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Journey To California With Dodge #DodgeJourneyToCalifornia

As you all know my family and I had the opportunity thanks to Dodge to head to California to Christmas. Dodge supplied us with a new 2013 Dodge Caravan RT for ten days. They also supplied us with a fun travel package for the kids! The girls had fun packing for our 1,300 mile trip!

We didn’t make very many stops to California so it took us a little under 24 hours! The kids were well entertained with the built in Blu-Ray Player and wireless headphones. The Video Entertainment Systems (VES®) include a DVD player with a single-screen or new industry-exclusive Blu-ray player with dual screens. Both options include two sets of infrared wireless headphones, an HDMI connection and USB ports for charging. This was my girls favorite things!

I myself loved the Uconnect Navigation System. The  430N has Garmin® Navigation, CD, DVD, MP3, USB, audio ports, ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and mulit-media functionality.  It didn’t take me long to figure out how to add my favorite SiriusXM Station to the home screen, and the navigation is simple to use! We also loved that while using the navigation it let us know our speed and the speed limit on that particular road.

The Dodge Caravan is roomy! I could move about the entire van with no problem. Everyone had their own seat and was comfortable. The Stow ‘n Go made it much roomier and allowed for us to pack stuff away and not at our feet.

Super Stow ‘n Go passenger seating makes carrying anything exponentially easier. With one touch you can fold second seating. Fold both rows to triple the cargo space, or switch the third row into tailgate seating: there are 81 configurations to choose. Whichever your configuration, you’ll always ride with R/T’s vim and vigor, which is evident in the design of the overhead storage and integrated super console.

I was surprised at the deep trunk space too! We were able to fit bags, and everything else we needed for our trip easily!

A few goodies I found useful were the button to automatically close the trunk hatch, and the built in flashlight!

We enjoyed the scenery and snapped a few pictures on our drive.

While in California we only had a few days to get together with friends and family! The kids were so excited to see their cousins and their close friends!

What we really loved about the Dodge Caravan is how comfortable the ride was. We loved that it got 25 mpg highway. It can get 500 miles to the tank too! And with the selectable fuel economizer, you’ll be able to set your engine for a more fuel-efficient ride.

R/T’s performance suspension lets you navigate tight corners and perilous curves with zero problems. This exclusive sport suspension couples with Caravan’s standard All-Speed Traction Control system, which keeps rubber to the road even in the worst weather conditions. After all, we never want to lose control.

We loved the Surrounding sensors make driving easier, safe, and secure. The Grand Caravan sees where drivers can’t, whether you’re in a mall parking lot or on the interstate. Through radar, Blind Spot Monitoring detects vehicles that enter blind zones and alerts the driver of their presence with a chime or visual cue. Rear Cross Path Detection uses the same technology to spot movement crossing your rear bumper’s path. Similarly, ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System detects stationary objects directly behind you, and warns you when they get too close.

Being in the mountains it was freezing out. I loved using the Remote Start button from the key fob. I could start the engine a few minutes before we would leave the house and the Caravan would be nice and warm when we got in. The kids also loved that too!

There are so many features to this nifty Caravan, you can read everything about it by going to We really loved the Caravan, so much that we are contemplating getting one for myself. Hubby has a Dodge Ram and we already love the Dodge line of vehicles. Being able to really drive it for miles upon miles in all weather climates I was able to really get the feel of the car, not to mention that no mater your height the steering wheels and pedals adjust to everyone!

*I was provided a vehicle to test drive and a gas stipened.

About the Author

Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She has four children and they currently reside in Texas.


  1. I love how much storage space there is in this mini van. We are actually looking for something bigger with a new one on the way and the downside to mini vans for me is the storage. This doesn’t seem to be lacking in that area at all

  2. Amanda, with 35 years of driving under my belt I can EASILY say this has been our favorite vehicle. And ours didnt even have all the “bells and whistles” you guys got on yours. I am SO excited and anxiously awaiting the time we can once again have a Dodge Caravan. Right now we are driving a different model just because a family member had and old, cheap van for sale. We are planning to buy ONE more van before the kids are all grown. It will definitely be the STow N Go Caravan!

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