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I have a double car and our 9 month old is rear facing in a convertible seat as well. We have a Britax car seat and a maxi cosi. If I take the wife's maxi cosi and out it in the middle I can still use my bench up front, because it offers 2 rear facing and 2 front facing options. #2 sits them up more which my daughter prefers and this was she can always fit.

Even if you got pregnant now you have 9-10 months till you need two car seats if your using a convertible seat now I assume your 6 months plus and will be well over a year old by the birth of baby #2 . Now it is encoraged to keep them rear facing up to 2 years. But if you got a seat with multiple rear facing options he could easily sit up more as needed and barely slide your wife's seat forward and then out the baby in the middle. And then you still have the spar behind you IF she needs to sit next to a fussy baby or feed the baby.

I also considered the DC vs CM but needed the 6.5' bed and front bench seat to accommodate my niece and nephew who visit a few times a week.

This past weekend we took a trip to Atlanta that was 2 hours each way and had 3 adults 2 kids both about 4' 9". And then our 9 month old and every fit just fine. We just put stuff under the back seat and in a tote in the. Ed of the truck to not junk up leg space.

IF you have no need or minimal need for a 6.5' get then the CM will be better/easier cabin space wise. But the tundra holds value so well I don't see the rush to switch. Could be 6 months to get pregnant then another 9. You could always wait for end of calendar or fiscal year sales and try getting a better deal since you have time and will have paid more down as well.

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Crewmax is awesome with 2 kids. Rear facing seats can go behind either seat without interference with the seat.
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I don't know if rear facing wise makes a difference, but I've read some higher end seats are less bulky than cheaper ones, so this helps if you have 3 kids side-by-side.
It might be worth your while to see if a higher end seat can save space front-to-back.

I doubt it, but you never know....but an upgraded car seat is going to be a lot cheaper than the hit on trading in on a CM.


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I bought a double cab prior to having kids. I now have a crewmax.

I loved my double cab and wouldn't have traded for a crewmax if it wasn't for those darn rear facing car seats. They take up a lot of room.

We took our annual 10 hour trip to the Outer Banks in my double cab the first summer we had our son, when we got back home, My wife told me to get a crewmax. Now she loves the backseat of the crewmax.

My son is a little over 2 now and we've flipped him around to forward facing a few months ago (he loves it now that he can see everything) so it doesn't take up as much room, however we have #2 on the way due in early July so we'll be back in that rear facing rodeo again.

I honestly haven't really missed the extra foot of bed space. I have a Leer cap so I can fill the bed all the way to the ceiling when we pack for trips so it doesn't matter. I also have a hitch cargo basket if I need a little bit more cargo room and I also have a roof rack on the cap.

We use a recaro pro-ride seat if that makes any difference. We used a graco infant carrier with the lock in base til about 4-5 months old, then switched to the recaro. I got tired of lugging the infant seat around everywhere. It was easier to just carry him or put him in the stroller.

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Rear Facing Convertible car seats take up a ton of room, now they want you to rear face your child as long as possible, We plan on a second soon my son will be 2 coming up, hopefully when the next one comes we'll turn my son around behind me. I'm 6'7 with a crewmax, and I still want for space!
We switched our son around to forward facing at around 18 months when we took our annual 10 hour trip to the beach. We just left him forward facing since then. He's 2 now (24 months...ugh I hate when people keep tracking by months once they hit 2 years old, sounds stupid). He loves it so much more than rear facing because he can see what's going on. I know they recommend waiting til at least 2 years old but honestly, that's just a recommendation. If I were driving a small car I would probably keep him rear facing but driving a full sized truck, we're probably going to win most accidents we might encounter. We aren't ridiculous overprotective helicopter parents like a lot of parents are these days, I let him eat dirt, drink out of the dog bowl, and just get into general toddler mischeif (while I'm supervising him obviously...). I see some parents who literally try to keep their child in a plastic bubble and I wonder how that child is ever going to function in real life one day.

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I find it interesting to see all the "I can't live with less than a 6.5ft bed". I am going to call BS on almost all those claims. I have a CrewMax and the 5.5ft bed has been more than enough. Honestly, if you need more space, you should be hauling a trailer or using an 8ft bed.

Its even funnier to see these 6.5ft min bed people put toolboxes taking up valuable space.

I am sure there are a few people who really need the space, but I think they are the small minority.
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I went from a DC to a CM - I have a 2.5 year old. I was tired of him kicking the back of the seats, but I'm 6'3 so I have the seat all the way back. My DC was 10 years old so I wanted to upgrade anyways but it's nice having the extra room.
^What he said!

I have the crewmax and I am absolutely thrilled that the kids can't kick the back of the seat in front of them, that got REALLY old in my 4runner.
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I find it interesting to see all the "I can't live with less than a 6.5ft bed". I am going to call BS on almost all those claims. I have a CrewMax and the 5.5ft bed has been more than enough. Honestly, if you need more space, you should be hauling a trailer or using an 8ft bed.

Its even funnier to see these 6.5ft min bed people put toolboxes taking up valuable space.

I am sure there are a few people who really need the space, but I think they are the small minority.
I bet there are more than you think... tell me how to fit four 3 foot deep dog kennels in the bed of my truck with hunting gear and buddies for yearly trips in a 5'5 bed...

also- when it's just my two dogs, I can put them front and back on one side and put a small air mattress on the other for nights on the road/in the woods. kinda hard to fit that in a smaller bed too.

I agree that a big market for trucks in the US are those who can buy a truck with a crew cab and like the idea over an SUV...

to each there own- for some of us, we'd buy a DC 8 foot bed if there was the option. To that, I'd say you are correct... I don't NEED an 8 foot bed, and would rather have a crew cab with a 6.5' bed for the same overall length.
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I find it interesting to see all the "I can't live with less than a 6.5ft bed". I am going to call BS on almost all those claims. I have a CrewMax and the 5.5ft bed has been more than enough. Honestly, if you need more space, you should be hauling a trailer or using an 8ft bed.

Its even funnier to see these 6.5ft min bed people put toolboxes taking up valuable space.

I am sure there are a few people who really need the space, but I think they are the small minority.
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I like bigger cabs. I have three boys in car seats right now. The crew max fits them easily. I can even for my German shepherd in front of them on the floor. The bed is a foot shorter. With the tailgate down and a bed extender or proper tie downs you can make it work. My other reason for the larger cab is that I am a firearms instructor and that cab allows me to haul an insane amount of ordnance. The crew max cab is meant for frequent and comfortable people/gear hauling


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It took me 5 seconds sitting in the back of a DC to know I didn't want one. I don't have kids but I plan to use this truck for road trips with my friends and the comfort of the crewmax is incredible. It makes my boss's 3/4 ton Denali crew cab feel like a Yaris on the inside.
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I find it interesting to see all the "I can't live with less than a 6.5ft bed". I am going to call BS on almost all those claims. I have a CrewMax and the 5.5ft bed has been more than enough. Honestly, if you need more space, you should be hauling a trailer or using an 8ft bed.

Its even funnier to see these 6.5ft min bed people put toolboxes taking up valuable space.

I am sure there are a few people who really need the space, but I think they are the small minority.
So your situation is the only way trucks should be built? Kind of like , My way or the Highway. I wouldn't have a truck with a 5.5 bed up my ass if I had room for a freight train.

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It took me 5 seconds sitting in the back of a DC to know I didn't want one. I don't have kids but I plan to use this truck for road trips with my friends and the comfort of the crewmax is incredible. It makes my boss's 3/4 ton Denali crew cab feel like a Yaris on the inside.
My Camry rides much smoother than your crewmax.

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