Backcountry Vehicles

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Udink

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Would you use the wrangler as your everyday vehicle? I'm not sure that's that attractive, nor is maintaining / insuring a separate Honda Civic or whatever for getting groceries.
Since my work commute is about 20 feet, I don't really need a "daily driver." My current Grand Cherokee pretty much only gets out on the weekends, with an occasional trip to the grocery store.
 

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Dave

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Better pics to come once I actually get it dirty, but back in January I picked up a 2014 4Runner Trail. Starting to kit it out. Sliders, skids and flaps so far. Wheels and better tires to come in the near future.

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Carcass

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For me is an F250 crew cab diesel 4x4 or a Polaris Ranger XP.

Only time I got stuck was at a beach in Oregon where my wife wanted me to drive out on the soff sand to the hardpack sand at the surf. Told her that i didn't have the right tires on, that I would have to air down hut I didn't have a compressor to air back up and I would get stuck. She said to do,it, so I did.

And got stuck in the soft, deep sand.
 

ZLmtns

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Well 4x4s have come a long way since the days when I drove this to get into the backcountry. 1969 Jeepster Commando. V-6 and manual everything. Okay you can laugh now. :giggle:
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Ugly

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Got Something a bit newer than I had before, but going back to having a payment is the only hard thing to swallow.

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I know, I know... @scatman it is not the right Aggies' color, but the wife likes the red and I will soon have my Aggie plates back on it... haha
Now it is time to get it dirty.

And with that the Grand Cherokee has been put up for sale.
 

Mike harpe

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This is what I’ll be nomading in. 2018 power wagon. Currently have a rough country 4.5” lift and I’m waiting on the 20” wheels and 37” tires.

Future mods are a diamondback bed top, ikamper coverless rtt, bedslide system and Plano storage boxes to hold my gear and clothes etc.

Also going with a kelderman alpha front bumper and a swing out tire carrier rear bumper.



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OwenM

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Cool thread. Here's some irony for you, though. I have an old Tundra, and bought a Corolla for my "backcountry vehicle".
I live in Alabama, was doing almost weekly overnighters at the time, and driving up to Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau 3x per month. THs are easily accessible, and I had no need for a V8 w/4WD. Gas had gotten up ~$4/gal, and I was spending $600/mo. The Corolla is the only new vehicle I've ever bought. The payment was $350, but it saved me >$300 in gas when I first got it. The multicar discount and dropping the Tundra to liability only actually made my insurance go down, too. So my brand new car, bought to facilitate weekly hiking trips, was "free";)
 

Brendan S

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Cool thread. Here's some irony for you, though. I have an old Tundra, and bought a Corolla for my "backcountry vehicle".
I live in Alabama, was doing almost weekly overnighters at the time, and driving up to Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau 3x per month. THs are easily accessible, and I had no need for a V8 w/4WD. Gas had gotten up ~$4/gal, and I was spending $600/mo. The Corolla is the only new vehicle I've ever bought. The payment was $350, but it saved me >$300 in gas when I first got it. The multicar discount and dropping the Tundra to liability only actually made my insurance go down, too. So my brand new car, bought to facilitate weekly hiking trips, was "free";)
I have a buddy with a Metro and he uses it whenever possible in the backcountry. He has an incredible pic of the Met loaded (!) up with an elk after a successful hunt in a snowstorm in southern CO. He said the looks from the out-of-staters with huge (empty) trucks were priceless as he rolled out :lol:
 

Perry

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I have a buddy with a Metro and he uses it whenever possible in the backcountry. He has an incredible pic of the Met loaded (!) up with an elk after a successful hunt in a snowstorm in southern CO. He said the looks from the out-of-staters with huge (empty) trucks were priceless as he rolled out :lol:
That’s funny. We used to have an 85 Chevy Sprint which is the predecessor of the Metro. We took that car everywhere. A couple of memories: On a muddy road up Trout Creek north of Strawberry Reservoir. Couldn’t stop or we would have gotten stuck when we had to go through a herd of cattle. Open widows pushing them away from the car!

Driving deep into Book Cliffs during the deer hunt to meet up with some family. All the 4wd trucks had to chain up because of the mud. We just went right past them floating on the mud


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scatman

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Got Something a bit newer than I had before, but going back to having a payment is the only hard thing to swallow.

I know, I know... @scatman it is not the right Aggies' color, but the wife likes the red and I will soon have my Aggie plates back on it... haha
Now it is time to get it dirty.

And with that the Grand Cherokee has been put up for sale.
Ute red no less! :) Hopefully those Aggie Plates will equal things out.
 

Wanderlust073

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Traded in my Jeep and went back to a pickup. Only dirt it's seen so far is "off roading" to the farmer that roasts chiles on demand, but that will change soon enough lol.

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Wanderlust073

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I haven't seen one with that new design on the road yet. I'm guessing it's a 2020 then? Looks great!
2019 but 2020 is identical. No rebates on those yet though. 2019 was immediately ten grand off sticker before the negotiating even started.

Funny thing - the ram dealer gave me $2500 more for my jeep than the jeep dealership offered and both are autonation dealerships.
 

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