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.
No drastic changes, but swapped some Tundra 18s with my snow tires and new box. Not sure if it's the wheels/tires or what, but before adding the box I was getting 19.5mpg, now I'm at 17-18 with the box, which I'm still good with.
I added a massive box to my Tiguan and my mpg’s dropped hard.
Cut the mirrors off to balance it a bit
Roof boxes and large racks are known to do that. Is the tire size the same? If so, it’s definitely just the box.
I went up 1” in tire size on my jeep, corrected the odometer gear to match & verified w/ gps, and I’ve lost about 1mpg.
Come on people. If you cared about MPG you wouldn't be driving the agricultural machinery you already drive.
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.
The gear tunnel is rad. Overall, they have a slick, little package there.
Rig complete. Struggled with which roof box to get because all of the reviews said with the Yak rocketbox 11 or skybox 12 the tailgate would not open all the way with a 4runner. I installed the Yak Timerline fasteners with core cross bars at reference and then the rocketbox 11 and tailgate opens with room. Stoked to have it done.
If anyone sees one of these pinzgaur campers on craigslist, lmk.
i saw something very similar to this driving the canyon from Bozeman to Big sky the other day, it had a mercedes logo on the front, must have been a Unimog now that I think of it, I see the most badass rigs in town, I used to be amused, but now its just commonplace, lol. one million sprinter vans, lots of rad astros, surprisingly a lot of japanvan Delicas and Starwagons. many many overland rigs ie- suped up tacomas. I really would love a nice Toyota HiAce, after seeing them in Japan. as far as new electrics go theCanoo van/truck looks pretty damn slick to me
Vanlife has went from "living in a van down by the river" embarrassing to fringe cool... and I think in the not so distant future it'll be the a common way of life as gig economy leads to decentralized living for a large portion of the population.
I work in tech, a bunch of my younger or childless friends went full van life when they got the green light with mandated remote work.
I don't think I'd ever want to do it full time, but I'd love to have an adventure rig for more extended stays or longer work periods. If nothing else because I won't have to rush my wife out the door to catch an early chair and multi-night stays at the Hotel Subaru are not the easiest on the back hahaha.
This is pretty damn fun to ride. Using for the daily commuter now, till late fall.
The Mini ADV Vans days are numbered. Not quite 100% sure yet, either it's gonna go for one more season or it will be gone this fall.
Gonna be getting a full sized Ford Transit in AWD, then build it out similar. Will be stoked on a more room, the ability to stand and especially stoked on the AWD for the trips to BC every winter.