If all goes well I will finally be in a good enough financial situation where I can finally realize a lifelong dream of owning my own airplane in the next 2 years. My ultimate dream plane is a cub or a PA 12 but that will be out of my budget and my family has grown to 4 so a two seat airplane will be out. I'm looking for your guys input on a good flying 4 seat plane that will be a decent Bush plane. Something I can learn in and not grow out of. I have thought of just buying a 152 to get my license in and build hours but I don't want to have to buy a different plane in a few years. I have been looking at the piper pacer 22/20's and like what I am reading on them. They seem to have a good amount of usable cargo load and they seem to be able to be an alright Bush plane. I have also looked at the 170's but I don't think it will have the performance I would like to have. I prefer to have it be a tail dragger.
This will be the plane I get my license in and keep for a while.
So for you pilots what are some suggestions for a good 4 seat tail dragger that will haul a little weight, be a good flying plane, something I can learn in and grow into, something that I can use for hunting and fishing. My budget would be maxed out at about 50k.
Thanks in advance