fluid temperatures. On a 150 mile fwy only trip, I was concerned with AT/CVT temps I saw. That was towing two pins in a10' enclosed trailer in 60deg rainy weather. From that experience, I planned on adding an additional AT cooler before I bought a more capable towing vehicle.
    2). The ratio Subaru chose for reverse is ridiculously tall. With anything over 1000 lbs and an incline, the CVT just wants to slip. In a couple cases it flat refused to move. This was also in X mode, were I found the tightening of the diffs, lowered ratios and softened throttle response worked fantastic for forward direction. But for some inexplicable reason doesn't affect reverse. Keep in mind the XT has the "high torque" CVT, so one would it expect it to perform better under high demand situations.
    3). I hauled a max of 4 pins in my trailer for a short 15 mile run. Again the transmission was clearly unhappy with any starts and any hills. I found it best to use S# mode where it locks the CVT into 8 pre defined ratios and used the paddle shifters to manage things. Even then, it didn't feel great.

    I wanted the FXT to be the perfect pin hauler. Hopefully the new models have improvements to the transmission behavior but I would suggest keeping a close eye on it.

    #2058 1 year ago

    STTNG will fit in a 2020 Honda Fit.

    #2059 1 year ago
    Quoted from DarthPaul:

    STTNG will fit in a 2020 Honda Fit.

    Everything fits in the Honda Fit.

    #2060 1 year ago
    Quoted from Adaminski:

    So I'm looking at the Subaru Forester again. My dealer has a blue wilderness edition on the lot today. If it's still there when the Seahawks game ends at 1:00 locally, I may go buy it. They do look sweet.

    Thanks to all those who provided info to this thread over the past few years, and to RobF and SantaEatsCheese for specific info in the past few days. Here is a summary of my search for a small SUV that will transport a pinball machine in 2022.

    After looking at several vehicles in person, my research told me that the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE Premium (with weather package) was the best car for my driving, pinball moving, activities, and dog park needs at the MSRP price point that I was willing to pay. It has enough height over the entire back seat and cargo areas because the roof is flat with no protrusions, it gets great combined gas mileage, and drives/rides well enough (even though Consumer Reports isn't a big fan of 2022 RAV4). But it sells for $4k-$6k over MSRP in our area, and getting a desired color is very challenging. I could order one for delivery at MSRP since I wasn't in a hurry, but I really didn't want to wait months for 2023 models.

    We could afford a more expensive car, but I like a car that works for me and gets the jobs done, and that I'm not going to worry about all the wear and tear that life gives things. I appreciate better cars, but I'm not a "car guy." We could have gone the used route, but I prefer to spend my spare time fixing and maintaining pinball machines, working on projects around the house, playing racquet sports, going to dog parks and for walks and hikes, etc. I don't want to worry & spend time researching repairs (so I know what the mechanic is recommending) and possibly have down time on a vehicle that is already 5+ years old. Also, there isn't as much depreciation on models that are only 3 years old.

    I've had a 2017 Outback Limited since new and like the brand here in the PNW. Local Subaru dealers are still selling at MSRP. My local dealer just got in a Forester Wilderness in Geyser Blue that looked really sharp to us and ticked all the check boxes. Also, for some reason Consumer Reports loves the 2022 Forester. I know that the height will be a bit tight due to the seat belt protrusion in the roof, but since pinball machine moving is an infrequent occurrence I figure I can deal with it.

    Bought the Forester Sunday. Took my daughter back to college (50 miles one way) last night, and took our first dog park trip today. I'll post a photo when we move our first pin a month or two.

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    #2061 1 year ago

    Repost from earlier in this thread. More proof that a 2020-era Forester is all good with a modern Stern. The pin height is VERY tight on mine. I had to remove the rubber mat to get it in. But in it went, along with a 60" Escalera w/big wheels, a hydraulic lift cart with custom tilting mechanism, toolbox, cooler, etc. Made for the perfect MGC hauler this year. I have the Sport model and absolutely love it.

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    #2062 1 year ago
    Quoted from DarthPaul:

    STTNG will fit in a 2020 Honda Fit.

    I would like to see a picture of this.

    #2063 1 year ago
    Quoted from insight75:

    I would like to see a picture of this.

    Honda Fits will fit any game with room to spare. My wife has one and we've taken a Demo Man in it once. My 2010 Honda Insight will also work for any game as long as I can take the head off of it.

    #2064 1 year ago
    Quoted from insight75:

    I would like to see a picture of this.

    Never hauled a STNG, but I might have pics of hobbit, Demo Man, or TZ. I’ll have to check my old phone.

    #2065 1 year ago

    Has anybody attempted to move a WPC Era Machine in a 2018 Rav4 Hybrid?

