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By Kai Larson
From Sandy, Utah
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


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By Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
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.


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By Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
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.


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By Zack
From All over the place
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 gear under the platform
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.


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By Ryan N
From San Louis Obispo
Apr 5, 2014
RJN

This one is pretty sick...

Under construction
Under construction


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By Mark Hudon
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 looks brand new inside.
Low mileage and was kept in perfect shape. It looks brand new inside.


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By Greg G
From SLC, UT
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!


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By Patrik
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...)


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By Ryan N
From San Louis Obispo
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.


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By Peter Blank
From Grand Junction, Colorado
Apr 5, 2014

Get a long bed with a Cummins and you'll be set for hundreds of thousands of miles.


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By Mark Hudon
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.


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By Trycycle
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.


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By Gold Plated Rocket Pony
From Boulder, CO
Apr 6, 2014
yep

Sprinter 4x4 is coming to the US in early 2015:
www.autoblog.com/2014/03/07/mercedes-benz-sprinter-4x4-offic>>>


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By DrApnea
From Salt Lake City, UT
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.


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By bmxanddie
From Seattle, WA
Apr 6, 2014

Only 2wd, but it's taken me down some sketchy roads.
Only 2wd, but it's taken me down some sketchy roads.

Only 2wd but it's taken me down some sketchy roads.


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By 20 kN
From Hawaii
Apr 6, 2014

bmxanddie wrote:
Only 2wd but it's taken me down some sketchy roads.

That's a killer line BTW.


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By vincent L.
From Redwood City
Apr 6, 2014
First day of school

is that Potash near Moab ?



My climber vehicle , er , crawler vehicle.

4x4
4x4


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By DrApnea
From Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 6, 2014

looks like flakes on potash


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By pataug16
From chattanooga, TN
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 pull the jeep out when it gets suck)
my climbing vehicle (notice the hook I use it to pull the jeep out when it gets suck)


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By Tim C
From Lakewood, CO
Apr 8, 2014
Grahh! There be a human in my Throne!

So did Leo end up getting a replacement vehicle?


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By Roxy
From Estes Park
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/2014/03/16/building-projects-getting-re>>>


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By Slartibartfast
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.


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By Andrew S.
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?


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By Eric Whitbeck
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.


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