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Mar 7, 2014
Tour Ronde North Face
80 Series Landcruiser with roof top tent and other goodies.

Comfortable to live out of, can go pretty much anywhere.

1995 80-series Landcruiser
1995 80-series Landcruiser
Kai Larson
From Sandy, Utah
Joined Jan 6, 2006
260 points
Mar 7, 2014
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV
If it were me, and I didn't necessarily care a ton about mpg, I would go with a Toyota Tacoma with a camper. Although as far as trucks go, they have a pretty good fuel economy.

If you just want something to get from a to b cheaply. As in pure mpg for road tripping; get a honda cvic or toyota yaris and put a thule or yakima cargo box on top.

If the 4x4 or awd is a big deciding factor; do an outback or forester for better mpg, or the toyota tacoma.

A lot of these pics of camper modded trucks and suvs are fun to look at, and would be great for longer trips (longer as in time, not distance), but realistically (for me anyway), my climbing vehicle doubles as my everything else vehicle, so they are totally impractical.

Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Joined Aug 15, 2008
357 points
Mar 7, 2014
OTL
To me it seems like most climbing areas involve a short drive to the trail/crag from where you're camping.

For all the van dwellers and similar - isn't it a pain to pack up your sleeping setup (and possibly cooking) and throw in climbing gear each day for a short drive?
I'm thinking Red Rocks, JTree, Tuolumne, IC - seems like most places I travel to climb at are setup this way.

Any trailer owners choose theirs b/c of this? I'm happy with a tent and weather forecasts for now.
Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
Joined Oct 20, 2010
345 points
Apr 5, 2014
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I spent most of the last year and a half living out of a honda odyssey and first of all, on all but high clearance terrain it's been an awesome and super reliable rig with pretty consistent 25mpg on the hwy.

For your question about packing up everyday, I spent a month and a half in red rocks last year and just left all of my kitchen stuff at the table and hopped in the front to drive the loop road without a problem.

Just perfect for a futon on top and most of the ge...
Just perfect for a futon on top and most of the gear under the platform



That being said, I'm looking into getting a Taco or something similar next year.
Zack
From All over the place
Joined Jan 15, 2008
85 points
Apr 5, 2014
RJN
This one is pretty sick...
Under construction
Under construction
Ryan N
From Bellingham, WA
Joined May 21, 2009
183 points
Apr 5, 2014
On the North America Wall in 1977.
Just bought this. I'm traveling in style and comfort now!

Low mileage and was kept in perfect shape. It look...
Low mileage and was kept in perfect shape. It looks brand new inside.
Mark Hudon
Joined Jul 27, 2009
280 points
Apr 5, 2014
The route in it's entirety.
Damn Mark you'll be giving Cap'n Tom a run for his money in that rig! Greg G
From SLC, UT
Joined Oct 3, 2008
592 points
Apr 5, 2014
My last trip Boulder - Moab (360 miles) cost me less than $30 (8 gallons). That's 45mpg in a reliable car that I can sleep in, but I usually pitch my $35 tent. My thinking is: What's the point in hauling around a lot of empty space (strangely quite heavy) in a huge truck that gives you a "whooping" 20-25mpg if you do most of the sleeping in dry weather anyway? My solution is a dinky old Corolla Wagon (yeah, I know, not much clearance to speak of...) Patrik
Joined Jun 14, 2010
44 points
Apr 5, 2014
RJN
I dirtbagged around in a Ford Edge for 3 years sleeping in it. I know what it's like to travel on nothing. There becomes a point out of necessity that traveling becomes more efficient in a bigger vehicle. We spend 300 days a year on the road. Ryan N
From Bellingham, WA
Joined May 21, 2009
183 points
Apr 5, 2014
Get a long bed with a Cummins and you'll be set for hundreds of thousands of miles. Peter Blank
From Grand Junction, Colorado
Joined May 17, 2008
147 points
Apr 5, 2014
On the North America Wall in 1977.
I know, he's going to be so jealous!

I can still sleep in the dirt. Hell, I enjoy sleeping in the dirt! BUT! I've slept in a lot of dirt, I really have been there and done that.
Mark Hudon
Joined Jul 27, 2009
280 points
Apr 6, 2014
Honda Element!

I've owned a built-out 4x4 truck and a built-out cargo van, but...

