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Hiking vehicles

Posted: Mar 06 2008 7:26 pm
by rally_toad
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.)

Re: Hiking vehicles

Posted: Sep 13 2021 12:56 pm
by garyc57
LosDosSloFolks wrote:How did this Toyota not tip over?
It was nip-and-tuck for a bit there. Lizzy had a ton of courage to climb into that cab! My family have enjoyed all of Matt's videos. Good clean fun!

Re: Hiking vehicles

Posted: Sep 27 2021 12:40 pm
by big_load
My last rental was a 2020 4Runner. I didn't do anything challenging with it, but I did switch into 4WD for the last little bit of some rough roads. I liked its volume for carrying stuff, but the overall size seems a bit large for going off-road. On-road, the mileage was unimpressive at best. Handling on curves wasn't great, and I wish the turning radius was tighter, but it was OK for a vehicle that long.

Re: Hiking vehicles

Posted: Sep 29 2021 7:16 am
by cactuscat

Re: Hiking vehicles

Posted: Sep 29 2021 8:00 am
by chumley
@cactuscat
The Sheriff's post identified the vehicle as a "Bronco" and there was an aggressive pushback from online truck folks about how it was a "Bronco Sport", which is barely more than a sedan (or something like that). Blah blah blah. Interesting to see that Yahoo made it clear in the headline.

For my money though, any vehicle that rolls 400 feet down a mountainside so severely that the engine is ejected from the vehicle and still maintains a largely intact passenger compartment is mostly alright.

Re: Hiking vehicles

Posted: Sep 29 2021 11:38 am
by Alston_Neal
Brings new meaning to Found On Road Dead

Re: Hiking vehicles

Posted: Sep 29 2021 11:50 am
by cw50must
Can't remember if this was posted here or not, but a year ago a Jeep did that say thing.

[ youtube video ]

Can skip to about 3:10 for the action

Re: Hiking vehicles

Posted: Sep 29 2021 12:24 pm
by chumley
The money quote from the sheriff
Black Bear Pass is an extremely dangerous road & should only be driven by experienced off-road drivers in appropriate vehicles. Legally, a 16yr-old who got his DL hours prior, may try to drive the pass in grandma's 80’s sedan. That doesn’t mean it’s safe."
... a concept that could be applied to any number of other life activities. Alternately, if PHX Parks and Rec managed the place it would undoubtedly be closed effective immediately.

Re: Hiking vehicles

Posted: Oct 02 2021 9:50 am
by RedRoxx44
Interesting, might have some promise
[ youtube video ]

Re: Hiking vehicles

Posted: Oct 02 2021 8:54 pm
by Alston_Neal
@RedRoxx44
Really interesting, no pumpkins hanging down, nice flat bottom, good even clearance. Torque galore, but as one person pointed out the sidewall puncture was odd for a truck this size, so wait, I mean weight 6000 #s put this at a full size diesel pickup. All in all kinda impressed, but may need to have an interior shade for that huge sunroof, not all of us live in Seattle. $67,500 base....$73,000, Honda EU 2000 gasoline generator not included.

Re: Hiking vehicles

Posted: Oct 03 2021 4:36 am
by RedRoxx44
@Alston_Neal
I think for a start up company it's pretty well put together. Some shortcomings; yeah need sturdier tires, kinda suspect placement for the charging area, lack of off the grid charging ( even some sort of slow trickle charge with solar--- away hiking for the day the truck charging up), as people have pointed out the tech not up to Cybertruck standards. I think the price point for a start up loaded with tech is not bad. And they have an SUV version up on their website. They have some big backers with money's from Amazon and Ford ( why?? don't they have their own electric truck line up?? ) etc. I say give it a few years and see if they make it and what upgrades they do.

