Discussion in 'Transportation' started by gwynn1975, Nov 9, 2011.
Not really all that off-road capable but this will get me to the campsites that I go to:
I have bought a large tail bag that is long enough to hold my tent and other stuff, this gives me quite a decent amount of luggage capacity so that I can travel for three weeks seeing the sights and camping each night.
I like this way(Goose is her name) but the Jeep(Vada) is fun too
I just walk out the backdoor, the front door, or the side doors, and I'm in the bush.
my favorite vehicle is a Old town canoe with trolling motor
I can get deep in the woods with a ice cooler, black lab, and gear
also the wind cools me down and I can out run bugs
full camo, you don't hear it. I see a lot of animals up-close
tilt the blade and float over 2>4" of water
Does this count?
Don't own a car so have to stick with public transport, a bike sometimes, and my two feet.
"She's short and skinny, but she's strong."
My get to the bush rig.
Recently acquired daily driver and bush vehicle.
2007 Impreza 2.5i wagon. Auto (I'd rather have 5spd, but...) and it goes places and through snow that most small 4cyl cars can not even THINK of going. Gets through deep stuff better than my mom's Equinox Sport AWD. Gets me to the trailhead where I then proceed with Hiking boots, Mountain bike, or Kayaks. Kayak shown I need to sell. Hard to use a Tandem when your single...! And I need the money for a new paddle!
I'd love a Wrangler or even truck, but my Subaru does everything I need it to. I don't need to go rock crawling or haul a bunch of stuff or pull anything. It does great in central NY winters! I can pack it up with a kayak and bike on the roof, plus camping gear for at least a week, and still have plenty of room left over!
It depends on where we are going. If we are at our property, we are pretty much in the bush and just walk. We also go by horseback or canoe.
We have a 1997 4WD Toyota Tundra extended cab with a snorkle (it came with the truck, we don't really trust it).
Where we are right now, it is about 1.5 miles to lake access to the BWCAW. A long portage, but the Boy Scouts portage from Fall Lake to the DQ (3 miles).
My preferred mode of conveyance. A Russian IMZ Ural sidecar rig:
2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport w/ around 240,000 miles on it!
30X9 Cooper STT tires
3" Old Man Emu HD lift
ARB front Bull Bar with 8000lb Mile Marker hydraulic winch
JCR Offroad rear bumper with swing out tire carrier
Front Runner Slimline roof rack with 40" LED light bar
Misc. Armor & skid plates
Home made cargo barrier to keep stuff from coming forward
Home made fridge slide/storage drawer
Hope to add front and rear air lockers next year
2009 Kawasaki KLR 650 with too many add-ons to mention. Last vacation with it was a 6000 mile trip from WI to the west side of Glacier National Park, MT, tagged the Canadian border, rode south along the Continental Divide 2800 miles (~80% off road) and tagged the Mexican border at Antelope Wells, NM, then rode home! Epic adventure that I plan to repeat in the Jeep. Missed the dog too much!
I'm digging your Ural! Almost pulled the trigger on one last year. Still may do that some day!
Still got that bike but added another one that is more capable when leaving the road behind:
I'm picking it up in 2 weeks, should be fun going off-road.
I'm fortunate to live in an area with several choices, walk out my back door to the woods, walk out my front door to the lake and my canoe. Farther afield my 2005 Ford Focus with canoe rack gets me to all the 4 season Logging and tote road accessed trailheads or other remote streams /ponds of interest.
"First on Earth" ......
A little old school, but I'm a little old school - so an FJ55 Land Cruiser is my everyday vehicle and my transportation to the wilds.
Kind regards and safe travels, Bill
I call it "The Depreciator" because of what it does to property values when I park in a neighborhood.
wine and soft music........................
I'm a Jeep guy, but that is a beauty!
This is my bush rig right after the diesel conversion was finished. 1987 Mitsubishi Montero 4 cylinder turbo diesel. It has larger tires now but I'm in the process of swapping the stock fan for an electric and updating the glow plug system and suspension.
It won't get me there fast but there aren't many places it won't go.
the shoe leather express. 60 yards from the house is my favorite camping spot.
Been doing some more mods to it will update in a day or two.. But here it is for now
75 Chevy Blazer k5
I will post another pic this summer when her top comes off
My Ural hack.
This dude! The high class bush hobo.