With gas between $3 and $4 a gallon. It doesn't matter how comfortable your rig is if you can't afford to get it where you want it! With 25+ MPG, even over the mountains, tons of cargo room and enough space to sleep 2 people under 6ft tall, plus 4WD, the Element has been my dream vehicle.
Trycycle
Joined Mar 12, 2014
133 points
Apr 6, 2014
yep
Sprinter 4x4 is coming to the US in early 2015:
autoblog.com/2014/03/07/merced...
Gold Plated Rocket Pony
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jul 14, 2007
57 points
Apr 6, 2014
As much as I like the Element MPG and it's bility to sleep 2 adults in it, calling it 4WD is a far stretch. Yes, It can send power to all corners in some circumstances with its AWD but will likely spin the up wheel and get high centered on a curb. DrApnea
From Wenatchee, WA
Joined May 24, 2011
191 points
Apr 6, 2014
Only 2wd, but it's taken me down some sketchy road...
Only 2wd, but it's taken me down some sketchy roads.

Only 2wd but it's taken me down some sketchy roads.
bmxanddie
From Seattle, WA
Joined Jan 17, 2012
20 points
Administrator
Apr 6, 2014
bmxanddie wrote:
Only 2wd but it's taken me down some sketchy roads.

That's a killer line BTW.
20 kN
From Hawaii
Joined Feb 2, 2009
665 points
Apr 6, 2014
is that Potash near Moab ?



My climber vehicle , er , crawler vehicle.
4x4
4x4
vincent L.
From Redwood City
Joined Jan 1, 2005
617 points
Apr 6, 2014
looks like flakes on potash DrApnea
From Wenatchee, WA
Joined May 24, 2011
191 points
Apr 7, 2014
final grab of the overhang
which would you rather have 97 Mazda or 97 jeep.
my friends climbing vehicle.
my friends climbing vehicle.


my climbing vehicle (notice the hook I use it to p...
my climbing vehicle (notice the hook I use it to pull the jeep out when it gets suck)
pataug16
From chattanooga, TN
Joined Sep 26, 2013
30 points
Apr 8, 2014
Grahh! There be a human in my Throne!
So did Leo end up getting a replacement vehicle? Tim C
From Lakewood, CO
Joined Nov 17, 2007
209 points
Apr 13, 2014
Climbing the East Couloir of Hallett Peak in RMNP
Check out this blog - about a woman who lives in her Mitsubishi full time. She doesn't have the ability (tools, garage, electricity etc.) to build a build in, but she still makes it work. Built her own car-top carrier as well. Her bed is very basic, but it works...

homelessgal.blog.com/2014/03/1...
Roxy
From Estes Park
Joined Feb 23, 2009
210 points
Apr 13, 2014
Chris Owen wrote:
I drive a Land Rover LR3 (aka Discovery 3) - lots of room, lots of utility (seats 7 if necessary, or all seats fold down flat for sleeping or large loads), go anywhere 4x4 and very refined and comfortable for those long road trips, rubber floor mats easy to clean, superb Jag engine. And if you're staying at the campsite at Red Rock, you and 6 of your mates can drive into Vegas and pull up to any of those fancy Vegas restaurants in style....


Nothing looks like it was made to be in the backcountry like a Land Rover... which is a plus, since you'll probably be leaving it there when it breaks down on you.

As a Land Cruiser guy, I couldn't help myself. But seriously, Land Rovers are about the coolest looking thing on or off the road.
Slartibartfast
Joined Jun 24, 2013
8 points
Apr 13, 2014
2nd pitch handcrack of Good Evans
One can only dream of owning a setup like this. Might not get you to the base of that tower you been eyeballin but storage-a-plenty.
Best climbing vehicle?
Best climbing vehicle?
Andrew S.
From Bouldurr
Joined Jun 7, 2011
316 points
Apr 14, 2014
Toyota Tacoma or Tundra and a slide in truck camper from All Terrain Campers or Four Wheel Campers is the best option I have found. It combines off road performance with deluxe sleeping and when the camper is off the truck you still have a truck. The Prerunner gets descent gas mileage as well. The campers are also excellent small businesses to support and are made really well. Eric Whitbeck
Joined Mar 27, 2006
319 points
Administrator
Dec 29, 2014
Ryan N wrote:
I dirtbagged around in a Ford Edge for 3 years sleeping in it. I know what it's like to travel on nothing. There becomes a point out of necessity that traveling becomes more efficient in a bigger vehicle. We spend 300 days a year on the road.

The Edge looks roomy compared to my car. ;) I spent four years (about six months per year) living in the back of my VW Jetta sedan. I am now considering upgrading to a full size hatchback (like an Outback). Living in the trunk of my car really made me wish I had a van, but when I went to the pump and filled my tank with 14 gallons after driving 600 miles, I was glad I dident have a van. It's a hard tradeoff when you drive a lot. Fuel economy or room. Hard to have both. Too bad the Element dident have better fuel economy. That vehicle would be perfect otherwise.
20 kN
From Hawaii
Joined Feb 2, 2009
665 points


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