Here is a list of companies that rent off-road vehicles and campers. This is a great way to get your feet wet if you are considering building a rig of your own.
I got the idea to build a 4WD ambulance after seeing a Unicat Terracross, but they were far too expensive. So, I did a lot of research on what would be a good donor vehicle to base my build off of. I ended up looking at older ambulances with the 7.3L turbo diesel, a true workhorse that could run on pretty much anything, and get serviced practically anywhere in the world. On top of that, ambulances have a full 2.2" thick aluminum box on the back -perfect for building off of.
Whether you call it DIY, built-not-bought, or run-what-you-brung, the absolute best way to become intimately familiar with a vehicle is to build it yourself. Hours spent wrenching in the garage or driveway will not only save hard earned cash, but the knowledge gained by doing it yourself may save your bacon when Mr Murphy shows up deep in the backcountry.
The initial model of the Raptor was possibly the most advanced, mass-produced truck ever built. Despite this achievement, Ford knew that they could do better. Enter the completely redesigned, all new 2017 F-150 Raptor. The latest iteration easily snatched its predecessor off the podium … clever girl indeed.
Importing a vehicle to the United States can be an absolute disaster. We've heard stories of vehicles procured at great expense that only to be sent back to their country of origin because a single step of the import process was missed. One way to skip this heartache is to hire the help of an experienced import concierge. Dutch Safari is one such company.
If you are like most people, when you see the words “Grand Cherokee” pressed together, you tend to imagine the typical Jeep SUV -four doors, a rear lift gate, maybe a spot of leather, and you wouldn’t be far from the truth. Until now. In accordance with the brand’s hard hitting marketing campaign where FCA attempts to shock and awe consumers with a barrage of insanely powerful (think Hellcat and Demon) vehicles it seems that Jeep has been invited to the party.
A tour of our adventure mobile Hooper, a 2002 Chevy Suburban Z71 4x4. This tour includes some info on what we had to do to make the burb livable for a year of adventure travel from Baja to the Arctic. Luxurious amenities include: a refrigerator, custom built shelves, ample storage for adventure gear, a sliding lockbox, and a solar system that let's us live off grid for weeks at a time.
Since this is a list of budget rigs, it should go without saying that most of them will have high mileage and a few years under their belts. Of course, as most of us already know, the simplicity of older vehicles means that almost anyone with a wrench and a good service manual can repair them -do yourself a favor and skip the Chilton’s manual. Instead opt for a factory service manual; these can usually be found on Ebay for a fair price. So, if you are the type who doesn’t mind some grime under your fingernails, then these rigs are perfect for you!
Just for fun. All images are from the original manufacturer's sales ads.
As payloads continue to skyrocket and payload capacities continue to plummet, the shift to larger rigs was bound to occur. Though it’s still a small segment, the full size truck market has experienced a healthy growth spurt in the last year or so and companies such as American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) and ARB have responded positively to this budding group.
As the popularity of modifying our vehicles for overland travel grows, so does the market for vehicle modifications. New companies continue to pop up offering yet one more thing that you just can't live without. Although it is incredibly fun, and easy to get carried away, it becomes increasingly difficult to discern that which is needed from that which we want.