Re: Hiking vehicles

Posted: Oct 03 2021 7:29 am
by xsproutx
@RedRoxx44
They have the option for different tires but those tires are actually pretty nice; just not for that sort of more extreme off-road that 98% of people won't ever do. For the off grid charger, they come with a portable charger that's pretty interesting: can plug in to 240 or 120volt; they claim it can get 16 miles per hour of charge off 240 and "a few miles" per hour on 120volt. So you could combine that with a solar setup of your choice and get a bit of a charge. If you're going somewhere for even a day or two, and have it plugged in the whole time, that could give you an extra 30 miles on the low side, potentially, depending on draw, which could make all the difference in some situations I suppose.

I had a model s and just wasn't impressed with the final product that much for the price. Everything felt more like a 35k car and there's nothing wrong with that, really, it's just not what I'm looking for in a car that expensive. The cybertruck intrigued me as I'm a big sci-fi nerd so feel like I'm the prime demo for it but it's more and more delayed and will likely have the same issues the rest of teslas have. I've been watching the rivian now for a bit and the people that they have behind it have me cautiously optimistic that it will be better built with a bit more refinement as well, which I think is show in the jerryrigeverything video. I'll give it 12 months and see how it is in the real world and how they sell (just to make sure they don't go belly up quickly) but I'm thinking it might be just what I'm looking for.

Oh, as for Ford, originally Ford invested in Rivian as a way to sort of leap frog a bit: take Rivian tech/what they had already done and use that to build an electric lincoln SUV. Since then, Ford decided to go all in and create their own electric platform but continues to invest in Rivian for tech-sharing purposes/co-innovation is my understanding

Re: Hiking vehicles

Posted: Oct 04 2021 1:28 pm
by sneakySASQUATCH
Rivian and Bollinger seem to be in a holding pattern, but so far seem to have the most promise of actually delivering vehicles.
Maybe I’m partial, but these guys have a 4x4 proto type and have been developing their 6x6 all electric solar powered expedition vehicle. Obviously it won’t be a production vehicle.
https://www.projectecarus.com/about

AEM electronics is doing a demonstrator hybrid electric Pinz. With 6.9 kW generator and a Tesla Battery pack that has some promise as it actually would have range and not depend on charging infrastructure. Pretty interesting technology.
[ youtube video ]

Re: Hiking vehicles

Posted: Oct 05 2021 7:30 pm
by Pivo
The Chummer RV Is Part Hummer, Part Chinook Baja.
"The Chummer rv Is Part Hummer". :-k


https://www.motor1.com/news/538373/chin ... motorhome/

Re: Hiking vehicles

Posted: Oct 05 2021 7:41 pm
by chumley
@Pivo
Oh look! It's a normal truck with a plastic hummer grill stapled to the front. :roll: :lol:

Re: Hiking vehicles

Posted: Oct 06 2021 5:56 am
by Pivo
@chumley
When you retire your Tacoma , the Chummer could be your personal marque.

Re: Hiking vehicles

Posted: Oct 06 2021 10:58 am
by Alston_Neal
@Pivo
I like all of it except that part in front of the camper.

Re: Hiking vehicles

Posted: Oct 13 2021 4:44 pm
by chumley
@RedRoxx44
But will anything ever match an old Hilux?

Skip to 10:30 if you're the tldr type.

Re: Hiking vehicles

Posted: Oct 13 2021 5:20 pm
by Pivo
@chumley
The hood bouncing : app :
1969 Hilux was my first vehicle.

Re: Hiking vehicles

Posted: Oct 14 2021 5:10 pm
by RedRoxx44
@chumley
That vehicle is legend. Preferred by middle eastern terror-ists everywhere. Mount that 50 cal in the bed.

Re: Hiking vehicles

Posted: Oct 16 2021 2:14 pm
by JimmyLyding
I watch a lot of footy (Australian Rules Football for you flatlanders), and every broadcast has a Toyota Hilux logo electronically imposed over mid-pitch. If it's good enough for a pack of boozed-up and gambleholic Aussies then it's good enough for me! Those people treat gear worse than Russians, and that's saying something.