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Hiking vehicles

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What kind of vehicles do you guys all drive when your going hiking? Im thinking about investing in a 4wd high clearance Jeep or something of the sort so I could get to some places where I definitely couldnt get to with what Im driving now (73 mustang):) I saw a Jeep Grand Cherokee today for $2600 and I was thinking about checking it out. What "hiking vehicle" is easiest to drive and which gets the best gas mileage (even though I know most wouldnt be too fuel efficient.)
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@hikerdw
Worse yet, do any of those vehicles come equipped with run flats? I have owned two vehicles with them, and immediately switched to performance tires, bought jack, tools and a full size spare.
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@kyleGChiker
I like your way of thinking. But as hikerdw mentioned, I wouldn't put the full-size spare on the list of requirements. It's as easily remedied as a new radio, and probably less expensive!

But for those of us who keep vehicles for a while, it's a good time to mention that you should be replacing your spare tire after ~7 years anyway. The drop-dead replacement recommendation is 10 years, but the desert heat is brutal on rubber so after 5 years I would be doing regular inspections anyway.

So whether you just acquired the vehicle or just as part of the extended life of owning it, plan on replacing the spare tire anyway.
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@cactuscat
Propping hood up is not an option as it is between the front seats in the cab. Not willing to let them into the sleeping area. :) We have looked at motion sensor lights etc. not sure what we are going to end up using.
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Petroleum has long been the traditional base for the rubbery and tantalizingly chewable protective coating that covers the countless wires found in your car's electrical system. Now, major automakers such as Toyota use more environmentally friendly wire insulation made not from crude oil byproducts, but from soybeans. Soy-coated wires can satisfy rats' notoriously ravenous hunger streak and their natural chewing fix at the same time — and they apparently love the stuff.
Spray rodent repellent or peppermint oil on and around the front tires and wheel wells.
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I gotta believe the Pinzgauer has not advanced to the more modern and delicious soy-based rat-attractive coatings. Maybe Colorado rats still enjoy the old-fashioned taste of petroleum to fuel their daily activities.
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@chumley

As far as oil vs. soybeans... What's that old (rat) saying? "Any port in a storm"?

Peppermint seems a cheap 'try' anyway.... Mothballs have also been known to be effective.
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@hikeaz Oh believe me we’ll be trying everything don’t want a repeat. We are going for a week in a couple weeks. Armed with multiple remedies. In all honesty that area outside Glenwood springs was the worst rodent area I’ve ever camped at and never had an issue before. The mice and squirrels had tunnels running under fire ring etc.
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I'm thinking Micah would love a new pet [ Gopher Snake ] :)
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