Ole' Blue 1972 Ford F-250 Crew Cab
This is my chosen backcountry truck.390FE 4 speed 4 wheel drive.Some mild bolt-ons headers,carb,intake etc..I also have a cap with roof racks for extended trips.Occasionally my 1999 E-250 will make a trip into the mountains.
I live in the bush so only 4 wheeler , snow machine, and boat theres no other possible way to get out in the woods with a truck or anything. I miss the days of being downstates with my monster jeeps lol
'78 k30 on 37s...is seeing more and more camping duty.
2008 Toyota Tundra right now. Double cab - throw the gear on the back seat. If I'm biking the bikes go in the bed. Canoeing - I throw the rack on and go. My favorite though was my 95 Land Rover Discovery. Wouldn't mind having that back or getting another one of that vintage.
for most of my adventures i take my jeep patriot
not so much because its a jeep/suv/4x4 but because with 200k miles on it dont mind it getting dirty
for more basic trips i take my comfy buick
I walk out the back door to a longleaf pine forest.
I don't have a car so I just have someone drop me off near public land and walk.
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My "75" FJ40
Or I go 2 heel drive.
To get to my favorite spot, I drive 200kms north and then park my 2008 Pontiac Vibe on the side of the road. Then I hike in for about 30min to a lake. I can camp there, or travel a series of about 6 lakes by canoe. There are no people, ever. I'm usually alone, so I use a canoe caddy to help me carry my canoe and gear to the lake. My canoe is a 40lbs Sportspal aluminum, so it's easy to portage solo. To me, the best outdoor experience is in the Canadian Shield Crown Land. So that's why I drive so far, it's worth it.
I could drive my car down a forestry access road, but if it rains my car can't climb back out. Same deal in the winter, so I hike in using snowshoes. If I had a decent 4x4 vehicle it would open up my range big time.
I don't prefer to camp alone, I'd rather take a friend with a pickup truck. This topic has been bothering me the past couple years. I've missed out on a couple trips just because I was worried about my crappy 4 banger city-use vehicle.
This wonderful! Beautiful pictures, and it sounds like an amazing place. I'm slightly jealous.
Also, I've been looking at replacement trucks and was considering a frontier. It's great to hear your endorsement.
My daily drivers to work.. get wood and play
Either this, 2013 Subaru Outback:
Untitled by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr
Or this, 1996 BMW R1100GS:
Untitled by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr
Untitled by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr
Thanks for reviving a fun old thread. Some great looking vehicles here!
Since 2015, I have my "dream bush vehicle" at work: a well equipped Land Rover Defender 110. At home, my Salomon Gore-tex boots are enough to get me to the bush (we are 12 in my tiny village). Otherwise, I use a collectable: I daily drive a 1991 VW polo GT. Weighing only 800kg, it's surprising where it can get you.
Alot of Jeep guys out there in BCUSA land.Several years ago I had a Kia Sportage,but had to sell it because I couldn't afford two vehicles.Then now that I have no wheels since my junker Dodge Intrepid was stolen,(it was found 80 miles away in Newark NJ).Insurance company totaled it,and we will be financing a used vehicle.I'm looking at a Jeep Patriot 2008 running at $7995,in excellent shape,and good for an off road vehicle.Payments according to sales rep will be around $150,and $1600 down.Quite doable,and excited it could end up being mine.My wife's happy with it as well,being in agreement,a big plus.
I have a 2007 patriot with 200k miles on it
Good vehicle but be wary of suspension and cvt transmission
2 week spots on the patriot
Many transmission failures at 100k-150k
Mine went out at 155k miles
And lots of bargains on 08's $8k is on high side
Think I should pass on it?
Just think for $8k patriot is a higher risk for expenses than other vehicles in that price range
I like my patriot but has had its share of problems
I have lifetime warranty which justifies me keeping it
They did improve with +2010 models
But 07-09 models have cvt and suspension issues
Also lots of bad wiring complaints
Will ask sales rep if that vehicle had any transmission or suspension problems with previous owner.Perhaps an extended warranty will be offered in a package deal.If he doesn't know or hems and haws I very well may pass.Could be why vehicle is offered at that price from it's history of those typical problems.Thanks for letting me know.I watched some youtube videos on the Patriot on the cvt transmission and suspension problems,their were several of them,not to mention info I read online about same issues,like one person having to get a whole new transmission instead of a rebuilt one for $4000.
My favorite mode of transport