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Unread 08-28-2010, 04:17 PM   #1
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Ultimate larger off road, bad weather, survival vehicle? Please help me pick.

I am looking for a primary vehicle or a secondary vehicle. I am leaning more towards a truck as a second vehicle b.c it will allow me to get a Dodge Challenger in two years. I dont know where to begin so maybe someone with more experiance could help me organize my options.

Hummer h1 would be sweet but trying to figure out what it does that other vehicles cant. Not interested in the H2/ h3 just possibly the H1 wagon.


I want the vehicle to be safe as the largest problem I see is crashing in bad weather conditions. I would like to be able to walk away from a bad crash. The vehicle has to have a huge fuel tank to give me some sweet distance. A newer vehicle would have to have amazing differentials. Otherwise, an older vehicle would need lockers.



Seems like the new Dodge 2500 power wagon is perfect except the side crash rating on it is terrible.



I want the truck to be very off road capable in mud, trails, deep snow, rain/ flooded areas etc.

Like the dodge ram hemis b.c they are fast, affordable, and sound good with an exhaust system.

I tested an 03 chevy s100 4wd with decent tires and it did not go through anything that I wanted it to. With that said I want something that could go through insanely deep snow, mud, etc.

I will use this vehicle for bad weather driving, weekend fun, hunting, camping and in the event of a diaster such as hurricane Katrina.

Deuce and half- Cheap insurance, fun to drive,

Cons- Slow, big, draws alot of attention. And my GF wont ever ride in one...

M35A3- Would be the one I would go with out of the two b.c it comes the way I want it out of the box.

M35A2 Ugly but is multi fuel and will haul me and all my friends where ever I want.



I rulled the jeep wrangler out b.c I want to move at least 7 people or have room to camp in it. Unless the wrangler does something special that no other vehicle does it has to be rulled out.





Excursion

Would be perfect but gas mileage is like that of a Deuce and half.



F350, F250, or 1995 F150. Expensive and would make me sad if i scratched it.



Jeep Commander 5.7 hemi AWD fully loaded. I love this vehicle! It has a 5 star safety rating and has a good weight to it so it crashes well. My issue with it is that its not as big as the others and im 6'3. I like leg room.



2007 Chevy suburban, Escalade ESV, Yukon XL. Most likly would go with the suburban.



Honestly im leaning towards a 1980's chevy suburban with lockers, winch, huge bumper, and 37's. Can take all my friends, drive through anything and is basic enough to fix without tons of computers.



Are there any vehicles I should look into that im not noticing?

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Unread 08-28-2010, 05:09 PM   #2
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Ive driven M35's and 5 tons for hours at a time and while I will never say they are bad vehicles it sucks driving them for hours on end.
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Unread 08-28-2010, 05:43 PM   #3
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<<<<<<< I want to move at least 7 people or have room to camp in it. >>>>>>>

Have you given thought to a used full-size 4x4 van? Lots of seating and cargo room, can come in 1/2, 3/4, and 1-ton ratings, and if you can find a Ford with a diesel you got good fuel economy. Also make excellent tow rigs with a short rear-axle overhang. I've seen some nice rigs I wouldn't mind owning.
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Unread 08-28-2010, 06:19 PM   #4
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jeep FSJs? like wagoneer, old cherokees and j series pickups. seems you have your mind set on pick ups but you did post this in a jeep forum. wagoneers and cherokees are like old broncos but better, and j-pickups are some of the best out there. most wagoneers came with power steering power brakes, cruise and A/C as standard equipment.

it seems to me that you are looking at SUVs in general for a vehicle so i guess you should start looking for what you can get a deal on and go with that
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Unread 08-28-2010, 06:25 PM   #5
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I think you described this vehicle...
If you got the scratch, which it sounds like you do!

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Unread 08-28-2010, 11:50 PM   #6
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Buy a short yellow school bus and convert it to 4WD.
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Unread 08-29-2010, 12:55 AM   #7
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Buy a short yellow school bus and convert it to 4WD.
It's been done.

Picture this

with 200 gallon LPG tank, 4.6L stroker 6, AW4, NV241 OR (4:1 low range) 12:00/20 Michelin XYLs (42" tall) Dana 70 rear and Dana 60 front (have a Ford D44 HD right now) with 5.13s.
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Get a bobbed deuce. Its the armageddon vehicle. Locked rockwells, 40's, parts are cheap and available, it will do anything you want it to.

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Excursion with the 7.3L diesel IMO... mileage wouldn't be downright terrible considering you could carry everyone you need and still tow something heavy.
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Excursion with the 7.3L diesel IMO... mileage wouldn't be downright terrible considering you could carry everyone you need and still tow something heavy.
X2. Or an F250/F350 diesel.
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Excursion with the 7.3L diesel IMO... mileage wouldn't be downright terrible considering you could carry everyone you need and still tow something heavy.
agree, or F350 with the diesel
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Unread 08-31-2010, 01:35 PM   #13
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<<<<<<< I want to move at least 7 people or have room to camp in it. >>>>>>>

Have you given thought to a used full-size 4x4 van? Lots of seating and cargo room, can come in 1/2, 3/4, and 1-ton ratings, and if you can find a Ford with a diesel you got good fuel economy. Also make excellent tow rigs with a short rear-axle overhang. I've seen some nice rigs I wouldn't mind owning.

I would go with this.
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Buy a short yellow school bus and convert it to 4WD.
I have seen one of these on Catalina Island.
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The 7.3 dosen't have a good track record in cold climates . I know of several welding rigs on the pipeline with this mill IMO not the best choice lots of lost time .............. Just sayin'
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