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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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chumley wrote: I know it's south of the Mongolian Rim.
I made sure our FJ was kosher before heading into the Mazel tov mtns.
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@sneakySASQUATCH

I talked with your Uncle Steve tonight. I'll probably see him tomorrow night, too.
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RTT got a patch
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sneakySASQUATCH wrote: Sep 23 2022 5:46 pm RTT got a patch
The patch is tempting me.

BTW, I was in Colorado Springs for a night last week after a bit of wandering around in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico.
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The Mrs and I have been looking at future vehicle options since car camping in the Subaru is becoming less fun than it used to be. Rented a 19-foot 4WD pop-top Sprinter van for 6 days, drove north from Vegas then looped back south along the eastern side of the Sierras. Random observations:

- relatively easy to drive, got around 16 MPG
- overall very comfortable, wouldn't want to go any smaller than this for extended 2-person living
- pop top enables standing up and adds ventilation and light but a pain to put up and down
- small rooftop solar panel easily kept the fridge, lights, etc fully powered
- pretty limited storage space and no hot water (could be added)
- Thetford porta potti worked well but we mostly used it only as a last resort
- good A/C only in the front seats while driving, cabin heats up fast when parked in the sun (full A/C another must-have option)
- disappointing going off-road, even on relatively smooth dirt the magnified bumps, rattles, swaying gets old quickly, didn't even bother trying rougher roads

As always everything's a trade-off. Much more comfortable living but limited capability to get to the out-of-the way places we like to go. Add in the up-front cost and I don't really see a van like this as a realistic option now, but it will probably get more appealing the older we get.
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@toddak
If it is something you are seriously considering, I image that you could do suspension swap and put off road tires on to improve the off-road experience (at loss of further mpg and lighter wallet).

I myself am debating a future approach to #vanlife camping vs towing a camping trailer. You seem to basically get the same mpg with either way, though the driving experience is different.

Trailers have better creature comforts (as standard options) than vans although off-road trailers can require double mortgages to pay for the thing.
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Taxa is one of those companies making cool trailers. But their windows would drive my OCD into overdrive.
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I live in a 34-foot motorhome full time, but I don't really travel much in it. Just back-and-forth from the desert to Flagstaff. I move it twice per year.

Last year, for a cross-U.S. car camping trip in the fall, I purchased a very sturdy 4-person Eureka outfitter tent, plus a propane heater for it. I think that's about as far as I'm going to go with the glamping. Maybe I'll get a roll-up table sometime, and a wider, thicker Thermarest.

I'm often camping near friends who have vans, down along the river near Yuma/Blythe. It can get extremely windy down there. My van-dweller friends have a big advantage when it gets windy, over me in my tent. I always just go home! To me it seems the main advantages of the van are that you can lock it up with your stuff inside, and that you can get inside out of the wind and driving rain a lot better than even the best tent.
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Saw the Storyteller vans at expo the beast mode looked reasonably capable super expensive, but off grid for days and enough battery power to run AC etc. I’ve got future plans for The Pinz, but the Nissan Frontier sleeps 4 comfortably has a 270 awning with walls that zip in and enclose the entire area. Significantly cheaper than a van more off-road capable and the whole thing sets up in under 10 minutes. Also, have looked at the camp 365’s which are towable even by Subarus and Hyundai’s and set up in about 10 min. and have 13” clearance for off-road.
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I've slept in the back of my FJ cruisers since my 2007 one. But it's just me now. It was cramped when my ex was on trips esp long ones with the dog but we made it work. Back seat is out and stored in the garage. The original a deck was made to make the inside totally level. With my newer FJ I simply folded down the back of the seats and removed the seat cushions for the back. That made a small ramp. I made a small wooden deck just for one side so when I roll out my 4 inch memory foam mattress and get my pillow I am set. The deck can be removed and stored if I am not using it.
I have a folding small metal table that I put outside and usually put a water jug on for camping. I have chairs but find I usually sit on a rock or the cooler. I set up one side for sleeping and the other is general items, my small table and kitchen set up for morning coffee inside if inclement weather. Clothing bag and pack. Reading material. Front passenger seat usually have maps, guide books and cameras. Small cooler that I raid while I am driving for snacks and drinks in the floorboard passenger side. I usually carry a water proof duffle bag in case I want more room and put stuff outside the vehicle in case of rain. I secured some small metal mesh baskets along an edge in the back for small items, headlamps, reading glasses, bug spray, etc.
I've had some great times in the vehicle in raging weather, comfortable and reading a great book. I must say I like it better than a tent, unless of course backpacking then it's more campsite choice that makes it for me.
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