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Old 03-10-2008   #31
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late 80's chevy

I would go with the 80's chevy van, you should get 2wd and lock it or convert to 4x4. stout, mad room, and it has a rain lip roof to put a rack on.
I am working on mine now and I have about 4k into the whole thing. It will be envyed by all, just have to finish it befor the run off or it can sit another season.
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Old 03-10-2008   #32
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Talk about your non-green vehicles. I guess you guys have tons o money but most of these things mentioned get shit for gas mileage and they are talking about $4 per gallon this summer. Realistically I am thinking a civic, matrix, mazda wagon with a tent may be closer to my budget and quite a bit greener but I guess the thread did say ultimate but utimate in my mind is getting there without taking out a 2nd on your shrinking home value.

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Old 03-10-2008   #33
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Consider this

I've looked at the earth roamers and sports mobile site and was not overly impressed. I have a GMC Safari Van and it's my second one. It's all wheel drive gets anywhere from 16-19 MPG. I've had it on roads and conditions similar to the ones shown in the earth roamer gallery. I'm not very tall and can sleep sideways in and have enough room for two people to go on an extended road trip and be pretty comfortable. I've had up to 8 old school boats with self contained gear and 8 people come out the shuttle on Upper Mill creek in Ca. I've also had it into the Clavey midway point. It does not have the full on 4x4 clearance but it will get you to about 90 % of the put ins in the USA.
Before I bought my first one I gave it a lot of thought and looked at what was out there. My advise is to look at where you going to be spending most of you time in it. If it's driving all over the western US to get to spots to go boating and you're not going to be doing roads that need major clearance it maybe a good choice.
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Earth Roamer...also very burly and expensive:
EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicles Overview
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Old 03-10-2008   #34
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Suby Forester

The forester is a sweet rig you might want to consider--AWD, lots of ground clearance, decent gas mileage, pretty cheap to buy, good roof racks, and roomy inside--it'll tackle some pretty rough roads--plus they've got good rebates on '08s going on right now
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Old 03-10-2008   #35
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I picked up a 2003 4 door short bed Dodge 2500 Cummins about a year ago and have been the damn shuttle driver ever since. I do love it though and it tolerates Biodiesel very well. It doesn't matter wether you have 7 kayaks or Seven rafts it'll hual it. MPG 14 city 19 - 24 highway, 17mpg hauling 2 loaded rafts (1 trailer) and 5 people 2500 miles.
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