    #2066 1 year ago
    Quoted from Pinash:

    Never hauled a STNG, but I might have pics of hobbit, Demo Man, or TZ. I’ll have to check my old phone.

    That's awesome. My dad ran my Element in to a pole so may be looking for another pin hauler soon which will double as a first car for my daughter.

    #2067 1 year ago
    Quoted from truemagoo102:

    Honda Fits will fit any game with room to spare.

    Almost any game.

    I think Devil's Dare would be both too long and too tall. DD barely fit in my 2017 CRV, but it fit. Is Black Hole the same size? Are there others? Not sure.

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    #2068 1 year ago

    I was so excited about getting a Hobbit, I forgot to take a picture. I can confirm it fits in a 2020 Honda Fit. The sellers of the machine were a little doubtful it was going to fit but it slide right in.

    2 weeks later
    #2069 1 year ago

    I'm wondering if there are any somewhat current vehicles that can easily fit 2 newer sterns in?

    I'm likely going go with renting a Cargo van but I'm wondering if there is anything else that would work. Not interested in removing a head.

    Thanks

    #2070 1 year ago
    Quoted from PinPickle:

    I'm wondering if there are any somewhat current vehicles that can easily fit 2 newer sterns in?
    I'm likely going go with renting a Cargo van but I'm wondering if there is anything else that would work. Not interested in removing a head.
    Thanks

    Any minivan where the seats fold flat will work. Odyssey and Sienna.

    #2071 1 year ago
    Quoted from SantaEatsCheese:

    Any minivan where the seats fold flat will work. Odyssey and Sienna.

    I'm assuming one would go width way through the doors and the other would go long way?

    There's a 2022 Chevrolet Suburban available. Wondering if that would work. Would hate to get there and it doesn't.

    I will look for a Sienna or an Odyssey

    #2072 1 year ago
    Quoted from PinPickle:

    I'm assuming one would go width way through the doors and the other would go long way?
    There's a 2022 Chevrolet Suburban available. Wondering if that would work. Would hate to get there and it doesn't.
    I will look for a Sienna or an Odyssey

    Here are some photos https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vehicles-that-a-pinball-machine-fits-in?tu=sataneatscheese#op

    #2073 1 year ago

    Wow! That's impressive.

    Thank you for sharing the link.

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    #2074 1 year ago

    Does any one have experience with a Mazda Cx-30?

    #2075 1 year ago

    A WPC will fit in a Gen 4 Hybrid Rav 4, but it is not a fun experience. What a PIA. Time to go an ice the back.

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    #2076 1 year ago
    Quoted from nerdygrrl:

    A WPC will fit in a Gen 4 Hybrid Rav 4, but it is not a fun experience. What a PIA. Time to go an ice the back.
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    That looks like an easy fit in the Rav 4 Hybrid, where was the problem??

    #2077 1 year ago
    Quoted from PinsOnly:

    That looks like an easy fit in the Rav 4 Hybrid, where was the problem??

    It's hard to see in this pic, but the seats don't fold down flat and stick up at an immense age. So you are pushing the pin "uphill" considerably when trying to get it in. One of the steepest inclines I have ever seen in a backseat.

    #2078 1 year ago
    Quoted from nerdygrrl:

    It's hard to see in this pic, but the seats don't fold down flat and stick up at an immense age. So you are pushing the pin "uphill" considerably when trying to get it in. One of the steepest inclines I have ever seen in a backseat.

    Ahhh, yes, I can see that, I thought the opening looked fine and was a bit surprised to hear it was a struggle. You need to find a way to slide the front up the "hill". Carpet sliders under the front or a pipe to roll it along as it's going in there. Was there still clearance on the ceiling where the head is close? Rav 4 Hybrid is a vehicle I am considering for my next upgrade.

    #2079 1 year ago
    Quoted from PinsOnly:

    Ahhh, yes, I can see that, I thought the opening looked fine and was a bit surprised to hear it was a struggle. You need to find a way to slide the front up the "hill". Carpet sliders under the front or a pipe to roll it along as it's going in there. Was there still clearance on the ceiling where the head is close? Rav 4 Hybrid is a vehicle I am considering for my next upgrade.

    It's something with this Gen, this was a 2018 so a Gen 4. From what I have read, this gen is an issue for sure because of the battery bump. I don't know what of anything would have made it easier. Just happy it is done and my friend could bring his pin home to his fam for the holidays.

    I have never had a more difficult time loading a game.

    #2080 1 year ago
    Quoted from PinsOnly:

    Carpet sliders under the front or a pipe to roll it along as it's going in there.

