The Official Adventure Rig Thread
Are you against a tailgate pad for shuttling bikes? I’ve had the same Dakine one for 2.5 years on my Ranger and it’s still kicking. I left it on all winter last year and this year (oof) and it’s still holding up great with our heavily salted roads. They are some other really good ones out there too, but the Dakine ones have the downtube straps and can be found on sale pretty often.
No so much against it, but just don't need it. I've got a hitch rack that I like, and if I need to put a third bike in for a short distance I just fold up the tonneau and throw it in the bed. Putting a third bike on the roof would only be an occasional occurrence, like a family trip taking 3 bikes when luggage and other gear is in the bed under the cover.
I’m not complaining at all, just noting my experience in response to his post. But you are right, if I was looking for a vehicle that got good gas mileage, I certainly wouldn’t be driving an old Jeep. Personally, I look at it like this… I get to drive my favorite vehicle every day, so if I pay a little more in gas than I did with my Subaru (which still wasn’t great) it’s a small fee for getting to enjoy the drive. Plus, I do all of my own work on this rig, and parts are cheap and plentiful, so the overall cost is probably cheaper in the end. There is not a whole lot of driving you can do in Juneau, anyway.
You are also right about the agricultural machinery comment… this flat tappet pushrod motor may as well literally be out of a tractor.