    My '21 rav4 hybrid is the same. I use a hunk of waxy cardboard like the campaign signs that people put in their yards. Need to pull a bit on the front to start it up on to the back seats. Those signs slide so good the pin will move around when I take a turn if I leave it under there.

    #2081 1 year ago

    ANyone fit a pin in a jeep gladiator?

    #2082 1 year ago
    Quoted from billsfanmd:

    ANyone fit a pin in a jeep gladiator?

    Isn't that essentially a pickup truck? I can't imagine it would be a problem.

    Chris

    #2083 1 year ago
    Quoted from SilverUnicorn:

    Isn't that essentially a pickup truck? I can't imagine it would be a problem.
    Chris

    It is but the bed is a little short. With the tailgate down Im sure it fits. Was seeing if it fits with gate up.

    #2084 1 year ago
    Quoted from billsfanmd:

    It is but the bed is a little short. With the tailgate down Im sure it fits. Was seeing if it fits with gate up.

    The bed is 60" Should be ok.

    #2085 1 year ago
    Quoted from insight75:

    The bed is 60" Should be ok.

    Agreed, the height of the new Bond 007 LE pinball machine in the box is 56" so if you have a pinball machine horizontal it should fit with a few inches to spare.

    Gord

    #2086 1 year ago

    2015 BMW X3 Diesel , will a modern stern fit folded ? please let me know , thanks

    #2087 1 year ago

    Would a Toy Story 4 CE (new in box) fit into the back of a 2021 RAV4 Hybrid? Or do I need to take it out of the box first?

    #2088 1 year ago

    i would think out of the box

    #2089 1 year ago
    Quoted from Neal_W:

    My '21 rav4 hybrid is the same. I use a hunk of waxy cardboard like the campaign signs that people put in their yards. Need to pull a bit on the front to start it up on to the back seats. Those signs slide so good the pin will move around when I take a turn if I leave it under there.

    I have a 2021 RAV4 Hybrid as well. I’m going to be getting a Toy Story 4 CE machine new in box. I take it that I will have to take it out of the box to fit it into my vehicle. I’ve never tried putting a new in box pinball machine into the back of my vehicle before so I have no idea. This will be my very first Jersey Jack pinball machine as well. I’d assume they are the same size as a new Stern machine. I don’t know.

    #2090 1 year ago

    I would unbox it so it was easier to handle.

    Toy Story shipping info: The game is packed very well in a custom designed box that measures 31.5” x 31.5” x 56” high. The box weighs 325 pounds with the game inside.

    I recall the doorway is about 31.6" ~ 31.7" so it might fit(?) Check the measurements yourself. You need to confirm a cube 56" long will clear the roof inside as well. When unboxed it is more wedge shaped so the roof inside has clearance.

    #2091 1 year ago

    Anyone know if a pin will fit in a 2011 Lincoln MKX?

    #2092 1 year ago

    Pretty sure most Sterns will fit.

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    #2093 1 year ago
    Quoted from mikeincali:

    Pretty sure most Sterns will fit.
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    LOL What the hell is that thing?

    #2094 1 year ago

    Guys debating going from my pin wagon (jeep grand Cherokee) to a Jeep Wrangler 4 door.

    Anyone know if a pin fits in a 4 door wrangler?!

    #2095 1 year ago
    Quoted from Blackbeard:

    Guys debating going from my pin wagon (jeep grand Cherokee) to a Jeep Wrangler 4 door.
    Anyone know if a pin fits in a 4 door wrangler?!

    Yes. Lot's of pictures/posts in here confirm. There's even a pic with 2 pins in one.

    #2096 1 year ago

    Does anyone know if a 2021 VW Tiguan could fit a JJP? Does the back box need to come off? Thanks in advance.

    #2097 1 year ago

    anyone try to fit in a new ford bronco 4 door?

    #2098 1 year ago

    I'm picking up a BKSOR this weekend in our 2010 Ford Edge. It will be my first time using the edge, so hopefully it goes well.

    #2099 1 year ago
    Quoted from Fishman54:

    Anyone know if a pin will fit in a 2011 Lincoln MKX?

    Our previous vehicle was a 2011 Ford Edge Limited which as I understand it is basically the same body/frame as a 2011 Lincoln MKX. When I sold my HEP TAF back in February of 2016 I delivered the pin halfway and met the buyer.

    The TAF fit perfectly into our 2011 Ford Edge Limited as shown by the following photos.

    Gord

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    #2100 1 year ago
    Quoted from Gamewave:

    Does anyone know if a 2021 VW Tiguan could fit a JJP? Does the back box need to come off? Thanks in advance.

    I believe the back box would have to come off. Would fit inside, but the hatch opening isn't tall enough.

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